How to cover the cost of your Project Management exam with your VA benefits

How to cover the cost of your Project Management exam with your VA benefits

There is great news for Veterans who receive educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  If you’re working toward your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI), the VA will reimburse you for the cost of the exam – I know because I just did it and received my reimbursement!  Below are the step by step instructions you should follow:

  1. At successful completion of the PMP exam, login to your PMI account

  2. Click on my PMI

  3. Click on my certification info

  4. A profile tab will appear, click on order history

  5. Print off the receipt as proof of payment for the PMP exam

  6. Next, complete the Application for Reimbursement of Licensing or Certification Test Fees (VA Form 22-0803)

  7. Make a copy of your exam results page in your PMI account as proof you passed the exam

  8. Mail these three documents to the required VA regional processing office (found on page 2 of VA Form 22-0803)

joey pmp certificate

Important Notes: Exam fees for PMI members are $405, non-members $555. 

Additionally, those who are full-time students/currently enrolled in higher education will only pay $30 to become a PMI member.  Simply verify your status by providing PMI with enrollment information.

The VA will utilize one half month/one full month of your benefit allotment, depending on the cost of your licensing/certification test fees (please note that I personally used my Post 9/11 GI Bill in this example).

As Veterans, we have access to outstanding educational benefits and the above is a testament to that fact.  Why pay out of pocket for the PMP exam when the VA will cover it? Just follow Joe’s lead, and let us know if you have any questions we can help with!