The Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential, issued by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), is the most recognizable certification in the project management field. To get the credential there are some pre-requisites. They include 35 hours of project management training and 4500 to 7500 hours of project management experience. The experience has to cover the nine knowledge areas defined by the PMI. The best way to understand the requirements is to read them from the PMI handbook (pdf) itself. It is free and can be downloaded here. The 35 hours of class time can be acquired from a college, from on the job classes, or from PMI Aproved, Online Training.
I believe the best value, though, for acquiring the needed 35 hours of training is from a podcast called, The PM-Prepcast. It is PMI approved, it has about 120 lessons covering all of the knowledge areas and process groups covered in the PMBOK® guide v4. It also covers professional ethics. It comes with some sample test questions, a 35 question test, and provides a certificate for the 35 hours after passing the test. The The PM-Prepcast is my preferred preparation tool, it is convenient, can be used when traveling or during any usual down time, and is very informative and entertaining.
As a project manager, you could be making 15-30% more just by getting the certification. Get the head start you need from the PM-Prepcast, and get the certification under your belt.
If you have any Project Management questions or questions about the PMP exam, leave them as a comment, and I will try to answer the questions.
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