The Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential requires that candidates earn 35 hours of specific instruction that addresses learning objectives in project management. The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) credential requires that candidates earn 23 hours if they have not accrued 1,500 hours of experience working on projects.

PMI Certification policies do not allow for the prescreening of a candidate's educational background towards the 23/35 contact hour requirement. You can achieve contact hours of education by completing courses offered from an employer, training company, college/university, PMI Registered Education Provider, distance learning company, etc.

Each classroom hour is equivalent to one "Contact" hour. Candidates can document all project management education hours regardless of when they were accrued. As long as course worked has been completed at the time of application. These hours may include content on project quality, scope, time, cost, human resources, communications, risk, procurement, and integration management. If the course content of the class you attended is based on one of the knowledge areas, process areas or sub-process areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Third Edition, it will satisfy the education requirement.