The PMP (Project Management Professional) certification is the gold standard in project management certifications. This certification is one of the most in-demand in the world, and lauded for management professionals across a wide range of industries and career levels. In fact, while non-PMP holding managers make an average of $101,000 a year, PMP holders make nearly $10,000 more on average!
While the exam can be difficult, with over 200 questions and a 4 hour time limit. Tens of thousands of professionals have passed the exam, and there are more resources online than ever for obtaining the cert. The certification is a great way to up your career trajectory regardless of the level of education you have. With paths for both those who hold associates degrees and those with more higher ed under their belt. Even for those not working directly in a project management role, the PMP can be a great way to expand your general management knowledge for your own endeavors, as well as a way to join a busy and vibrant collection of project management centered events in most cities around the world.
So where does one start? First, one should determine whether the PMP certification is the proper certification. There are scores of Project Management Certifications each with their own unique pros and cons. Two definite upsides to the PMP certification is that it is respected worldwide, and a great number of job openings specifically require a PMP certification.
Secondly, one will want to check out the latest PMP eligibility guidelines. As of 2018, these break down what requirements one will need to sit for the exam depending on one’s experience. For those with a secondary degree (high school or an associate degree), one will need to have 5 years of experience managing projects. For those with a bachelor’s degree or above, three years will suffice. For both of these paths, one will need to show 35 hours of project management-specific education as well as a certain number of hours directing projects.
Finally, one should commence to studying and registering for the PMP. For a detailed roadmap of how to prepare for the PMP, check out the infographic below from ProjectManagementDegrees.net.