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The Greater New Orleans Chapter encourages all professionals to become certified in Project Management. The Chapter offers opportunities to learn about Project Management and to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) examination.

PMI administers a globally accepted and recognized, rigorous, examination-based, professional certification program called the PMP exam. PMP stands for Project Management Professional.

PMP Certification

PMP Certification is the profession’s most globally recognized and respected certification credential.

PMI Credentials

  • CAPM – Certified Associate in Project Management
  • PMP – Project Management Professional
  • PgMP – Program Management Professional

Benefits

  • Higher income potential
  • Average of 14% increase to the salary
  • Shows knowledge of international standard
  • Is required by a growing number of employers

How Do I Become A PMP?

PMI Certification Process

Key Steps to a PMP Certification

  • Complete the on-line application
  • Remit Payment
  • Schedule your Exam

PMP Examination Requirements

  • Category 1 Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent AND
    • Minimum three years / 36 months non-overlapping (unique) project management experience, AND
    • Minimum of 4,500 hours spent leading and directing project management tasks within the five process groups, AND
    • Has a minimum of 35 contact hours of specific instruction that addresses learning objectives in project management.
  • Category 2 Requirements:
    • High school diploma, Associate’s degree or global equivalent.
    • Minimum of five years / 60 months non-overlapping (unique) of project management experience, AND
    • Minimum of 7,500 hours are spent leading and directing project management tasks within the five process groups, AND
    • Has a minimum of 35 contact hours of specific instruction that addresses learning objectives in project management.

Application Approval Process

  • Applications will be processed within 5 business days.
  • Eligibility letters will be emailed after applications are processed.
  • You must have received your eligibility letter with your acceptance code to schedule and take your exam.

The PMP Certification Exam

  • 200 multiple choice questions with four (4) answers per question
  • Questions are randomly selected from a computer database of thousands
  • Maximum of four (4) hours to complete
  • Passing score on the exam is now 106 out of 175, approximately 61% or better
  • There is no penalty for wrong answers
  • Test requires significantly more than memorization
  • Almost half of the exam requires you to define what you would do in a given situation
  • The exam emphasizes the five (5) process groups, the nine (9) knowledge areas, and professional & social responsibility
  • Exam requires you to answer the questions from PMI’s perspective NOT the real world
  • Percent of questions by process
    PM Process% of Questions
    Project Initiating11%
    Project Planning23%
    Project Executing27%
    Project Monitoring and Control21%
    Project Closing9%
    Professional and Social Responsibility9%

Exam Results

  • Computer Test results are immediate
  • Paper Test results 6-8 weeks
  • Receive a diagnostic score report, which includes not only pass/fail status, but also a percentage breakdown of performance by process group
  • You can immediately use the initials behind your name
  • PMI will send you official papers for your certification
  • PMI will notify the Greater New Orleans chapter of the member’s certification
 

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