What It Takes to Get PMP Certified

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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.

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.

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

  • You need some 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.
  • 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.
  • You need to invest: It costs about $500 to apply to take the PMP exam at a testing center and PMP prep courses typically cost between $1,500 and $5,000 depending upon the format.
  • You need to study: You need to learn the PMI processes as described in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

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.

To learn more about leading successful projects and project management best practices, download the Top 10 Project Management Mistakes and How to Prevent Them from Destroying Your Next Project

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