PMP Certification Syllabus - The New Content Outline from January 2021

A well structured PMP certification syllabus covers the 49 Project Management processes that are defined in the PMBOK ®Guide - 6th edition (Project Management Body Of Knowledge) guide. These processes are mapped across 10 knowledge areas and 5 process groups.

The latest edition of the PMBOK ® Guide - 6th edition (Project Management Body of Knowledge) guide, was released in September 2017. It contains 5 process groups and 10 knowledge areas, across which 49 Project Management processes are mapped.

The curriculum must cover all these knowledge areas in order to prepare you for the PMP examination. Below, we have described what exactly the PMP certification syllabus includes:

PMP Course Outline

  1. Introduction to PMP and Project Management Terminologies

    The PMP syllabus must start with securing the basics of Project Management, introducing candidates to the topics like what is a project, project life cycle, the relationship between portfolio management, program management, operations management, etc., and the PMBOK®Guide - Sixth Edition.

  2. Organizational Influences and the Project Life Cycle

    Candidates will then learn of the influence that an organization has on Project Management, and various other key topics like the project stakeholders, project governance, the creation of and the importance of a project team, and the project life cycle.

  3. Project Management Processes

    Before moving to the 49 processes, the PMP certification syllabus will introduce candidates to the 10 Project Management knowledge areas and 5 process groups at an overview level.

  4. Project Integration Management

    This is the first knowledge area in the PMP certification course content, that explains the coordination of the different elements within a project. These elements include project activities, resources, schedules, stakeholders, etc.

  5. Project Scope Management

    The project’s scope defines what exactly needs to be executed in the project, and this section of the PMP certification syllabus teaches the various processes (like requirements collection, WBS creation, scope control, etc.) involved in ensuring the result is maintained within the defined scope.

  6. Project Schedule Management

    Candidates are taught the various processes involved in scheduling the various activities, deliverables, and milestones within a project, defining the relationship between these elements, and estimating resource allocation and task durations.

  7. Project Cost Management

    You will be taught the different processes involved in estimating, allocating, and controlling the project budget and individual activity and resource costs.

  8. Project Quality Management

    This knowledge area covers the different processes involved in defining the quality standards and methods to test the quality and ensure the standards are met. You will learn to plan quality management, perform quality assurance, and control end quality.

  9. Project Resource Management

    You will learn the different processes involved in planning resource management, estimating resource requirements based on activities, and acquiring resources. This includes steps to build, develop, manage, and control resource teams.

  10. Project Communications Management

    This section of the PMP training course covers the various modes of communication that can be set up within a project for smooth operations.

  11. Project Risk Management

    You will be taught the various processes involved in identifying risks, performing a risk analysis, planning risk responses, implementing these responses, and monitoring risks.

  12. Project Procurement Management

    This knowledge area involves processes related to the procurement of various resource elements: workers, materials, and equipment.

  13. Project Stakeholder management

    The last section of the course covers the final knowledge area and process related to the management of individuals who are impacted by the project, namely the stakeholders.

Conclusion

If your PMP training course outline covers all these topics, you will be able to attend the examination confidently and clear it with ease. Become a part of the ecosystem with more than 1 million certified project management professionals and take your project management career to the next level.

Syllabus of PMP Certification Training

  • Proven leadership skills & techniques
  • How to communicate effectively?
  • How to create an effective project Schedule?
  • Project Risk Management
  • Ability to create an atmosphere of trust
  • Decision making skills
  • Managing conflicts
  • Agile way of project management

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FAQs on PMP Certification

For how long does the PMP certification stay valid?

The PMP Certification is valid for three years, starting from the day the candidate clears the exam. In this period, the candidate must earn 60 PDUs to maintain the PMP credential after the completion of 3 years.

The PMP Certification Exam cost is USD 405 for members and USD 555 for non-members.

The project management experience is any work that is spent planning and executing projects. This may include any work related to initial planning, time management, execution, budget allocation, risk management, etc.

Job roles that can benefit from the 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

After completing your PMP Exam Prep training, you will gain an in-depth understanding of:

  • Initiating a project
  • Planning project work
  • Developing Project schedules, cost estimates, and budgets
  • Planning project staffing and communication
  • Analyze projects risks
  • Plan and manage project procurement
  • Monitoring and controlling of project work, and more

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

Scenario 1

  • Educational Background: Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent)
  • Project Management Experience: 60 months leading and directing projects
  • Project Management Education: 35 hours of project management education or CAPM certification

Scenario 2

  • Educational Background: Four-year degree
  • Project Management Education: 36 months hours leading and directing projects
  • Project Management Education: 35 hours of project management education or CAPM certification

  • Exam Type: Multiple choice, multiple responses, matching, hotspot, etc.
  • No Of Questions: 180 questions per paper, 175 scored
  • Exam duration: 230 Minutes
  • Type: Closed book exam

Result: The passing score is determined through psychometric analysis

The most challenging part is clearing the eligibility criteria for the PMP Certification. Once you have done that, half the job is done. The other half is the examination and maintaining the credential. A structured learning path and dedicated preparation are needed to get PMP certified.

After clearing the necessary eligibility requirements for the PMP Certification, including the 35 hours of training/learning, the application process can be started. Where the audit will take place, and a candidate has to pay the exam fee. This could take anywhere between 5 days to 3 months. In short, getting a PMP certification can take up to 8-10 weeks, including the preparation and PMP Certification training.

The eligibility criteria clearly state that a candidate must have project management experience. So, unfortunately, a candidate cannot get a PMP Certification without experience. But a little relaxation in qualifications is overwhelming. A high school diploma holder can also appear for the certification after completing the other eligibility requirements.

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