PMI PMP Overview
PMI PMP is worlwide known as the best project management certification. Striking statistics on the success of the Institute and this specific certification are proves of its quality. The PMP credential holders are more than half million! Do not feel left out since various industries, such as IT, civil engineering and economics seek for qualified project managers. More than 104 countries on all continents recognize and value this certification. In 2013, PMI and its PMP certification was marked as number 1 in the world, by Global Knowledge and CIO. Additionally, IT Career Finder claimed that PMP course is the most precious certification for IT specialists.
PMP course is based on the stages of a typical project. Those are:
- Planning the project
- Innitiation phase
- Executing the project
- Project conrolling and monitoring
- Closing the project
Each of these phases is very important for a project and each phase hides numerous sub-phases which are time, money and resourse- sensitive. Therefore, careful planning is the key to a project success. Each phase requires a qualified professional who will know how to analyze, brainstorm, delegate and lead. PMI PMP certificate holders possess these qualities. These are recognized by the employers who trust this credential.
The project management has 10 knowledge areas, covered by the PMP course. Those are:
- Project Integration Management
- Project Scope Management
- Project Procurement Management
- Project Stakeholder Management
- Project Time Management
- Project Communications Management
- Project Risk Management
- Project Cost Management
- Project Quality Management
- Project Human Resource Management
PMI PMP courses covers all ten knowledge areas with its curriculum. The trainees and certificate holders will become profficient in using and managing these knowledge areas' tools and techniques.
Who should take this certification?
PMP certification course should be taken by all professionals in civil engineering, architecture, IT, economics, machine industry and all fields that require project management expertise. Specialists looking for promotion, professonal development or additional skills development are welcome to take the certification.
The benefits from taking the PMP training course are numerous. the trainee will become profficient due to strict and logical training methods and programme. He / she will get the required knowledge, experience and credential that will open the international doors towards getting into business and becoming one of the world's best project managers. In the US, some government organizations are introducing PMP as a prerequisite for certain job positions.
The exam associated with getting the PMP certifiction is the official Project Management Institute PMP exam.
In order to get enrolled into the PMP certification course, applicants must have certain academic degrees and experience in the field. There are two categories.
- Bachelor degree or equivalent or upper level diploma holder
- 4 500 hours of work in the field
- 3 years of work experience
- High school diploma or equivalent
- 7 500 work hours in the field
- 5 years of experience
The PMP exam is consisted of 200 multiple choice questions that cover all project phases, but in different number of questions, as follows:
- The initialization of the project – 13 %
- Planning of the project – 24 %
- The project execution – 30 %
- Controlling and monitoring of the project – 25 %
- The project completion – 8
PMP exam prep course covers these topics, so hardworking candidates will not have difficulties in passing the exam. PMP course material can be found online, on the official page and is consisted of Project Management Professional Handbook and books recommended and provided by the instructors.
The exam is computer – based and
Validity of Certification
The certification is valid for 3 years unless the candidate completes professional education. PDU, which is Professional Development Unit, required for the renewal of the certification must be collected within those 3 years and is minimum 60 PDUs.
I have been working as professional PMP instructor, for 6 years, and I have personally taught more than 10 000 candidates. I must say that it was a great pleasure to see them evolve through the training, in terms of their project philosophy and sensitive parts understanding. The case studies we have had have been a real success. Additionally, there was alway a lot of fun as well, since the candidates are coming from different industires and different backgrounds. The biggest pleasure was, of course, when the candidate comes with a feedback and thanks us for changing his / her life.
PMP preparation instructor