PMP—What is the Project Management Professional Qualification?

When you attain your Diploma in Project Management from LMIT, you also become a Student Member of AIPM for the duration of your course and once you complete your Project Management course with us, you qualify to become an Associate Member of AIPM where you will automatically gain the Certified Practising Project Practitioner (CPPP) certification.

You can go to the AIPM website to read more about this here: http://www.aipm.com.au/html/benefits.cfm

Not just anyone can become a project manager. There are individuals who specialise in project management and are therefore called Project Management Professionals (PMP). These people have spent time, money, and effort into obtaining the right experience, education and certification to be amply called PMPs. But before we go to what these qualifications entail, let us first tackle the definition of a PMP.

The Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is one of the most important ones. Getting one could mean higher pay and more job opportunities for you, and for employers, it signifies that you have the competency, skills and experience to lead any time of project. Aside from employment purposes, the PMP came about because of the desire for projects to succeed. Government and private establishments seek to increase their chances of project management success.

So where do you start? Before you can apply for a PMP accreditation, you need to comply with certain educational and experience (professional) necessities. Be aware also that these requirements have been accumulated over the last eight consecutive years before your application.

For a high school graduate or those with associate’s degree or any global equivalent, you must have the following:

  1. at least five years of project manager experience, and
  2. 35 hours of formal project management education.

For Bachelor degree holders or any global equivalent, you must have the following:

  1. 3 years minimum of project management experience, and
  2. 35 hours of project management education.

What’s next? If you are eligible for the exam, you can start by registering online for the Project Management Institute’s exam. The exam is online based, given by Prometric testing centers. It is also paper based for those without testing centers. For those who take the exam online, the results are immediately released upon completion of the exam. As for those who took the paper-based exam, it typically takes 4 weeks for the results to reach them.

Once you have successfully registered, you can start preparing for the exam. It will ask you 200 questions. These questions embody the different processes of project management, which are initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and control, and closing. Embedded within these processes, you will find questions tackling nine project management knowledge areas.

These are:

  • integration,
  • scope,
  • time,
  • cost,
  • quality,
  • human resource,
  • communication,
  • risk,
  • and procurement management.

You need to pay attention to the interconnectedness between the processes and the knowledge areas. Several questions will tackle the inputs, techniques and outputs of each process and how it is related to another process. The exam is in a multiple choice format.

For more assistance when preparing for the exam, you can always consult the books or other e-Learning courses. You can also read the PMI handbook on the exam.

For those who already have a PMP, you need to constantly maintain that PMP credential. That is why PMI has established a continuous credential requirement program that keeps you updated and informed. This program entails earning 60 units of professional development in 3 years. This can be achieved through research, writing articles on the profession, and speaking on project management topics.

LMIT delivers the PMP course completely online so contact us now to get started today!

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