Last updated on September 8, 2016
PMP Audit Process – Everything You Need to Know
Are you facing a PMP Audit?
Let us go down the memory lane. Flashback…
One fine day, you finally decided that that you want to attain PMP certification. You diligently started PMP preparation to achieve your goal. While you were studying for the exam, you also submitted the online application form. It was subsequently approved by the PMI. Things were going just fine and you were quiet sure that one fine day you will become PMP certified. When you were almost ready to take the exam, you took the PMI membership and paid the examination fee.
Immediately after paying the exam fee, your world turned upside down. You received an an email from PMI stating that “your PMP application has been selected for PMI’s audit process”. You wanted to hide but there was no place to hide. You wanted to run, but you knew that it would be futile. Finally, you just accepted the truth and started to look for information about PMP audit process.
Let us come to the present day.
You might be reading this article if your application has been selected for PMP audit process. Or you might be in the process of filling up PMP application form but you want to be prepared for the worst. You probably have heard numerous dreadful stories about the PMP audit process that you just do not want to take any chances.
Don’t despair! You are at the right place.
First of all, there is nothing to be ashamed of if your application has been selected for PMP audit process. There is nothing wrong with your PMP application. PMI selects the applications randomly in order to ensure the credibility of the certification program and of the certification holders.
The audit is part of the normal application process. PMI randomly conducts an audit of some of some of the applications. You should not worry if you have provided truthful information in your PMP application.
PMI may verify some or all of the application details. If your application comes under audit, PMI can ask for proof of educational qualification and/or proof of contact hours among other things. You can refer to this PMI document for more details on what they can ask.
PMP Audit Process – Frequently Asked Questions
I am sure you still have many questions in your mind. How does the PMP Audit process work? What is Audited? Who is it meant for? When is it done? How long does it take? etc.
Let us answer some of the frequently asked questions about the process.
Nationality, race, creed, gender and other such things do not matter. PMI Audit is completely random.
It is not known how many applications are audited. PMI audits a specific percentage of application but it has not published any figures. Some websites suggest 8-10% of applications are audited. However, this is not an authentic information.
Again there is no authentic information. PMI has not published any figures. However, your application will not be rejected, if you provide the required information. PMI does not randomly reject an application.
No. PMP Audit is a completely random process. Your chance of being audited (or not audited) is as good as (or as bad or) any other applicant.
No. It does not impact your credential exam in any manner.
No. You should not be afraid of PMI audit. It does not impact your candidature in any manner.
PMI would send you an email immediately after you deposit the exam fee. The email will categorically inform you that your application is under audit. The email will also provide you details about the process itself and suggest a future course of action
– PMI usually asks for hard copies of your educational, training and project experience certificates.
– The candidate has to send requested documents through post and wait for PMI’s response.
– Upon receipt of your documents, PMI will verify them. If PMI is satisfied, the candidate will receive another email informing about successful completion of Audit
– PMI would also send eligibility code and Exam scheduling instructions upon successful completion of Audit. The candidate can then proceed to schedule the Exam.
– However, if PMI is not satisfied with the documents, the candidate would receive another email requesting for more information (or supporting documents).
– In some rare cases, the candidate might fail the Audit.
No. All documents need to be sent by regular post or a courier service to:
Attn.: Certification Audit
14 Campus Blvd.
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299 USA
No. Photocopies of original certificates should be sent.
Anyone who has intimate knowledge of the project can verify project documents. e.g. colleague, peer, client or sponsor can verify the project documents. You should get it signed from the person whose name is written in the PMP application.
No. Anyone who has intimate knowledge of the project can verify project documents.
PMI would keep USD 100 as the processing fee. Rest of the credential fee would be refunded. You will have to apply for the Exam again.
All applications are verified on the basis of merit. You should not worry if your documentation is complete and it is conformant with the information provided in your application. Personally, I have not heard about anyone who has failed the Audit.
It takes anywhere between 10-15 working days to complete the process. provided the requested documents are sent immediately. PMI processes the documents usually within a week of their arrival.
All requested documents should reach PMI within 90 days.
Your application will be deemed to have failed the PMI Audit.
Again your application will be deemed to have failed the PMI Audit.
After 1 year.
The period under the Application Audit is not counted towards the 1 year limit. It means that if the process takes 4 weeks then you will get additional 4 weeks to schedule and take the Exam.
You will have to take Exam under new version.
You can also visit PMI’s website for more information on PMI audit process. PMI’s website has the most authentic information. The website also has a page containing another set of Frequently Asked Questions on PMI audit process.
If you want to be extra sure about the PMI audit process then, you should buy PMI Exam Audit Kit. It contains a 40+ page pdf ebook, among other things, that will help you successfully passing the audit.
Please leave a comment if you still have a question about PMP Audit process. I will answer it.
May you successfully pass the Audit…er…pass the exam. All the best.
December 2011 Update: Sometimes my students are also selected for the PMI audit process. One such student went through the audit and shared his experience on the blog. You can also read about his experience.
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