According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), "The Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers." Coursework in the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration — Project Management Concentration prepares degree candidates for the PMP certification process. In combination with PMP certification and work experience, this comprehensive degree program can help project managers find success and gainful employment across many industries.
Why Should I Become PMP-Certified?
For employers, PMP certification equates to advanced experience, knowledge and education in project management. In a way, PMP certification authenticates a job applicant's qualifications and can be viewed as a predictor of that professional's potential performance on the job. As the Project Management Institute (PMI) states, PMP certification is "truly global," meaning the credential is both recognized and applicable across "virtually any industry, with any methodology and in any location."
Clearly, PMP certification can afford professionals a significant competitive advantage in securing good jobs. Industry recognition of PMP certification is also reflected in pay. Data from PMI's Project Management Salary Survey (2018) shows that professionals with PMP certification get paid, on average, 20% more than those without the certification.
What Does PMP Certification Entail?
The PMP certification application process is outlined in detail in PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP) Handbook. To apply for PMP certification, professionals must meet a set of eligibility requirements in terms of work experience and education focused specifically on project management. Applicants with a high school diploma or associate degree must have worked for at least 7,500 hours leading or directing projects and have completed 35 hours of project management education (or already possess CAPM, a lesser PMI certification). Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree must meet the same project management education requirement, but the work experience requirement is only 4,500 hours.
In addition to meeting these eligibility requirements, applicants must read and agree to both PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the Certification Application/Renewal Agreement. To be approved, the submitted PMP application must demonstrate the above requirements are met, as determined by PMI's "application completeness review."
Once an applicant is deemed eligible and the application is approved, payment of credential fees is required. After which, applicants can schedule their PMP Examination. This examination consists of 200 multiple-choice questions covering five domains of the complete project management cycle:
- Monitoring and Controlling
Applicants are granted PMP certification on the day they pass the PMP exam. PMP certification must be renewed every three years. PMP certification holders must also participate in a specified amount of continued professional development units to keep their certification current.
How Can UMPI's Online Project Management Program Help Me Become PMP-Certified?
This online offering from UMPI is a comprehensive Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree program with a concentration in project management. In its very design, this program can provide graduates with the general degree and program management education required to be considered eligible for the PMP certification process.
UMPI is truly a college for adult learners who already hold knowledge of many common subjects through prior work experience and education. The program's competency-based education (CBE) design allows students to move to the next course when they've demonstrated mastery, not after the standard term length. For example, if a student demonstrates mastery of the subject during the first week (or second, etc.), they are awarded credit for the course and can then move on to the next.
Plus, being a fully online program, UMPI's B.A. in Business Administration — Project Management allows students the flexibility to work while they earn their degree. Students then have the opportunity to apply what they learn in real time while also meeting the work experience requirement for PMP certification. When considered together, this degree program and PMP certification provide a seamless progression toward a rewarding career in project management.
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