You will see that project managers often need Project Management Professional (PMP(r)) certification. Professionals who can successfully manage projects to completion are in high demand. You will be able command a higher salary and have the freedom to choose projects that you are passionate about.
Project Management Institute (PMI), is very selective in determining eligibility to take the PMP exam. This restriction ensures that the industry has high standards and competency.
The PMP Exam contains 200 questions that must be answered within 4 hours.
You cannot just sign up to take the PMP exam. First, you need to meet the PMI requirements. These requirements are based on different levels education and experience.
Here’s a breakdown of the requirements for the PMP Exam:
Education LevelHours of formal PM educationPM Experience (years)Hours Leading ProjectsBachelor’s/four-year degree35 hours (satisfied by Global Knowledge Project Management courses) Minimum of three years/36 months unique, non-overlapping professional project management experience4,500 hoursHigh school diploma/associate degree/global equivalent35 hours (satisfied by Global Knowledge Project Management courses)Minimum of five years/60 months unique, non-overlapping professional project management experience7,500 hours
What does the requirement mean?
It is common for people to be confused by the 35 hours of project management education required. What does this mean? What does this mean?
First, make sure you review the PMBOK Guide by the Project Management Institute. The book will provide a detailed explanation.
Here is a quick explanation of hours to clarify any confusion.
1. What does the 35-hour workweek entail?
The biggest misconception is that 35 hours must be completed with one course. You can take as many courses to reach 35 hours.
2. What are the contact hours?
One hour (60 minutes) of instruction or training is considered a contact hour. Seven contact hours would be earned if you attend an in-person course that runs between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with a one hour lunch break. Hours can also be claimed for podcasts or online courses.
3. What does formal project management education look like?
Formal project management education is provided by a PMI-recognized vendor or entity. These entities could include a university or community college, a national training provider, local vendor, or online vendor.
Make sure you research any organization offering courses to ensure they are legitimate and recognized by PMI. To prove that you took the courses, you will need a certificate of attendance.
Formal education is the knowledge that you must read the PMBOK Guide in order to be eligible for the PMI Exam.
Keep complete documentation
Keep documentation and proof of each course you take. These documents will be required to be included in your PMP exam application. These documents can include transcripts, test results, course syllabuses, course descriptions, certificates, and transcripts.
Be sure to review any previous training or classes before you take additional courses. They may count towards your 35-hour requirement.
Hours never expire
Qualifying hours do not expire. It doesn’t matter if you took a course five or more years ago. It will still count towards your 35 hours. Even courses taken in college from 10 to 15 years ago can count. All you need to prove that you have completed the training.
PMP training and eligibility to take the PMP exam
PMP training focuses on the concepts and methods used in project management. This training will prepare for the PMP exam. This training covers all five phases of project management. It will give you a solid understanding of the process of completing projects.
This training – and the resulting PMP certificate – are a side note