How do I get a PMP® Certification

What is a PMP Certification? The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is one of the best-recognised and most-respected project management credentials worldwide.

It is a credential designed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) specifically for experienced project managers who want to keep their skills current and enhance their experience by achieving a qualification with gravitas.

PMP Eligibility Criteria

As this is a certification designed for those who have worked in project management for some time, there are some eligibility criteria that must be met for anyone applying to sit the PMP exam.

There are 2 different paths for meeting the eligibility criteria:

Path 1: Degree + 3 or more years project management experience + 35 training hours

Path 2: Leaving Certificate + 5 or more years project management experience + 35 training hours

This is just an overview of the criteria. For full details on meeting the eligibility criteria, we recommend downloading our PMP Exam Preparation brochure.

What to do if you don’t have enough experience for the PMP exam

If you’d like to gain a PMI Certification, but don’t meet the required experience for the PMP credential, why not consider the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification?

CAPM certification does not require candidates to log project management experience, and is therefore an excellent choice for those who are new to the role of project manager.

What are the benefits of Achieving a PMP Certification?

There are so many benefits you’ll gain by getting a PMP certification. Here are our top 3:

Expanded Earnings Potential

Did you know that according to the PMI’s Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey Tenth Edition, PMP credential holders can earn up to 23% more than uncertified project managers?*

Increased Credibility

By achieving a PMP credential, you are acquiring one of the most widely recognised and respected qualifications in the project management industry.

A Current, Relevant Skill-Set

The PMP exam draws from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), which is revised regularly to ensure that the material remains relevant and at the leading edge of the industry standards.

How do I get a PMP Certification?

The PMP Credential is an investment in your career. It takes time, and must be maintained, but given the benefit to your professional life, is well worth the focus and effort required.

Here are the main steps to achieving your PMP credential:

1. Decide

Review information about the PMP certification, and speak with a training provider to affirm that you meet the eligibility criteria, and that a PMP credential is right of your professional development.

2. Exam Preparation

Once you’ve decided, attend an exam preparation course. You must log 35 training hours to meet the eligibility criteria. In addition to this, you’ll cover a large portion of the PMBOK Guide through training and gain guidance for your study period and exam application.

3. Study & Exam Application

The time required for study will vary from person to person. On average, between 4 and 6 weeks will be enough time, but this can be longer depending on each individual’s schedule. During this time, you’ll also complete and submit your PMP exam application to the PMI.

4. Exam

Once your application has been accepted by the PMI and you have scheduled a date, you’re ready to take your exam. You’ll have 1 year from the date of your application approval to sit the PMP exam.

5. Achieve

Congratulations! When you pass your exam, you’ll receive your credential from the PMI.