Earning Your Project Management Professional Certification

Project Management Professional (PMP) is a professional technical certification offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI). Many project managers working in the IT field seek to become PMP certified in order to prove their competence to potential employers. Many companies believe that hiring PMP certified professionals will help improve the success rates of all projects. There are currently over 300,000 PMP certified workers throughout the world.

In order to pre-qualify to become eligible for PMP testing, candidates must have graduated from high school or from community college and have 60 months of time working in project management. The other option for candidates is to graduate from a four year university and have 36 months of time in project management. Potential PMP testers must also have 35 contact hours of education in project management.

In order to become PMP certified, candidates must take the PMP exam. The exam is made up of 200 multiple choice questions on five different performance domains. The domains are initiating the project, which makes up 13% of the exam, planning the project, which makes up 24% of the exam, executing the project, which makes up 30%, monitoring and controlling the project, which makes up 25%, and closing the project, which makes up 8%.

After completing and passing the exam, PMP certified professionals must also continuous credential requirements (CCRs). Every three years a PMP credential holder must earn 60 professional development units (PDUs), which can be earned by research, writing articles, lecturing on project management-related ideas, and being involved in project management via a full-time position. More info: pmp certification requirements

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