What is a PMP Certification?

What is a PMP Certification?

A Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is the most important industry-recognized certification for Project Managers. The PMP certification exam is sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a prestigious professional organization. The PMP Certification can provide significant professional credentials and may help you in your job searches, gain promotions and other advancements, resulting in increased earnings potential. According to PMI, an individual that holds a PMP certification earns 23% more than their peers that don’t have this certification.

In order to sit for the exam, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education


  • Four-year degree
  • 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education

A candidate who passes the exam and meets the professional requirements is awarded the PMP certification. The exam is quite difficult, as only 50-60% of students pass the exam on the first attempt. The courses in CSU-Global’s Master of Project Management, Bachelor of Project Management, Graduate Certificate for Project Management and Project Management Specializations adhere to the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge, meaning that they will help prepare you for the PMP certification exam.

For additional information regarding the PMP Certification and Exam, please visit the Project Management Institute Website

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