How to Get a PMP Certification

October 28th, 2010

Do you know how to get the PMP certification status? As difficult it is to believe, many project managers interested in becoming project management professional certified actually have a lot of trouble in finding information on the steps required to get certified. Although the PMI institute offers a guide on getting certified, people still find it pretty hard to understand all the necessary requirements and some of the terms in the PDF file. This article is intended to help you understand how to obtain a PMP certification using a simple step process that will anybody will find very easy to follow. Follow the steps below to obtain your project management certification in the fastest time possible, assuming you have already studied for the exam or have taken online PMP certification classes.

The first step in getting your credential is to fill in your application and submit it for the initial review by the Project Management Institution. Once your application has been reviewed and approved by PMI, you will be asked to make the payment for either the computer-based or paper-based test. The next process is the audit that will be conducted by PMI. This is to ensure that you have the necessary qualifications and satisfy the requirements listed on their website. Once you are audited and your submitted material is verified, you become eligible to take the PMP exam. You have up to a year to take the exam after your submitted and audited material has been verified.

PMI recommends you apply using their online PMP certification application, but alternatively you can apply using the paper application if you prefer. The audit process is basically where you send the PMI the documents they require such as copies of your diplomas/degrees and proof of experience hours you have gained over the time of working as a project manager. All this material must be sent in one single envelope to ensure that the material is processed at the same time in a timely manner. This is simply to ensure that you have what it takes to receive the project management certification status.

Once you take and pass the PMP examination, you have to continue to gain a set number of experience hours per hear in order to maintain your project management professional certification status. Failure to do so will have your credential canceled and you will need to renew it again. The PMP test questions satisfy ISO standards and are set according to the official Project Management Professional Examination Specification book which can be purchased at any large bookstore with reference books. Specific test takers who live far away from a CBT test center are eligible to take the computer-based test.

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