PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) ® certification for project managers.

The PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification is a certification program administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) since the late 1990s as the first industry-recognized certification designed specifically to credential project managers in project management. It is a comprehensive certification program if you are in the business of managing projects and looking for ways to run projects more efficiently.

The PMP Certification is developed and maintained through a rigorous process of mastering the most current industry best practices and skills that include project scheduling, cost control, scope/design control, performance monitoring and quality control. The certification is achieved through demonstrating that you have the required experience of at least three years of experience in project management or a post-secondary degree with 35 contact hours on a broad array of related coursework, you will need to detail in the PMP application you submit to the Project Management Institute. And your experience and application have to be approved by the PMP Review Board, and you are required to pass the technical examination related to current project management best practices to be PMP Certified.

Benefits of PMP Certification

The PMP Certification has grown and has become a globally recognized and demanded professional license in many industries that demonstrate you possess the project management knowledge, skills, experience and capability to effectively lead and deliver projects. Many industries from high tech to construction have recognized the PMP Certification process by which project management professionals are taught to identify risks and optimize performance as the proven means to obtain superior results with managing a project or process from start to finish.

A PMP Certification maximizes your appeal to employers as it stands out as a unique selling point for your resume. When you are PMPCertified it tells employers, clients, and colleagues that you have an established competence in managing projects. Your PMP Certification displays a proficiency in the industry and a mastery of project management principles. Additionally, the training associated with PMPCertification will enable you to be an out of the box thinker and is a valuable tool in the workplace. The training empowers you with the necessary skills and knowledge you need to better manage and evaluate major or minor projects in a practical real-time work environment, resulting in increased efficiency and productivity for your team and company.

When you are PMP Certified, your certification is useful and accepted by governments, organizations, and practitioners in most countries, including the USA, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, France, China, Korea, and the United Kingdom. The methods and techniques you acquire from the PMP process to monitor organizational performance are applicable across industries and geographic borders, and not tied to any single method, standard or organization.

Accreditation

The PMP Certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17024 as well as the ISO 9001: 2000 Standard for Quality Management Systems. ANSI is the organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for US products and services, as well as systems, processes, and personnel. ANSI also coordinates U.S. standards with international standards. And ISO is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards and provides state-of-the-art specifications for products, services, and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective.

PMP certification has to be earned after gaining the knowledge of quality assurance and control, setting agendas, human resource plans, evaluating costs, better inner communication, performance reports and closure of projects and much more. This certification requires a professional to satisfy a criterion of eligibility like specific degrees and work experience at specific designations.

The PMP certification preparation can be done in many ways. There are PMP boot camps which help in training for the certification exam and that too in a short period. The crash courses can be 4-day courses with the test on the fifth day. There are also online courses which give the freedom to prepare at convenience as and when possible. Some distance learning institutes also provide learning material and classroom discussions as and when needed. As PMP is a globally renowned course, almost all countries have the courses for Project Management Professional Certification preparation.

For PMP certification, there are necessary requirements to be fulfilled those are given by the PMI. The degree holders have to acquire 35 hours of PMP training according to the PMI standard, and then the initial application can be made. The preparation should be started well in advance to understand and master all the concepts thoroughly and also get a taste of the exam with mock sample tests.