Project Management Professional (PMP) – What is it?
PMP is the PMI’s (Project Management Institute’s) Project Management Professional credential. It is regarded by many as the main industry-recognised certification for project managers, which means that people with a PMP qualification are highly sought-after by employers, and are likely to receive a higher salary than project managers without this certification.
The PMP credential is recognised internationally, and indicates to employers that the holder of the credential has the experience, education and competence necessary to lead and direct projects successfully. The PMP is suitable for project managers across all industries, which increases its value.
Who should consider the PMP certification?
If you have solid experience as a project manager, and would like to formalise your skills and experience by becoming certified, the PMP is an excellent choice. If you meet the eligibility criteria, and are looking for a way to increase your employability or your earning potential, the PMP will give you the opportunity to do so.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the PMP, you could consider applying for a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential. You can find out more about this credential by visiting the PMI’s website.
How to obtain PMP Certification
You obtain PMP certification by passing the PMP exam, which consists of 200 multiple choice questions. Before you can apply to take the exam, you need to meet the eligibility criteria, which are as follows:
- You must hold a secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent), and have at least 5 years of project management experience, with 7500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education.
- You must hold a four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent), and have at least 3 years of project management experience, with 4500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education.
These are the minimum requirements for eligibility for the exam. More details can be found on the PMI’s website.
After you have become certified
Once you have obtained the PMP credential, you need to follow the PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) programme. The aim of the CCR programme is to ensure that continuing professional development takes place, and that the PMP credential holders remain up to date with new developments in project management.
A PMP credential holder is required to earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) per 3-year cycle in order to maintain his or her PMP credential.
The PDUs are divided into two categories: Educational and Giving Back to the Profession. Within these categories, there is a list of activities that qualify for PDUs. Generally, one hour spent on a listed activity will count as 1 PDU.