Content validation for the PMP certification examination

In 1999 and 2000, the Project Management Institute® subjected their Project Management Professional® (PMP®) certification program to critiques and testing designed to ensure that the PMP examination is a valid measure of current professional knowledge. The three essential concerns driving these activities were: 1) to ascertain the role and purpose of a certification program's assessment; 2) to determine the purpose of the PMP examination; and 3) to ensure the examination's validity. This article examines each of these concerns in turn. Assessment is said to have validity if it supports the intended decision-making. The examination's purpose is to distinguish which individuals are knowledgeable about accepted project management practices. The exam's validity in fulfilling its purpose is evidenced by a consensus among professionals that the exam accurately reflects the profession's practice and knowledge.
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