Get – and Keep – Your Project Management Certification
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Important Aspects of Project Management Professional Training and Certification
Each organization wants to deploy the qualified and
So the project management professional (PMP) certified professionals are recruited by companies to complete the project within the predetermined timeframe and using the allocated resources and cost.
The professional project management certification is issued by Project Management Institute (PMI).
PMI is a non-profit association of project management professionals.
The members of PMI and certified professionals reside and work in more than 170 countries.
So the individuals aspiring to pursue careers in project management must complete the PMP training program and acquire the certification to get lucrative job offers.
Significance of PMP Certification
The PMP certification is considered as the culmination of education, training, experience and testing in project management.
The PMP certified professionals use their knowledge, skills and experience to complete various types of project within the allocated time, cost and resources.
As the professional project management certification is recognized across countries and continents, the certified professionals can occupy managerial positions in the local as well as multinational companies.
The certification will further highlight your ability and skill to manage and direct projects to achieve predefined objectives.
However, the professional certification acquired by an individual needs to be complemented by continuing education and professional experience.
Requirements to Join the PMP Training Program
A learner need not possess a college degree to join the PMP training program.
If you can join the course with a high school diploma along with five years experience in project management.
Similarly, the bachelor’s degree with 3 years experience in project management can also acquire PMP education.
However, it is mandatory for a learner to acquire additional 35 hours of project management education from an approved professional development unit (PDU), in addition to his educational qualification and project management experience.
You can find many colleges and professional training centers, approved by PMI, offering the project management education.
Obtaining the Certification
The interested individuals also have to apply for the lengthy PMP certification process.
The application process is designed specifically to evaluate your experience in specific phases of project management.
The applicants are normally asked to express their professional project management experience in terms of hours, months and years.
The information collected from each applicant will also be audited thoroughly to verify their accuracy and authenticity.
After verification of the details, the applicant will receive notification about his PMP exam prep and schedule.
You have options to take the exam online or through telephone from the nearest authorized testing center.
The official PMI website can convey you detailed information about the format and topics of the test.
Maintaining Your Certification
After clearing the test at your nearest authorized testing center, you will obtain the PMP certification, which is valid for 3 years.
You have to regularly participate in PMI-approved activities to acquire the 60 PDUs required for your PMP certification renewal.
Along with attending courses, you can consider publishing articles and delivering talks on various aspects of project management to acquire the required PDUs.
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