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.
registered user content locked
PMI member benefit.

or Register

Advertisement

Advertisement

Related Content

  • Benefits Realization Management

    Benefits Realization Management

    This guide will help you drive more successful outcomes and better strategic alignment in your organization. Available for free download for a limited time.

  • PM Network

    Team Rework member content locked

    By Bryant, James The performance of the core project team might be the most critical success element of a project. It's also one of the most overlooked. Although competency gaps or disengagement among a team will…

  • PM Network

    Permit Power member content locked

    Permits can stall or accelerate a construction megaproject. A permit issue is even affecting a century-old project—the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. The project launched in 1882, though less…

  • PM Network

    How to Get Hired in the Age of AI member content locked

    By Thomas, Jen From self-driving cars to search engines, artificial intelligence (AI) is slowly transforming the world around us. Now, it's starting to play a role in how project professionals land new gigs.…

  • PM Network

    Cleaning Spree member content locked

    By Parsi, Novid India is building roughly 62,000 toilets a day. As part of the US$29 billion Clean India program, the government's toilet-building project—the largest such effort ever--aims to build 111 million…

Advertisement

Publishing or acceptance of an advertisement is neither a guarantee nor endorsement of the advertiser's product or service. View advertising policy.