PMPProject Management Professional (PMP)• is a credential offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).• as of 31 July 2010, there were 393,413 active PMP certified individuals worldwide.• over 4,300 individuals a month, since September 2006, have obtained a PMP certification
EXAM SYLLABUSThe 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 exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions written against this specification. The numbers in brackets describe the percentage of questions for each domain
PURPOSE• Government, commercial and other organisations employ PMP certified project managers in an attempt to improve the success rate of projects in all areas of knowledge, by applying a standardised and evolving set of project management principles as contained in PMIs PMBOK Guide.• In December 2005, the PMP credential was tied for fourth place in CertCities.com’s 10 Hottest Certifications for 2006, and in December 2008, it was number 7 of ZDNet’s 10 best IT certifications
PRE-REQUISITES TO BECOME ELIGIBLE• Candidates must have a high school diploma or an ordinary degree with 60 months (7,500 hours) of project management experienceor• an honours degree with 36 months (4,500 hours) of project management experience.• In both cases candidates must also have 35 contact hours of project management education.• The application for the exam and verification of education and experience are done online at the PMI website.
CONTINUOUS CREDENTIAL REQUIREMENTSTo maintain the PMP qualification, 60professional development units (PDUs)must be earned over a three-year cycle,from activities such as researching,authoring articles, speaking on projectmanagement-related topics, or beingengaged full time in project management.
OTHER PMI CREDENTIALSPMP (Project Management Professional) is one of six credentials offered by PMICertified Associate in Project Management(CAPM)Project Management Professional (PMP)Program Management Professional(PgMP)PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)
IN DETAILThe Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is a good entry-level certificationif you’re new to project management, or still figuring out your career path.The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the most important globally-recognizedand independently validated credential for project managers, perfect if you havedemonstrated experience and competence in leading project teams.The Program Management Professional (PgMP)® is designed for those who managemultiple, complex projects to achieve strategic and organizational results.The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)SM is designed for practitioners who utilizeAgile approaches to project management in their projects.The PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® is a specialty credential thatdemonstrates competence in assessing project risks, mitigating threats and capitalizing onopportunities.The PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® is a specialty credential for practitioners whowant to focus on developing and maintaining project schedules.
SIX REASONS FOR EARNING A PMI CERTIFICATIONCertification is an important step in career development and recognizesqualified and competent individuals. Here are six reasons why projectmanagement practitioners become PMI certified.1. PMI certifications recognize your project management knowledge, skillsand abilities. PMI serves as an unbiased endorsement of your projectmanagement knowledge and professional experience on a global level.2. PMI certifications reflect achievement. Our certifications show that you havedemonstrated excellence in the field by meeting standard requirementsestablished by global project management practitioners.3. PMI certifications can lead to greater earnings. Many certification holdersexperience salary increases because of their certification status.
6 REASONS CONTD4. PMI certifications can lead to career opportunities and career advancement.The family of certifications identifies you as a practitioner who hasdemonstrated competency in project management processes or inknowledge and experience in specialty areas of practice based onindustry standards.5. PMI certifications allow for greater recognition from employers. PMIcertification holders gain increased recognition from employers for takingthe extra step in professional development.6. PMI certifications can afford you a competitive advantage within the job market,because the certifications can differentiate you from others within your industry.