What is PMP® – Project Management Professional | A Complete Overview

What is PMP®?

You are here as you just have heard about PMP®, or you know a little already but have some questions in mind like who is eligible, what is credibility and why everybody is rushing around it. Don’t worry, I will cover most of your questions in this read.

Project Management Professional – PMP® is a globally recognized certification in the field of project management offered by Project Management Institute – PMI® a non-profit organization based in the United States.

What is PMP?


What are the Eligibility Criteria for PMP® Certification?

Hope you have the idea what is a PMP® Certification and now let’s talk about who can enroll for this certification

Case – 1 | Degree Holders

PMP® Certification requirements are:

  1. A Bachelor Degree – 4 Years
  2. 4500 Working hours on Projects Related Field
  3. 35 Contact Hours – They call it PDUs – Professional Development Units

Case – 2 | Diploma Holders

If you don’t have a degree, don’t worry you can still appear for PMP® Certification but this time you need 3000 working hours extra. You need 7500 hours of working experience in this case.

How to get PDUs?

If you are thinking that how to get PDUs then you have a lot of options online, offline, hybrid ways.

Online, there are a lot of websites offering like Udemy where you can get much cheaper like in 10$. Pre-loaded videos are available there.

Offline is a bit expensive from 400$ to 3000$ is the normal fee. In offline mood, you have to go to class and will see the instructor face to face. You need more time & money.

Hybrid is a mix-up of both a bit online & offline. Here you get online line sessions with instructor and classmates, like through Skype and any video conferencing tools.

In my opinion, if you are comfortable by watching online videos then go for any online training so that you can cop-up with your pace & manage your time easily. But some people feel comfortable and better understand when in the classroom.

Its all your personal choice, PMI® has no objection on any method.

How to prepare for PMP®?

Well, you are now quite aware of PMP® & PDUs kind of stuff. Let’s talk about how you will prepare once you have gone through it.

You have to follow PMBOK – 6 that is known as “Project Management Body of Knowledge”. PMBOK is pronounced as PIMBOK.

All you have to do, understand its tools & techniques – no memorization is required anymore.

Buy some online materials to practice your knowledge like exam simulators. Once you are confident schedule your exam.

PMP® Application & Audit?

Hang on, before this you have to fill online application at PMI® website online. It is quite simple but if you feel any difficulty put in comments, I will personally help you out.

PMP® application is approved by PMI®within a week normally. Once approved, you need to submit the exam fee that is 455$ for PMI® members & 555$ for non-members.

Once you pay the fee, PMI® may ask you for an audit (they do for 5% applicant), I was not audited and hence can’t add any value for you here.

What is PMP® Exam Pass Rate & Criteria?

PMI® never revealed their passing percentage, hence no guess.

Once enrolled you need to pass an exam in three attempts in that year starting from your PMP® application approval date.

If you failed once then you need to submit a 275$ fee to re-appear again after a week gap (375$ for non-member). If you failed again the same fee structure, this time a must pass or else you are banned for one year. After one year a start from zero.

Hence, make sure before filling out PMP® application that you are going to manage your schedule properly or else wait for the right moment.

What is PMP® Exam Format?

PMP® exam consists of 200 multiple choice question – 04 choices normally. You need to complete all in 4 hours in a go without any break. Yes, you can take a break at your own but the clock will keep on ticking. Out of 200 questions, 175 are the real test questions and 25 are pretest questions but you cannot identify these easily. These pretest questions will help PMI® before making it live for the next exams.

No reference material you can use only a plain paper sheet & a lead pencil will be provided to you at Prometric centre.

PMP® questions pool is broken down into 5 Process Groups:

  • Initiation – 13%
  • Planning – 24%
  • Executing – 30%
  • Monitoring and Controlling – 25%
  • Closing – 8%

What is PMP® Passing Score?

Passing score is all through an algorithm as if you crack a difficult question you will get good score & vice versa. Some people believe its 61% is the passing score but nothing official from PMP®.

What is PMP® Renewal Cycle?

Once you are PMP® certified then you have to complete 60 PDUs in the next three years. Fee is 150$ for PMI® members & 250$ for non-members. If you don’t then your certification will be expired.


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Employers benefit as well. When more than one-third of their project managers are PMP-certified, organizations complete more of their projects on time, on budget and meeting original goals.

Farooq Bashir
Farooq Bashir

1- I am Diploma in Civil Engineering.
2- I have already completed the 35 Contract Hours.
3- I have already completed 7500 hours Working Experience.

I can try for PMP examination