Everything You Need to Know About PMP Certification

In the recent years, careers in project management have increased alongside the industry fast growing needs. Clients often demand for PMPs to handle their projects and request employers to do the same. Even most experienced project managers have PMP credential, which raises the question; What is PMP?

PMP is a credential for project managers; namely Project Management Professionals awarded by PMI (Project Management Institute). PMPs are globally recognized and demanded for their skills, standards and successful project completion rate.

PMI regulates PMP and seven other certifications set for golden project management standards, provides resources, and value for several million professionals working in the roles of project management, along with opportunities available globally across countries.

With certification having this much value and employers recognizing such credentials, it is time for you to get one.

How to get PMP Certification?

To get PMP certification, individuals must satisfy requirements by PMI for the exam which are:

  • Possess a graduation degree along with 4500 hours of experience on leading and directing projects
  • Or possess a secondary degree along with 7500 hours of experience on leading and directing projects
  • Have 35 hours of formal project management education (contact hours)

It means that any professional who has minimum experience as stated above leading and directing projects are eligible irrespective of the title on which they currently work.

If you are such a professional who satisfies the above criteria, then below are further steps and actions you must take to become a PMP.

1. Get to know the PMP exam and its tips

PMP exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions related to all areas of project management involved phases, typically testing your skills, abilities, and standards that have to be followed for a specific situation.

To prepare for the exam, you should:

  • Review Current PMP Exam Content Outline
  • Check with the latest PMBOK Guide (Project Management Body of Knowledge)
  • Sample questions for PMP Exam
  • Undergo PMP Training at organizations that help you get project management education as well as help you become such professional
  • Review PMP Handbook

2. Attend PMP Certification Training

Training is essential irrespective of experience you hold. Whether you have just reached requirements for the exam or a veteran in project management, training is necessary to get the formal education and gain 35 contact hours which is a prerequisite for attempting the PMP exam.

Apart from fulfilling criteria, PMP Training also helps you in getting formal education and learn best project management practices that you can use at work, and understand exam criteria as a whole.

3. Revisit PMBOK Guides & Standards

You should note that PMBOK Guides can be accessed by PMI members only. It is beneficial to register as a member as you get a cut in fees for attempting exam and re-certification costs along with access to seminars & networking groups among a wide range of professionals.

Devote some time to revisit latest edition PMBOK guides and understand answers that PMI expects rather than the one you think are the best. By doing so, you will know how you can answer questions at the exam.

4. PMP Exam Simulator or Mock Tests

When you have finished your preparation and want to check your progress, it is crucial trying to write the exam in simulated environments. You will have the chance to assess yourself with PMP exam simulator or mock tests provided by many vendors in the market.

If you have selected an excellent program to get 35 contact hours, you’re in luck as the organization you enrolled will help you in providing mock tests as well. After completion, check what areas you lack to improvise as a whole and become ready.

5. Passing the exam and further

By this stage you become confident, and it is time to take your examination and get that project management professional certification. After clearing the exam and becoming a PMP, your quest doesn’t stop. To maintain your certification, you must meet PMI’s continuing certification requirements.


We hope you have got a clear understanding of what PMP is alongside how you can become one. To keep your certification relevant, you must earn 60 PDUs (Professional development units) every three years. It is not hard to maintain such as you already have devoted more than 60 hours for the certification at first time itself.

Most professionals on average take 2-3 months to prepare for the exam as well as achieve certification. For the first attempt, it will be a wise option to choose PMP Exam Prep course from reputed training centers. So, plan for yourself depending on your pace and prepare for the exam.

Jagadeesh Dk

Jagadeesh Dk is head of content at AADS Education, a training and certification company providing various accredited management and technical courses for professionals. He enjoys writing content that would help individuals gain knowledge for career growth.

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