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What is a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification?

The Project Management Professional Certification (or PMP Certification) is a Globally Recognised Certificate issued by the Project Management Institute (PMI) that test Project Managers experience and ability to manage projects, people and business priorities through a way of working. The certificate based on the PMI BOK is one of 8 credentials offered by the PMI.

The PMP is designed by project professional to confirm to potential employees that you have the necessary skills to be a successful Project Manager by assessing your ability to plan and execute processes, manage people and your ability to connect projects and organisational strategy. The PMP has recently been updated to include three approaches :

  • Predictive (waterfall)
  • Agile
  • Hybrid

How to Get Your PMP Certificate

1. Meet the Experience Requirements


You can obtain the PMP Certification by passing the PMP exam and meet the experience requirements. To be eligible for the exam you need to meet the following PMP requirements :

    • Four Year Degree
    • 36 Months leading projects
    • 35 Hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification
    • High school diploma or an associate’s degree (or global equivalent)
    • 60 Months leading projects
    • 35 Hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification.

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2. Pass the Exam

The PMP exam change was introduced in 2021 by the PMI Institute to accommodate the evolving demands of project management, organisations and people. The PMP exam based on the Exam Content Outline (ECO). The ECO is akin to a syllabus for the PMP exam. PMI usually revises the ECO once every three to five years. It is done to keep up with the current trends of project management and also to maintain standardisation of the PMP exam.PMI Published the ECO for the current version in 2015. The new version of the exam will be based on the ECO released in May of 2019.

The Old Project Management Certificate Exam:

The old project management certificate exam focussed on the following :

      • Initiating the project (weighted at 13 percent)
      • Planning the project (weighted at 24 percent)
      • Executing the project (weighted at 31 percent)
      • Monitoring & controlling the project (weighted at 25 percent)
      • Closing the project (weighted at 7 percent

The ECO for the PMP exam is based on the RDS. The last RDS was done in the year 2015, which resulted in the current version of the ECO. PMI conducted another RDS in 2019, and came out with a new ECO as mentioned earlier. From January 2, 2021, new ECO will become the basis for the PMP exam.

The New Project Management Certificate Exam 


The new project exam will focus on the following 3 domains :

    • People

This domain carry’s an overal weight of 42% and evaulates a project managers leadership skills and ability to manage people. This domain is broken down further in to tasks including some of the following

        • Building/leading a team
        • Managing conflict
        • Empower team members and stakeholders
    • Process

The second domain carry’s an overal weight of 50% and evaluates a project managers technical knowledge. It is broken down to include some of the following

        • Assess and manage risks
        • Plan and manage budget and resources
        • Plan and manage scope
    • Business Enviroment

The remaining 8% is attributed to a project managers ability to comply with organisational requirements. It is broken down to include some of the following tasks :

        • Evaluate and deliver project benefits and value
        • Plan and manage project compliance
        • Support organizational change

 PMP Exam Structure

The PMP exam is structure as follows :

        • 180 questions total
        • 230 minutes (3 hours 50 minutes) to complete
        • Two 10-minute breaks
        • A combination of multiple-choice, multiple responses, matching, hotspot, and limited fill-in-the-blank questions

Download your free PMP Exam Content Outline

PMP Training – How to Prep For the PMP Exam?

How do you prepare for the PMP exam? Project Management Professionals have different opinions on how to prepare for the PMP Certification Exam. Most agree that relying on your existing knowledge is not recommended. The PMI reports that on average every successful PMP takes roughly 35 hours to prepare for the exam.

Authorized Training Partner: PMI recommends working with either Authorized Training Partners (ATPs) or the PMI® Authorized On-demand PMP® Exam Prep course.  PMI Authorized Training Partners are organizations aligned with PMI that have successfully completed a PMI Authorized Training Partner Train the Trainer – PMP Exam Preparation Program and whose instructors use PMI-developed training course content, like MPUG

MPUG as a PMI ATP: MPUG remains a Authorized Training Partners (ATPs) with PMI to deliver live online PMP training, deep-dive certificate series sessions, hosting hundreds of on-demand training videos, helpful articles and resources, as well as a community forum for all your Project Management Professional PMP training and questions is just the start of who we are.

By combining peer collaboration with the most up-to-date online training and resources, MPUG’s unique structure will help you make the most out of your PMP experience. An MPUG Premium Membership supplies you with complete and unlimited access to mpug.com, including:

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Join MPUG to attend live training webinars, access 500+ hours of on-demand sessions, receive certificates of completion and earn the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs) that you need.

Study the PMBOK Guide: As our expert Author Cornelius Fichtner sets out in his article : “How to Pass Your PMP Exam in 30 Days” , in addition to reading through lessons others who have taken the test and passed, studying A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is recommended. It’s important to note that the PMBOK guide alone is simply not enough. The Overview of PMBOK Guide 7th Edition lesson presented by Jeff Bongiovani is a good starting point.

Watch MPUGs On-Demand Webinars: An MPUG Membership gives you full access to MPUG’s on-demand PMP training webinars broken down by the 3 categories of the new PMI Talent Triangle framework to satisfy the 35 contact hours required to apply for the PMP ® certification.

Join For MPUGS Live Virtual WebinarsWhen you join MPUG you get access to MPUG’s Live Virtual PMP training Webinars where you can engage and ask questions to instructors

Online courses: MPUGs expert-led courses like The Do’s and Dont’s of Microsoft Project provides you with a deeper understanding of how Microsoft Project can be utilised to improve you project management skills

Read Expert Articles on PMP Exam Tips and Tricks: Often times the best way to learn is from others mistakes, or successes. MPUG has a wide range of expert resources including :

How long is the Project Management Certificate valid for?

The PMP Certification is valid for 3 years during which you will have to earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) to meet the criteria to renew your PMP Certificate. If you do not meet the required PDUS after 3 years, your PMP Certificate will be suspended for one year, after which it will no longer be valid. Meeting your required PDU’s after a 3 year cycle extends your PMP certificate for another 3 years.

How much does the PMP Certificate Cost

The cost of the PMP Certificate in theory stretches further than just the cost of the exam If you consider the time invested to gain the 36-month or 60-months experience, based on your secondary qualification, to be eligible for the exam, as well as the cost of training to prepare for the pmp exam.

Entry into the exam will cost you $405 if you are a member of PMI, and $555 if you are not. PMP Exam Prep Training could cost you up to $2 000 from institutions like the Project Management Academy.

There a options like PMPs membership for access to a free pmp certificate training, like MPUG. Click here to find out more about access to MPUG’s free On-Demand Webinars, in line with PMI’s Talent Triangle

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