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PMP Certification - Everything you want to know

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Techcanvass Team — MAY 13, 2021

Project Management Professional (PMP) is a globally recognized professional certification. It is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a US non-profit professional organization. A well recognized and respected credential, PMP is considered essential for the project managers. Especially, for those who wish to take the next step in their career.

In order to be compliant with the changing industry dynamics, the PMP exam changes every 3-5 years based on the PMI leadership conducted by subject matter experts from leading organizations around the world. As a highlight, PMP exam changed by 2nd of Jan, 2021 and the new PMP exam focuses on People, Processes, and Business Environment domains.

Benefits of doing a PMP certification

  • Project Management professionals in more than 200 countries have earned and maintained their PMP certification
  • PMP certification is universally recognized. Regardless of the professional background and industry, you can gain by adding the certification to your resume
  • PMP Preparation, exposes you to current standards of project management, best practices, techniques, and the current trends in project management
  • Among all countries surveyed, the median salary for project professionals with a PMP is 25% higher than those without PMP certification
  • It is confirmed that the 80 percent of the high-performing projects are led by a certified project manager

PMP Certification Eligibility

The Project Management Institute requires that you meet some initial requirements before you are eligible to sit for the PMP exam

We recommend PMP aspirants to get a PMI membership. It offers immense benefits

  • Discount on the PMP Certification Exam Fee
  • Free Digital Copy of the PMBOK Guide
  • PMP Specific Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • Access to Various Research Papers

The PMP application process starts when you start filling in your online application form. You have 90 days to complete your application once you start. Once your form is submitted, it is reviewed for completeness, which takes up to 5 days. You will then hear whether you are eligible to take the exam and you’ll be asked to pay the exam fee.

NOTE : The PMP application form can NOT be downloaded from the PMI website as a file (for example, as a PDF) to be completed offline. The only way to apply is by filling in the online form.

Do a quick search on almost any online job board, and you'll see that the majority of available project manager positions list "PMP certification" as either required or strongly preferred. In many companies, PMP certification is required for promotions or is connected to performance evaluations. Whether you are a project manager seeking a new job, or a hiring manager with available project management positions, you know how much weight the PMP certification carries in the workplace

Companies recognize that certified managers are better at completing the project on time and within the budget.

A recent PMI survey states that the average median salary for a project manager with certification is $ 1,08,000. In contrast, the median income for a non-certified project manager is only $91,000

PMI Provides networking opportunities. Currently PMI has about 1,036,367 active PMP certification holders across the world

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All PMI certifications require you to meet domain experience levels, educational levels or both before you apply. You will need to provide the details of experience and/or education, so it’s best to gather and prepare this information before you open the application.

You should hold a bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent with at least three years of project management experience. The three years of experience is expected to be comprised of 4,500 hours which you have spent directing and leading projects and 35 hours of project management education.

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In case, you don’t have a four-year degree, you need to have a secondary diploma (high school or global equivalent) with at least project management experience of 5 years. The five years of experience should comprise of 7,500 hours which you have spent directing and leading projects and project management education of around 35 hours

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In case you do not meet the earlier two educational requirement, then the third option would be: Bachelor's Degree or Post-Graduate Degree from a GAC accredited program (Bachelor's Degree or Master's or Global Equivalent) Minimum of 24 months of unique non-overlapping professional project management experience and 35 contact hours of formal project management education

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Cost of Obtaining PMP Certification

The 'hidden' PMP certification fee is the cost of the time spent while studying for the PMP certification exam. Here is a detailed fee structure on the PMP certification costs

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The applicant is granted a one-year eligibility period in which to pass the examination. During the eligibility period, you may take the examination up to three times

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PMP Exam Syllabus

The PMP certification validates that you are among the best—highly skilled in:

  • People: emphasizing the soft skills you need to effectively lead a project team in today's changing environment.
  • Process: reinforcing the technical aspects of successfully managing projects
  • Business Environment: highlighting the connection between projects and organizational strategy.
# Process Wt.
1 People 42%
2 Process 50%
3 Business Environment 8%
Total 100%

PMP certification validates that you have the project leadership skills employers seek. The new PMP includes three key approaches:

  • Predictive (waterfall)
  • Agile
  • Hybrid
# Process Wt.
1 Predictive or Waterfall 50%
2 Agile (Adaptive) + Hybrid 50%
Total 100%

PMP Exam Pattern

The PMP examination is comprised of 180 questions. Of the 180 questions, 5 are considered pretest questions. Pretest questions do not affect the score and are used in examinations as an effective and legitimate way to test the validity of future examination questions. All questions are randomly placed throughout the examination

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PMP Exam Preparation

Participants completing the 35 hours of training will receive 35-contact hours of project management education. They earn PDUs after they become PMP and attend other training/workshops which provide PDUs.


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