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The Steps to Becoming a Certified Project Manager and Taking the PMP Test

So, you’re thinking about a career as a Certified Project Manager.

Well that’s awesome!

You are in good company. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the workforce is made up of 290,000 people currently employed as a CPM in the United States.

And don’t worry, there is plenty of room for you to find a steady job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they expect over 100,000 new jobs in the next few years.

So let’s go through the steps together so you can get a better understanding of what you’re getting into.

After all, we are talking about your career for possibly the next 10 years or even the rest of your life. That is exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.

Ok, let’s get to it.

What type of schooling does a CPM need?

Candidates with a High School Diploma or Associate’s Degree must complete 7,500 hours of experience in leading and directing projects.

Candidates with a four-year college degree don’t have to complete as much work experience as those without one because they have had a more extensive education. They only have to complete 4,500 hours of experience in leading and directing projects.

No matter what education level you have, all PMP candidates must pass a 35-hour project management preparation course given by a PMI recognized provider.

What are the types of certifications needed to become a CPM?

Here is a list of all the potential certifications associated with Project Management:

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

What licenses, certifications, or registrations does a Certified Project Manager need to maintain?

Every 3 years, you will need 60 Professional Development Units, or PDUs, for credential renewal.

How long does it take to become a Certified Project Manager?

Check if you are eligible to take the PMP Certification Examination. There are three requirements, which include: You should hold a Bachelor’s degree or its global equivalent (this is a 4-year degree, not a 3-year degree). You should have 4500 hours of project management experience in not less than 3 years.

How much does it cost to become a Certified Project Manager?

  • PMP Exam testing fee for Non-PMI Members: $555 (USD)
  • PMP Exam Testing Fee for PMI Members: $405 (USD)
  • PMI Annual Membership: $139 (USD)
  • Course Preparation Materials: $179 – $2,600 (USD)

How many questions are there on the PMP Test?

To earn your Project Management Professional PMP credential, you need to meet the experience and education requirements and pass the PMP examination, which is a 200-question, multiple-choice test.

What are the categories on the PMP Test?

  • Initiating the project (13%)
  • Planning the project (24%)
  • Executing the project (31%)
  • Monitoring and controlling the project (25%)
  • Closing the project (7%)

How long does the PMP Test typically last?

The allotted examination time is 4 hours.

What is the passing grade needed for the PMP Test?

PMP Exam Scoring: Until 2005, to pass the PMP, a minimum of 61% correct answers was required. However, this is no longer the case. Unfortunately, PMI no longer publishes their minimum required passing score.

How many times can you take the PMP Test?

Within 1 year from the date of the approval, you can take the exam up to 3 times.