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PMP Certification Requirements

The requirements for PMP® certification can be confusing at first but they are clearly defined in the PMI's certification hand book. In this article we have set these out in simple terms.

PMP Certification Requierments
PMP Certification Requierments

Do you have a degree?

The PMI sets out two sets of requirements the first for those who have a bachelor degree and those without.

PMP certification requirements for those with a bachelor degree

If you hold a bachelor degree then the requirements for PMP certification are:

  • Three years or 36 months of experience in a project management role, of which 4500 hours has to be spent leading or directing projects. In practice 4500 hours is equivalent to 562 days (or about 112 weeks).
  • 35 hours of formal project management training. The Parallel Project Training PMP Certification Course meets the requirements for these 35 hours.

PMP certification requirements for those without a bachelor degree

If you do not hold a bachelor degree then the requirements for PMP certification are:

  • Five years or 60 months of experience in a project management role, of which 7500 hours has to be spent leading or directing projects. In practice 7500 hours is equivalent to 937 days (or about 187 weeks).
  • 35 hours of formal project management training. The Parallel Project Training PMP Certification Course meets the requirements for these 35 hours.

If you manage multiple projects, different criteria are used to calculate the overall experience and time spent managing and directing projects.

Rules for calculating the number of months managing projects (3 or 5 years)

The experience spent on project management is calculated irrespective of the number of projects being managed. Elapsed time spent on multiple projects can not be double counted. For example one year managing several projects only counts as one year.

Calculating the hours spent leading and directing projects

In the calculation of hours leading and directing projects work on parallel projects can be counted and added up separately. If you worked on separate projects the time spent leading and directing each project can the counted separately.

Requirements for 35 hours of training

The 35 hours of project management training must be completed before you apply to the PMI to take the PMP exam.

These education requirements can be met in a number of ways

  • Training courses offered by PMI registered training providers (REP). Parallel Project Training is a REP so our PMP certification meets these requirements.
  • A course organised by a PMI component such as a PMI Chapter
  • Courses organised by a employer (ideally with an end of course certificate)
  • Training companies or training schools
  • Distance learning courses which include an end of course assessment
  • University programme in project management

PMI Chapter meetings or self study such as book reading or watching videos is not eligible as formal training.

Advantages of a PMI Registered Education Provider like Parallel Project Training

Clearly the PMI strongly recommends selecting a REP provider such as Parallel Project Training because they offer several advantages including

  • Alignment with the PMI values
  • Pre-approved PDUs
  • Qualifications are verified by the PMI
  • Every course has been reviewed by a PMI reviewer
  • Courses have verified learning objectives
  • REP courses must be taught by a PMP credential holder
  • Instructors must use up to date training methods
  • Courses must be aligned to the latest PMI global standards
  • A verification process must be in place to review student feedback
  • Providers must demonstrate processes for continuous improvement

Audit Process

The PMI actively audit 10% of all applications so you will need to be able to demonstrate detailed evidence. This includes:

  • Copies of training certificates
  • Certification from managers of the experience levels
  • Copies of your degree or diploma certificates

So we recommend that you are honest in your application for the PMP exam

About Parallel

We give all of our clients a personal service, blending traditional and modern learning techniques to deliver a flexible training solution. We are a small and specialist project management training provider with a global reach. Our consultants are best in class and are equally at home delivering off the shelf courses or a solution tailored to your specific needs. We have designed this website to give you a flavour of what we do. If you like what you see, please do get in touch to discuss how we can support your organisation.

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