April 4, 2020

What Are The PMP Certification Requirements?

PMP stands for Project Management Professional which is a credential that the Project Management Institute (PMI) offers.  Since 2006, roughly 4,300 individuals are obtaining the PMP Certification every month.  The number of PMP’s worldwide is approaching 400,000 as of 2011.  In most cases, the first step an individual needs to take is to determine if being a PMP is something they really want to become.

As a Project Management Professional, you will be a crucial component in the selection and completion of a number of different business projects as well as the development and execution of the project.  You are responsible for ensuring that specific standardized methodologies are followed with the project you are involved in regardless of the field or industry that you are working in.

As a certified Project Manager, you will earn up to 10% more than individuals who have not received their PMP certification.  The following is what an individual needs to do in order to receive their PMP Certification:

Determine if you meet the qualifications for being certified – there are two ways to determine eligibility which include:

  • If you have a high school diploma, you must have 35 hours of PMP education and have 5 years (or 7,500 hours) of experience in the Project Management field.
  • If you have earned your Bachelor’s Degree, you will still need the 35 hours of PMP education but only 3 years (4,500 hours) of Project Management experience.

Prepare for the PMP Certification exam – the exam is multiple choice in nature and contains 200 questions.  The Project Management Institute estimates that an individual will spend 35 to 40 hours studying for the PMP Certification exam.  Taking course reviews and practice exams as well as joining study groups are the recommended tools for preparing for the exam.  There is a content outline available at the PMI website and a book reading list that is recommended and will help you prepare a study plan for the PMP Certification exam.

Maintain your credentials once you receive them – once you have received your PMP Certification, it is critical that you earn 60 PDU’s (professional development units) every 3 years.  This is required in order to stay up to date with your PMP Certification.  Your PDU’s can be reported to the PMI website.  Additionally, classroom or online courses, community meetings, seminars, and writing articles or books regarding project management should be considered as part of continuing your education.  Working as a project manager will also enable you to earn additional PDU’s.

There are several 4-year colleges and universities that PMI has recognized as being schools that are accredited for offering PMP preparation exams for PMP Certification which include:

  • Boston University
  • DeVry University (Downers Grove, IL)
  • Keller Graduate School of Management (part of DeVry)
  • Villanova University

In closing, you should consider applying for the PMI Certified Associate program which has been designed for entry-level project management candidates in case you are unable to meet the PMP Certification eligibility requirements.