To be eligible for a PMP credential, you must meet specific guidelines that objectively measure experience, education and professional knowledge.
- Applicants must have 35 hours of specific project management education.
- With a Bachelor’s Degree (or the global equivalent): Applicants must have a minimum three years’ professional project management experience, during which 4,500 hours are spent leading and directing project tasks, up to eight years from the time of application.
- Without a Bachelor’s Degree (or the global equivalent): Applicants must have a minimum five years’ professional project management experience, during which at least 7,500 hours are spent leading and directing project tasks, up to eight years from the time of application
Steps to Obtaining a PMP Credential:
- 1. Signup for an account at PMI website “not required if you will submit your application via mail”
- 2. Complete an online application or download an application and submit via mail (faxes not accepted).
- 3. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive an e-mail explaining how to schedule the exam.
- 4. Exam is available in 2 different formats Computer-based Testing with fees ($ 405.00 for PMI members or $ 555.00 for PMI Nonmember) or Paper-based Testing fees ($ 250.00 for PMI members or $ 400.00 for PMI Nonmember) “my recommendation apply for PMI membership it just for 100 $ so you will save about 50 $ for exam fees and also you will got more benefits regarding your PMI membership“.
- 5. After scheduling the exam date you will receive any email with scheduling information and time.
- 6. Individuals who attain a credential from PMI will be added to PMI’s Online Credential Registry after 7- 10 days after the exam and may immediately use the credential designation after their name.
The PMP Credential Examination
This four-hour examination composed of 200 multiple-choice questions measures your ability to apply knowledge, skills and techniques used in project management. The examination is developed by groups of individuals from around the globe who hold the PMP credential and is routinely reviewed and revised to ensure the best and consistently objective assessment.
25 of the 200 exam questions are “pre-release questions” meaning they are not included in your score for the exam. The questions will be randomly placed throughout the exam, you will not know which one are which.
Your score will be calculated based on your response to the remaining 175 questions. Passing score on the exam is 141 out of 175, approximately 81%
Examination Content based on project phases
- Project Initiation: Percent of Questions 11%
- Project Planning: Percent of Questions 23%
- Project Execution: Percent of Questions 27%
- Project Control: Percent of Questions 21%
- Project Closing: Percent of Questions 9%
- Professional Responsibility: Percent of Questions 9%
These ranges could be changed, it differ from one to one
How to study for the exam
- 1. Start studying at least one month prior to when you are scheduled to take the exam.
- 2. You must prepare yourself to study the PMBOK 2 times before entering the exam you can do it as following: 2 days for each knowledge area of the 9 knowledge areas.
- 3. After studying each knowledge area try to summarize the major points and formulas of the knowledge area to be used later.
- 4. Review the chapter related to the knowledge area you studied from “PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy book” if you can have it, it’s a very good book.
- 5. Try to solve the questions of the knowledge area from “PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy book”.
- 6. At the week before the exam review well the summary papers you made before and try to solve questions at the exam simulation software like “PM FASTrack: PMP Exam Simulation Software by Rita Mulcahy”, this will let you feel the environment of the exam before you enter.
- 7. If you feel that you are aware from any of knowledge area, review it again and try to solve more questions and problems.
- 8. Real Exam questions are different than questions in Exam Simulation software, it could be easier or complex, but in most time it’s easier.