Before you can pursue the PMP certification, you need to meet the eligibility criteria set by PMI. As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, you generally need either:
A four-year degree (bachelor's or equivalent) along with 3 years of project management experience, and 35 hours of project management education.
A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate's degree, or equivalent) along with 5 years of project management experience, and 35 hours of project management education.
Project Management Education:
PMI Membership (Optional):
While not mandatory, becoming a PMI member can offer various benefits, such as reduced exam fees and access to additional resources and networking opportunities.
PMP Exam Application:
You will need to submit your PMP exam application through the PMI website. This includes documenting your project management experience, education, and any relevant details.
PMI will review your application to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. If your application is approved, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to proceed.
Payment of Exam Fees:
Pay the PMP exam fees, which vary depending on whether you are a PMI member or not. PMI typically offers a discount to members.
Scheduling the Exam:
Once your application is accepted, you can schedule your PMP exam at a Pearson VUE test center or opt for an online proctored exam if available.
Study and prepare for the PMP exam. Many candidates use study guides, practice exams, and other resources to help them prepare.
Taking the Exam:
On the scheduled exam date, you'll take the PMP exam, which consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. You have 4 hours to complete it.
Passing the Exam:
To pass the PMP exam, you typically need to score above a certain threshold, which is determined by PMI.
If you pass the exam, you will receive a congratulatory email from PMI indicating that you've earned the PMP certification.
Maintaining Your Certification:
To maintain your PMP certification, you must earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years through continuing education and professional development activities.