PMP Certification

In addition to implementing a new PMP® Certification test there was one other major change PMI made to the certification requirements. "Candidates with a Bachelor's degree are required to have 4,500 hours and 36 months of unique non-overlapping project management experience leading and directing project tasks". The key words here are leading and directing project tasks. Hour spend providing deliverables for projects do not count as part of the 4,500 hours. A complete list of tasks is published in the PMP Examination Specifications, but that 33 page booklet cost $39.95 (31.95 for members). Click here to see the summary.

To qualify for the PMP credential, examine your role leading and directing projects

These comments come from Eric Norman, PMP, a member of the PMI Certification Governance Council, where he offered guidance on the leading and directing requirement to help PMP candidates discern their contributions in this area. These comments were published in PMI Community POST.

For project team members, the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential remains the global gold standard in certifications. Have you considered attaining the PMP?

Employers voice confidence in PMP credential holders. As a PMP, your responsibilities may increase and your rewards may increase as well: the PMI Project Management Salary Survey-Fourth Edition reports that on average, PMP credential holders command salaries that are 17 percent higher than their non-credentialed counterparts.

To be eligible for the PMP credential, you will need to demonstrate that you have led and directed project tasks in these performance domains: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing the project.

Ask yourself these questions to determine if you qualify, as a PMP candidate:

  • Do you have the authority to add, assign or remove resources on your project? Or do you have the ability to influence resources?
  • Do you make budgetary decisions? Or do you influence expenditures?
  • Do you have the authority to accept risk? Or do you influence the decision-maker in this area?

"You don't have to be at the table when decisions are made but you do need to know what is important to your company," Mr. Norman said. "Be able to speak to the boss about a specific decision and speak with authority about what needs to be solved. Give your input to a decision-making session. You can do this from anywhere in the organization."

PMP candidates should be active, not passive in their work and must be communicators. "A leader is constantly moving forward, creating vision for what needs to happen and doing analysis and work to make your communications credible," he added.

In the domain of project initiation, have you helped select a project and evaluate what is needed to begin such as clear objectives, a charter and adequate support and resources? Once the decision is made to advance a project, do you build the team, clarify the work breakdown structure and build the resource plan?

Your own view of your role may benefit from a different perspective. "Be sure to look at your activities from a different direction, even on small projects. Maybe you have led and directed small teams of two to three people," Mr. Norman adds. "What would have happened if you had not been there to influence an outcome?"

Here are the current PMP's.