Once You have Passed the PMP Exam …

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 and forever (if you renew)!

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.

Once you have become a PMP under the current version of the PMP Exam, you will NOT be required to sit for another exam under a new PMP version if you renew your PMP Certification status continually (by earning PDUs and paying the PMP renewal fee). That’s why it is said that getting PMP Certification is the earlier the better!

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)  sorry, PMI has discontinued this souvenir….
    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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  1. Hi Edward, I have done my PMP in Sept 2020 & many thanks to your tips – these are amazing – it helped a lot. I am in touch with PMI customer care but not getting a solution – from where can I download the NEW PMP LOGO as mentioned in the PMI document LIST OF MARKS. can you please help me please?

  2. Garousi says:

    Passed all required courses at UBC in 2018. Now I am ready to take the certificate exam but I am a bit confused with the variety of portions and ways to take the test. I may I need some guidance on what to do next before and after post exam?

  3. Mrs. A says:

    Dear Edward,

    My story is a bit different from the others on your website – I did not pass on my first try, I failed my PMP twice. I had already given up to try for the third time when I found your blog. I brought the exam simulator subscription, dumped Rita’s book (it was not of much use to me at all) and I got above expectations in all 3 domains. Can’t thank you enough for your great exam tips, honest comments and useful resources. You are great!
    I just wanted to mention PMP notified me they will not be sending hard copies of their certificates any longer due to the pandemic and carbon footprint. I found that a bit annoying since it was not mentioned anywhere when I applied.
    Anyway, wish you all the best and thanks again!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Dear Mrs. A, your story inspired me a lot! Success goes to those who persevere! Please do share your story with the rest of us which I know will benefit fellow PMP Aspirants a lot!

      P.S. thanks for the info that no hardcopy certificates are posted now, I did not know either.

  4. Win Di says:

    Hi Edward,

    I have just passed my PMP exam last Saturday with all AT on my 1st attempt. Thanks a lot for organizing such a wonderful material for exam preparation and review. I have been delaying taking the exam for so long and rushing to get it before the new exam next year (basically I crammed all the material in 1 month – very exhausting I think).

    Lesson Learned:
    1. Go to Edward website EARLY for PMP Exam news update when you plan to take PMP or research it from google. I basically took my sweet time and book my exam in 1 month time rushing to avoid next year changes.
    2. Research more to get a “correct” PMP Contact Hours course. I originally took mine from Coursera for the contact hours, it was not so useful if I may say. But I did refresher again from Udemy – Joseph Philips. This one is amazing if your goal is to pass the EXAM. It will go through step by step from how to submit your application. It’s very cheap as well, till the end I am still thinking to buy it or not (should have listened to you from the beginning). So I spent literally the last 2 out of 3 days going through prep-cast.

    I hope other people can learn a lot from my “mistake”. It is basically everywhere from start to finish.

    Sorry for the long post. Conclusion, it is possible to finish everything in 1 month if you want to do it, it will be terrible but yes possible.
    Udemy — less than 1 Week (3 hour weekday + 12 hours weekend)
    Andy Crowe + PMBOK — 2 Weeks
    Prep-Cast + Review from Edward Web — 1 Week (I think for each Prep-cast you need 5 hours in total exam + review)

    Keep your spirit high 🙂

    Best Regards,

    Win Di

  5. John Haligheri says:


    I passed my PMP exam with above target scores in all modules on my first attempt. This website has been so useful for my preparation in every aspect. I am so glad to have stumbled across this on google.

    Thank you SO MUCH for everything!

    Keep up the good work.

    Best Regards,

  6. Josh Kabuage says:

    Hi Edward,

    thanks so much for the work you’ve done with your preparation notes. They were extremely useful as a cherry topping above and beyond my preparation material. After going through Joseph Phillips course on Udemy, reading through Head First, reading through your study notes and lots of free practice mock exams online, I was able to pass the PMP exam last week after about 160 hours of self study. Forever grateful and keep up the good work encouraging future PM’s!

  7. Pran says:

    Hi Edward,

    I passed my exam with AT AT AT T T. Just wanted to thank you for all the content you have provided especially the mock exams.

    Thank you

  8. Oleg says:

    Btw PMI has discontinued the physical PMP® lapel pins. Only virtual badges.

  9. Vaibhav Sharma says:

    Hi Edward, I passed my exam with AT AT AT T T . Just wanted to thank you for all the content you have provided on this site (specially the mock exams)

  10. kalpesh patil says:

    Hi Edward,
    I passed PMP exam with AT,AT,T,T,BT.
    your blogs and website much easier for studying and one of exam simulator ( EXAM PREPCAST – By Cornelius) you recommended, which was very useful during study.
    Thanks for your guidance.
    Kalpesh Patil

  11. Kadir says:

    Hi Edward,
    Thank you for a wonderful website. Helped me a lot in my preparations towards PMP. I passed recently. Thank you very much.

  12. Rose says:

    Hi Edward,
    Thank you for this excellent website, full of great details for the P M P exam. I read thru all the notes in your website. The notes are concise and very relevant and helped me. The test links were very useful.
    Today I passed the PMP in my first attempt with Above target (in, pl, ex, cl) and on Target (m&c) .
    Best Wishes and Keep up the great work.

  13. ST says:

    Hello Edward,

    I just came upon your site and liked the information. I have a situation with my PMP certification. I had passed my exam in 2012 and got my certification but did not renew it at all. Now I am in a new job working as project Manager and would like to renew my certificate. What is the easiest and best way to go about.

    Thanks for all your help in advance!!


    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi ST,

      You will need to sit for the PMP Exam based on the current version once again. But as you have passed before, you will certainly be able to get certified this time. Wish you success!

  14. Hello Edward,

    I just want to say thanks for all your help in my PMP journey. I followed your plan and used Adam Crowe’s book along with PM Precast and Exam Simulator. I also used your study notes, formula sheet and other useful links form your site.

    I passed the exam yesterday (March 11, 2019) with scores of 3 Above Target (Initiating, Monitor Control and Closing) and 2 Target (Planning and Executing).

    I was surprised at my results since I scored higher in the exam simulator on Executing and Planning vs. how I scored on the real exam. I was also surprised that the formula questions were much more advanced in the real exam than those I had taken during practice exams.

    Thanks for all your help!!


  15. Atul Sharma says:

    Dear Edward Chung

    I have cleared PMI-ACP last week and I am PMP certified a year back.. The link posted for mock test were really helpful to clear both the exams in first attempt. PMI-ACP test was more into scenarios/Case study basis. I really thankful to for the guidance and support. I have to earn 30 PDU’s now . Could you suggest me what to do next…..which course is more suitable for IT/ITES industry ?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations! So glad you find my sharing useful. Would you find ITIL useful? After completing my PMI-ACP, I did the ITIL Foundation to understanding IT/IT service management in a more systematic way. The ITIL Foundation is a good start point. Thanks!

  16. Zhaogao Luan says:

    Dear Eduard, i just passed my PMP exam yesterday with all five areas above target. I studied for about one month. Your website is really a great help! Many thx!!

  17. Ritesh Raghavendra Rao desai says:

    Hi Eduard,

    I passed PMP in first try on NOV 12,2018. It took me approx 6 weeks time to plan (filing for exam) to pass the challenging exam. I studied on average 2-3 hours daily & 6-8 hours on weekends with complete dedication.

    I want to thank you for the wonderful notes you shared via this website & maintaining the updates- it was of immense help to me to prepare. I went through prep cast video sessions to claim for 35hours PDU to appear for filing the exam application process. I studied Rita M (9th edition) book twice, solved 7 mock simulator tests from prep cast & referred to your complete notes. I would refer other aspirants to refer to your notes to help succeed.

  18. Natisha Griffin says:

    Just passed my exam today and your site and tips were a great help! Thank you for sharing your knowledge

  19. Manoj says:

    Just cleared today. Thanks for putting this together Edward. Your site was quite useful and would definitely recommend to others

  20. Heather says:

    I passed yesterday with Above Target Overall (all above target except one below target in Closing), I want to say thank you for preparing this website and maintaining for the latest version, it was a vital study tool for me, I referred to it countless times. I had a terrible application audit experience (3 months to get it approved) so I was nervous about the whole process. I studied from late July (aprox. 3 months) evenings, weekends and any chance I had. I used your site, the pmbok, my bootcamp manual, a number of the free mock exams (Oliver Lehmann is great) and the previous version of Rita’s book (I was taking a chance referring to the previous version but by then I knew the differences). Anyway, thanks for this, its wonderful and I will refer anyone who is studying to check this out.

  21. Rishabh says:

    Hi Edward

    Passed with overall Above Target (June 2018) . Above Target in Monitoring and Controlling,Executing and Closing. At Target for Initiating, Planning. I read PMBOK cover to cover once, Part 1 of PMBOK the second time and found your site two weeks before test.
    I must thank you for for all the content and guidelines posted by you, it was a great source for managing & streamlining the scattered knowledge in my head, Thanks for helping aspirants like me, keep up the good work, recommending your site to my peers as well who wish to go for PMP exam

  22. Christine Ward says:

    Passed today with overall Above Target. Above Target in Initiating, Planning, Monitoring and Controlling. At Target for Executing and Closing. Have done complete self-study preparation and saw your site two days before testing. I appreciated your posts and the comments from your community. I needed some remote inspiration and it worked.

    Many thanks for your support of the PMP candidate community!

  23. Marek says:

    Thank you for that site Edward!
    Great help during study period.

    I passed today with AT/AT/T/T… and BT on Closing.

    Was pretty shocked when I saw this last score cause this group seemed to be pretty easy… 🙂

    Thank you again – great site!

  24. Kevin says:

    Hi Ed,

    Passed PMP today! thanks in part, to the Great Knowledge articles on your site, really helped. THANK YOU!

    Some lessons I learnt.

    1) In responding to answers and when studying for the exam, you need to ignore commercial reality, and move your head into PMBOK “Idealistic world”
    2) Make sure you understand EVM (i had lots of questions on it)
    3) If in doubt the answers is probably “Initiate integrated change control process” 🙂
    4) Know your stakeholder types and how to deal with them (i had lots of questions on it)
    5) Know your diagram types and what they are used for
    5) Don’t get disheartened during the exam the questions in the exam are very vague and (probably intentionally) ambiguous, I had no idea if I had done well or not when I clicked “End Exam”…. and was very happy to see an “above target pass”
    6) If self studying then from my own and colleagues experiences I would recommend you choose your training course carefully there are some really poor ones and you’ll spend a lot of time doing them…. if the course doesn’t have a refund policy, then possibly there is a reason they aren’t confident in the product (and sample modules aren’t always representative)

  25. Nikhil says:

    Hi Edward, happy to inform you that yesterday I have passed my PMP exam. Thanks to you for your explanatory notes. and a day before the exam I just went through your notes for a quick revision.

  26. jane says:

    Hi Edward, thank you for your helpful website. I used it almost every day towards my studying.
    I passed the PMP exam 1st try this morning.

  27. Anthony Porter says:

    Dear Edward,
    I would like to thank you for all the hard work and dedication you have spent in helping PMP aspirants prepare for the PMP Exam. Your website is an incredible resource to the professional community. I have scoured the Web for resources that would supplement my learning, and I’ve always returned to your website. The up-to-date information, links, resources, and your experiences as presented on this site are a treasure trove of quality PM knowledge. For example, your 47+ “confusing terms” is SUPERB in getting to the essence of a concept, and I absolutely loved how you included a real example with each (i.e. an exam prep as a project). I took my PMP test yesterday and PASSED. Every result Above Target. (I was so relieved, and happy). I drew diagrams, took hours of practice exams, went through the PMBOK like crazy. Some lessons learned for others who will take the PMP exam…:
    1. Read a variety of sources on concepts that are difficult – this website, PMBOK, a separate guide (like Kim Heldman’s), and other sites (like ASQ on Quality or even Wikipedia)
    2. Because of fear, it can be easy to want to memorize and memorize details and terms, then get lost in the weeds. Step back and look at the whole picture, and how all the process groups fit and flow together.
    3. Draw pictures, construct a stakeholder analysis matrix, imagine conflicts that have happened at your work – visualize the PM techniques and use them.
    4. BELIEVE in yourself. Go into the exam with confidence.

    Again thank you Edward. I can’t wait to get my PMP Certificate in the mail!!!!

  28. YUSUF Amoo says:

    Yippee, I passed the exam today. So Happy and fulfilled. In my “conquest”, Edward’s contents were very instructive and instrumental in helping me achieve this feat. I appreciate the service you are rendering to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. I also read Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep, back to back for like 7 Times. But Edward’s contents enhanced my readiness. I am still celebrating. Will you join me?

    • Edward Chung says:

      Sure! You have made it! That should be one of the most joyous moments of your life. I feel the joy you have! That reminds me of the moment I read the word “Congratulations” on the screen on my PMP Exam.

  29. Ankur Bansal says:

    Dear Edward,

    Yesterday i have given my PMP exam and able to pass in my first attempt and scored ‘Above target’ in all the 5 process groups.

    I am really thankful for you as your notes are so explanatory that i have not created my own notes and day before exam i just went through your notes for a quick revision.

    Kudos to you for helping all of us and building the great PMP community.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations Ankur, your efforts paid off! With your excellent results, I am sure your exam prep lessons learned will be very useful to fellow PMP Aspirants. Would you like to share more details with us? Thanks in advance!

  30. Rohit says:

    Hey Edward, I am elated to write this to you after passing my PMP y’day. Please accept my thanks and best wishes with all that you are doing to help the PMP community. Kudos to all your efforts 🙂

    I scored AT in 3 modules, 1BT and 1 Needs improvement, but my average was “Target” and am so glad I could crack PMP in my first attempt that too with quick little over a month prep. Your website and the numerous help tools it offered, helped me a great deal in achieving this goal. I felt the exam had more situational (not so lengthy though) questions than direct questions. 200 Qs in 240min is a definite challenge, so practicing full time mocks is very critical.

    Thanks once again and best wishes!


  31. Eshwar says:

    Hi Edward,

    I stumbled upon your website during my PMP preparation and have to stay it is very detailed and beneficial especially the PMP day experience and how to go about the process of PMP application. Your notes are very concise and serve a great review.
    Thank you for all your insights.

    I took my exam yesterday( Dec 6th) and got 1T and 4 AT.

    Thanks again for all the info and wish you the very best.


  32. Sridhar Mani says:

    Hi Edrward,

    Would like to thank you for providing insights, tips and tricks through your site that helped me pass the exam with 5 AT this week 🙂

    The links regarding mock exams and your simple explanation on formulas like CBR, NPV helped me focus on important stuff and at the same time helped me to not get overwhelmed with details.

    Thank you once again and wish you all the best!!!

    • Edward Chung says:

      Congratulations Sridhar! Your excellent results are the fruits of your hard work! Would you like to share your exam experience with fellow PMP Aspirants? Thanks!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.


    • 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!

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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

    • 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:

  38. 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.



  39. Xiaowei says:

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