What’s the PMP Certification?

The Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is one of the most important industry recognized certifications for project managers. It is globally recognized and shows you have experience, education, and the competence to lead and direct projects.

Taking the PMP certification allows project managers to increase their marketability to employers, leading to higher salaries.

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.OR
  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

See the PMP Handbook for further details.

 

PMP Exam Structure

The PMP examination is a 200 question multiple choice test that you’ll have 4 hours to complete with no scheduled breaks.

Questions are split between different project management processes:

  • Initiating (13%)
  • Planning (24%)
  • Executing (30%)
  • Monitoring and Controlling (25%)
  • Closing (8%)

Regardless of how advanced your project management experience or education may be, you should still spend time preparing for the exam.

Successful PMP candidates typically use multiple study aids, including courses, self-study and study groups to ensure they have a firm understanding of PMP material.

 

When, Where, How?

To apply for the PMP, you will need to register online. You can take it anytime during the year.

The actual test is taken at one of the 8,000 Prometric Testing Centers found within 160 countries. Registration is as simple as selecting a date and time.

 

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