PMP or Project Manager Professional is an internationally recognized certification in project management. There are many standards for project management on the market. Undoubtedly PMP is one of the most widespread and increasingly demanded by organizations.
Even governments are raising their requirements, some already requiring their own members to be aware of these standards and to become certified. This therefore obliges suppliers to certify their own employees.
Project management standards emerged to harmonize terminology and facilitate communication. They have also helped to improve management in the different project life cycles and quality.
At MDAP we are aware of this and that is why one of the blocks of our Master in Project Management focuses on preparing students to obtain the PMP project management certification.
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Project Manager Professional certification
The Project Management Institute is a non-profit association. One of its main activities is the certification of project management professionals. They currently offer eight certifications that recognize professional knowledge and skills, with PMP being the most renowned.
In fact, it has become a gold standard, and professionals with such certification have access to jobs with better salaries and benefits. This was again reflected in the latest salary survey published by PMI.
This certification benefits both professionals and organizations. Having PMP project managers is a plus, it means that we have the security of having executives trained to manage a project in the most appropriate way to achieve the objectives.
Requirements for obtaining the PMP Project Management Certification
There are certain requirements to become a certified PMP project manager. Depending on the highest level of attained education, a greater or lesser number of hours of experience is required.
If the candidate has a secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent), he or she must accredit 7,500 hours of leading and directing projects. On the other hand, if the candidate has a four-year degree, he or she must have only 4,500 hours. In both cases it is necessary to have received at least 35 hours of project management education.
These requirements for hours of experience do not require the position of project manager. If you have had a leadership or management role such as supervisor of a junior team member or team members, team leader of a group, assisting project manager in some of the project management activities that enable you to apply for PMP certification.
However, if you do not have enough experience in project management you can apply for PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification. This will help you on your way to becoming a project manager.
How to obtain the PMP project management certification
Our recommendation to be an excellent professional is that you do our master in project management. Not only do we prepare you to obtain the PMP certification, but also the IPMA, PRINCE2, ITIL, Agile, among others.
Once the course is completed, the certification process is done through the PMI. It is basically a 200-question computer test with multiple choice answers.
This certification must be renewed every three years, for which the requirement is earn 60 professional development units (PDUs). These are achieved through training, attending events, self-learning, sharing knowledge, participating as a volunteer, etc.
In the coming years, the demand for project managers is expected to grow significantly, especially those who hold a PMP certification. If you don’t want to be left behind, ask for information and complete your training.