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.
We have created this short article as a simple step-by-step guide to getting PMP® certified.
You can get full details about how to get a PMP® certification by downloading our PMP® brochure.Download Brochure
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.
As a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), our exam preparation programme has been put through rigorous quality audits by the PMI®.
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®.