PMP® Project Management Professional Certification Information

What is PMP® Certification?

PMP® or Project Management Professional is a certification program governed by Project Management Institute (PMI) and is offered to Project management aspirants. PMI defines PMP certification as an application of knowledge, techniques and skills that are essential to execute projects efficiently towards their success.PMP® certification is industry agnostic and can be taken by project professionals virtually from any industry, methodology and location. This most sort after credentials enhances a project professionals earning potential and job opportunities.

Who can apply for PMP®?

Project Management Professional is ideal for individuals who take up mid and higher management roles in project management. This qualification is ideal for Project managers, project engineers and developers, technical and management team leads and anyone who aspires to work in project management and handling space.

Prerequisites for PMP® certification

PMP® aspirants need to fulfil either of the two criteria set by PMI in order to qualify to take this prestigious project management exam – Here are the requirements

Prerequisites – Set 1

  • 4 year degree
  • 4,500 hours of project management experience at directing and leading capacities
  • 35 hours of project management education

Prerequisites – Set 2

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 4,500 hours of project management experience at directing and leading capacities
  • 35 hours of project management education

PMP® certification cost

  • USD 405 for a PMI Member and USD 555 for a non-PMI member
  • PMI membership fee is USD 129/ year. With PMI membership one gets access to PMBOK, on demand webinars, articles and reference materials on business and project management.

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PMP® Exam pattern

PMP® certification exam consists of 200 questions that need to be answered in 4 hours. Off the 200, 175 questions are counted for scored and the remaining 25 questions are pre-test ones that are scattered across the 5 domains. These 25 pre-test questions help PMI monitor the question’s performance to identify whether they can be included in future tests or not. The 200 questions come from the 5 process groups/phases.

  • Project Initiation – 13% of the 200 questions
  • Project Planning – 24%
  • Project Execution – 31%
  • Project Monitoring and Control – 25%
  • Project Closure – 7%

What is the passing score of PMP® Exam?

PMI officially doesn’t specify a passing percentage for PMP® exam. Please feel free to confirm the same with the PMI Customer care. However until 2006, a 61% passing percentage was mentioned in PMP handbook. Since then, it is said that the minimum mark to qualify PMP® varies for each exam and is based on the exam’s difficulty and on the global scores of exam takers. From this it can be inferred that each question has varied difficulty and score associated with it.

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