Project Management Professional (PMP)

Definition - What does Project Management Professional (PMP) mean?

The Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) is designed for those individuals who wish to demonstrate their experience, education and competency in the area of project management. Globally recognized, the PMP has the potential to help candidates command higher salaries and become more marketable.

The PMP exam focuses on 5 performance domains. They are as follows:

  • Initiating the Project - 13%
  • Planning the Project - 24%
  • Executing the Project - 30%
  • Monitoring and Controlling the Project - 25%
  • Closing the Project - 8%

Testopedia explains Project Management Professional (PMP)

Candidates should realize that this is not an entry-level certification. Successful PMP candidates will have either a bachelor’s degree with 4,500 or more hours of direct project management experience or a high school diploma with 7,500 hours of project management experience. Both classifications must also have a minimum of 35 hours of formal project management education. Candidates will also have to show proof of their experience and give examples of how they meet the pre-requisite requirements for this certification.

This exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within 4 hours. Successful candidates will receive a score of 106 or batter to pass the PMP exam. Candidates can register to take the PMP exam through Prometrics testing centers. Of the 200 questions listed candidates will only be scored on 175. The other 25 questions are considered "pre-test" questions and do not count against your score.

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