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PMP Certification

PMP® Certification: Your Complete 2021 Guide

Originally published, September, 2020. Updated October 2021.

If you’re considering PMP® certification, this 3-minute guide is an excellent starting point.

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We have compiled this article as a handy tool you can use when making plans and decisions about PMP® certification.

Here, we answer the most frequently asked questions, provide insights and tips for the new PMP® Exam 2021, and give you step by step guidelines for achieving PMP® certification.

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In this article, we have answered the questions we hear most often about PMP® certification.

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Is it worth getting PMP® Certification?

Our short answer is “yes”.

PMP® is one of the most popular project management certifications worldwide.

In fact, you will often hear this credential being referred to as "the gold standard" of project management qualifications.

Here are 4 major advantages of achieving a PMP® certification:

Cement Your Credibility with PMP Certification

1. Cement Your Credibility


The PMP® credential is known as a qualification for experienced, high-performing project managers.

It acts as a calling card for your skill and capabilities to other project managers and team members, and also to potential employers or clients.

Increase Your Salary Potential

2. Expand Your Salary Potential


Did you know that on average, PMP® credential holders earn up to 23% more than non-PMP® credentialed project managers? (source)

Holding such a highly respected credential gives you greater earning potential and expands your opportunity for new career challenges.

Current, Relevant Skills

3. Keep Your Skills Current & Relevant


The PMP® exam outline is regularly revised and updated to stay at the cutting edge of project management techniques and skills.

For example, a new PMP® exam came into effect on January 2nd, 2021. It was updated to reflect the expanded, adaptable role of project managers today.

Traditional, Agile, Hybrid methods

4. Confidence in Traditional and Agile methods


Project managers in every sector need to have confidence with both conventional (predictive) and agile (adaptive) methods for running a project.

They must also know how to select the right approach – or blend of approaches (hybrid) – for each initiative.

The current PMP® exam outline provides an equal focus on predictive (traditional), adaptive (agile), and hybrid (a blend of both) project management methods.

Who is eligible for PMP® certification?

The PMP® credential is specifically designed for experienced project managers. Therefore, it has eligibility requirements that must be met by all exam candidates.

There are two eligibility routes, both requiring experience as an active project manager, prior education, and a specified number of formal training hours.

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Are You Eligbile?


There are 3 ways you can find out if your experience matches one of the eligibility routes:

  1. Speak with one of our consultants about your own background in project management. You can call us directly (Freephone 1800 910 810) or ask us a question online.


  2. Download our PDF PMP® Course brochure. Both eligibility routes are outlined clearly here.

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  3. Learn more about the PMP® eligibility requirements in our short article, "Understanding the PMP Exam Requirements".
Achieve PMP Certification

How do I become PMP® Certified?

Like any prestigious qualification, achieving the PMP® credential does require some time and resources.

However, 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 streamlined PMP® Exam Preparation Course that supports our students fully, setting them up for PMP® Exam success.

Here’s our tried-and-trusted 3-step approach:


  • 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 PMI® Exam Content Outline (ECO) 2021, cover sample exam Q&A, and equip you with tips and guidelines for your study and exam application.

    This course is delivered by PMP® experts.

    Our programme is always delivered live - never pre-recorded - in order to enable the support of questions, discussions, and feedback between participants and trainer.

    One of the PMP® exam requirements is that you have completed 35 hours of formal project management training. Our PMP® Exam Preparation Course meets this requirement.

  • Step 2: Study, Exam Simulator, and Exam Application


    Following training, you will need to dedicate time for further exam preparation and study.

    We include 90 days of unlimited access to our premium online PMP® exam simulator with your course price.

    Using a high quality exam simulator is a key factor for building the right mindset and skill for PMP® exam success.

    During this time, you will also complete your PMP® exam application. We 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. That means 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®.

How Long Does It Take to Get PMP® Certified?

PMP Certification Timeline

Start to finish time for anyone working towards a PMP® credential can vary depending on schedule availability, commitment to study, and available exam dates.

However, with focus and dedication it is certainly possible to achieve your PMP® certification within 2 months when using our format.

In order to maintain their qualification, all PMP® credential holders must earn and log 60 PDUs every 3 years. Learn more about PDUs.

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