Thinking of becoming PMP certified and you are wondering what the PMP certification pre-requites are? Having a PMP certification is considered as one of this most impressive achievement for any project manager. PMI (Project Management Institute) is an internationally recognized credential program for interested project management professionals. Before interested project managers can earn their PMP certification and credentials, they must be able to meet the PMI’s pre-requisites before they pass the PMP exam.
Here are the pre-requisite for PMP certification:
• One of the basic pre-requisites of the Project Management Institute’s PMP certification process is one’s level of education. Now, you need to understand that in order to earn a PMP certification, you will need to posses a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) and an associate’s degree. No matter how hard you work, if you do not posses a high school diploma, you will not be able to earn a PMP certification, period!
A Candidate must also have 5 years of project management experience (after earning a high school diploma and associates degree) before he and she can qualify for the Project Management Professional exam. If a candidate has a bachelor’s degree, he or she will need only 3 years of project management experience.
• Applicants will also need to have first-hand work experience as project managers in order to be qualified to take the PMP exam. As mentioned earlier, applicants MUST also posses 3 to 5 years experience as a project manager and they must also register 4,500 hrs – 7,500 hrs of direct work on various project. Please note that project manager hours will differ based on the educational level of the applicant.
• Before a candidate can be qualified to take the PMP exam, he or she MUST take part in 35 hour project manager training. Applicants can get PMP training courses through the Project Management Institute, and they can also get access to PMP training courses at private organizations and schools of higher learning internationally. Applicants will find a complete list of training courses and other useful information in the PMI credential handbook.
• The last but certainly not the least step in the PMP certificate process is simply to pass the PMP exam. The two hundred (200) question exam will cover:
– Project management
– Human resource management
– Time and cost
– Project risk
In addition to this, the PMP exam will test every candidate’s knowledge of the major work of a project manager, and this includes starting, controlling and successfully executing a project.
As soon as a project management professional has earned certificates through the Professional Management Institute, he or she must maintain their certification by taking part in ongoing project management classes/training. PMI is an institute that offers over sixty (60) professional development units for professionals who are certified and this institute also reviews every candidate’s progress – that is, after a probationary period of sixty (60) days. “PMP pros” can only apply for renewals after one year of passing the Project Management Professional exam.