PMP Certification Exams Overview

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Project Management Professional (PMP) is certification administered by Project Management Institute (PMI), USA. The PMP designation following your name tells current and potential employers that you have demonstrated a solid foundation of Project Management Knowledge.

The PMI's salary survey has found that, in the United States and other countries, PMP certified Project Managers are being offered at least 10% more than those without this certification.

Pre-Requisite Qualification:

Here is the pre-requisite qualification and experience to appear for the examination:

  • A bachelor's degree from a globally equivalent university.

  • A minimum of 4500 hours of project management experience in last three years.

OR

  • A high school graduate from a globally equivalent college/university.

  • A minimum of 7500 hours of project management experience in last five years.

AND

  • Candidate has obtained 35 contact hours of project management education from a registered education provider.

Required supporting documents

  • Education Background certificates

  • Experience verification Forms(s) which can be a proof of the management experience.

  • 35 Contact hours of Project Management Education meeting above criteria.

NOTE: Candidates can satisfy the requirement related to 35 Contact Hours of Education - Professional Development Units (PDUs), by successfully attending a training, course or workshop sessions through PMI's Global Registered Education Provider. 1 Hour of training is equivalent to 1PDU.

PMP Certification Expenses

Here is the structure of the expenses you would have to bear to get this prestigious certificate.

  • Fees to earn 35 PDUs vary country to country and Education Provider to Education Provider. It may vary from $300 to $5000.

  • Initial Certification Fees:

    • If you are a member of PMI then this fees will be $405.00

    • If you are not a member of PMI then it will cost you $555.00

  • Re-Examination Fees:

    • If you are a member of PMI then this fees will be $275.00

    • If you are not a member of PMI then it will cost you $375.00

NOTE: If you are not able to qualify the examination in first attempt then you can give another attempts by paying re-examination fees which is mentioned above.

PMP Exams Structure

PMI has released a new version of Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)® and now certification exams will be conducted based on the new version.

This tutorial has been re-written based on new version of PMBOK, 4th Edition. All the required changes has been incorporated in old tutorial which was based on PMBOK third Edition v1.2

To become a PMP you would have to pass a rigorous multiple-choice examination. This exam is designed to objectively assess and measure your ability to apply project management knowledge in the following six domains:

Project Management AreaPercentage of Questions
Initiating the Project11
Planning the project23
Executing the project27
Monitoring and Controlling the Project21
Closing the project9
Professional and Social Responsibility9

This computer-based examination is administered globally with translation aids in 10 languages. You will have 4 hours time to answer 200 questions related to the above six domain.

Out of 200 questions there will be 25 pretest questions and they would not effect your scoring. These questions will be placed randomly in question paper and you would not be able to differentiate these questions from other live question.

Passing Score:

As such PMI does not disclose total passing score for any candidate but to pass the exams you need to give correct answer for 61% of live questions ( ie. 61% of 175 questions ). There is no negative marks with any wrong answer, so don't leave any question without answer.

One more important note is that 60% questions will be based on your real experience. Books and tutorials definitely help but real experience is a must to pass this examination.



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