1.2 Who Qualifies for the PMP Exam?

  • 35 hours of formal project management training. Qualify for a PMP ExamThe applicant has to have finished 35 or more hours of formal project management training.  Since this course is offered by Bright ID-US which is a PMI[1] Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.)[2] the certificate issued upon its successful completion satisfies this PMP® exam registration requirement.


  • For those who have a four year degree (bachelor’s or higher) with at least three years of unique and non-overlapping project management experience with 4,500 or more hours managing projects.



For those with less than a bachelor’s degree (high school diploma or its global equivalent as well as any college degree below bachelor’s degree) at least five years of unique and non-overlapping project management experience with at least 7,500 or more hours managing projects.[3]


If you don’t meet the qualifications for item number two, mainly because of lack of experience you can look into taking the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®[4] exam instead of PMP®[5] (same course preparation material for PMP® but simpler questions.  This course satisfies CAPM formal training requirement as well).


The PMP® exam

The PMP® exam is four hours long and the distribution of its components are as follows[1] (they are subject to change as such we strongly encourage you to check the most current version prior to the PMP® exam)


Table 1-1: PMP® Exam Makeup and Domains

In the previous versions of the exam Professional Ethics was one of the question domains but in the latest revision of the exam the Professional Ethics/ Corporate Social Responsibility are integrated in the five domains listed above.  Please note that the organization of this preparation course is closely modeled on the domains listed above.  These domains are covered as project management process groups for most of this course.


Applying for the PMP Exam[3]

Since PMP is a professional designation, to register for the PMP®[4] exam you have to fill a comprehensive application package and from the date the application is approved you have exactly one year to sit for the exam or your registration is nulled.  You can attempt for the exam for a maximum of three times, in which in case of not passing will lose the right to sit for the exam the following year.

Therefore we strongly recommend that you register for the exam when you are at least halfway through your plan for the exam preparation.  In order to find out how prepared you are for the exam, we recommend that you take a mock PMP® exam[5] prior to registration, and if you are doing less than ideal, prepare yourself and register once you are more equipped.  However, we also need to warn you from procrastinating, the PMP® exam covers a wide and complex range of topics and you have to benchmark yourself by taking practice exam and take the PMP® test once you are scoring well on a consistent basis on the mock exams.

In terms of the exam fee, we strongly recommend that you become a PMI®[6] member prior to registering for the exam as you’ll pay a lower exam fee plus benefiting from the PMI® membership[7].  The PMP®[8] exam and this course are based on PMBOK®[9] Guide Fifth Edition.

[1] Reference http://www.PMI.org/certification/project-management-professional-PMP/~/media/pdf/certifications/PMP%20examination%20content%20outline_2010.ashx
[2] Reference: http://www.PMI.org/certification/project-management-professional-PMP/~/media/pdf/certifications/PMP%20examination%20content%20outline_2010.ashx
[3] Reference: http://www.PMI.org/Certification/Project-Management-Professional-PMP.aspx
[4] PMP is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
[5] Bright ID-US is in the process of releasing its Mock Exam service online and as students of this course you will be eligible for a steep discount.
[6] PMI is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
[7] You will be given a discount on PMI’s credential exams such as PMP, receive PMI’s publications, can access electronic resources such as Project Management articles, tools and techniques, and of PMI’s standards such as PMBOK® Guide for free, and much more.  For a detailed list of membership benefits please visit go to: http://www.pmi.org/Membership/Membership-Benefits-of-Membership.aspx
[8] The PMP® exam has been based on PMBOK® Guide—Fifth Edition since August 1st, 2013.
[9] PMBOK is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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