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PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) for Project Leaders/Project Managers

PMI Registered Education Provider A survey in 2003 found that the PMP is one of the most valuable technical certifications for employers, adding an average 16% bonus to base pay†.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the PMP certification, you must:

  • meet specific education and experience requirements
  • agree to adhere to the PMI code of professional conduct
  • pass a 4-hour multiple-choice examination designed to objectively assess and measure your project management knowledge
  • demonstrate an ongoing professional commitment to the field of project management by satisfying PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements Program.

Requirements

Your education/experience must conform to either Category 1 or Category 2. Documentary evidence will be required.

  Category 1 Category 2
General education University degree or baccalaureate High school/Secondary school diploma
Project management experience Minimum of 4500 hours (at least 3 years of this experience within the 6 years prior to the application) Minimum of 7500 hours (at least 5 years of this experience within the 8 years prior to the application)
Project management education 35 contact hours, earned through colleges, training companies, PMI Registered Education Providers, employer-sponsored programs or distance learning

Continuing Certification Requirements:

To maintain your PMP qualification, you must produce evidence of at least 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) earned within each 3-year cycle. One PDU is earned for every one hour spent in a planned, structured learning experience or activity. Additional information about on going accreditation can be found in the Continuing Certification Requirements Program Handbook.

PMI (CAPM) for project team members

A CAPM is a project management practitioner, normally participating as a member of a project team, who demonstrates basic project management knowledge and experience by supporting projects using project management tools, techniques, and methodologies.

A CAPM is typically dependent on an experienced project leader for guidance, direction, and approval.

To be eligible for the CAPM certification, you must:

  • meet specific education and experience requirements
  • agree to adhere to the PMI code of professional conduct
  • pass a 3-hour multiple-choice examination designed to objectively assess and measure your project management knowledge.

Your education/experience must conform to either Category A or Category B. Documentary evidence will be required.

  Category A Category B
General education University degree or baccalaureate High school/Secondary school diploma
Project management experience Minimum of 1500 hours (at least 2 years of this experience within the 3 years prior to the application) Minimum of 2500 hours (at least 2 years of this experience within the 3 years prior to the application)
Project management education 23 contact hours, earned through colleges, training companies, PMI Registered Education Providers, employer-sponsored programs or distance learning

The CAPM is valid for 5 years, and CAPMs are not required to maintain their certification during this period. However, at the end of the 5 years they must either apply for PMP certification, re-take the CAPM examination, or lose their certification.

For full details of the PMI certification programme, see the PMI website www.pmi.org

† Data from 36,000 IT professionals in Europe and the US