Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What is PMP?

Project Management Professional (PMP), founded by Project Management Institute (PMI), is one of the most valued credentials in in the field of project management. 


As of 31 July 2010, there were 393,413 PMP certified individuals worldwide.


A PMP certification proves that you have the experience, knowledge and competency to successfully lead and manage projects.


The PMP exam is based on the PMP Examination Specification, which describes tasks out of five performance domains:
  • Initiating the project (13%)
  • Planning the project (24%)
  • Executing the project (30%)
  • Monitoring and controlling the project (25%)
  • Closing the project (8%)
The PMP exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, of which 25 are considered pre-test questions. The numbers in brackets describe the percentage of questions for each section. The time to complete the examination is four hours.


To obtain the PMP credential, candidates must first demonstrate eligibility by meeting the following requirements:
  • Non-degree education: 7,500 hours of project management experience; 60 unique (non-overlapping) months of project management experience within the eight-year period prior to the application; 35 contact hours of project management education.
  • For candidates with a degree; 4,500 hours of project management experience; 36 unique (non-overlapping) months of project management experience within the eight-year period prior to the application; 35 contact hours of project management education
The PMI Pulse of the Profession study found that businesses with at least 35% PMP certified project managers had better project performance. And a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey shows 80% of high-performing projects use a certified project manager.


Your PMP credential is valid for the three years. To maintain your PMP credential, PMI requires 60 PDUs during each three-year renewal period.