Pearl Qualified Professional PQP Exam Program

The PQP Exam provides the mechanism for a candidate to receive the PQP credential as required within the Pearl Rating System process for all buildings and communities. The PQP will be responsible for:

  • Understanding the credits of the Pearl Community and Building Rating Systems and their application to projects
  • Facilitating the certification process
  • Providing quality assurance to documents prior to submission to Estidama.

To register for the Exam, please choose "Estidama Pearl Rating System" in the Test Takers section of or log on directly to

The PQP Exam is a computerised multiple-choice exam provided through a Prometric testing center. The exam is available at two testing sites in the UAE, one in Abu Dhabi and one in Dubai, as well as internationally. You can take either the Pearl Community Rating System (PCRS) Exam or the Pearl Building Rating System (PBRS) Exam.

The cost for each exam is $200 (around AED740) and comprises of 40 multiple-choice questions. You can choose to become qualified for either Rating Systems or only one; however the Appointed PQP for the project must hold the relevant Rating System certificate.

The pass rate for each exam is 70% or 28 questions correct out of 40. The pass rate was determined after an extensive data collection and analysis of approximately the first 200 completed exams. The first group of approximately 200 PQPs was notified by email in early February 2011.

The DPM will issue certificates to the qualified PQPs. The certifications will include a unique PQP identifier number and identify whether it is for PBRS or PCRS (see PQP Certificate Requests below).


PQP Certificate Requests

Upon successfully passing the PQP Exam, all candidates that wish to request a PQP certificate can find all relevant information within our services catalogue (refer to link here).

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