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Project Management Institute

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Certification Handbook
Contains Candidate Application and Information for Computer-Based Testing

In 1999, PMI’s Certification Program Department became the first professional certification program department in the world to attain ISO 9001 recognition.

Project Management Institute

he Project ManagementInstitute (PMI®) sponsors a project management certification program. The purpose and goal of this certification program is the development, maintenance, evaluation, promotion, and administration of a rigorous, examination-based, professional certification program of the highest caliber.


Certification Program Mission
The PMI Certification Program delivers world-class project managementproducts and services to support reliance on the Project Management Professional (PMP ®) certification globally, in both the public and private sectors.

he PMP Program supports the international community of project management professionals and is designed to objectively assess and measure professional knowledge. PMP program requirements and eligibility standards are applied fairly, impartially,and consistently with applicable laws. The PMP program complies with all USA state and federal government nondiscriminatory statutes and laws, and grants certification independently of a candidate’s membership or nonmembership in any organization, association, or other group. To achieve PMP certification, each candidate must satisfy all educational and experiential requirements established by PMIand must demonstrate an acceptable and valid level of understanding and knowledge of project management that is tested by the Project Management Professional Certification Examination. In addition, those who have been granted the PMP credential (certificants) must demonstrate ongoing professional commitment to the field of project management by satisfying Professional Development Programrequirements.

Expanded Computer-Based Examination Administration


he PMP Certification Examination is offered via computer in eight countries outside North America. Additional sites will be added as the program progresses. During the next two years, the expansion of permanent, secure test sites globally will replace the current fixed-date, paper/pencil-based examination administrations.Eligibility Criteria
andidates applying for certification as a Project Management Professional must satisfy the educational and experiential requirements for Category 1 or Category 2 and agree to abide by the Project Management Professional Code of Professional Conduct found on page 18 of this handbook.



Project management processes can be organized into five groups of one or moreprocesses:
Initiating processes Recognizing that a project or phase should begin and committing to do so. Planning processes Devising and maintaining a workable scheme to accomplish the business need that the project was undertaken to address. Executing processes Coordinating people and other resources to carry out the plan. Controlling processes Ensuring that project objectives are met by monitoringand measuring progress and taking corrective action when necessary. Closing processes Formalizing acceptance of the project or phase and bringing it to an orderly end.
* Source: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge

Category 1


t the time of application, the candidate holds a baccalaureate/equivalent university degree* and has a minimum of 4,500 hours of projectmanagement experience within the five process groups. The number of hours on the Experience Verification Form(s) must total at least 4,500 hours and the project dates must indicate that the candidate has at least three years of project management experience within the six-year period prior to the application. Candidates must indicate at least 36 unique (non-overlapping) months of project management...
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