PMP Certification Eligibility

All you need to know about the requirements for being a Project Management Professional

If you are planning to be a Project Management Professional (PMP), then you need a PMP certification to get started. There are some prerequisites for getting this certification and being eligible for the PMP exam. Read on to know all the requirements for a PMP certification.

What are the PMP Certification Requirements

The two primary PMP certification requirements are qualification and experience.

There are two prerequisites for the PMP certification, and you need to have at least one of them to be eligible for the PMP certification.

PMP Certification Requirement 1:

  • You need a secondary or associate degree along with 5 years (60 months) of Project Management experience. Of this, 7500 hours should be dedicated to leading and managing projects, and 35 contact hours are to be of project management education

This means that you need to participate in a project management environment for 5 years. The 7500 hours, which is approximately 3.5 years, should be spent in a leading role. A supervisor or junior team leader assisting a Project Manager is a qualified role for PMP course eligibility.

PMP Certification Requirement 2:

  • You need a four-year bachelor’s degree in IT, engineering, or an associated field and at least 3 years (36 months) of project management experience. Of this, 4500 hours should be dedicated to leading and managing projects, and 35 contact hours are to be of project management education.

If you have a four-year bachelor degree or above, then you only need three years of project management experience. Again, the 4500 hours required in a leading or directing role includes a supervisor or junior team leader role assisting a Project Manager.

As for the 35 hours of Project Management education, you can enrol for PMP certification training.

Path to Taking the PMP Exam

Here are the steps to be eligible to take the PMP exam.

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree with 4500 hours of project leading and directing experience. If you have a secondary degree, then you need 7500 hours of project leading and directing experience
  • A minimum of 35 hours of formal Project Management education. You can get the Project Management Institute (PMI) membership, but that is optional
  • Apply for the exam and pay the exam fees. The exam fees for members are $405 and for non-members, it’s $555
  • Schedule the PMP exam
  • Pass the PMP exam

FAQs on PMP Certification Eligibility

 

A PMP certification requires you to sit for and pass the PMP exam. To be eligible for the Project Management Professional exam, you need to complete 35 hours of PMP training/education.

According to the Project Management Professional handbook by the PMI, you need to take 35 contact hours of PMP education to be eligible for the PMP certification. These 35 hours of training can be broken down into separate courses and need not be one single course.

One contact hour is one hour (60 minutes) of PMP training taken. Online classes and podcasts can also be included in this time. But, self-study does not form a part of the 35 contact hours.

As per the PMBOK Guide from PMI, the required project management topics include:

    • Project quality
    • Project scope
    • Project budget
    • Project schedule
    • Project risk
    • Project procurement
    • Project communication
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    Job roles that can benefit from PMP Exam Prep Course include, but are not limited to:

    • Associate Project Managers
    • IT Project Managers
    • Project Coordinators
    • Project Analysts
    • Project Leaders
    • Product Managers
    • Program Managers
    • Project Sponsors
    • Project Team Members

    There are a set of minimum requirements to be met for PMP certification. The pre-requisites to take the PMP certification exam are:

    Option1

    • Educational Background: Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
    • Project Management Experience: 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
    • Project Management Education: 35 hours of project management education

    Option2

    • Educational Background: Four-year degree
    • Project Management Education: 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
    • Project Management Education: 35 hours of project management education
    • Exam Type: Multiple choice
    • No Of Questions: 200 questions per paper: 175 scored, 25 unscored
    • Exam duration: 4 hours
    • Type: Closed book exam
    • Result: The passing score is determined through psychometric analysis

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