The Project Management Professional (PMP®) Credential
Individuals who hold the Project Management Institute’s PMP credential demonstrate a proficient level of project management leadership skills. To be eligible for a PMP credential, you must meet specific guidelines that objectively measure experience, education and professional knowledge.
You also must agree to adhere to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and pass a rigorous multiple-choice examination that assesses your abilities in project management.
- Applicants must have 35 hours of specific project management education.
- With a Bachelor’s Degree: Applicants must have a minimum three years’ professional project management experience, during which 4,500 hours are spent leading and directing project tasks, up to eight years from the time of application.
- Without a Bachelor’s Degree: Applicants must have a minimum five years’ professional project management experience, during which at least 7,500 hours are spent leading and directing project tasks, up to eight years from the time of application.
The PMP Credential Examination
This four-hour examination composed of 200 multiple-choice questions measures your ability to apply knowledge, skills and techniques used in project management.
Examination preparation tips:
- Review the PMP credential handbook, the PMP Examination Specification and the PMP Sample Questions document.
- Study the PMBOK® Guide—Fourth Edition (effective July 1, 2009) and other texts that discuss the management of communications, cost, human resources, integration, procurement, quality, risk, scope and time, as well as a project manager's social and professional responsibilities.
- Register and participate in the PMI-CTT Mentoring Program.
- Register and participate in the PMI-CTT Study Group Program.
- Enroll in formal PMP Exam study courses.
Steps to Obtaining a PMP Credential:
- Complete an online application or download and mail an application.
- If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive an e-mail from PMI explaining how to schedule the exam.
- Individuals who receive a passing grade in the PMP Examination will attain the PMP credential and may immediately use the designation after their name.