Q. Who should apply for the PMI-SP credential?
A. Individuals who spend a majority of their time managing project schedules should consider applying for this specialty credential.
A. Project scheduling practitioners provide expertise in the specialized area of developing and maintaining the project schedule. Project scheduling professionals should be recognized for their knowledge, skills and experience in this specialized area of project scheduling.
Q. Do I have to be a PMI Member to pursue the PMI-SP credential?
A. No. Candidates do not have to be a PMI member.
Q. Is there a pre-requisite credential I must attain first before applying for the PMI-SP?
A. No. The PMI-SP is a stand-alone credential offered as part of PMI’s family of credentials.
Q. Is there a pilot for the PMI-SP examination?
A. Yes. Candidates can schedule their examinations once approved and once payment is received, but they can only schedule the examination after the 30 May 2008 date, when the credential will officially be launched. The pilot period will run from 30 May to 31 July 2008. The first 100 people to apply and sit for the exam will receive 50% off the price of the examination. This will be conducted as a refund. Candidates will also be entered into one of four regional drawings (North America, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific) for a chance to win $1,000.00 (US). Candidates must sit for the examination between 30 May and 31 July 2008 to take advantage of this promotion.
Q. If I sit for the PMI-SP examination, when will I receive my score?
A. Candidates who sit for the examination during the pilot period (30 May – 31 July 2008) will not receive their scores immediately. PMI will be determining the pass/fail score (cut score) during this pilot period. As soon as the cut score is determined (within a 60 – 90 day timeframe), pilot participants will be notified immediately. Until that time, communications will be sent to candidates to keep them apprised of where PMI is in the cut score determination process.
Q. If I already have a credential from PMI, can I still pursue the PMI-SP?
A. Yes. The PMI-SP is a stand-alone credential. The candidate must be able to meet all of the eligibility requirements.
- The initial evaluation occurs through an application review (including education and experience requirements).The application will be reviewed and approved or denied within five days of receipt. PMI may select any application for audit to verify any aspect of the application (payment is submitted with the application and required prior to audit). Approval of the application, along with receipt of payment, will allow the candidate to pursue the next step to take the multiple-choice evaluation examination.
- Payment must be submitted with the application and received by PMI.
- The multiple-choice examination is the second evaluation. During the examination, candidates will be called upon to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge to a variety of situational or scenario-based questions.
- Upon passing the examination evaluation, candidates will earn the PMI-SP.
Q. How can I apply for the PMI-SP?
A. The application is available online. You also have the option to download the application, fill it out and send it to PMI via postal mail. Please note: Any missing information will result in a delay in processing.
Q. What supporting documentation should I send with my application?
A. When submitting an application, you do not need to send documentation. However, PMI does use a random audit process to verify candidate applications. If you are selected for a random audit, you will receive notification via e-mail as well as a letter via postal mail with the instructions and forms needed to complete this requirement.
- PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)
- Three to five years of project scheduling experience
- With a bachelor’s degree or global equivalent have:
- 30 contact hours of formal education (must be in project scheduling)
- Within the past five years, a minimum of 3,500 hours of experience in project scheduling
- With a high school diploma or global equivalent have:
- 40 contact hours of formal education (must be in project scheduling)
- Within the past five years, 5,000 hours of experience in project scheduling
- With a high school diploma or global equivalent have:
Q. What must I know to complete the multiple-choice examination?
A. The examination is administered globally, via computer-based testing. In areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available, paper-based testing will be made available.
The examination consists of approximately 170 questions. Candidates will be given three-and-a-half hours to complete the examination. About 20 of the questions, dispersed randomly throughout the examination, are pre-test (or un-scored) questions.
Applicants who pass the application review are eligible to take the multiple-choice examination. The eligibility for the examination period is one year.
During the eligibility period, the candidate may take the multiple-choice examination up to three times. Candidates should gauge their time carefully to leave enough time during the eligibility period to retake the examination, if needed. PMI will collect retake fees for candidates making second or third attempts to pass the examination.
Q. What happens if my eligibility expires and I have not taken the exam?
A. Candidate applications are valid for one year from the date of application approval. If a candidate allows his or her eligibility to lapse, he or she must re-apply.
Q. If I fail the exam, can I take it again? If so, when can I take it? How many times can I take the exam?
A. Yes, Candidates are granted a one-year eligibility window. Candidates have a maximum of three attempts to receive a passing score on the PMI-SP examination within the one-year eligibility period. After the third unsuccessful attempt, candidates will have to wait one year before re-applying for the credential and retaking the examination. Candidates must submit a re-examination form before each attempt along with the re-examination fee (please see your handbook for re-examination fees).
A. After you pass the exam, you may immediately use the credential after your name (for example, John Doe, PMI-SP). Your name will also appear in the PMI Online Registry. Credential holders will receive a package of information with a certificate, letter and credential holder card in the mail. Please note: It usually takes about 6-8 weeks to receive your credential package from PMI.
Q. Where will the examination be given?
A. The PMI-SP examination will be offered globally at Prometric Testing Centers that offer other PMI examinations. You cannot schedule your examination appointment until you receive your eligibility notification and have submitted payment. Please refer to the Prometric website for more information, including scheduling. (www.prometric.com)
- Review the PMI-SP Handbook
- Review the PMI-SP Examination Specification
- Review A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Third Edition
If you have not completed a course containing Project Scheduling concepts, PMI recommends you do so. Educational programs are offered through a variety of providers including:
- PMI component organizations (chapters, SIGs, colleges)
- PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s)
- University and college academic and continuing education programs
- Training companies or consultants
- Employer or company sponsored-programs
- Distance learning providers
- Study groups (i.e. local chapter study groups)
Q. What is the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program?
A. In order to satisfy CCR program requirements and maintain an active credential holder status, individuals who have attained the PMI-SP credential must accrue and report a minimum of 30 professional development units (PDUs) during each three-year CCR cycle.
The credential holder needs to complete an Application for Certification Renewal, remit payment of the renewal fee, and reaffirm the appropriate Code of Professional Conduct. For more information on the CCR program and how to report PDUs, please refer to the CCR Handbook.
Q. What are the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) for this credential?
A. PMI-SP credential holders are required to attain no less than 30 professional development units (PDUs) during each three-year renewal cycle.
Please Note The Following:
- The 30 PDUs in project scheduling can also be counted towards the maintenance of the PMP® or PgMPSM credential(s)
- If a project scheduling practitioner is taking general project management classes, only the sections that pertain to project scheduling can be applied towards the PMI-SP credential
Q. Will this new credential dilute the PMP credential?
A. No, PMI’s credentials reflect different roles, and therefore, different candidates. Please visit the Our Credentials section of our Web site for additional clarification on the differences among PMI’s credentials.
Q. When will the credential be available?
A. The PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) will be released in the second quarter of 2008. However, PMI is currently looking for candidates for the pilot. The first 100 people to apply and sit for the exam will receive 50% off the price of the exam. This will be conducted as a refund. Candidates will also be entered into a regional drawing (NA, EMEA, LA and AP) for a chance to win $1,000.00(US). PMI will give away $1,000.00 (US) in each region. Candidates must sit for the exam between 30 May and 31 July 2008. For more information on the PMI-SP credential, click THIS