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PMP Certification Requirements | Are you eligible for PMP?8 min. read

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.

What is 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. In each three years, PMP certification holders must earn 60 PMP PDUs  and start PMP renewal process respectively.

PMP certification is the most recognized professional certificate for 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.  Therefore, importance of the PMP certification has grown rapidly in recent years. However, there are strict PMP certification requirements to fulfill in order 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 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 proves 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.

PMP certification requirements

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, the project delivery might fail. Therefore, having a solid project management experience is one of the requirements for PMP certification.

The second main reason for having requirements for PMP is project management requires solid theorethical knowledge on project management techniques. There are 10 knowledge areas that a project manager has to be proficient in order to pass PMP certification exam. These knowledge areas are tested in five different project management process groups. In order 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 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 requirement will show that the PMP candidate has enough theorethical background to manage a project.

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

In order 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 secondary degree, in order to apply for PMP certification, you need to satisfy following three PMP certification requirements.

1-) 5 years of project management experience

2-) 7500 hours leading and directing projects

3-) 35 hours of project management education.

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 this 5 years of experience requirement. However, 7500 hours of these 5 years, which makes around 3.5 years, need to be spent of 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 supervisor of a junior team member or team members, team leader of a group, assisting 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. in order to apply for PMP certification, you need to satisfy following three PMP certification requirements

1-) 3 years of project management experience

2-) 4500 hours leading and directing projects

3-) 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 this 3 years of experience requirement. However, 4500 hours of these 3 years, which makes around 2 years, need to be spent of 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 supervisor of a junior team member or team members, team leader of a group, assisting project manager in some of the project management activities etc.

requirements for PMP

In order to check details of PMP certification requirements, please check PMP Handbook in 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 experienece 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.

For 35 hours of Project Management education requirement of PMP certification requirements, you can enroll in our PMP certification training. You can enroll in our FREE PMP Overview course as well to get more information about PMP certification requirements and also about the PMP exam and application steps.

Our online PMP exam prep training option satisfies the 35 contact hours project management training prerequisite of PMP certification requirements. It covers more than 300 lectures, over 750 practice questions, downloadable handouts, supporting documents, cheat sheets and several other PMP prep materials.

PMP education requirements

PMP success stories of Master of Project Academy proves the quality of this online PMP certification course. Don Wheeler is one of the several PMP success stories of Master of Project Academy. Don passed the PMP exam successfully with the PMP training from Master of Project Academy and he scored “Above Target” on all five domains of the PMP exam. This is the highest score where a PMP candidate can get from the PMP exam. You can read Don’s PMP success story.

What Should I do if I cannot meet PMP Certification Requirements?

Actually, 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 bachelors 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 in order 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 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 certitification is very valuable and respected by employers as well when they are looking for project management positions. If you start to 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.

PMP experience requirements

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