Finally, I PASSED my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification last friday!! I’m proud of this achievement for passing this certification test and now I can be more confident about my competency as a project manager. Admittedly, I’m scared that I might fail because it’s been a while since I studied for any exam. The last was 10 years ago for the B.S. Electronics and Communications Engineering Board (imagine that). Also, I only studied for one week which includes a vacation leave one day before the exam. All my practice tests were a failure and I was afraid to pay the cost of the exam (which is the agreement we have in our company).

Essential Information You Need to Know About the PMP certification:

What is PMP and PMI?
PMP stands for Project Management Professional and this is the globally recognized competency standard for all Project Managers.  

PMI stands for Project Management Institute which is the governing body for the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the official organization for Project Management professionals worldwide.

Most multinational companies and business process outsourcing companies recognized the need for PMPs to be part of the team to manage projects specially in a highly competitive and matrix organization. 

What does it take to become a PMP?

In order to become a certified Project Management Professional, you should hold a bachelor’s degree and 4,500 hours of PM experience in the five process group namely:  Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling, & Closing.

Also, a 35 hours of classroom training relate to project management is required . 

You have to apply for the test and show the relevant supporting documentation for the above qualification.

Finally, you have to pass the 200 multiple-choice questions PMP exam in 4 hours. Out of the 200 questions, 25 questions are considered pre-test which will not impact the overall result of the test.

You will receive a pass or fail result after the test. 

How much is the PMP investment?

PMI membership costs $129 annually.

Certification fee for the PMP computer based test would be $555 for non PMI members and $405 for members.

You must maintain continuing certification requirements consisting of 60 Professional Development Units (PDU). Usually, one PDU is earned for every one hour spent in a planned, structured learning experience or activity.

What are the effective ways to review for the exam?

I’ve written an extensive article on this topic:Roadmap to becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)! 

Let me know if you need more information about PMP.

Engr. Jose Antonio Diaz, PMP