PMI Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification
The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the world's leading project management certification. Now including predictive, agile, and hybrid approaches, the PMP® proves project leadership experience and expertise in any way of working. It supercharges careers for project leaders across industries and helps organizations find the people they need to work smarter and perform better.
You can find PMP’s leading projects in nearly every country and, unlike other certifications that focus on a particular geography or domain, the PMP® is truly global. As a PMP, you can work in virtually any industry, with any methodology and in any location.
The PMP can also provide a significant advantage when it comes to salary and earning potential. Among survey respondents to PMI’s Earning Power Salary Survey, those with a PMP certification garner a higher salary (20% higher on average) than those without a PMP certification.
Employers benefit as well. When more than one-third of their project managers are PMP-certified, organizations complete more of their projects on time, on budget and meeting original goals. (Pulse of the Profession® study, PMI, 2015.)
The PMP signifies that you speak and understand the global language of project management and connects you to a community of professionals, organizations and experts worldwide. Become a PMP and become a project hero!
List of Steps
Step 1: Learn about PMP® Certification and apply
- ☛ PMP® Overview
- ☛ PMP® FAQ
- ☛ PMP® Credential Handbook
- ☛ PMP® Exam Content Outline
- ☛ PMP® Sample Questions
- ☛ PMP® Application Worksheet
- ☛ PMP® Requirements – general (“The Complete Guide To “How To Get PMP Certification”)
- ☛ PMP® Requirements – 35 contact hours ( further reading: “The Complete Guide to PMP 35 Contact Hours of Project Management Education” )
What is the PMP Certification?
Research indicates that employers will need to fill nearly 2.2 million new project-oriented roles each year through 2027. This means skilled project managers are in high demand. The PMP certification is designed by project professionals, for project professionals and validates that you are among the best—highly skilled in:
- People: emphasizing the soft skills you need to effectively lead a project team in today's changing environment.
- Process: reinforcing the technical aspects of successfully managing projects.
- Business Environment: highlighting the connection between projects and organizational strategy.
PMP certification validates that you have the project leadership skills employers seek. The new PMP includes three key approaches:
- Predictive (waterfall)
Why the PMP
The PMP adds value. CIO magazine ranked the PMP as the top project management certification in North America because it demonstrates you have the specific skills employers seek, dedication to excellence and the capacity to perform at the highest levels.
The PMP delivers benefits. The median salary for project professionals in North America is 25% higher than
those without it.
The PMP proves you work smarter. It shows you have the skills to drive business results and increase your organization’s impact in the office and around the world.
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Step 2: Get started with your PMP® certification preparation. - Make a plan! - Read the PMBoK Guide, the Agile Practice Guide and a good PMP preparation book (in companion) and use other recommended resources:
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STEP 2.2: Get the PMBoK Guide, the Agile Practice Guide + a good prep book (at least one) and work through them thoroughly
- PMBoK Guide itself – As a PMI member you will have access to a digital and personalized version of the current PMBoK Guide version. Otherwise you need to buy a paper based version.
- Agile Practice Guide – As a PMI member you will have access to a digital and personalized version of the current Agile Practice Guide version. Otherwise you need to buy a paper based version.
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STEP 2.3: Choose additional prep material and Resources based on your personal learning preferences and behaviors
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Step 3: Took a PMP® preparation course and get you’re required 35 contact hours of PM training.
You should already read about it here (refer to step 1 of this guide):
- PMP® Requirements – 35 contact hours (☛ The Complete Guide to PMP 35 Contact Hours of Project Management Education )
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- You hear everyday English and not the very difficult to understand language from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
- You hear 10 lessons on Applied PMP® Concepts, based on student and expert feedback. These interviews with experts translate the concepts into everyday project management situations that you can relate to.
- You hear from some recent PMP® exam takers: Learn their best practices on how to apply, study and pass the exam the first time.
- It's simple to get through – You’ll find that the 47 processes and 10 knowledge areas from the PMBOK® Guide are not as difficult as they may seem.
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Step 4: Finalize your preparation: Utilize a professional online Exam simulator. Analyze and enhance your results. Use flashcards and study tables, review your notes from class and take lots of practice exams.
Practice, practice, practice – practice is the key!
We can’t underline that more! And we would recommend NOT ONLY doing as much sample questions as you can, cause practice is the key!
Furthermore you should go for really SIMULATING the exam. It is not an easy job to do 180 (more or less difficult) Questions in a time frame of 230 Minutes. Those almost 4 Hours could get really long and/or you could run out of time in case you will hang on to long to one very difficult/complex question for instance. So, you should train your time management for the exam also, right?
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Step 5: Take the exam and earn your PMP®!
If you have done all those steps you should really be well prepared for the exam!
Go for it! If you still have any questions or doubts, please let us know in the comments!
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