The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is a highly recognized certification for project managers. It demonstrates that you have the experience, education and ability to lead successful projects. Learn what the PMP credential is, what's involved in the application process, and how our certification training helps you obtain and maintain your PMP certification.
There is a three step process to achieving the PMP Certification:
- Past Training
- Passing an Exam
There are two parts to the process:
- Part One: The PMP application
- Part Two: The PMP exam
For Part One, the PMP application, the requirements are:
- Get PMI® to approve your PMP application (which means meeting all the application requirements)
- Have 35 Project Management PDUs in advance of filling out the application
- Pass the examination
- Maintain your certification by earning 60 PDUs over every three years
PMP Certification Process
Here is the process you must follow and some helpful details to help you successfully gain the PMP certification:
Based on "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2013."
- PMP Handbook
- PMP Examination Content Outline
PMP Eligibility Requirements
|Four-Year Degree (Bachelor's or the global equivalent)||Secondary Diploma (high school or the global equivalent)|
PMP Application Fees
|PMP Exam Administration Type||PMI Member||PMI Nonmember|
|CCR Certification renewal||$60||$150|
What you need to know about the PMP certification application and renewal process
- Once you start the PMP application process you have 90 days to complete
- Do the online PMP application if at all possible. It takes five business days to process as opposed to waiting for the mail to get to the right person
- You can't schedule your PMP exam until the application is approved and fees are paid
- If you are audited (possibly up to 25% of applications are randomly audited), you have 90 days to respond. You are not eligible until the successful completion of the audit
- You have one year to take the PMP exam after application approval. You can retake the PMP exam three times during that year
- Your PMP certification cycle starts the day you pass your exam, and your cycle is 3 years. You need 60 PDUs during that cycle
- You complete the renewal process once you have 60 PDUs and pay the renewal fee
- PMP certification suspension happens on the third anniversary of the day you passed your exam and you have yet to renew (1 year period)
- PMP certification expiration happens one year after the suspension period begins
PMP Exam Content Overview
PMP Exam Information
|No. of Scored Questions||175|
|No. of Pretest (Unscored) Questions||25|
|Total PMI-ACP® Exam Questions||200|
Alloted PMP Examination Time
4hrs. - Examination is preceded by a tutorial and followed by a survey both are optional
PMP Exam Blueprint
|Monitoring and Controlling||25%|
Helpful Hints from ASPE Instructor, Dave Caccamo
- Don't repeat the PMBOK® Guide back to PMI on your application!
- You will have studied and memorized lots of processes for the test, but your application has to be a lot more detailed than "I initiated a project" or "I performed Procurement Planning."
- Mention deliverables!
- But not just any deliverables...
- Make them Project Management in nature!
- You are a project manager. Per the PMBOK® Guide, you do not perform the technical work of the project, you manage the project. Therefore the deliverables you produce will be things such as Risk Management Plans and Work Breakdown structures.
- Tell them why you created those deliverables!
- "Due to special risk considerations associated with the development of the project's new technology, led the team that created a specialized Risk Management Plan...
- Tell them how it helped!
- "...that saved the project budget $100,000" or "cut 5 weeks from the project's schedule."
- Try to stress at least two Project Management deliverables per project write-up!
- You probably won't have room for more, so go with the ones that are the most impressive.
- Remember to cover all the Process Groups!
- You do not have to mention every process group in every project you list, but you must show all five when you look back through the projects you performed.
- You only have 500 CHARACTERS to make your case - Be succinct!
- Don't write in full sentences - feel free to drop words such as "the" and don't worry about the subject - everyone knows you are describing yourself.
- Prequalify yourself for an audit!
- When you fill out your application you will provide the name of the person who will vouch for your veracity if you are audited. Show him, or her, your write-up. If they think it is good (and the hours you list are correct), then handling your audit should be a breeze. And about those hours...
- Be ethical!
- Few of us have the records going back eight years that we would need to document the hours requirements for the application. But if you are honest with yourself when you are estimating your hours (and especially if you have backup from your supervisor), you should not have any problems.
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