What is PMP Certification? – An Overview

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification, which is a widely respected project management credential, assesses a candidate's capacity to oversee the people, procedures, and business priorities of a professional project. In accordance with the Project Management Institute (PMI), which oversees the certification, there are over a million PMP holders worldwide. It is relevant to project managers in almost every industry, including business, information technology (IT), construction, and health. You must take a certification exam in addition to having the necessary experience to earn the certification.

Here are some essential details regarding the certification.

Requirements for PMP certification:

You must verify your curricula and experience with project management in order to sit for the exam. These are listed below:

    35 hours of managing projects, or coursework that was specifically focused on project management learning objectives.
    A Accredited Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification may be used in place of this. ( OR )
    If you hold a four-year degree, you must have 36 months of project management experience; if you only have a high school diploma or an associate degree, you must have 60 months of project management experience.

PMP exam price:

The exam fee was $405 for PMI members and $555 for non-members as of 2022. With a PMI membership, the exam was marginally less expensive because there was a $10 one-time application fee and a membership cost of $129 per year.

Getting ready for the PMP exam:

Planning and perseverance are required to study for the exam; exam guides typically advise at least a few months of preparation. You can study with the aid of a number of classes, books, and other resources. Read more about getting ready for the test below.

Your PMP certification being renewed:

The Certificate is valid for three years, but it can be kept up to date or renewed by accruing 60 PDUs—defined as spending hours on approved PDU activities—during that time.

How long is the PMP exam?

Here is a summary of the topics covered by the PMP certification exam as of June 2022.

Total: 180 questions Duration: 230 minutes (3 hours 50 minutes) Break: Twice, for ten minutes

Multiple-choice, multiple-response, matching, hotspot, and constrained fill-in-the-blank questions are included.

There are three categories for the questions:

People : 42% of the exam

The people section of the exam, which makes up slightly less than half of it, contains questions on topics like mentoring, resolving conflicts, supporting virtual teams, leading and developing teams, and others.

Process : 50% of the test

Your understanding of the procedures for carrying out a project from start to finish is tested in the process section. You might be questioned about planning, ability to handle changes in the project, handling expenditures and other resources, and choosing the best methodologies.

Business : 8% of the exam

The exam's section on the business environment broadly covers the more business-related issues that project managers have to deal with, such as adherence, load - related, and assisting organizational change.

Forecasting project management approaches make up about half of the content, while Agile or hybrid approaches make up the other half.


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