PMP certification is something you should have known about. What are the benefits to PMP certification? What are the PMP certification requirements We will discuss the PMP certification requirements in this article.
At a Glance: PMP Certification Requirements
Three requirements are required for PMP certification:
35 hours Project Management Education
Project Experience Requirement (at minimum three years)
A secondary or higher-level background
The following table provides a quick overview of the PMP certification requirements.
Education BackgroundProject Experience35 Contact Hours RequirementsSecondary Degree (High School etc. )5+ Years (60 months)MustFour-Year Degree (BSc, BA, etc. 3)+ Years (36 Months)MustWe will be discussing these requirements in detail one-on-one.
Why are there PMP requirements?
It might be difficult to understand why PMP certification is required. There are two main reasons. The first reason is that project management is a serious job that requires communication with many stakeholders throughout the project. Project managers need to be aware of communication, attitude, and how to manage expectations. Project delivery could be delayed or canceled. A solid track record in project management is a prerequisite for PMP certification.
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Project management knowledge is the second reason PMP certification is required. To pass the PMP certification exam, a project manager must be proficient in 10 knowledge areas. These knowledge areas will be tested in five different project management processes groups. A PMP candidate must score at least a certain level in these project management process groups to pass the PMP certification exam.
These two factors are why PMP education and PMP experience requirements are required for the PMP exam. PMP experience will prove that the PMP candidate has sufficient soft skills to take the PMP exam. PMP education requirements will prove that the PMP candidate has sufficient theoretical background to manage a project.
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We will discuss the PMP education and experience requirements. Your PMP experience requirements will change depending on which PMP education requirement is satisfied. Below are the options for option #1 and #2.
You must meet the PMP education requirement #1 to satisfy the PMP experience requirement 2.
You must meet the PMP education requirement #2 if you are able to.
PMP Education Requirement #1
You must have at least a second degree to apply for PMP certification. This could be a high school diploma or an equivalent education level. To apply for PMP certification if your highest education level is a second degree, you must meet the following requirements.
5 years of experience in project management
7500 hours spent leading and directing projects
35 hours of project management education.
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No. 1 PMP Experience Requirement
Notably, the PMP certification requirements do not require project management experience. This does not mean that you can actively manage a project. Participation in a project environment counts towards the 5 year experience requirement. The 7500 hours, or 3.5 years, must be spent in leading and directing projects. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be a project manager. You can also be a supervisor for a junior tea.