The Project Management Institute® (PMI®)’s Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is the most important industry-recognised certification for project managers. Globally recognised and demanded, the PMP demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to successfully leading, directing and managing projects.

Project management careers are in high demand and offer a range of opportunities and benefits, such as higher salaries, career advancement, and job satisfaction. The PMP credential can help you stand out in the competitive project management market and enhance your professional credibility and competence, especially when managing complex projects. This certification is one of the most sought-after project management certifications worldwide.

This recognition is seen through increased marketability to employers and higher salary; according to the PMI Project Management Salary Survey – Seventh Edition, certification positively impacts project manager salaries.

For organisations, having certified Project Management professionals on your staff is one aspect of setting your team up for success in project completion.

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Who should apply?

The PMP recognises demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. If you’re an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers, the PMP credential is the right choice for you.

Project Management professionals often experience enhanced career opportunities and increased earning potential, making it a valuable investment for your project management career. Mastering project management principles, acquiring project management skills, and undertaking project management training are also crucial for success in various industries. This credential is widely recognised and demanded, validating people's expertise as project professionals.

PMP requirements

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and at least 36 months (three years) leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification by the time you submit your exam application OR

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent) with at least 60 months (five years) leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM Certification by the time you submit your exam application

If you do not meet the PMP requirements, you may want to look at the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.

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Maintaining your PMP certification

As a PMP credential holder, you need to earn 60 PDUs per three-year cycle. For more information on credential maintenance, including suggestions for earning PDUs, visit Maintain Your PMI Certification or see the PMP Handbook.

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