The Project Management Institute (PMI ) is project management’s leading global professional association, and as such, it administers a globally accepted and recognized, rigorous, examination-based, professional certification program of the highest caliber. The PMI Certification Program maintains ISO 9001 certification in Quality Management Systems as evidence of its commitment to professional excellence.
If you enjoy the prestige that comes from being the best in your field, then you will appreciate the professional advantages derived from becoming a PMP. PMP certification is the profession’s most globally recognized and respected certification credential. The PMP designation following your name tells current and potential employers that you have a solid foundation of project management knowledge that you can readily apply in the workplace.
*www.pmi.org, March 2003
What Are the Requirements for Earning and Maintaining PMP Certification?
Four main requirements for earning PMP certification:
Having experience working in the field of project management. You need 4,500 hours with a baccalaureate degree and 7,500 without a degree
Documenting at least 35 contact hours of project management education
Agreeing to the PMP certificant and candidate agreement release statement
Completing the PMP Certification Exam Application and paying a fee of $555 for non-PMI members and $405 for members (as of summer 2003)
Passing the PMP exam (answering at least 68.5% of the 200, 4-choice multiple-choice questions correctly)
In April 2001, CompTIA started offering the IT Project+ certification exam, and materials were purchased from the Gartner Institute
The multiple-choice exam is 2 hours long and costs $207 for non-members, $155 for members (as of summer 2003)
You must score at least 63% on this 84-question exam
There are no renewal requirements or prerequisites
Detailed information is available from www.comptia.org
What Is the Structure and Content of the PMP Certification Exam?
The PMP exam is based on information from the entire project management body of knowledge
The PMBOK ® Guide provides an outline of information covered
Texts like Information Technology Project Management will help you learn and understand key topics
Table B-1. Breakdown of Questions on the PMP Process Groups Note: PMI changes the PMI exam periodically. Consult their web site for detailed information. Process Group Percent of Questions on PMP Exam Initiating 8.5 Planning 23.5 Executing 23.5 Controlling 23 Closing 7 Professional Responsibility 14.5