What It Takes to Get PMP Certified

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What It Takes to Get PMP Certified
A lot of project managers and project leaders ask us what it takes to get PMP certified?  It is a good question.  Getting PMP Certified is not easy and is definitely not for everyone.

Do You Need PMP Certification for Your Career or Your Business?
While PMP certification does not ensure that you will be a good project manager (especially for the leadership and people part of project management), many companies looking to hire experienced project managers will hire only those with PMP certifications.

What It Takes to Pass the PMP Exam
If project management is the career you have chosen, what does it take to apply for and pass the PMP exam?

1.  You Need Project Management Experience
36 months of project management experience and 4,500 hours of documented time leading and directing projects for those with a four-year bachelor degree.  For those with a secondary degree (e.g. high school equivalent), you need 60 months of project management experience and 7,500 hours of  documented time leading and directing projects.

2.  You Need Project Management Training
Regardless of your education level and documented time leading and directing projects, you need 35 hours of formal project management training and education.

3.  You Need to Invest
It costs about $500 to apply to take the PMP exam at a testing center.  PMP prep courses typically cost between $1,500 and $5,000 depending upon the format.

4.  You Need to Study
You need to learn the PMI processes as described in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

The Bottom Line
If you qualify based upon the above four criteria, you can apply to obtain the most important industry-demanded, globally-recognized certification for project managers. It will prove to current and future employers that you have the education, experience and potentially the ability to manage and lead complex projects.

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