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What is PMP Certification?

Updated: Feb 3, 2019

By: Nayana Sen, MBA PMP CSM




By: Nayana Sen, MBA PMP CSM

The PMP® (short for the Project Management Professional) certification is globally recognized, and project managers with this designation are often compensated higher than their non-certified peers. “PMP” is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute (PMI).


The certification is often considered the “gold standard” in project management. Seasoned project managers that have experience managing the entire project life cycle, leading and directing project teams, and have in-depth knowledge of project management should consider applying to take the PMP® Exam to obtain the designation.


Prerequisites to sit for the exam:

PMP® Candidates with a secondary degree (such as high school diploma, associate’s degree, or global equivalent) must meet the following eligibility requirements:

· At least 7,500 hours of project management experience

· 35 contact hours of formal education.


PMP® Candidates with a four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or global equivalent) must meet the following eligibility requirements:

· At least 4,000 hours of project management experience

· 35 contact hours of formal education.


PMP® candidates will have to document their project management experience as part of the PMP® exam application process. All applications are subject to audit by the PMI. Candidates that are approved to take the test will take a 200-question exam to demonstrate their knowledge of project management. The current price to take the exam is $405 for PMI members and $555 for Non-members. To maintain the PMP® designation, practitioners must earn 60 professional development units (or PDUs) every three years.


Visit www.pmi.org for more detailed information on applying to take the PMP® Exam and eligibility requirements.


Course LLC is currently offering PMP® exam prep courses onsite through Saint Johns River State College (Clay and Saint Johns Counties). We also offer the training onsite at your organization. Learn more about PMP® exam prep courses on our project management page at coursellc.com/projectmanagement.




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