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PMP Certification: Everything You Need to Know

PMP® Certification: Everything You Need to Know

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is one of the best-known and most-respected project management certifications in the world.

If you’re an experienced project manager serious about expanding your career potential, this is the qualification to achieve in 2020.

We’ve compiled this article as a handy guide you can use when making your plans and decisions about PMP® certification. For each of the most popular questions, we give a summarised answer here, with a link to a more detailed article for further research.

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PMP Benefits

What are the advantages of having a PMP® Certification?

If you’re at the start of your decision-making process, you may wonder why you should choose the PMP® credential over other project management certifications. Here are some of the key benefits to consider:

1. Cement Your Credibility

The PMP® credential is known as a qualification for experienced, highly-skilled project managers. It acts as a calling card of your calibre to other project managers and team members, and to potential employers.

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

3. Keep Your Skills Current & Relevant

The PMP® credential syllabus is based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)®, which is regularly revised and updated to stay at the cutting edge of project management techniques and skills.

Learn more about the most recent edition of the PMBOK Guide®.
Want further inspiration? Read our Top 7 Reasons to Choose a PMP® Certification.
PMP Eligibility Criteria

What are the eligibility criteria for PMP® certification?

The PMP® credential is specifically designed for seasoned project managers, and as such, has eligibility requirements that must be met by all exam candidates.

There are 2 eligibility routes, both requiring experience as an active project manager, prior education, and a specified number of formal training hours.

Find out if your experience matches 1 of the eligibilty routes. Learn more about the PMP® eligibility requirements here.

Not Enough Experience for the PMP® Credential?

If you are at the start of your project management career, or have very little experience, do not worry! Although you may need to gather more experience before aiming for PMP® certification, you can still achieve a globally recognised PMI® certification right now.

Click below to read about the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification, or instantly view and download the PDF brochure.

Path to PMP Certification

How do I get a PMP® certification?

When you train with us for PMP® exam preparation, you’ll benefit from our very focused, streamlined approach to achieving a PMP® credential.

Here’s what that looks like:

1. Attend Exam Preparation Training (5 Days)

Our intensive PMP® Exam Preparation Course runs over 5 days. Our PMP® training is always delivered by experienced, professional, PMP® credentialed trainers.

2. Study Period & Exam Simulator Access (6 – 8 weeks)

Following training, you’ll need to allow time for study and exam practice. This study period varies from person to person. During training, you’ll gain a sense of how long you’ll need, and can consult your trainer on a recommended time-frame.

Once training is complete, we provide 60 days unlimited access to our online PMP® exam simulator for all of our delegates.

You’ll also complete your exam application to the PMI® during the study period.

3. Exam (4 hours)

You'll have 1 year to sit and pass your PMP® Exam from the date the PMI® approves your application.
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How Long Does It Take to Get PMP® Certified?

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 definitely possible to achieve your PMP® credential 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. Find out more about how you can earn PDUs here.

What is the cost of PMP® certification?

Our PMP® Exam Preparation course costs €1,095. This price includes:

  • 5 days of intensive classroom training
  • Sample exam questions and answers
  • 60 days unlimited access to our Online PMP® Exam Simulator
  • Course materials and stationery

Your PMP® Exam Fee & PMBOK® Guide

Your exam fee and PMBOK® Guide textbook are the only things that you pay seperately.

We don't include the PMBOK® Guide textbook so that you can choose from an e-book or physical textbook. We will advise on where you can buy your PMBOK® Guide during the booking process.

The exam fee is paid directly to the PMI® when you apply to sit your exam.

The examination fee is approximately $405 (USD) for PMI® members and $555 (USD) for non-members (paid directly to the PMI®). This is an indicative cost, and we recommend checking www.pmi.org for the most up-to-date exam pricing.

Did you know you can now take the PMP Exam online?

Getting Started with Your PMP® Certification

If you're ready to go, you can get started on your path to PMP® certification today by reserving a place on our next Dublin dates.

Our 5-day PMP® exam preparation course runs throughout the year as live virtual training, with limited spots available on each date.

Any Other Questions?

If you're unsure about your eligibility for the PMP® exam, or would like advice or guidance on getting started with PMP® certification, we would be delighted to help.

You can reach our training consulants by clicking the "Ask A Question" button above, or by calling us on Freephone 1800 910 810 (office hours:Monday - Thursday 9.00 am - 5.30pm, Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm).

* Source: Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey Tenth Edition
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