How to get a PMP® certification
“How do I get a PMP® certification” is one of the most frequently asked questions about the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential.
It’s no wonder, as PMP® is one of the most popular project management certifications worldwide. It has long been in our top 3 courses for demand.
In this Article:
- Why is PMP® certification so popular?
- How to get a PMP® Certification in 3 Steps
- Take your first step towards PMP® certification
- Helpful resources for your PMP® certification journey
Why is PMP® certification so popular?
We have already mentioned that PMP® is a hugely popular project management certification.
Before we dive into the PMP® certification process, let’s look at what gives this qualification its place at the top of the charts.
The PMP® is specifically designed for skilled, experienced project managers.
As such, organisations around the globe recognise PMP® credentialed project managers as the exceptional project leaders they are.
The PMP® syllabus is drawn from the Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
The PMBOK® Guide is periodically revised and updated to remain in-line with the needs and characteristics of projects in today’s business environment.
It is well-documented that overall, PMP® credential holders can command higher salaries that their uncertified counterparts.
The PMI’s Project Management Salary Survey (11th Edition) cites that in Ireland, PMP® certified project managers earned on average 11% more than non-PMP® certified project managers.
You can learn more about the benefits of PMP® certification to individuals and organisations in these supporting articles:
How to get a PMP® Certification in 3 Steps
Like any prestigious qualification, achieving the PMP® credential does require some time and resources.
You may have already heard this, but you might be surprised to learn that getting certified is simpler than it initially seems.
We have devoted extensive focus and research to creating a PMP® Exam preparation programme that supports our students fully, setting them up for PMP® Exam success.
Here’s the tried-and-trusted approach our students benefit from:
Step 1: Exam Preparation Training
Attend our online, live virtual PMP® exam preparation course. This is the foundation for passing your PMP® exam.
Our course will introduce the PMBOK® Guide’s framework, cover sample questions for the 10 Knowledge Areas, and equip you with tips and guidelines for your study and exam application.
One of the PMP® exam requirements is that you have completed 35 hours of project management training. Our PMP® Exam Preparation Course meets this requirement.
Here are insights into some of our recent PMP® Exam Prep. student experiences:MichaelJune 2020JonathanJune 2020
Step 2: Study, Exam Simulator, and Exam Application
Following training, you will need to dedicate time for further exam preparation and study.
We include 60 days of unlimited access to our online PMP® exam simulator once you have completed our PMP® course.
During this time, complete your PMP® exam application. We’ll take you through tips and guidelines for this process during training.
Step 3: Sit the PMP® Exam
When you feel ready, schedule your PMP® exam. You will have 1 year from the date your application is approved to sit your exam.
Since April 2020, the PMP® exam has been available as a proctored, online exam. This means that you can now complete your entire PMP® certification journey online.
This is the entire process for achieving your PMP® certification. Once you pass your exam, you’ll receive your PMP® credential directly from the PMI®.