PMP Exams Overview

Project Management Professional (PMP) is certification administered by Project Management Institute (PMI), USA. The PMP designation following your name tells current and potential employers that you have demonstrated a solid foundation of Project Management Knowledge.

Pre-Requisite Qualification for the Certification Exams

  • A bachelor's degree from a globally equivalent university.

  • A minimum of 4500 hours of project management experience in last three years.

  • OR

  • A high school diploma from a globally equivalent college/university.

  • A minimum of 7500 hours of project management experience in last five years.

  • AND

  • Candidate has obtained 35 contact hours of project management education from a registered education provider.


Required supporting documents

  • Education Background certificates

  • Experience verification Forms(s) which can be a proof of the management experience.

  • 35 Contact hours of Project Management Education meeting above criteria.

NOTE: Candidates can satisfy the requirement related to 35 Contact Hours of Education - Professional Development Units (PDUs), by successfully attending a training, course or workshop sessions through PMI's Global Registered Education Provider. 1 Hour of training is equivalent to 1PDU.


PMP Certification Expenses

Here is the structure of the expenses you would have to beer to get this prestigious certificate.

  • Fees to earn 35 PDUs vary country to country and Education Provider to Education Provider. It may vary from $300 to $5000.

  • Initial Certification Fees
    • If you are a member of PMI then this fees will be $405.00
    • If you are not a member of PMI then it will cost you $555.00
  • Re-Examination Fees
    • If you are a member of PMI then this fees will be $275.00
    • If you are not a member of PMI then it will cost you $375.00

NOTE: If you are not able to qualify the examination in first attempt then you can give another attempts by paying re-examination fees which is mentioned above.


PMP Exams Structure

PMI has released a new version of Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)® and now certification exams will be conducted based on the new version. This tutorial has been written based on new version of PMBOK, Fourth Edition

To become a PMP you would have to pass a rigorous multiple-choice examination. This exam is designed to objectively assess and measure your ability to apply project management knowledge in the following six domains:


percentage of questions on pmp exam

  • Initiating the Project - 13%
  • Planning the project - 24%
  • Executing the project - 31%
  • Monitoring and Controlling the Project - 25%
  • Closing the project - 7%

This computer-based examination is administered globally with translation aids in 10 languages. You will have 4 hours time to answer 200 questions related to the above six domain.

Out of 200 questions there will be 25 pretest questions and they would not effect your scoring. These questions will be placed randomly in question paper and you would not be able to differentiate these questions from other live question.

To pass the exams you need to give correct answer for 61% of live questions ( ie. 61% of 175 questions )(106 out of 175). There is no negative marks with any wrong answer, so don't leave any question without answer.

The Exam Changes on 11 January 2016

When taking the PMP Exam, you will be tested in the five domains of Initiating (13%), Planning (24%), Executing (31%), Monitoring + Controlling (25%) as well as Closing (7%). At the end of the exam you will receive a score report that tells you how you did in each domain and whether you passed or failed the exam. No change. There is just one minor change here: Executing went up from 30% to 31%, while Closing went down from 8% to 7%. This is negligible and should not affect how you prepare for the PMP exam. Details about Exam Changes on 11 January 2016



Benefits of PMP Certification

Earn extra Respect and Salary. Get Selected for Project Management Positions. Apply the best Project Management methodologies to your projects.

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