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  PMI PMP Application Audit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

I have been doing a series of posts on the PMP application audit process. Here's a list of additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the PMP Audit process.

  • If my PMP application is selected for an audit, does PMI extend my 1-year eligibility window? Normally, PMP application approval is valid for 1 year only. That means, you must take the exam within 1-year from your application approval date. However, if your application is selected for an audit, your eligibility clock stops. The clock will start ticking again after you pass the audit. In summary, the time it takes for audit is not taken from your one-year eligibility window and your eligibility period will be extended by the number of days it takes to complete the audit.
  • How much time do I have to submit my documents to PMI? Your completed audit package should reach PMI within 60 days.

  • If a supervising manager of the project listed on my PMP application, is not available due to any reason, what options do I have? You can have a colleague on that project or the current manager/supervisor who has good knowledge of that project, sign your experience verification form.

  • What happens if I fail the audit? If you fail the audit, PMI will refund your exam fee minus $100 processing fee. Your application approval stands canceled.

  • If I fail the audit, how soon can I re-apply for the PMP Exam? If you fail the audit, you can re-apply after a one-year suspension period.

  • What if I submit incomplete documents to PMI? Submitting incomplete documents is automatically considered a "failed" audit.

  • Where can I get more information about the audit process? PMI provides a very informative list of 30+ audit FAQs, which very few people are aware of. Here's the link to the page: PMI Certification FAQs

    Scroll down to "PMI Audit Process" section.

If you have additional questions, let me know and I'll try to address them.


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  1. Great list of helpful FAQ! I have to admit, when I was going through the PMP certification process a few years ago, I almost had a heart attack when I saw I was being audited. That big threat of failure or suspension was not an option. Unfortunately, PMI didn't show examples of what they wanted and attempts to have them provide examples went unanswered. My best advise is just be honest. It sounds shocking, but yes, just be honest. When people approach me about the PMP application process, I tell them to expect and plan for an audit. I found the audit process took as long as studying for the exam. It wasn't hard to actually document what I did. It was time consuming tracking down stakeholders, to get original signatures for my participation on each project.

    Derek Huether
    The Critical Path

  2. Hello Derek,

    Great advice. I fully agree with you. Being "honest" and "planning for the audit" are very important. PMP applicants should learn from the experience of people like you who have gone through the ordeal.

    Thanks for sharing your insight.

  3. I was going to write essentially the same thing as Derek - about "honesty" - but he beat me to it. My heart goes out to Derek with his statement that "I found the audit process took as long as studying for the exam." Many of our clients have been audited, whether PMI certification candidates or PMPs earning PDUs to maintain there PMI certification. In all cases, the process was pretty simple - at least for verifying training - and took very little time and was resolved within a week or 2. I hope that others are not so arduous as what Derek experienced.
    John Reiling, PMP
    Project Management Training Online

  4. Hello John,

    Thanks for your comments.

    Let me inject (my adaption of) a famous quotation:

    The more 'preparation' you have before the (PMP) application, the less 'perspiration' you have during the audit :)

    BTW, I'm also one of your students. I just didn't pay any fee. I've learned a lot from you through your articles on Project Management. I want to take this opportunity to thank you.

    Harwinder a.k.a. Brain Washer :)

  5. Hi,
    Does one have to only send the experience verification form sent my PMI Audit application or can attach additional supporting documents like on company letter head experience mentioned of candidate?


  6. Hello HASK,

    Just getting the signatures from your managers/supervisors on the experience verification form should suffice. Unless the audit package requests for supporting info for experience verification, you don't need to send it.

    BTW, has your application been selected for an audit?

    Good luck.

  7. Hi Harwinder,

    Yeap my application has been selected for audit.I was prepared before hand for the ordeal so it wasnt a shock for me as I had communicated with my managers/supervisors prior to submitting the application for any further verification required.
    On confusion now I am facing is that they have left the organization whenI was working there, but I think thats not an issue also?

  8. Hello again HASK,

    I'm sure this is a common problem that many people face.

    You can have someone else in similar capacity as your managers/supervisors to sign your verification form.

    Good luck.

  9. Hi Harwinder,

    Should I include my CV with the audit application or shall wait when it is required by PMI?


  10. Hello HASK,

    Simply follow the instructions in your audit package. Don't send anything that is not requested.

    BTW, if you send me a copy of the instructions in the package, I can post it on this page for the benefit of others. I'm sure there'll be lots of people who would thank you for it.

    Best regards.

  11. PMP, Category One Candidate
    Category One Applicants:
    Verifying Bachelor's/equivalent university degree.
    Verifying your Project Management Experience.
    Verifying 35 contact hours of Project Management Education.

    Submission of the Experience Verification Form(s)
    A manager, supervisor, or colleague who is intimately familiar with the experience on your application is required to review your Experience Record and then complete the Experience Verification Form. After they verify, they will put the completed Experience Verification Form and Experience Record in an envelope, sign his/her name over the sealed flap of the envelope, and return the envelope to you via in person or by mail. If one person is verifying multiple projects for the same company, they can fill out one form and initial or highlight on the Experience Record the projects that they are verifying. Faxed or scanned forms will not be accepted as the forms need to be placed in a sealed and signed envelope for security purposes. No substitutions will be accepted.

    Documenting the 35 hours of Project Management Related Education
    Documentation for each course submitted for meeting the 35 hours of project management education outlined in the attached Education Record. To properly document these activities you must include a certificate, transcript, or letter of attendance from the company, Registered Education Provider (R.E.P), school, or institute that provided the training. The courses submitted must have learning objectives that are directly related to the project management profession. No substitutions will be accepted.

    Documenting educational background degree (Bachelors, Masters, or PhD only)
    A copy of your degree or transcript from the educational institution where your Bachelors, Masters, or PhD (or global equivalent university degree) was earned is required.

    Completed audit forms can be sent back to PMI via regular or postal mail. PMI will not accept faxed or e-mailed audits. Upon receipt, the Certification Audit Team will process your audit expeditiously. If PMI requires clarification from you during the course of processing your audit materials, a representative will contact you directly.


  12. Thanks, HASK. That's awesome! I'm sure this will help people prepare better for the audit and remove the "fear factor".

    I'm just wondering what "Category One Candidate" means.

  13. There are two categories for audit:

    Category One Applicants:
    a.) Verifying Bachelor's/equivalent university degree.
    b.) Verifying your Project Management Experience.
    c.) Verifying 35 contact hours of Project Management Education


    Category Two Applicants:
    a.) Verifying your Project Management Experience.
    b.) Verifying 35 contact hours of Project Management Education


  14. My PMP Audit completed in just 4 business days. I got email on last Saturday that my application is selected for audit when i submitted my exam fee. On this Monday, I tried to contact my reference but they were not available. I could get hold of them on Tuesday and took appointment for Wednesday,got the signatures and send the package back to PMI on the same day. PMI received the package today morning(Thursday) at 10 AM and completed the processing by 4 PM and sent email that I can go ahead and schedule for the exam. So PMI took just 6 hours to complete it !!

    I think, no one should worry about audit as long as you are truthful in application and your references agree on the projects.

    1. This is amazing. Thanks for sharing your experience. I wish you success in the exam and beyond.

    2. Even i got selected for audit and i have been contacting my references. Have they signed the forum which is in pdf form and signed at the bottom? how did it really work?

  15. Hi, i have some questions please:
    -If my application was to be audited, should i send original certificates or a copy (like MBA certificate)? What about if i can't get a copy as the university is overseas?
    - Will they return the documents after finishing the audit or not?

    1. Hi

      There is no need for sending originals ... just sent the photo copies of ur degree/certificates .

      I hv done the same and now PMP :-)

  16. Hi Guys can u pls help me..i got into audit...just 1 query...they mentioned for the audit as : "After they verify, they will put the completed Experience Verification Form and Experience Record in an envelope,..." Is the completed experience form & experience record are different...i have pdf for each of my exp to be fill in where to find the experience record doc ??

    Pls reply asap...

  17. I have the exact same question! Any news on this?



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