Project Management Institute

Project Management Professional (PMP)[R]

What is the PMP?

Wherever you are in your career, the globally recognized Project Management Professional (PMP) certification tells employers, peers, and the world you know what you’re doing in project management.

Even if “project manager” isn’t part of your title, the PMP applies to anyone who helps bring a project to completion. Just like a CPA validates expertise for accountants, the PMP recognizes your ability to manage projects—and the hard work you’ve done so far.

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Why the PMP

The PMP delivers value far into your career. CIO magazine ranked the PMP as the top project management certification because it proves you have the specific skills and experience employers seek. Certified PMPs report earning up to 25% more than non-certified project management professionals.

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

How to Get the PMP

Earning the PMP is a commitment, and that’s why it’s valuable. Do you have real-world project management experience that’s led to success? Great—you’ve finished the hardest part. Before you apply, make sure you meet one of the following sets of qualifications:


The median salary for PMP holders in the U.S. is 25% higher than those without PMP certification, according to PMI's most recent Project Management Salary Survey

  • A four-year degree
  • Three years leading projects
  • 35 hours of project management education/training

— OR —

  • A high school diploma
  • An associate’s degree or global equivalent
  • Five years leading projects
  • 35 hours of project management education/training

Step One: Apply

Step One: Apply to Take the Exam

Validate your project management experience and education

Exam Fee

Member: US$405.00
Non-member: US$555.00

Step Two: Take the Exam

Step Two: Take the Exam

What to expect on the big day and how to prepare to pass

Step Three: Maintain Your Certification

Step Three: Maintain Your Certification

Engage in continuous professional development in order to remain certified

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