PMP Certification

  1. PMP Certification Overview
  2. PMP Exam Details
  3. Free PMP Study Resources

The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification was created by the PMI in 1984 to test the knowledge and ability of a professional in the project management field. Individuals are tested on their ability to demonstrate the knowledge and skills to lead a project while remaining on schedule and staying within budget and resource restraints. This includes executing the project plan as well as addressing and communicating progress and variances. Candidates must prove that they not only can lead and direct the project but the members of the project team as well.

The Project Management Institute (PMI), created in 1969, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the Project Management profession. They currently provide services, training and certification for project managers. The PMP certification is just one, but perhaps the most recognised, of a number of project management certifications that the PMI offer.

The PMP certification is designed for both existing and aspiring project managers who want to verify their proficiency in project management. The PMP certification is also becoming a popular qualification with I.T. professionals who wish to demonstrate business skills alongside their I.T. qualifications.

To qualify to take the PMP certification you must meet at least one of two sets of educational and professional requirements:

  • A Secondary Degree (e.g. high school diploma, associate's degree or any global equivalent)
  • At least 7,500 hours leading and directing projects in a professional capacity
  • At least 35 hours of project management education
  • A four-year degree
  • At least 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 25 hours of project management education

There is a specific application process to undertake if you wish to sit the PMP exam. When applying online you first submit an application to the PMI who will then review your application. If everything is in order you will then be sent your exam scheduling details and, at this point, you pay the applicable exam fee. For those applying offline (paper application) the fee should be sent in at the same time as the application. Once payment has been made the PMI will do a background check on your educational and professional claims. If everything is in order you will then be approved to take the PMP exam. You have up to one year from your approval to take the exam during which time you may have up to three attempts to pass the exam. Click here for more information about the latest PMP exam.

Some (not all) applications will be subject to auditing. Candidates will be notified after payment is made if their application will be audited. If so, candidates will be required to submit sufficient documentary proof of their educational and professional claims. The PMI will check those claims and respond to the candidate (normally within 5 working days).

The fee for the PMP certification exam varies depending on whether or not the candidate is a PMI member. At the time of writing the fee for the PMP exam is US$405 for members and US$555 for non-members (for computer-based testing), however make sure to visit the official PMP certification webpage for up-to-date exam pricing as well as paper-based exam requirements and prices. You can apply to become a PMI member at the same time as you make an application for the PMP certification and, in fact, it is slightly cheaper to become a paid member of PMI and then pay for the PMP exam than by paying the non-member exam rate.