PMI Certifications

Project Management Professional (PMP)

PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)®credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects.

Eligibility Overview

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

    OR
  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

How to Prepare

  • Visit PMI's PMP Exam Prep page for useful tips and links.
  • Purchase PMP Exam Prep material for self study. Example can be found at Amazon: PMP Exam Prep
  • Use MSU's free resources. Found at MSU Library resources.
  • Find a PMP Training Session at a Local PMI Chapter near you: PMI Chapters

PMP Certification Costs

Computer-based testing (CBT) for members is $405
Computer-based testing (CBT) for nonmembers is $555
Paper-based testing (PBT) for member is $250
Paper-based testing (PBT) for nonmember $400

Read the PMP Handbook for additional costs.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with little or no project experience, the CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.

Eligibility Overview

To apply for the CAPM, you need to have:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma or the global equivalent)

    AND
  • At least 1,500 hours of project experience

    OR
  • 23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.

How to Prepare

  • Visit PMI's CAPM Exan Prep page for useful tips and links.
  • Purchase PMP Exam Prep material for self study. Example can be found at Amazon: CAPM Exam Prep
  • Use MSU's free resources. Found at MSU Library resources.
  • Find a PMP Training Session at a Local PMI Chapter near you: PMI Chapters

Certification Costs

Computer-based testing (CBT) for members is $225
Computer-based testing (CBT) for nonmembers is $300
Paper-based testing (PBT) for members is $225
Paper-based testing (PBT) for nonmembers is $300

Read the CAPM Handbook for additional costs.