Exam QualificationsTo be eligible for PMP® certification, you must meet the requirements for three different criteria.
1. Educational background
2. Project Management Experience
3. Project Management Education
If your educational background consists of a high school diploma, the requirements for project management experience and project management education are:
A. 7500 Hours of Project Management Related Experience
B. 60 months of Project Management Experience
C. 35 Contact Hours of Training
A high school diploma is the minimum educational background for PMP® certification. The 7500 hours of experience must be 5 years (60 months) within the last 8 of submitting application. You cannot double-dip the hours. For example, if you worked as a Project Manager during a given year, and you also worked on a project for a charitable (or other type) group, you cannot claim both sets of hours as your experience.
If your educational background consists of a bachelor degree or higher, the requirements for project management experience and project management education are:
A. 4500 Hours of Project Management Related Experience
B. 36 months of Project Management Experience
C. 35 Contact Hours of Training
The 4500 hours of experience must be 3 years (36 months) within the last 8 of submitting application. You cannot double-dip the hours. For example, if you worked as a Project Manager during a given year, and you also worked on a project for a charitable (or other type) group, you cannot claim both sets of hours as your experience.
The cost of the exam depends upon whether or not you are a member of PMI® (www.pmi.org)
A. $405 PMI® Member
B. $555 Non-PMI® Member
Exam FormatA. 200 Questions (Four Option, Multiple Choice) includes 25 pretest questions
B. 61% (106/175) Minimum to Pass
C. 4 Hours Maximum Time Allowed
D. Scheduled as Time Slots are Available
E. Pass/Fail available when complete
Preparing for Exam DayThe best plan for exam success is to know the content thoroughly as well as the environment in which the test is given. We devote attention to the exam environment because you need to focus on the reason you are there. Also, we describe noise – disinformation that can be used to confuse you on the exam.
A. Studying and Scheduling
• Schedule your exam for a time when you are most alert. Try not to schedule your exam to follow a day's work.
• A good night's sleep the night before the exam and eating well a few days before hand will help greatly.
• Cramming the day before is not a bad idea, as it can help you detect any final subject areas that need last minute study.
• The tables, charts, and other items that we suggest you memorize are "musts" for success. Know them cold and be able to recreate them on your scratch paper in the test room.
• Practice tests help you become familiar with the environment as well as the question layout and timing.
• When taking practice tests, focus on the speed at which you complete the questions. On average, you have 72 seconds per question. While there are no additional points for completing more quickly than anyone else, being practiced enough to set a good pace can give you an advantage, especially when you hit "the wall" on the exam. Your mind will be accustomed to processing questions at a pace that is above normal.
• Take the exam tutorial. It can help give you a better understanding of all your options in the environment.
C. What to Take: REQUIRED
• Your eligibility letter with the authorization number on it.
• A photo ID and two other forms of ID (credit card, etc.)
Verify that the names on the IDs and the letter are identical. For example, Anthony and Tony could cause problems.
D. What to Take: RECOMMENDED
• Dress in layers so you can be comfortable in the room environment whether it be cold, warm, or unstable. A t-shirt with a sweater is a good combination.
• Earphones are usually provided, but consider taking some in case they aren‘t. They will shut out the noise around you.
• Although you may take food and drink with you, you must leave them in the provided locker.
• You may take the locker key, plus the provided calculator, pencils and paper into the test room.
Alignment with the PMP® Exam Specification (Objectives for Each Process Area)
A. Initiating the Project (11.59%)
• Conduct Project Selection Methods
• Define Scope
• Document Project Risks, Assumptions, and Constraints
• Identify and Perform Stakeholder Analysis
• Develop Project Charter
• Obtain Project Charter Approval
B. Planning the Project (22.7%)
• Define and Record Requirements, Constraints, and Assumptions
• Identify Project Team and Define Roles and Responsibilities
• Create the WBS
• Develop Change Management Plan
• Identify Risks and Define Risk Strategies
• Obtain Plan Approval
• Conduct Kick-off Meeting
C. Executing the Project (27.5%)
• Execute Tasks Defined in Project management Plan
• Ensure Common Understanding and Set Expectations
• Implement the Procurement of Project Resources
• Manage Resource Allocation
• Implement Quality Management Plan
• Implement Approved Changes
• Implement Approved Actions and Workarounds
• Improve Team Performance
D. Monitoring and Controlling the Project (21.03%)
• Measure Project Performance
• Verify and Manage Changes to the Project
• Ensure Project Deliverables Conform to Quality Standards
• Monitor all Risks
E. Closing the Project (8.57%)
• Obtain Final Acceptance for the Project
• Obtain Financial, Legal, and Administrative Closure
• Release Project Resources
• Identify, Document and Communicate Lessons Learned
• Create and Distribute Final Project Report
• Archive and Retain Project Records
• Measure Customer Satisfaction
F. Professional and Social Responsibility (8.61%)
• Ensure Individual Integrity
• Contribute to the Project Management Knowledge Base
• Enhance Personal Professional Competence
• Promote Interaction Among Stakeholders