An Overview of the PMP Certification Process (Project Management Professional)

In today’s business world, it’s sometimes difficult to tell real experience and knowledge from resumé fluff. One way business professionals can display their career commitment is by passing the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam. This credential, offered by the Project Management Institute, can open many doors for those who successfully complete the program and pass the exam. To date, there are more than 600,000 project management professionals in more than 200 countries around the globe with the PMP certification.

What is a PMP certification?

The PMP certification is designed to standardize levels of training and experience for project managers across industries as well as cultural and global boundaries. It gives the Project Manager title a more uniform meaning, helps companies find qualified personnel, and serves as a major selling point to customers.

What’s required to get a PMP certification?

In order to sit for the PMP certification exam, a candidate must have earned a high school diploma or an associate degree combined with 6,000 hours of project management experience. If a candidate has a bachelor’s degree, he or she must have 4,500 hours of project management experience. In both cases, the candidate must have taken at least 35 hours of project management education. Once you have the required prerequisites, you can apply to take the test online via the PMI website.

About the PMP Exam

The PMP exam is a 200-question, multiple choice test. Be mindful of the fact that this exam is described as extremely difficult by those who sit for it. The Project Management Institute calls the PMP exam a difficult test and recommends that candidates prepare vigorously before sitting for it. The exam is divided into five sections–initiating the project (13%), planning the project (24%), executing the project (30%), monitoring and controlling the project (25%), and closing the project (8%). Sample exam questions can be found on the PMI website.

PMI has found that successful candidates have reported using a diverse array of study methods, including self-study, classroom work, and study groups. Successful candidates receive an embossed certificate within several weeks of passing the exam.

Preparing for the PMP exam with Assumption College

Assumption College offers a 7 core course certificate program designed to prepare business professionals to take the PMP exam. The Project Management Capstone course covers in dept topics for understanding the genesis of project, program, and portfolio management and their importance to corporate success.  Students learn tasks involved in and outputs of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects. Earning a PMP credential can be a huge benefit to you and/or your employees. To learn more about the PMP certification and how earning it can jump start your project management career, we invite you to explore the PMI website or contact us at CCE @Assumption.

Once You’ve Passed the Exam

If you have passed your exam, and have a PMP certification, congratulations! It undoubtedly took a great deal of time and effort to get your certification. Once you are certified, the Project Management Institute mandates that to keep your PMP credential current, you must continue your education in project management. Project managers must complete at least 60 hours of continuing education in each three-year period of their careers. Our Certificate in Project Management can help you brush up on your skills and count towards your continuing education requirement.

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