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PMP  stands for Project Management Professional (PMP). PMP Certification, offered by  the Project Management Institute(PMI), is an industry-recognized credential forproject managers. PMP certification demonstrates the project manager'sexperience, knowledge, skills, and competencies  required to lead and direct  projects. 


The PMP certification is ideal for  Project and Program Managers, Delivery Managers, Project/Team Leaders,Consultants, Senior Executives, IT Managers, Project Team Members, and  PMO  staff.

The PMP certification demonstrates the experience, education, skill andcompetency required to lead and direct projects.

 PMP certification holders earnan average of 20% more than non-certified project managers. Getting certified  showcases core skills in project management that can be used in any country andin any industry, and with any project management methodology.


The eligibility requirementsfor PMP® certification are:

 

Education

  Project Management Experience

  Project Management Education

Secondary degree (high school diploma )

  5 years/7500 hours

  35 hours

Four-year degree (bachelor’s degree )

  3 years/4500 hours

  35 hours

 


The PMP®certification exam fees for PMI® members and nonmembers are:

 Member

$405

Non-member

$555

PMI® Membership fee

$139

PMI® Membership renewal fee

$129 per year

Reexamination fee for PMI® members

$275

Reexamination fee for non-members

$375


 1. PMP® Certification Exam Fees Savings

PMI members qualify for the members pricing of the PMP® exam feels at a cost of $405. The cost for non-members is $555. Taking into consideration the PMI membership costs of $139, you will be looking at savings in the exam fees in addition to the other benefits of the membership.


2. Free Access to PMI Standards and Publications

As a PMI member, you get access to electronic copies of all standards published by PMI . As a member, you can download an electronic copy (PDF) of these resources from the Library of PMI Global Standards. If you are a PMP® certification aspirant then you can download a free copy of the latest edition of PMBOK® Guide which is an essential document for your PMP® certification journey.


The standards published by PMI  include:


    A. Foundation Standards

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK® Guide - Latest Edition
  • The Standard for Portfolio Management - Third Edition
  • Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) - Third Edition
  • The Standard for Project Management - Third Edition.

    B. Practice Standards and Frameworks

  • Practice Standard for Earned Value Management - Second Edition
  • Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures - Second Edition
  • Practice Standard for Project Risk Management
  • Practice Standard for Scheduling - Second Edition

 

3. Access to Various Research Papers

Being an honored member of PMI, you get free access to numerous research papers published by PMI. Moreover, you can avail the paid papers at discounted rates.


4. PMI Marketplace

PMI  Marketplace gives you access to numerous project management related books and hard copies of all PMI  standards which you can buy at a discounted price.


5. Career Central and Headquarters

As a PMI member, you get access to a vast collection of resources under Career Central and Career Headquarter of PMI  for your career growth. These resources provide you guidance from building your resume to acquiring new skills and keeping yourself updated on the latest trends. You can also submit your resume here and search for jobs.


6. PM Network and PMI Today

As a PMI member, you are entitled to receive free monthly copies of PM Network and PMI today, magazines published by PMI. These magazines are either delivered to your doorstep or you can receive them in the form of email for free.


Update yourself with the latest happenings on the world of project management and across the PMI  local chapters with these magazines. You can increase your knowledge with the interviews, case studies, and in-depth articles available in these magazines.


7. Project Management Journal

Project Management Journal is a research journal published by PMI. You are entitled to get a copy of the journal as a PMI  member. It gets published five times a year and will help you to get a clear understanding of program, project, and portfolio management.


8. PMI Chapter Meetings

Once you join the local PMI chapter and acquire the PMI  membership, you get an opportunity to participate in every local chapter meeting at discounted prices or sometimes it’s free.


9. Networking

One of the most amazing benefits that you can avail as a PMI  member is networking. As a PMI member, you can avail the opportunity to connect with professionals through Communities of Practice or in PMI  chapter meetings. These events give you a great opportunity to learn by connecting with professionals.


These connections will surely help you to prepare for your PMP® certification exam or this can help you to land up in a good job.


10. Free PDUs

PMI  membership can give you an opportunity to earn unlimited numbers of Category-A PDUs by watching free webinars. Moreover, these will be automatically reported to PMI and you don’t have to report these to PMI by yourself.


The PMP certification exam is based on the PMP Exam Content Outline. The exam content outline categorizes questions into 5 Domains - Initiating (13%), Planning (24%), Executing (31%), Monitoring and Controlling (25%), and Closing (7%). Each domain consists of multiple Tasks that a project manager performs. All of these domains and associated tasks are described in detail in the PMBoK.


The PMP exam is composed of 200 multiple choice questions. Out of these 200 questions, 25 questions are pre-test. The time allotted is four hours.

You can only bring your ID and the locker key where you have put your belongings into the test room. You cannot take anything else inside the exam room. You will have to show them your empty pockets, and you will be checked with a metal detector before entering the test room. If you need anything such as paper, a pen, a calculator, etc., the pearson vue staff will provide those items to you.

You can take breaks during your PMP certification exam to go to the washroom or eat some snacks, but the time taken  during these activities will  be included in your exam time. The exam clock will not stop.


You will be notified  of your PMP certification exam test result before you leave your test desk.


Yes, you can reschedule your PMP certification exam appointment two days before the exam date. You will have to pay 70 USD to the PMI if you do so within 30 days of the exam, but doing so within two days of the exam will forfeit your full exam fee.  However, you can reschedule your exam before 30 days for free


ThePMP® Certification Exam is very challenging. To succeed, you must:

-         Dedicate your time andeffort into preparing for the exam

-         Follow our PMP study plan (https://youtu.be/TT39uAsbjfM)

-         Score at least 80% in allof the three PMP® full-length practice tests available online at pm-tricks.com


In  the past, PMI® had published 61% of 200 questions as the passing score. But  now, PMI does not disclose the exact passing score or percentage anymore. After  the PMP® Certification Exam update, the passing score is different for  every candidate and is based on the difficulty level of questions being  attempted by each candidate

Before you begin, make sure that you meet all certification eligibility requirements and enter the necessary information on the  application. Once you start filling out the application form, it cannot be canceled, but you can save the unfinished form  and come back and complete or edit information as required. The application will remain open for 90 days, during which PMI® will send you an email reminder to complete the  application.

Please ensure that the application includes your valid, unique email address, as this will be the primary mode of communication from PMI® throughout the certification process. PMI® will send email reminders during the process, but you must schedule and attend the examination within the one-year eligibility period.


No.PMI® encourages you to apply for the exam online using PMI® Online  Certification System.


Once  you have  submitted the form online, PMI® will  take up to 5 calendar days to process and  approve the  form. However, these timelines may vary if your application has  been selected for PMI®’s audit process.


If your application form is selected for an audit, PMI® will request you to provide various documents, such as:

•Copies of your diploma or global equivalent 

•Signatures from your supervisor(s) or manager(s) from the project(s) recorded in the experience verification section on the application

•Copies of certificates and/or letters from the training institute(s) for each course recorded on the application to meet the required contact hours of project management education.



Any verifying manager or supervisor can sign the Experience  Verification Form and Experience PDF attachment.


You can send your completed audit  forms to the PMI®'s official address by regular  postal mail or express courier  service. The PMI® does not accept faxed or emailed audit documents.Participants should send all documents in one envelope to expedite the  processing time.


The PMI® allows a candidate toattempt the exam up to three times in one calendar year. Focused training  programs will help give you the knowledge and  experience to prepare for and  pass the exam.


Don’t be late for the PMP® Exam. Arrive at the PMP® Exam center at least 15 minutes  earlier than the scheduled time. If  you are late, the worst case is that you may be denied entry to the PMP® Exam  roomYou will need to pay for the re-examination fee and re-schedule another timeslot for the exam.However, some PMP® Exam centers  will exercise discretionary power to allow you to sit for the PMP® Exam even though you are late (maybe probably for several minutes).But don’t count on  that as this is different for different PMP® Exam centers. It is  therefore  advisable to mark down the telephone number of your PMP® Exam  centre and ask  for their policies once you have the feeling that you will be late for the  exam.

Candidates who do not pass the exam  may retake the exam two more times for a total of three times within one year  of application approval. If candidates are not able to pass the PMPcertification exam within their one-year eligibility period, they must wait one  year from the date of the last attempt to reapply for the PMP credential. 


Cost for PMI members, $275. Cost for  nonmembers, $375.


It takes four to six weeks to  receive the certificate after passing the exam.


A certificate provided by PM TRICKS  acts as proof to claim the 35PDUs(Professional development units). The certificate testifies that you have  completed 35 contact hours and hence eligible to receive the 35 PDUs.


Yes. This is very important.


The 35 contact hours of project  management education is valid for life.


The validity of a PMP® Certificationis three years.

Each PMP® certification cycle lastsfor three years during which you will need to earn 60 PDUs (Professional  Development Units) to renew your certification at the end of the cycle.


You need to gain 60 professional  development units (PDUs) every three years.