Project Management Professional (PMP)®

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Designed by project managers for project managers, PMP® certification is a globally-recognized project management certification. It proves you have the ability to lead projects for any organization and in any industry.

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What is PMP Certification?

As the world’s leading authority on project management, PMI created PMP Certification to recognize project managers who have proven they have the skills to successfully manage projects. Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification represents an elite group of project managers. It proves project leadership experience and expertise in any way of working.

To obtain PMP certification, a project manager must meet certain requirements and then pass a 180-question exam. The PMP exam was created by project leaders for project leaders, so each test question can be related to real-life project management experiences.

PMP certification validates that you are highly skilled in:

  • People: Recognizing you have the skills to effectively lead and motivate a project team throughout a project.
  • Process: Using predictive, agile and hybrid approaches to determine which way of working is best for each project.
  • Business Environment: Highlighting the success of a project and its impact on overall strategic organizational goals.

sixteen percent higher

The median salary for PMP holders globally is 16% higher (and 32% higher in the USA) than those without certification, according to Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey - Twelfth Edition.

1,200,000

There are more than 1,200,000 PMP certification holders worldwide. They’ve earned universally recognized knowledge.

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Why earn PMP certification?

Research indicates that employers will need to fill nearly 2.3 million new project-oriented roles each year through 2030. This means skilled project managers are in high demand. PMP certification is designed by project professionals, for project professionals and validates that you are among the best.

The PMP adds value. CIO magazine ranked the PMP as the top project management certification in North America because it demonstrates you have the specific skills employers seek, dedication to excellence and the capacity to perform at the highest levels.

The PMP delivers benefits. The median salary for project professionals is 16% higher globally (and 32% higher in the United States) than those without it.

The PMP proves you work smarter. It shows you have the skills to drive business results and increase your organization’s impact in the office and around the world.

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90M

Project management-oriented employees currently in projectized industries across the world

25M

New project management oriented employees needed to meet global talent demands by 2030

12M

New employees driven by expansion and 13 million driven by retirements

Am I Eligible?

Earning your PMP Certification is a commitment, and that’s why it is valuable. If you have real-world project management experience, you’ve finished the hardest part. Before you apply, make sure you meet one of the following sets of PMP Certification requirements:

  • Four-Year Degree
  • 36 months of experience leading projects within the past eight years
  • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® certification
  • High School Diploma or Associates Degree
  • 60 months of experience leading projects within the past eight years
  • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® certification

Not Eligible?

You may qualify to apply for the CAPM certification.

How Much Does It Cost?

There is an exam fee required to earn the PMP.

Member: $405.00      Non-Member: $555.00

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PMP Exam Content Outline

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The Exam Content Outline provides details about the exam itself: what to expect, what is included and how it is structured.

Certification Handbook

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The Certification Handbook focuses on requirements, the application process, and timeline. You’ll find answers to your questions here.

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