What does PMP stand for? You are here as you just have heard about PMP, or you know a little already but have some questions in mind like who is eligible, what is credibility and why everybody is rushing around it. Don’t worry, I will cover most of your questions in this read.
Project Management Professional – PMP is a globally recognized certification in the field of project management offered by Project Management Institute – PMI® a non-profit organization based in the United States.
- 1 What are the Eligibility Criteria for PMP Certification?
- 2 How to prepare for PMP?
- 3 PMP Application & Audit?
- 4 What is PMP Exam Pass Rate & Criteria?
- 5 What is the PMP Exam Format?
- 6 What is PMP Passing Score?
- 7 What is PMP Renewal Cycle?
- 8 Myths about PMP Certification
- 9 Wrap Up
- 10 FAQ’s
What are the Eligibility Criteria for PMP Certification?
Hope you have the idea what is a PMP Certification and now let’s talk about who can enroll for this certification
Case – 1 | Degree Holders
PMP Certification requirements are:
- A Bachelor Degree – 4 Years
- 4500 Working hours on Projects Related Field
- 35 Contact Hours – They call it PDUs – Professional Development Units
Case – 2 | Diploma Holders
If you don’t have a degree, don’t worry you can still appear for PMP Certification but this time you need 3000 working hours extra. You need 7500 hours of working experience in this case.
How to get PDUs?
If you are thinking that how to get PDUs then you have a lot of options online, offline, hybrid ways.
Online, there are a lot of websites offering like Udemy where you can get much cheaper like in 10$. Pre-loaded videos are available there.
Offline is a bit expensive from 400$ to 3000$ is the normal fee. In offline mood, you have to go to class and will see the instructor face to face. You need more time & money.
Hybrid is a mix-up of both a bit online & offline. Here you get online line sessions with instructors and classmates, like through Skype and any video conferencing tools.
In my opinion, if you are comfortable by watching online videos then go for any online training so that you can cop-up with your pace & manage your time easily. But some people feel comfortable and better understand when in the classroom.
Its all your personal choice, PMI has no objection on any method.
How to prepare for PMP?
Well, you are now quite aware of PMP & PDUs kind of stuff. Let’s talk about how you will prepare once you have gone through it.
You have to follow PMBOK – 6 that is known as “Project Management Body of Knowledge”. PMBOK is pronounced as PIMBOK.
All you have to do, understand its tools & techniques – no memorization is required anymore.
Buy some online materials to practice your knowledge like exam simulators. Once you are confident schedule your exam.
PMP Application & Audit?
Hang on, before this you have to fill an online application at PMI® website online. It is quite simple but if you feel any difficulty put in comments, I will personally help you out.
PMP application is approved by PMI within a week normally. Once approved, you need to submit the exam fee that is 455$ for PMI® members & 555$ for non-members.
Once you pay the fee, PMI® may ask you for an audit (they do for 5% applicant), I was not audited and hence can’t add any value for you here.
What is PMP Exam Pass Rate & Criteria?
PMI never revealed their passing percentage, hence no guess.
Once enrolled you need to pass an exam in three attempts in that year starting from your PMP application approval date.
If you failed once then you need to submit a 275$ fee to re-appear again after a week gap (375$ for non-member). If you failed again the same fee structure, this time a must pass or else you are banned for one year. After one year a start from zero.
Hence, make sure before filling out the PMP application that you are going to manage your schedule properly or else wait for the right moment.
What is the PMP Exam Format?
PMP exam consists of 200 multiple choice question – 04 choices normally. You need to complete all in 4 hours in a go without any break. Yes, you can take a break at your own but the clock will keep on ticking. Out of 200 questions, 175 are the real test questions and 25 are pretest questions but you cannot identify these easily. These pretest questions will help PMI® before making it live for the next exams.
New Exam Pattern | After Dec 2109
No reference material you can use only a plain paper sheet & a lead pencil will be provided to you at Pearson VUE now. It changed after Prometric to Pearson VUE. You can find more information here Pearson VUE
PMP questions pool is broken down into 3 domains :
- People 42%
- Process 50%
- Business Environment 8%
The new Project Management Professional exam outlines have many tasks under different domains in the same way as of the old exam. Here, in new, we got the other term called ‘enablers’ in exam content. Let us have a look at these terms if you are still confused or need more clarification from my side;
- Domain: We are used to calling it a process group that is initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, closing in the old exam. Now after December 2019, only three domains will cover the exam outlines that is people, process and business environment. A domain is nothing but an overall high-level knowledge area must have to practice of project management.
- Tasks: Being a Project Manager, you have responsibilities in your domain. The new PMP exam will test your knowledge and experience well before awarding your PMP credentials.
- Enablers: This can be exhaustive as it is related to examples & demonstrations unless you are good at your job
Old Exam Pattern | Till Dec 2109
Just in case you need to know the old method of PMP exam. But it is still active.
No reference material you can use only a plain paper sheet & a lead pencil will be provided to you at the Prometric center.
PMP questions pool is broken down into 5 Process Groups:
- Initiation – 13%
- Planning – 24%
- Executing – 30%
- Monitoring and Controlling – 25%
- Closing – 8%
I highly recommend if you can then do appear as soon as possible as the latest material will take time & you have a lot of material already on the current exam outlines.
What is PMP Passing Score?
Passing score is all through an algorithm as if you crack a difficult question you will get a good score & vice versa. Some people believe its 61% is the passing score but nothing official from PMP.
What is PMP Renewal Cycle?
Once you are PMP certified then you have to complete 60 PDUs in the next three years. The fee is 60$ for PMI members & 150$ for non-members. If you don’t then your certification will be expired.
How to get 60 PDU’s for PMP Renewal?
As just renewed my PMP a few days back and I followed the simple steps;
Step-1: Took PMI membership
Step-1: Loged in to https://www.projectmanagement.com/ via PMI membership
Step-3: Visited ‘Webinars’ tab and then clicked ‘On Demand Webinars’. There you will see tons of videos.
Step-3: Choose & Watched the videos & PDU’s were automatically claimed & approved – no hassle.
Step-4: Once completed all the 60 PDU’s then I just renew by only 60$ as I was the member of PMI
That’s it. You can get all the PDU’s in 7 days and these will be approved in a few hours or may take one or two days. You wll receive email of each and every video you will watch.
Myths about PMP Certification
When I was preparing my PMP exam & I came to know many myths about it. Let see some of those;
- PMP certification passing score is 61%.
- A fixed passing score is applicable to all candidates
- Each question carries equal marks.
- PMP is only for technical people.
- One must have experience in all domains mentioned in the PMP exam outlines.
- PMP Certification is not for the Graduates only.
- One should memorize the mathematical formulas for the PMP Exam.
- PMP exam is very tough to clear in the first attempt.
PMI always updates its exam pattern either by updating the Exam outlines or releasing new version PMBOK. This time it is exam outlines, not the PMBOK. PMBOK 6 is still valid and hopefully will remain until 2 more years.
I hope I have answered all the related queries about PMP. If you still need to know more about PMP, please use the comment section and I will be very happy to answer your query. You can also see the below FAQ.
Note: Before you leave to make sure to grab a PMBOK 6 based latest copy about Introduction to Project Documents – PMBOK 6
Question – 1: What is a PMP Certification?
Answer: PMP – Project Management Professional is a standardized certification from PMI- Project Management Institute, USA. This certification is a test of any individual in the field of project management. Major areas that PMI covers in the skill and competency required to lead a project.
Question – 2: What is the Cost of PMP Certification?
Answer: PMP Certification Cost is 455$ for a PMI member and 555$ is for a non-PMI member. 275$ is for reappearing fee for a PMI member & 375$ is for a non-PMI member to reappear in the exam if failed. PMI membership fee is 139$.
Question – 3: How many times I can appear in the exam?
Answer: Once your application is approved by PMI then you have one year to clear the exam. You can take the exam for a maximum of three times or else you will get banned for one year. After that, you have to start the process from scratch.
Question – 4: How to get Project Management Certification?
Answer: As it is explained above in detail about PMI-PMP that you should have the required qualification and experience to appear in the PMP exam. In the same way, you can go for CAPM and Prinace2.
Question – 5: If I get the application approved and don’t appear in the exam?
Answer: You have one year to appear and clear the exam or else ban for one year to appear in the PMP exam.
Question – 6: When is the audit from PMI?
Answer: PMI audits for around 5% of applicants around the globe randomly. Once you pay the PMP exam fee then you may be asked for an audit or else you are good to go for the exam.
Question – 7: How long my 35 PDU’s are valid?
Answer: These are valid until you failed to pass the exam in a year once your application is approved. If you have never appeared in the exam then it will stay valid forever.
Question – 8: What is a PMP test is all about?
Answer: The PMI PMP exam consists of 200 questions. These questions are of multiple choice. Each question has four options, near all true. You have to select the best of the best. The question is related to Project Management. PMBOK, Project Management Body of Knowledge is referred to as a textbook for this exam.
Question – 9: Is PMP certification online or Offline?
Answer: Exam is an online server-based and offline paper-based also in a Prometric center. PMP certification training is online, offline or hybrid based up to your choice.
Question – 10: What is the new change in the PMP exam?
Answer: As we have already discussed above but you can get the latest exam material from here. PMP Change 2019
Question – 11: Why does PMI decide to change PMP outline?
Answer: PMI believes in the continual improvement of the project managers through the latest knowledge & skills. This helps the PMP credentials to sustain worth.
Question – 12: New PMP outlines is tough or easy?
Answer: It will be tough as it will be hard to get an authentic guideline and study materials like simulators to practice on. Otherwise, there is no need to worry about as PMP always about your practical experience.
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