The PMP exam validates your knowledge and experience in project management. Before we start off on how to register for the PMP exam, let us learn one or two things about the PMP certification.
PMP stands for ‘Project Management Professional’. It is a global certification for project management that validates your project management expertise and experience.
The PMP certification is based on the PMBoK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) which is a standard used in managing projects. The PMBoK is drawn from lessons and experiences of thousands of project management professionals around the world. The PMP certification is owned and coordinated by the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.
PMP as a Project Management certification course is one of the most popular certifications that professionals are interested in gaining around the world. This is clearly reflected in the number of professionals around the world who sit the PMP exam on a yearly basis. The PMP certification is intended for experienced professionals to demonstrate their project management skill. The PMP qualification is not for beginners.
Individuals who want to venture into project management and do not have any prior experience can equally opt for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). It is also a global certification. But rather than validating your project management experience, it is proof that you have a fundamental understanding of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK).
The PMP Exam is that path all prospective project managers must tread in order to become PMP certified. Like every other professional certification, the PMP exam is always conducted to test students’ knowledge on Project Management before they can be regarded as professionals.
The PMP certification exam has 200 multiple-choice questions, and you have 4 hours to complete it. Whereas, the CAPM exam is 3 hours long with 150 multiple-choice questions.
There are two ways to take the PMP Exam in Nigeria and beyond. It can be taken as either:
> Paper-based exam in an accredited PMP Exam center or
> Computer-based testing at a Prometric center
Enrolling for the PMP computer-based testing (CBT) or paper-based exam can be a daunting exercise without the right guide. This is why we have come up with the following steps to help guide you as you enroll for your PMP computer-based testing or paper-based exam.
Create an account with PMI
The first thing to do while enrolling for the PMP exam; be it computer-based testing (CBT) or paper-based exam, is to create an account with PMI – the coordinating body for PMP.
Follow these steps to create an account with PMI:
⇒ Log on to PMI’s website (www.pmi.org)
⇒ Click on “register” on the top right corner of the page
⇒ Complete the registration form that comes up
⇒ After you successfully complete the form, you will be redirected to a page notifying you that account with PMI has been successfully been created. Click on ‘Return to where you came from’
⇒ Ensure that you are logged in to the newly- created PMI account
⇒ Click on ‘Certification’ on the main menu on the PMI website
⇒ Click on the course you are applying to. For the purpose of this illustration, we clicked on Project Management Professional (PMP) under the certification types section
⇒ On the Project Management Professional page, look for ‘Apply for PMP Certification’ section and click on the ‘APPLY NOW’ button.
⇒ Once clicked, you will be directed to the Certification Program page where you will click on the credential you are applying to. In this case, ‘Apply for PMP Credential’.
⇒ Once clicked, you will be directed to the Certification Program page where you will click on the credential you will like to apply for
Step 1: Contact Address – Fill in your contact address, home address and work address. Then, choose your preferred contact information.
Step 2: Contact Information – enter at least one email address and phone number.
Step 3: Attained Education – At this point, indicate your highest level of education. This will also translate into the number of hours of project management experience you will be required to document to qualify for sitting the exam.
Step 4: Requirements – eligibility for the PMP and CAPM exam are different.
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A minimum of 3 years (36 months) of unique, non-overlapping professional project management experience. Within this period, prospective candidates need to have led or directed project (s) for at least 4500 hours
Individuals in this category need a minimum of 5 years (60 months) of non-overlapping professional experience in project management. Within this period, you will need to have led or directed the project for at least 7500 Hours.
Eligibility for the CAPM is based on the following requirements
Step 5: Optional Information- this is not a required field, however, you can fill it, if you so desire.
Step 6: Certificate: Enter the exact name you want on your certificate.
Step 7: Agreement- read up the terms and conditions of your application and tick the “I Agree” box in other to further your application.
Step 8: Review and Submit: ensure you take the time to review your application, once you are okay with the information you provided, click the submit application button.
Step 9: It will take 5 to 7 working days for PMI to review all your information. PMI then contacts you on the success or otherwise of your application
Step 10: if your application is successful, you can proceed by making payment for your Computer Based testing PMP Exam or Paper-based PMP Exam. After payment is made, you can go ahead to schedule your exam. For CAPM, if your application is successful, you are required to make payment for your Online proctored exam on your PMI account, then you can schedule your exam.
NOTE: During application, your application can be approved or selected for audit. If selected for audit, you will be required to send in documentation to verify your requirements. If your audit fails, the Certification Department will address you on further actions to take on a case-by-case basis. If you choose to not complete the audit, it is considered a failed audit due to non-conformance.
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