You should have heard about PMP certification. What are the benefits of PMP certification? What are the PMP certification requirements? In this article, we will describe the PMP certification requirements in detail.
PMP Certification Requirements at a Glance
PMP certification has three requirements:
- 35 contact hours Project Management Education
- Project Experience Requirement (at least three years)
- A secondary or higher-level background
The following table summarizes the PMP certification requirements at a glance.
|Education Background||Project Experience||35 Contact Hours Requirements|
|Secondary Degree (High School etc.)||5+ Years (60 months)||Must|
|Four-Year Degree (BSc, BA, etc.)||3+ Years (36 months)||Must|
We will be going over these requirements one-by-one in detail.
Why Are There Requirements for PMP?
You might wonder why there are requirements for PMP certification? There are two fundamental reasons for this. The first main reason is project management is a serious profession that requires communication with several stakeholders throughout the project. While delivering a scope of work, project managers must be careful about communication, attitude and how to manage expectations of different people. Otherwise, project delivery might fail. Therefore, having a solid project management experience is one of the requirements for PMP certification.
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The second main reason for having requirements for PMP is project management requires solid theoretical knowledge on project management techniques. There are 10 knowledge areas that a project manager has to be proficient in order to pass the PMP certification exam. These knowledge areas are tested in five different project management process groups. To pass the PMP certification exam, a PMP candidate must score above a certain level from these project management process groups.
Because of these two reasons, requirements for the PMP exam include PMP experience requirement and PMP education requirement. PMP experience requirement will show that the PMP candidate has enough soft skills to sit for the PMP exam. PMP education requirements will show that the PMP candidate has enough theoretical background to manage a project.
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We will see the PMP experience requirement and PMP education requirement in detail. Note that, depending on the PMP education requirement you satisfy, your PMP experience requirement will change as well. We have classified these two different options below with option #1 and option #2
If you satisfy PMP education requirement #1, then you must satisfy PMP experience requirement #2.
If you satisfy PMP education requirement #2, then you must satisfy PMP experience requirement #2.
PMP Education Requirement #1
To apply for PMP certification, you need to have at least a secondary degree, for instance, a high school or equivalent education level. If your highest attended education level is a secondary degree, to apply for PMP certification, you need to satisfy the following three PMP certification requirements.
- 5 years of project management experience
- 7500 hours leading and directing projects
- 35 hours of project management education.
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PMP Experience Requirement #1
Note that, project management experience point in PMP certification requirements does not seek for active management of a project. Participating in a project environment also counts for these 5 years of experience requirement. However, 7500 hours of these 5 years, which makes around 3.5 years, need to be spent on leading and directing projects. Again, this doesn’t mean that you should have enrolled in a project as a project manager. A leading or directing role can be a supervisor of a junior team member or team member, team leader of a group, assisting the project manager in some of the project management activities, etc.
If your education level is a four-year degree or above, you should be looking for following PMP requirements.
PMP Education Requirement #2
If your highest attended education level is a four-year degree or above, for instance, bachelors degree or equivalent, masters degree, doctorate, etc., to apply for PMP certification, you need to satisfy the following three PMP certification requirements
- 3 years of project management experience
- 4500 hours leading and directing projects
- 35 hours of project management education.
PMP Experience Requirement #2
Note that, project management experience point in PMP certification requirements does not seek for active management of a project. Participating in a project environment also counts for these 3 years of the experience requirement. However, 4500 hours of these 3 years, which makes around 2 years, need to be spent on leading and directing projects. Again, this doesn’t mean that you should have enrolled in a project as a project manager. A leading or directing role can be a supervisor of a junior team member or team member, team leader of a group, assisting the project manager in some of the project management activities, etc.
In order to check the details of PMP certification requirements, please check the PMP Handbook at pmi.org.
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35 Contact Hours Project Management Education Requirement for PMP
Either you satisfy the PMP experience requirement #1 + PMP education requirement #1 or PMP experience requirement #2 + PMP education requirement #2, you must attend in a 35 contact hours PM education to be eligible to sit for PMP exam. This is another PMP certification requirement.
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What is the PMP Certification?
PMP is the abbreviation of Project Management Professional, a certificate given by PMI, Project Management Institute. The applicants who fulfill the PMP certification requirements first and then pass the PMP certification exam successfully get the PMP certification. Note that, there is a validity period for PMP certification once you get it. Every three years, PMP certification holders must earn 60 PMP PDUs and start the PMP renewal process respectively.
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PMP certification is the most recognized professional certification for the project management profession around the world. Many of the employers seek PMP certification in project management positions when they are hiring. Also, they seek PMP certification as a prerequisite for their current employees when they are promoting their employees to project management positions. Based on a recent survey, PMP certification holders command 14% higher income than their uncertified counterparts.
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Therefore, the importance of the PMP certification has grown rapidly in recent years. However, there are strict PMP certification requirements to fulfill to sit for the PMP certification exam.
What are the benefits of PMP Certification?
PMP certification itself does not prove any competence or experience. But, PMP certification warrants at least a certain level of knowledge on the project management area. However, PMI’s PMP application process and audits seek for relevant experience and education requirements to be a PMP very strictly. Therefore, companies or organizations give very high credit to PMP certification compared to other certificates in the industry. Strict process of PMI to check PMP certification requirements if the foundation of this high credit given by employers. Because an employer will know that a PMP certification holder met the strict PMP certification requirements which prove a certain level of project management knowledge and practice.
PMP certification is not an easy sit and pass exam. There are PMP eligibility requirements that every PMP certification aspirant must meet. Let’s see these PMP certification requirements now.
What Should I do if I cannot meet PMP Certification Requirements?
Actually, the PM education requirement aspect of the PMP certification requirements can be satisfied easily by enrolling in a 35 contact hours PMP training. The tough part of satisfying PMP eligibility requirements is project management experience. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you must have at least three years of project experience or if you have a secondary degree, you must have at least five years of project experience to sit for the PMP certification exam.
You might not want to wait for completing your project experience to kickstart your project management career. In this case, we recommend you to start with CAPM certification. CAPM certification is the entry-level project management certification given by PMI. The exam content is the same with the PMP certification exam however, the questions are easier compared to the PMP certification exam.
There are also CAPM certification requirements you must satisfy but they are not as strict as PMP eligibility requirements. If you have a bachelor’s degree or above, you can enroll in a CAPM training and satisfy the CAPM exam requirements.
CAPM certification is very valuable and respected by employers as well when they are looking for project management positions. If you start your project management career by getting ready for CAPM certification, you will be familiar with PMP exam content as well. Once you fulfill the project management experience aspect of the PMP certification requirements, you can apply and sit for the PMP to advance your project management experience.
Hint: Do you wonder when you can take the PMP exam? Read more about the PMP exam schedule, the next PMP exam date and how you can schedule and more in the PMP exam schedule post.
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