PMP and CAPM Exam Prep Simplified!

BrainBOK - PMP and CAPM Exams, ITTOs, Flashcards, Formulas, Quizzes, Contact Hours
Deep Fried Brain PMP CAPM PMI-ACP Certification Blog

  When do I know my PMP Application has been Selected for an Audit?

PMI PMP Application Audit FAQ PMI PMP application audit is probably the most feared part of PMP Certification. Most fears are uncalled for and probably stem from the confusion around the audit process. If you understand the process well, it will take away some anxiety and help you concentrate on the exam.

So let's step back and understand the PMP application process first and then see where the audit fits in.

PMP Application Process: Step-by-step
  1. You submit your PMP certification application to PMI.
  2. PMI reviews your application. If your application is approved, you receive an application approval email from PMI. Your one-year eligibility clock starts ticking from the day of approval.
  3. You may pay the exam fee anytime within your one-year eligibility window. Ideally, you should make the payment soon after application approval in order to give yourself ample time to schedule and take the exam. You should also consider the possibility for re-examination (just in case you don't clear in the first attempt).
    Note: You can take the exam up to 3 times within your one-year eligibility window.
  4. After you pay the exam fee, PMI will send you "one" of the following two emails:
    • If your application is not selected for an audit, you will get an email with examination scheduling instructions to help you schedule your exam.
    • If your application is selected for an audit, you will get an email with instructions to comply with the audit.
As you can see, immediately after you pay the PMP exam fee, you'll know whether your application is selected for an audit.

Hope you understand the PMP application audit process better now. Look forward to a few more articles in this series.

Related articles Last Update:
Image credit: Flickr / lendingmemo


  1. Hmmmmm....... I train roughly 2,000 people per year (graduate level project management training) and I cannot imagine why anyone who was legitimate should fear a PMI audit.

    Accumulating 4500 hours of project leadership experience over a 3 to 6 year period or 7500 hours over a 4 to 8 year period is at best, part time work as a project manager. (4500/6000 = 75%)

    Surely, anyone holding themselves out to be a "professional" anything should be working full time?

    Another point- Malcolm Gladwell, in hist latest book "Outliers" defines the top professionals in any field as having amassed at least 10,000 hours of full time, dedicated practice.

    Perhaps it is no wonder that projects fail with such alarming regularity?

    Dr. PDG, in Boston

  2. Hi Dr. PDG,

    You always have an interesting perspective. I'll try to read "Outliers" before expressing my thoughts.

    Regarding the audit, as I said in my post, if someone has truthfully filled up the application form, there's no reason for fear.

    However, if you read the fine-prints of PMI's audit requirements, it's almost impossible for anyone to fail the audit (unless, of course, the person doesn't even submit the requested documents for audit or submits incomplete info). I hope you know what I mean.


  3. Dr PDG - Would you really consider that someone who has choosen to work part time for family or health reasons un-professional?

  4. The "fear" of an audit is legitimate, when one considers all the time it will take to get documentation and signatures together. Dr PDG.
    And, you should know, that many Professional fields allow for part time work. Your comment seems harsh.

  5. PMI audit is a scam to rip off potential candidates. Why does PMI ask for payment of full fee, when it can "stop the clock" at the audit stage? Why don't they let candidate pay only audit fee first, and then have them pay the complete fee once and IF they clear the audits? PMI explains nothing on why the audit has been designed this way, apart from the "highest standards" waffle

    For each candidate 2-3 times of the audit fees ends up lying in PMI bank accounts for a period of upto 90 days, while worried candidates scramble for their documentation to be completed. In case of a failure in audit, the money is not returned immediately, and if you can imagine 5000 + applications each month, the math can clearly explain real logic behind PMI audits.

    Also PMI never explains what exactly it means by "random" audit. The word random is open to many interpretations.

    For this reason, I don't consider PMI to be an organization of highest ethical standards anyway. It's just that the certifications have become a fad, so everyone is trying to acquire those, regardless of costs. I know many people from poor countries who pay this large fee for certification, only to find out the have been hoodwinked randomly. Won't recommend people to become PMI member; just get done with certifications if they can, and be prepared to be conned.


Please do not include URLs (links) in your comments as any comment with links would be deleted automatically.

Other interesting posts