Project Management Professional
Certification Examination Information
On behalf of the PMI? Certification Program, thank you for considering obtaining PMI's Project Management Professional Certification (PMP?). PMI sponsors the global community's most viable certification program for Project Management Professionals.
The PMP is the project management credential of choice for numerous industries and companies. By attaining the PMP credential, your name will be included in the largest and most prestigious group of certified professionals in the project management community.
The purpose of this paper is to provide you with an overview of the PMP Certification Examination. If you have any questions regarding the examination, please feel free to contact the PMI Certification Program office at +610-356-4600.
The Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Examination measures the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques that are utilized in the practice of project management. The examination specifications were established in 1997 after the Project Management Institute completed a job analysis study. The PMP Certification Examination is comprised of 200 four-option multiple-choice questions that are developed and validated by PMPs. Examinees must obtain a score of 137 in order to pass the examination. The examination is reviewed and revised annually to satisfy the examination test specifications and to ensure that each question has a referenced source.
Examination questions are developed to test the candidate's knowledge of how project management skills are used in practice. Therefore no single source for the examination exists. The foundation document for project management training and/or education is A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK? Guide). This publication is available from PMI. PMI also offers an array of textbooks and other project management reference materials. It is recommended that candidates also reference their professional experience, as many of the questions on the examination are situational. Examination preparation courses are not required by PMI, but candidates may contact their local PMI Chapters to see what courses are available if desired.
Beginning in July 2001, the examination blueprint will change to include an additional process area - Professional Responsibility. Until this time, the examination will continue to reflect the following format:
Initiating - 4%
Planning - 35.5%
Executing - 25%
Controlling - 27.5%
Closing - 8%
The updated content is listed below. Candidates should view the Code of Professional Conduct for
information on Professional Responsibility. The Role Delineation Study, which was recently
completed and is available for purchase at the PMI on-line bookstore, outlines the examination's
content areas and is therefore a good resource for candidates preparing for the examination. Please
see Additional References for other resource material used for the Professional Responsibility
questions on the PMP Certification Examination.
PERCENTAGE OF QUESTIONS
Project Initiation 8.5%
1. Identify need
2. Perform feasibility study/analysis
3. Develop a product or service description
4. Identify management responsibilities
5. Draft project charter/letter of engagement
6. Select project manager
Project Planning 23.5%
1. Scope planning
2. Scope definition
3. Activity definition
4. Activity sequencing
5. Resource planning
6. Activity duration estimating
7. Cost estimating
8. Schedule development
9. Communications planning
10. Quality planning
11. Organizational planning
12. Risk management planning
13. Procurement planning
14. Project plan development
Project Execution 23.5%
1. Project plan execution 2. Scope verification
3. Quality assurance
4. Team development
5. Information distribution 6. Source selection
7. Contract administration Project Control 23%
1. Overall change control 2. Scope change control 3. Schedule control
4. Cost control
5. Quality control
6. Performance reporting 7. Risk response control Project Closing 7%
1. Administrative close-out 2. Contract close-out Professional Responsibility 14.5%
1. Legal requirements
2. Professional communication 3. Conflict resolution techniques 4. Ethnic and cultural norms 5. Professional responsibility 6. Ethical standards
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