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What is Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification?

Last updated on Jul 15,2024 8.9K Views

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Irrespective of the type of industry, Project Management is an integral factor that decides the success or the failure of a project. With time, organizations across the globe are looking for professionals who are not only talented and experienced but also hold relevant certifications. There are a number of certifications available that can put you in the bracket of certified professionals. Through this blog, I will specifically discuss PMP® Certification, which is considered to be the most prestigious certification of all. To acquire in-depth skills, enroll in the PMP Certification training here!

Before embarking on your PMP®  certification journey, let’s examine a few terms around which PMP® Certification is built.

What Is PMBOK® Guide?

PMBOK® Guide stands for Project Management Body Of Knowledge. It is a complete collection of processes, best practices, terminologies, and guidelines that are globally accepted as standards and best practices within the project management industry. The first edition of the PMBOK® Guide was published in 1996. The latest edition, the 7th, was released in August 2021.

Every five to seven years, PMI performs a Role Delineation Study (RDS), a global survey of the project management community to identify how project managers’ day-to-day tasks have evolved since the last revision.

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What Is PMI?

PMI stands for Project Management Institute. It is a not-for-profit professional membership association for the project management profession, based out of Pennsylvania, US. The primary role of PMI is to be actively engaged in the advocacy of the profession, conducting research, providing career paths, and setting professional standards for project management. PMI offers 8 professional certifications, with PMP®Certification being the most popular one. They are as follows:

  • PMP® (Project Management Professional)
  • PgMP® (Program Management Professional)
  • PfMP® (Portfolio Management Professional)
  • CAPM® (Certified Associate in Project Management)
  • PMI-PBA® (PMI Professional in Business Analysis)
  • PMI-ACP® (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner)
  • PMI-RMP® (PMI Risk Management Professional)
  • PMI-SP® (PMI Scheduling Professional)

Below is a graph showing the popularity of PMP® certification over other major certifications.

PMP - PMP Certifications - Edureka

What Is PMP® Certification?

Project Management Professional® Certification (PMP) is a globally acknowledged professional certification program in project management that legalizes a professional’s education and experience in this field. 

It is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA. In the IT industry, project management refers to a methodical approach to software development through well-defined stages called initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. 

At present, there are 729,552 active credential holders and 284 chartered chapters across 210 countries and territories worldwide. This is a very large number in itself. The image below shows the increase in the number of active PMP® certified members over the past few years.

Number of Active PMPs - PMP Certification - Edureka

Why PMP® Certification?

As per the latest survey report by PMI, there will be a large number of opportunities for Project Management Professionals by 2025. The reason behind this is, when the companies recruit project managers from various cultural backgrounds, the need for project managers with a standardized set of skills eventually increases. These project managers are expected to undertake projects on different system reorganizations, turn strategic visions into tangible goals and ensure effective and acceptable outcomes, all while balancing various project constraints.

Below is a graph, displaying the expected increase in opportunities across various countries by 2020.

PM Job Opportunities - PMP Certification - EdurekaNow, if you are not satisfied yet, then check out a few more intriguing points below:

  1. Utility across various industries
  2. Improves Teamwork and people orientation
  3. Enhances Risk Management Skills
  4. Provides you the opportunity for Continuous Learning
  5. Refines your problem-solving skills
  6. It makes you more responsible
  7. Upgrades your leadership quality
  8. Provides you an edge over non-PMPs
  9. Gives you a platform for worldwide recognization
  10. Boosts up your salary

Top 10 Reasons to Get PMP® Certified | Project Management Certification | Edureka


PMP® Certification Exam

In this section, I will discuss the PMP® certification exam process in detail. So, let me begin by explaining you the prerequisites for applying for this exam.

Prerequisites of the PMP® Certification Exam

Everyone can’t opt for PMP® certification. You need to fulfill some prerequisites to take up this certification program. PMI mandates that PMP® certification aspirants come with a high school degree along with an Associate’s degree or a global equivalent degree. Additionally, the candidate must have 60+ months or 7,500+ hours of project management experience. Here are the prerequisites in a nutshell:

prerequisites - pmp certification


  • Project duration must not overlap
  • Experience in the project during last eight years
  • 20% of applications are picked up for random audit
  • Designation during the specified project management work doesn’t matter

There is some fine print that you shouldn’t overlook. One, you can only attempt the PMP® exam thrice in one year, and your project management experience shouldn’t go back to more than 8 years. The second thing I would like to emphasize is that “This course is not for freshers”. So, if you are newer, you need to gain a specific number of PDUs (Professional Development Units) before applying for PMP® Certification.

Details Of PMP® Certification Exam

  • 200 multiple choice questions
  • 4 hours to complete the exam
  • No negative marks
  • 25 questions inserted randomly in the question paper are sample questions that aren’t graded
  • The result is based on answers to 175 questions
  • To pass, you need to answer 106 questions correctly
  • The exam is preceded by a 15-minute walkthrough of the exam format

Each of the 200 questions is based on the ‘PMP® examination specification’, which essentially describes tasks under the five performance domains as prescribed by PMI. These domains, along with their weight age in the exam, are:

PMP Exam Syllabus - PMP Certification - Edureka

PMP® Certification Fee Structure

Below is a table depicting the complete breakup of the exam fee.

PMP Certification Fees - Edureka


  • PMI membership fee – 139$
  • Membership to local PMI Chapter – varies from chapter to chapter (5$ – 15$)
  • Only 3 PMP® Exams are allowed in one year
  • Certified PMPs have to earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) in a three-year cycle. PDUs can be earned through multiple avenues.

Learn more about the PMP Certification Cost here!

Watch this PMP® Certification Training video, which will give you complete insights and help you clear your PMP® Certification exam at the first attempt.

PMP® Certification | PMP® Certification Exam Preparation | Edureka

Application Process of PMP® Certification Exam

Application process - PMP Certification - Edureka

The above image depicts the four steps involved in the PMP® Certification application process. Let’s discuss them in detail:

NOTE: Before you start filling up the form, make sure that you are eligible. If you are not, I would suggest you not apply as it would result in a waste of your time, effort, and money. Also, check whether you are lacking any requirements. If you are, please satisfy them before applying.

  1. Filling out the online Application Form: This application needs a lot of information. It is divided into three sections:
    STEP I: General Information
    STEP II: Project Management Experience
    STEP III: Details On 35 Contact Hours Training Program
    This application requires a lot of information as well as time. An unfinished application form can be saved and finished later. You can complete filling out the form within 90 days, during which PMI will keep reminding you to complete it. Thus, you need to provide a valid email ID. One thing you must remember is that, once you start filling it up, it can’t be canceled.
    Before submitting the application, double-check the details you have provided; otherwise, it will be a hassle to change them later.
    NOTE: Once you submit your application, PMI will review it in 5-7 working days. If anything is missing, PMI will notify you by email.
  2. Fee payment: Once your application is received and accepted, PMI will send you a confirmation email requesting payment. You will receive a refund if you don’t meet the audit’s requirements.
  3. PMP® audit process: Once your application is accepted and payment is made, audit process will begin. Among all the applications submitted to PMI, only a small percentage is selected. Application selection is done on a random basis. If you are selected for the audit, PMI will notify you. Once you receive the confirmation mail, within 90 days, you need to submit the required documents. Once your documents are submitted, within 6-7 working days, the audit process will commence. Moreover, your eligibility period will start from the day your audit gets cleared.
  4. Scheduling the exam: If your audit is cleared, PMI will send you an email with a unique code. Use this code to schedule your exam through the Prometric site. You will have one year time to pass the exam. In case, you need to reschedule your exam, you can do so, two days prior to the exam.

We have reached the end of this blog. I hope you understand the details, requirements, and benefits of PMP® Certification. For more, you can also pursue the PRINCE2 Certification.

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What is Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification?