Once You have Passed the PMP Exam …


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Pass the PMP exam

After you have submitted your answers in the PMP® exam or 4 hours is up, you will not immediately get your exam results but a short survey about your exam experience.

After you have submitted your survey answers, the PMP® exam result will be shown.

Hopefully, with all the hard works you have put into your PMP® study, you will get a congratulation message on the computer screen.

You are a PMP® immediately !

Ironically, the first thing that came to my mind after passing the PMP® Exam was that I need to get the required PDUs to renew my Certification, I later learned that all the PDUs can be earned easily and for free by being a PMI member!

Congratulations, you are now a PMP®. The center staff will print you a copy of the exam report (may include a signature and/or emboss). Keep the exam report in a safe place.

As said, accidents do happen. If there are some technical errors and your results have not be recorded in PMI’s system, this exam report will serve as the only proof that you have passed (this is the real experience of one of the candidates who have shared their PMP® lessons learned).

You are advised to discard this exam report only after you have received your PMP® certificate (in around 6-8 weeks) but the exam report should double as a good souvenir of your PMP® exam.

From the moment you have passed the PMP® exam:

  • You are allowed to use PMP® after your name in your resume and on your website, etc. to indicate that you are PMP® certified.
  • You can download a soft copy of the PMP® logo to include in your personal namecard (but remember you are not allowed to show the PMP® logo on your website or company namecard).
  • Your 3-year PMP® re-certification cycle begins immediately (from the date of passing the PMP® Exam, not from the date of getting the PMP® Certificate) and you can earn PDU from this very moment on (any project management activities before this moment cannot be used to claim PDU).
  • Your name and details will be listed in the PMP® directory within 48 hours.
  • If you like, you can request a PMP® lapel pin free of charge on the PMI marketplace. (The label pin will arrive in a separate package from the PMP® certificate package)
    PMP lapel pin

The PMP® certificate will reach your address by mail in 6 – 8 weeks in a package which include:

  • PMP® credential certificate
    PMP Certificate
    – the certificate only indicates that you are a PMP®, without showing your proficiency levels from the exam.
  • a congratulatory letter
  • information on how to maintain the PMP® credential (i.e. PDU requirements)

Don’t forget to celebrate your hard earned victory. You deserve a party!

What’s Next?

From this moment, you will need to accumulate at least 60 PDU for your PMP® re-certification. Don’t worry, you will have 3 years to complete this task. That means you just need to set aside 20 hours to earn PDUs (much easier than studying for the PMP® Exam).

 

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Edward Chung

Edward Chung aspires to become a full-stack web developer and project manager. In the quest to become a more competent professional, Edward studied for and passed the PMP Certification, ITIL v3 Foundation Certification, PMI-ACP Certification and Zend PHP Certification. Edward shares his certification experience and resources here in the hope of helping others who are pursuing these certification exams to achieve exam success.

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13 Responses

  1. Rajgopalan says:

    Hi Edward,
    Thanks a lot for a great website with much guiding light for PMP aspirants. It was really helpful, played a big role to help me pass my PMP exam Yesterday.
    Your Blogs and mock exam link played a role in a big way.

    Thank you again.

  2. Ahmed says:

    Hi Edward,

    Hope you and your lovely family are doing great!

    First and foremost, I would like to thank you SO SO SO much for your website. Your tips, notes, links, advice and everything you have provided here are super helpful to me. I have used them as my main guide during my study to pass the PMP exam. And Yes I did it. I just PASSED with 4 MP

    It wasn’t easy at all. It was really tough!!

    I would say around 80% of all the questions are not straightforward. I mean when I answered I wasn’t even sure I would get it right. only 20 % of the questions I was pretty confident that they were correct.

    The easiest questions were related to calculations and PMP formulas. They were super easy. really just plug in the numbers.

    Almost all the questions were situational and most of them were tricky. However, if you understand the concepts you will get the right answer at the end.

    Lessons learned to share:

    – Study well. It’s not an easy one!!
    – This website is a MUST. It’s not an option. It will save you a lot of time and effort. It provides you with PMP golden nuggets and past exam takers experience.
    – Andy Crowe book is perfect and I cant stress enough how chapter 14″How to pass the PMP Exam” was of a great help on the exam.
    – It would be extremely difficult to pass the exam without taking many mock exams. Studying without taking mock exams is not a good thing. so plan your study time half for reading the reference guides and half for the mock exams. The baseline is to make sure to take all the referenced mock exams on this website at least once. And whether your answer is correct or wrong, make sure to read the explanation even if you get it correct just to make sure that you get it correct for the right reason and not by chance.
    – I don’t feel you have to memorize the Inputs, Tools & Techniques and Outputs, if you understand the process, It should be okay. Again taking many mock exams will make sure that you understand the concept.
    – The questions were not very lengthy. They were normal.

    Thanks again Edward for everything! I wish you nothing but the very best.

    Ahmed

    • Edward Chung says:

      Thanks Ahmed for your useful inputs here. I totally agree that “Almost all the questions were situational and most of them were tricky” and that’s why the certification is so valuable.

      You should be very proud of yourself! Congratulations!

  3. Manuel says:

    Hi Edward,

    Thanks so much for your tips and PMP related articles, I passed my PMP certification on my first try with 5Ps (I can barely believe it myself!)!.

    Your mock exam’s benchmarking is really insightful and the 47 commonly confused terms are also very valuable,

    To all our fellow PMP aspirants I’d recommend:

    – Plan your study and keep it up. You don’t need 5 months intensive study but you do need to make a consistent effort.
    – Reading the PMBOK was helpful as there are a lot of words and terms that are vaguely discussed but could be on your exam questions. Also, PMBOK Process flowcharts really helped me to understand how different process related and interacted, this was really helpful, a lot more than memorizing ITTOs (which I didn’t!)
    – I took an online course which I could watch several times, there are plenty out there, for me this was also really helpful as I could re-watch it and capture more information as I became more aware about PMI terms, definitions and relationships between them.
    – Take quality mock exams!, Edward has a great list on his website and I would say his benchmark is really accurate. I didn’t find the exam much more “different” than quality mock exams online.
    – Once on your exam, read your questions carefully and always remember to ask yourself “what is the main question here”
    – To my fellow spanish-native speaking aspirants, If your English proficiency is good, I’d recommend you taking the PMP with language aids BUT try to pay more attention to the question in english, I found some of the spanish translated questions to be more confusing that their english counterparts and for this reason I’d recommend taking your study efforts in english as well.

    Well, that’s it!, once again, thank you Edward for such a helpful website! I think in the future I might come around again looking for tips on the ACP certification! 😉

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations! You did extremely well! Thanks for your wonderful tips. I agree totally that even if you make use of language aids, it is important to read the questions in English as the translations are just for reference only.

  4. Ben says:

    Hi Edward,

    Really thanks for your notes and free mock exam link. During the preparation, I got around 60-70% only.
    However, I have passed the exam yesterday with 2P 3MP, really amazing and happy about that.

    Anything I need to do right now or I just need to wait for the cert from PMI?

    Once again, thank you so much. Wish you happy in life

  5. Santhosh Mutnuri says:

    Hello Edward,

    I am more than gleeful to share that i have cleared my PMP exam this week. I thank you immensely and you have no idea, how your blog has helped me in clearing this exam. When i decided to take up PMP, yours was the first site i stumbled across and i had little idea then it is going to be my magic potion to succeed this examination.

    Your posts are very clear especially the formulas and 47 confusing terms. When i ever i feel scared, i peek at your posts and boost myself to the success and it worked.

    Above are the most understated lines as i am at loss of words in praising the utility of this site!! i ve already started recommending this site to all of my fellow aspirants.

    Thank you so much for your good work and i ensure there a lots and lots are reaping the benefits.

    One more little secret, i kept your proficiency levels as my benchmark and i wanted to emulate that in the exam 😀 but guess what, i got 4Ps and 1 MP (Closing it was !!! ) Have you seen that anywhere 🙂

    Thanks again Edward!!

    Much Regards
    M.Santhosh

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Mutnuri,

      I am thrilled to receive your great news of passing the exam in first try! Thanks a lot for your compliments which allows me to know that my sharing on this website is indeed useful to fellow Aspirants! Your experience tells us that if we have made up our mind, the PMP Exam is indeed “doable”. I am sure your sharing will help many Aspirants who are still deciding whether to take the exam.

      I will try my very best to share more useful information here in future.

      Here is my tips on earning PDUs for free:
      https://edward-designer.com/web/ways-get-free-pdu-pmp-pmi-acp/

  6. Anandaraman says:

    Hi Edward,

    I have passed pmp exam on 29th Dec-2015 with 3 Moderately proficient,1 Proficient(Planning) & 1 Below Proficient(Closing). The Free Mockup Exams links posted in your site helped me lot to clear pmp exam.

    I would like to thank you for the various study materials,tips & mock up test posted in your site as it was very much useful for me to clear the exam.

    Thanks,

    A.Anandaraman

  7. Xiaowei says:

    Hi, what should I do if my PMP certification has not reach me after 8 weeks?

July 9, 2014