Should I have competed the 35 PMP contact hours before submitting PMP application?
Yes. This is very important.
At the time of pressing the submit button on the PMP® application form, you should have already finished the project management course providing you with the required 35 contact hours. You would need to enter the course details together with the date of completion on the PMP® application form before submitting.
This is often a commonly confused item for the PMP® application. Many Aspirants would plan to have their PMP® application approved before going through a PMP® Exam prep course either in person or online. Some PMP® bootcamps would even gather Aspirants to attend the course for 4 days and take the PMP® Exam at the 5th day. But aspirants need to understand that PMI would not approve your application before you have got the 35 Contact Hour certificate.
However, since you are able to store your partially filled online PMP® application form on PMI server, it makes no harms to fill the form while you are still studying the project management course. But you should make sure you have finished the course before eventually submitting the application form.
And in case of a PMI audit, you will need to submit a copy of your Contact Hour certificate. If your course is not delivered by a PMI R.E.P., you will also need to send the course outline and descriptions in order to allow PMI to judge whether your course satisfies the project management education requirement.
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