Project Smart ~ Exploring trends and developments in project management today

Calendar iconNot recorded ~ updated 28 Feb 2016
Adobe PDF icon

PMP Exam Application

~ By Duncan Haughey

PMI logo

The PMI (Project Management Institute) has eight levels of certification, starting with the CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) which is the entry-level certification for project team members.

The PMP (Project Management Professional) is the second highest level and regarded as one of the most valued credentials in project management today. Anybody who has passed the PMP certification exam successfully, and met the PMI's requirements for documenting their professional experience is entitled to use the abbreviation PMP after their name.

The third certification, PgMP (Program Management Professional) was introduced by the PMI in late 2007 for Program Managers.

Other certifications for practitioners with different levels of education and professional experience are:

  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) credential
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) credential
  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) credential
  • PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) credential

PMP Credentials

To be eligible for the PMP certification you must meet certain educational and professional experience requirements:

  1. Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate's degree or global equivalent)
  2. Minimum five years/60 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 7,500 hours were spent leading and directing the project
  3. 35 hours of formal project management education from an approved provider

Alternatively:

  1. Four-year degree (bachelor's degree or global equivalent)
  2. Minimum three years/36 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 4,500 hours were spent leading and directing the project
  3. 35 hours of formal project management education from an approved provider

Also, you must agree to adhere to a code of professional conduct and pass an examination (200 multiple-choice questions in 4 hours) designed to assess and measure your project management knowledge objectively.

A PMP must satisfy continuing certification requirements through professional development or lose the certification.

Candidates who do not meet the requirements for the PMP certification can apply for the CAPM examination instead.

Exam Application Tip

When applying for the PMP exam, you must provide the number of hours spent in each of the five process groups for every project you have submitted. You might find it helpful to record the hours you've worked on each project against each of the process groups in a spreadsheet. Then the spreadsheet is quickly transferred to the application form as you fill it in.

For more information about the PMP exam read, PMP vs. PRINCE2 Certificates by Nader Khorrami Rad or visit the Project Management Institute's website.


Comments

Be the first to comment on this article.

Add a comment



(never displayed)



 
2000
Enter the word foot backwards.
Notify me of new comments via email.
Remember my form inputs on this computer.

Top Three Causes of Project Failure

Businessman in a black suit holding up a white sign reading failed

The top three causes of project failure, which if addressed will greatly increase the chances of project success.

Developing the Project Plan

Project planning document being annotated

It is completely possible to run a project without a project plan or timeline; it's just not very smart.

Belbin and Successful Project Teams

Business team brainstorming using coloured labels on an office table

Creating successful project teams is a daunting task for project leaders. A good method for matching people to roles is the Belbin Team Inventory Method (BTIM).

The Simplified Project Management Process

Flat design of project management with icons

A five-minute step by step explanation of what project management involves for people who are unfamiliar with the approach.

PROJECT SMART is the project management resource that helps managers at all levels improve their performance. We provide an important knowledge base for those involved in managing projects of all kinds. With weekly exclusive updates, we keep you in touch with the latest project management thinking.

WE ARE CONNECTED ~ Follow us on social media to get regular updates and opinion on what's happening in the world of project management.


Latest Comments

Selestina Seyala Mandumbwa commented on…
How to Avoid Project Burnout
- Sat 20 April 8:32am

Tora L. commented on…
The Role of the Project Manager
- Tue 16 April 1:03pm

Quinsey Moyo commented on…
Top 10 Qualities of a Project Manager
- Mon 15 April 4:35pm

Latest tweets

General Project Management • Re: Writing a CV for a Project Manager role https://t.co/yKHLVie1Dm about 3 days ago

General Project Management • Re: Recently passed the PMP exam. Read my story https://t.co/XCvxVpt1sc about 3 days ago

General Project Management • Re: Writing a CV for a Project Manager role https://t.co/uEzvcwb9tf about 6 days ago