How to Use the PMI-RMP Certification Handbook .1PMI Certification Department Mission .2Overview of the PMI-RMP Credential .3Overview of the PMI-RMP Certification .3Timeline of the PMI-RMP Certification Process .4PMI-RMP Role Delineation Study (Job Analysis) .5PMI-RMP Eligibility Requirements .6How to Complete the Online Application .7PMI-RMP Application & Payment .7How to Record Your Experience & Education on the Application .8Application Processing .9PMI-RMP Certification Fees .10How to Submit Payment .11PMI-RMP Refund Policy .12PMI Audit Process .13PMI Audit Process .13PMI-RMP Examination Information .14Exam Policies & Procedures .14PMI-RMP Examination Blueprint .15Examination Administration .16New PBT Policy effective as of 1 July 2017 .16Test Accommodations for the Examination .17Legal Restrictions on Taking the Examination .18Examination Eligibility .19How to Schedule Your Examination Appointment .20Rescheduling/Cancellation Policy for CBT Exams .22Exam Rescheduling/Cancellation Policy for PBT Exams .23Extenuating Circumstances .24No-Show Status .24PMI Examination Security & Confidentiality .25Examination Site Requirements & Instructions .26Examination Report.30Reexamination .31Certification Complaints Process .32Credential Policies & Procedures .32Certification Appeals Procedure .32

Use of Your PMI-RMP Certification .34CCR Program Overview .35Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program .35PMI Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct .36PMI Certification Application/Renewal Agreement .36

How to Use the PMI-RMP Certification HandbookThis handbook contains information on how you can apply for the PMI-RMP, a certification for those whoprovide expertise in the specialized area of project risk management. It applies to both computer-basedand paper-based testing candidates.PMI requires that all certification applicants read this entire handbook. The purpose of this handbook is toprovide you with important information about the policies and procedures for obtaining and maintaining aPMI certification.The features in this handbook allow you to: Find information on each policy or procedure by clicking on a topic in the left navigation bar. Find tips and important information by reading NOTES throughout the handbook. Access the online application system and other information by clicking on links within this handbook.PMI CONTACT INFORMATIONFor general information about the Certification Program, contact theCustomer Care Service Center in your regionPMI Customer Care email:[email protected] Certification Complaints email:[email protected] the Online Certification system to apply:https://certification.pmi.orgUse the Online Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) systemfor certification maintenance: Certification Handbook last updated 30 October 2017. 2008-2017 Project Management Institute, Inc. All rights reserved.Updated: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017“PMI”, the PMI logo, “Making project management indispensable for business results”, “PMBOK”, “CAPM”, “Certified Associatein Project Management (CAPM)”, “PMP”, “Project Management Professional (PMP)”, “Project Management Professional”, thePMP logo, “PgMP”, “Program Management Professional (PgMP)”, “PMI-RMP”, “PMI Risk Management Professional (PMIRMP)” “PMI-SP”, “PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)”, PMI-ACP”, “PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)”, “PfMP”,“Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)” are marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.For a comprehensive list of PMI marks, contact the PMI Legal DepartmentPMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.1

About PMI’s Certification ProgramPMI offers a comprehensive certification program for practitioners with different levels of education and experience.The certifications are developed and maintained through a vigorous process.The certification program includes: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certificationPMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certificationPMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) certificationPMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) certificationPortfolio Management Professional (PfMP) certificationProgram Management Professional (PgMP) certificationProject Management Professional (PMP) certificationPMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) certificationPMI understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, manages conflictof interest and ensures the objectivity of its certification activities.PMI’s certifications are distinguished by their global development and application, which makes them transferableacross industries and geographic borders. The role and tasks of project managers around the globe are researchedand documented to define each certification. The strength of PMI’s certifications is that they are portable and nottied to any single method, standard, or organization.PMI’s certification program is designed to ensure that all certification holders have demonstrated their competencethrough fair and valid measures. Steps are taken to ensure only the most reliable testing measures are used in theassessment of candidates. For example, interviews can be influenced by how difficult the interviewer tends to be,how well the candidate is performing that day, and even how many questions the interviewer asks along the sameline of questioning.PMI certifications are also developed by project management practitioners for practitioners. The certificationprogram is driven by the thousands of certification holders who volunteer to spend time constructing and refiningthe examination questions utilized by PMI. These volunteers represent the diversity of PMI’s market, coming fromevery region of the world, industry, job level, and experience level.The exam questions are monitored through industry-standard statistical procedures, also overseen by volunteers.Finally, PMI’s entire certification program is supervised by the Certification Governance Council (CGC), acommittee of PMI certification holders who have a board mandate to oversee PMI’s certifications.A candidate is assessed by examining his or her competence using: Reviewing Education and Experience—A combination of education and/or experience in projectmanagement is required for each certification. Testing Competence—The candidate is required to apply project management concepts and experienceto potential on-the-job situations through a series of scenario-based questions. Ongoing Development—Maintenance of a PMI certification requires the accumulation of ongoingprofessional development and education or, in the case of the CAPM certification, re-certification.PMI Certification Department MissionInitiate, establish, evaluate, maintain and administer a professional certificationprogram to promote and support project management practitionersand the profession.PMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.2

Overview of the PMI-RMP CertificationOverview of the PMI-RMP CertificationThe PMI-RMP certification acknowledges the individual’s unique expertise on the project team whiledemonstrating the recognition and value the role provides to the project management profession. In thisrole, an individual has more competence in the specialized area of assessing and identifying project riskswhile mitigating threats and capitalizing on opportunities than a general practitioner and yet, alsomaintains a basic level of competence in all areas of project management.Employers can trust certification holders to possess the skills, knowledge and experience to contributedirectly to their crucial projects. This global certification also supports individuals in meetingorganizational needs; organizations can be confident in hiring capable, experienced project riskmanagement practitioners as well as having a means for a career development path.PMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.3

Overview of the PMI-RMP CertificationTimeline of the PMI-RMP Certification ProcessPMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.4

Overview of the PMI-RMP CertificationPMI-RMP Role Delineation Study (Job Analysis)PMI conducts Role Delineation Studies for each certification every three to five years. A third party,independent of PMI, conducts the study which includes volunteer project management professionalsfrom around the world. These individuals discuss the specific roles associated with each certification andthe tasks and responsibilities that are expected to be performed within that role. In other words, a RoleDelineation is a job analysis. It also provides a blueprint for the exam and links the exam questions to therole.The PMI-RMP Role Delineation states that candidates for the certification: Can assess and identify project risksBe able to mitigate threats and capitalize on opportunitiesShould be able to communicate risks to the project teamPMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.5

Overview of the PMI-RMP CertificationPMI-RMP Eligibility RequirementsTo be eligible for the PMI-RMP certification, you must meet certain educational and professionalexperience requirements. All project risk management experience must have been accrued withinthe last five consecutive years prior to your application submission.Educational BackgroundProject Risk Management ExperienceProject Risk ManagementEducationSecondary diploma (highSchool diploma, associate’sdegree or global equivalent)At least 4,500 hours spent in thespecialized area of professional projectrisk management within the last fiveconsecutive years40 contact hours of formaleducation in the specializedarea of project riskmanagementORFour-year degree (bachelor’sdegree or global equivalent)At least 3,000 hours spent in thespecialized area of professional projectrisk management within the last fiveconsecutive yearsPMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.30 contact hours of formaleducation in the specializedarea of project riskmanagement6

PMI-RMP Application & PaymentHow to Complete the Online ApplicationPMI encourages you to use the online certification system to apply for all certifications. A printableversion of the application is available on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Customer Care to submita request.Before you begin, check to make sure you meet the certification eligibility requirements and can recordthe necessary information on the application.Once you start an online application, you cannot cancel it. You can save it unfinished, come back to itlater, and edit any information you already entered. The application will remain open for 90 days duringwhich time PMI will send you an email reminder to complete the application.Please ensure that the application includes your valid, unique email address as this will be the primarymode of communication from PMI throughout the certification process. Although PMI will email youreminders during the process, you have the responsibility to schedule and sit for yourexamination within the one-year eligibility period (see the Examination Eligibility section of thishandbook for more details).NOTE: Electronic communications from PMI may inadvertently be blocked or forwarded to bulkmail folders by some spam filters. Please add [email protected] to the personal addressbook in your email program to help ensure that you don’t miss important CCR program updatesfrom PMI.Before you submit the application, you will be required to read and agree to the PMI Code of Ethicsand Professional Conduct and the Certification Application/Renewal Agreement, which can be found inthis handbook and on Incomplete applications and faxed applications will not be processed or returned.You can also use the online certification system to: View your submitted certification applicationView your examination eligibility statusDownload PMI audit formsDownload your exam reports with pass/fail statusApply and submit payment to take or retake any PMI examination and/or evaluationSubmit payment for certification renewalDownload receiptsAccess your certification record and update your contact informationView your listing on the Certification RegistryPMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.7

PMI-RMP Application & PaymentHow to Record Your Experience & Education on the ApplicationUse the experience verification section of the online application to record your experience. Theexperience does not necessarily have to be paid work, but it does need to be in a professional setting.Activities such as school projects or planning personal events would not qualify. Record projectsindividually regardless of the number of projects you include.Number of Hours that You Specialized in Project Risk ManagementConsider all of the projects that you have worked on and identify how many hours you spent on projectrisk management. If you worked on multiple projects at one time, all the hours spent on project riskmanagement count toward the total.Contact Hours of Project Risk Management EducationIf you hold a four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or global equivalent), record a minimum of 30 contacthours of education within the specialty area of project risk. If you hold a high school diploma, associatesdegree or global equivalent, record a minimum of 40 contact hours of education within the specialty areaof project risk.NOTE: One hour of classroom instruction equals one contact hour. If you have completed auniversity or college course on project risk management that met for three hours per week for 15weeks, you would record 45 contact hours. If only a portion of a course dealt with project riskmanagement, only the hours spent on project risk management can be applied toward the total.There is no time frame associated with this requirement; therefore, you can record all education withinthe specialty area of project risk regardless of when it was accrued. The course work must becompleted at the time you submit the application and must include content on project riskmanagement.You can satisfy the project risk management education requirements by demonstrating the successfulcompletion of courses, workshops and training sessions offered by one or more of the following types ofeducation providers:A.B.C.D.E.F.PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s)*PMI chapters *Employer/company-sponsored programsTraining companies or consultants (e.g., training schools)Distance-learning companies, including an end-of-course assessmentUniversity/college academic and continuing education programsThe following education does not satisfy the education requirements: PMI chapter meetings*Self-directed learning (e.g., reading books, watching instructional videos or sessionswith coaches or mentors)*If at least one hour of a chapter meeting is spent conducting a learning activity, the hour(s)spent in that activity can be counted towards the educational eligibility requirement.NOTE: While you may be able to record applicable classes that counted toward a degree,you cannot record the degree program in its entirety because some classes within theprogram will not apply to the requirement.PMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.8

PMI-RMP Application & PaymentApplication ProcessingPMI strives to process certification applications in a timely manner. The application processing timelinedepends on how you submit your application—either online using the certification system, or on papersent by postal mail to PMI. The following table details the application processing timeline.Application Processing TimelineApplication submitted:OnlineProcess time:5 calendar daysNOTE: This processing timeline does not apply if your application has been selected for PMI’saudit process (refer to the PMI Audit Process section in this handbook for more details).PMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.9

PMI-RMP Application & PaymentPMI-RMP Certification FeesThe proper fees for payment are determined by your PMI membership status and the examinationdelivery type (computer-based versus paper-based) for your geographic location. Refer to theExamination Administration section in this handbook to see if you qualify for paper-based exam delivery.Otherwise, plan on taking a computer-based exam and submitting the associated fees. Use the followingchart to determine the certification fee.Exam Administration TypeComputer-based testing (CBT)Paper-based testing (PBT)Computer-based testing (CBT)Paper-based testing (PBT)PMI Member StatusmembernonmemberUS DollarsEuros 520 430 670 555Reexamination CBT/PBTReexamination CBT/PBTmembernonmember 335 435 280 365CCR certification renewalCCR certification renewalmembernonmember 60 150USD onlyUSD onlyThe PMI membership rate will apply only if you are a member of PMI in good standing at the time yousubmit payment for the certification. If you apply for membership right before you apply for thecertification, make sure you receive confirmation of your membership before you pay for the certification.If your membership has not been completely processed before you pay for the certification, you will becharged the nonmember rate.If PMI membership is obtained after you submit payment for the certification, PMI will not refund thedifference.Review all the benefits of PMI membership or Join Now!PMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.10

PMI-RMP Application & PaymentHow to Submit PaymentOnce your online application has been processed and determined to be complete, PMI will sendelectronic notification to you requesting payment.This requires you to go back into the online certification system to complete the following steps:1. Select your examination delivery method(refer to the Examination Administration section in this handbook for more details)2. Request test accommodations for your examination at no extra cost, if necessary(refer to the Test Accommodations section in this handbook for more details)3. Submit payment(refer to the Certification Fees section of this handbook for more details)You can submit payment of the certification fees in any of the following ways:Payment typeMethod for sending paymentCredit cardOnline certification system or postal mail to PMICheckPostal mail to PMIMoney OrderPostal mail to PMIWire transferContact [email protected] for detailsIf you submit your application by postal mail, payment is expected to be received with yourapplication.If you submit your application online, you may submit payment by the following ways:1. Online—Use the online certification system to submit credit card payment. This will enable PMI toprocess your payment more quickly.OR2. By Postal Mail—Mail a check, money order, credit card information or wire payment informationto PMI. Include your PMI identification number and user name.PMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.11

PMI-RMP Application & PaymentPMI-RMP Refund PolicyTo obtain a refund for the PMI-RMP certification, you must make a request at least 30 days before theexam eligibility expiration date. A refund of US 250 will be made if you have not yet scheduled ortaken the examination. After the refund is processed the application will be closed and the eligibilityperiod will no longer be valid.PMI will NOT provide you with a refund in the following instances: If your one-year eligibility period has expired and you have not scheduled the exam, you will notreceive a refund. You will forfeit the entire fee. You will not be able to use the initial fees foranything else. If you still wish to obtain the certification, you will have to reapply and submit allassociated fees again. If you have scheduled the exam and did not take it, nor provided the necessarycancellation/rescheduling notification to PMI’s testing administration partner, Prometric, you willnot receive a refund. Again, you will forfeit the fee and not be able to apply it to anything else.NOTE: You can send a request for refund to [email protected] or by fax to 1 610 482 9971.PMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.12

PMI Audit ProcessPMI Audit ProcessThe submission of an application indicates your agreement to comply with the terms of PMI’s auditprocess. All applications are subject to an audit, although only a percentage of applications are selectedfor audit. The selection of an application for audit is random.If your application is selected for an audit, you will be notified by email. The electronic audit notificationprovides detailed information on how to comply with the terms of the audit.During an audit, you will be asked to submit supporting documentation such as: Copies of your diploma/global equivalentSignatures from your supervisor(s) or manager(s) from the project(s) recorded in the experienceverification section of the applicationCopies of certificates and/or letters from the training institute(s) for each course recorded on theapplication to meet the required contact hours of project risk management educationPMI provides you with 90 days to submit the requested documentation. If you are able to provide thenecessary documentation to meet the terms and requirements of PMI’s audit process, the audit shouldtake about five business days to complete.You can send your completed audit forms by regular postal mail or express courier service, to theaddress below. Please send all materials at one time, in one envelope. Sending audit documentsseparately can cause delay in the audit review timeframe.PMIAttn: Certification Audit14 Campus Blvd.Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299 USAYou may not continue with the certification process until you have complied with the audit requirements.Once you successfully complete the audit, your one-year examination eligibility period starts.Incomplete submissions will not be processed and will result in failure of the audit. If you choose notto comply with the audit, it will result in an audit failure and there is a one-year suspension period toapply for that certification again.NOTE: Please be advised that while the selection process for an audit is primarily random, PMIreserves the right to select any candidate to be audited at any time, including after the certificationhas been bestowed. If you fail to meet the audit requirements after attaining the certification, youare not entitled to a refund.PMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.13

Exam Policies & ProceduresPMI-RMP Examination InformationThe PMI-RMP certification examination is comprised of 170 multiple-choice questions. Of the 170questions, 20 are considered pretest questions. Pretest questions do not affect the score and are used inexaminations as an effective and legitimate way to test the validity of future examination questions. Allquestions are placed throughout the examination randomly.No. of Scored QuestionsNo. of Pretest (Unscored)QuestionsTotal ExaminationQuestions15020170Computer-based testing (CBT) is the standard method of administration for PMI examinations. Paperbased testing (PBT) is available under limited circumstances (refer to the Examination Administrationsection in this handbook for more details).The allotted time to complete the computer-based examination is three and a half hours.Allotted Examination Time3.5 hoursIt may take some candidates less than the allotted three and a half hours to complete the examination.There are no scheduled breaks during the exam, although you are allowed to take a break ifneeded. If you take a break during the exam, your exam clock continues to count down.The examination is preceded by a tutorial and followed by a survey, both of which are optionaland both of which can take up to 15 minutes to complete. The time used to complete the tutorial andsurvey is not included in the examination time of three and a half hours.Item DevelopmentPMI-RMP examination questions: are developed and independently validated by global work groups of project risk managementpractitioners;are referenced to current project risk management and project management titles, whichinclude but are not limited to PMI’s global standards;are monitored through psychometric analysis; andsatisfy the test specifications of the PMI–Risk Management Professional ExaminationSpecification.PMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.14

Exam Policies & ProceduresPMI-RMP Examination BlueprintThe PMI-RMP examination is developed based on the examination blueprint contained in the PMI-RMPExamination Content Outline. The examination blueprint details the percentage of questions contained ineach project risk management domain. The following represents the percentage of questions in eachdomain that are included in the examination.DomainPercentage of QuestionsDomain 1—Risk Strategy and Planning (5 tasks)19-20%Domain 2—Stakeholder Engagement (9 tasks)19-20%Domain 3—Risk Process Facilitation (7 tasks)25-28%Domain 4—Risk Monitoring and Reporting (7 tasks)19-20%Domain 5—Perform Specialized Risk Analyses (3 tasks)14-16%TotalPMI-RMP Certification Handbook – revised 30 October 2017 2008-2017 Project Management Institute Inc. All rights reserved.100%15

Exam Policies & ProceduresExamination AdministrationNew PBT Policy effective as of 1 July 2017Paper-based testing is available in the following instances: Distance to a Prometric CBT site is more than 240 km (150 miles);A Prometric CBT site is not available within the country of residence and traveling across country

How to Use the PMI-RMP Certification Handbook . RMP)" "PMI-SP", "PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)", PMI-ACP", "PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)", "PfMP", . "Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)" are marks of Project Management Institute, Inc. For a comprehensive list of PMI marks, contact the PMI .