Certified Project Manager and Professional Certifications

When looking for career advancement, becoming a certified project manager might prove a very smart decision. There are a number of certifications available in the Project Management (PM) field, although the most important one is, unquestionably, the PMP certification. To earn these credentials candidates must meet specific requirements and spend significant time on preparation for the exams. However, the benefits of acquiring such recognized certifications, especially in terms of salary increases, greatly outweigh the cost of preparation.

The PMP (Project Management Professional) is one of the most recognized certifications that any certified project manager may have. This advanced certification is offered by The Project Management Institute (PMI), a leading professional association in project management which administers a globally recognized, examination-based, professional certification program. The PMP demonstrates advanced knowledge of and experience with project management concepts.

Since qualifications and testing are fairly rigorous, the PMP certification aims at project management professionals with extensive experience as it is probably the most widely respected credential any certified project manager may have. The PMP experience and exam requirements focus on five process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling, and Closing. The exam itself consists of 200 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 4 hours.

Candidates who successfully become PMP certified project managers must maintain continuing certification requirements consisting of 60 Professional Development Units (PDU). Typically, one PDU is earned for every hour spent in a planned and structured learning experience or activity.

For prospective certified project managers, other certifications they should look into are CPM (Certified Project Manager) Certification, IT Project Manager Certification, and Advanced PM certification, among others. Click here to see a list of places that offer training for and information on becoming a certified project manager. If you are a professional seeking to improve your knowledge of project management, you might find our article 'Project management methods and quality standards' quite insightful.

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