Practicioner level certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)
What does it cover?
The PMP is the premier certification offered by the PMI that focuses on how you should apply the concepts that are detailed in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). It will test your comprehension of the fundamentals, application of concepts and processes of the PMBOK project management methodology.
Who should apply for this certification?
Requirements for the PMP are quite high and as such are only applicable to Project Managers who already have significant industry experience.
Most candidates applying for the PMP are those who want to step up to managing larger projects or programmes. The catch here though is that landing a larger project or programme will invariably be based more on your industry experience and track record rather than any specific qualification, but all things being equal, a certification such as the PMP may give you an edge over a similar qualified applicant. For this reason, I would only recommend a PMP certification for those project managers who already have established a good track record and are looking at moving their career up to larger, more competitive projects.
What are the requirements you need to meet?
To apply for the Project Management Professional certification, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours (a little over 3.5 years) leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education, OR
- A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 (a little over 2 years) hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.
Candidates who aren’t quite ready to meet the qualifying criteria of the PMP may wish to undertake the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) which is a foundation/entry level qualification – completion of which will meet the majority of the 35 hours of PM education requirement for the PMP.
To maintain your PMP certification, you will need to complete 60 Professional Development Units (PDU’s) in each 3-year cycle.