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A Complete Guide: How to Become a Certified Project Management Professional

Aug. 16, 2018
Samuel Brown

Why get certified as a Project Management Professional?

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification provides employers and customers with a level of assurance that a project manager has both the experience and knowledge to effectively define, plan and deliver their projects. The PMP credential is often the key differentiator in decisions about who to hire or entrust with important organizational project initiatives.

This Certification Prep Guide provides a detailed examination of the PMP certification, offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. PMP is the most widely recognized project management certification in the world.

This guide will provide a concise look at the requirements for obtaining and maintaining certification, as well as suggestions for how to prepare and what to expect on the certification exam.


What is the Project Management Professional certification?

PMI is the world’s largest professional membership association for project managers. PMI provides eight certifications, global standards and advocacy for the project management profession. PMP is the certification for practicing project managers, ensuring a level of understanding of the global standards, the ethics of the profession and a level of practical experience in the application of concepts, tools and techniques in the delivery of project results.

PMP, along with other PMI certifications, establishes a consistent and verified level of professionalism for project managers. Project managers who are PMP-certified possess a minimum of three years and 4,500 hours of leadership experience in projects. They also have an exam-verified level of understanding of project management, as established by the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

PMI also requires that all PMP certification applicants review the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Handbook.


Who should take the PMP exam?

PMP is appropriate for experienced project managers who wish to validate their knowledge through credentialing, or who are required to be credentialed by their employer or client.

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