Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How a PMP candidate is assessed?

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PMP Credential Scheme is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) against International Standards Organization (ISO) 17024. ISO 17024 specifies requirements for a body certifying persons against specific requirements, including the development and maintenance of a certification scheme for personnel. The PMP Credential Scheme is also registered against the ISO 9001:2008 standard for quality management systems.

A candidate for PMP Credential is assessed in the following three ways:
  1. By reviewing his/ her education and professional experience
  2. By testing his/ her competence in project management
  3. Ongoing development through Continuing Certification Requirement (CCR) Program
Education/ Professional Experience:
  1. Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate's degree or global equivalent) - Minimum five years/ 60 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience, during which at least 7,500 hours were spent leading and directing the project (OR)
  2. Four year degree (bachelor's degree or global equivalent) -  Minimum three years/ 36 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience, during which at least 4,500 hours were spent leading and directing the project
Please take note that all project management experience must have been accrued within the last eight consecutive years. It is necessary that you should have experience in all five project management process groups (initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, closing); but, not necessarily in a single project.

In addition to this, you should also have obtained 35 contact hours of formal education in project management.

I will share further information on the format of the PMP examination and the examination fees in the upcoming articles. I leave you now with the question: Why Should I get PMP Certification?

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