PMP – Frequently asked questions

  1. What are the certification programs offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)?
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) ® certification
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) ® certification
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® certification
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) ® certification
  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) ® certification
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP) ® certification
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) ® certification PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) ® certification

2.What is the criteria to apply for PMP exam?

  • If you are diploma holder, then you should have a minimum five years/60 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 7,500 hours were spent leading and directing the project.
  • If you are a four year bachelor’s degree holder, then you should have a minimum three years/36 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 4,500 hours were spent leading and directing the project
  • You should have undergone 35 hours of formal project management education. The following types of training qualifies;
    • Training companies or Consultants
    • Employer / company sponsored programs
    • Distance learning companies, including an end of course assessment
    • PMI registered education providers
    • PMI chapters
    • PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s)* B. PMI chapters
    • University or college academic education programs

3. How much is the PMP exam fees?

  • If you are PMI member, then you should pay USD 405
  • If you are not a PMI member, then you should pay USD 555

4. In the case of failure in the first attempt, how much is the fees for second attempt?

  • For PMI members it is USD 275
  • For non members it is USD 375

5. How much is the PMI membership fee? – INR 9075

6. What are the additional benefits of PMI membership apart from the discounted PMP exam fees?

  • Free PDF copy of the latest PMBOK
  • Access to PMI webinars
  • Access to PMI knowledge center

7. When should I pay the exam fees?

  • When your online application has been processed and determined to be complete, PMI will send electronic notification to you requesting payment. This requires you to go back into the online certification system

8. If I cancel the exam will I get a refund?

  • You can appear for the exam within 1 year from the date of application approval. To obtain a refund for the PMP certification, you must make a request to PMI at least 30 days before the exam eligibility expiration date. PMI will retain a processing fee of US$100 if you have not yet scheduled or taken the examination. After the refund is processed the application will be closed and the eligibility period will no longer be valid.

9. What is the PMI audit process?

  • Applications are picked up randomly for audit. So, If your application is chosen for audit do not get worried. It is very normal to have an audit.
  • If your application is chosen for audit, PMI will ask for additional information like;
    • Proof of employment / experience
    • Proof of 35 contact hours training program
    • Proof of education
  • You are required to submit them online
  • You have 90 days time to submit the required documentation
  • Once the required information is provided, the audit gets over in 6 to 7 days
  • I am yet to know someone whose application is rejected forever after the audit
  • The best policy during audit is honesty. By chance if you are unable to provide some required information explain the reason to PMI.

10. How many questions are there in the PMP exam and what is the duration of the exam?

  • There are 200 questions
  • To be answered in 4 hours
  • 200 questions in 240 minutes. That is quite manageable because for some questions you will take only seconds. For some other you may take little more.
  • If you do not know the answer, you and skip the question and move on to the next question. All the skipped questions can be accessed later and answer them.
  • There is no negative marks.

For complete information download PMP handbook from

Value of PMP in 2020

What is the value of PMP certificate in the year 2020?

Value#1 – Knowledge perspective

The PMP syllabus introduces you to all the major concepts of professional project management very quickly. What I took 10 years to understand on the job, my PMP preparation made me learn in 30 days.

The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) provides you with a thirty thousand feet view of professional project management. That means, you get introduced to it, and each knowledge area is worth further research and exploration for the serious professional.

For example;

Project risk management – Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), the base reference for PMP certification introduces you to the basic steps of risk management like;

  • Risk identification
  • Qualitative risk analysis
  • Quantitative risk analysis
  • Risk response planning
  • Contingency planning

It does not address anything specific about the risks associated with EPC projects, R&D projects or I.T projects. It is domain neutral. The impact of emerging developments in Artificial Intelligence and Virtual reality have major impact on risk management, and those aspects are not covered in PMBOK. So it is technology neutral as well. I am just setting the expectations right.

The same is applicable for;

  • Resource management
  • Procurement management
  • Quality management
  • Schedule management
  • Cost management
  • Monitoring and controlling

The concepts in PMBOK, opens up an arena for further study and exploration for the serious professional who has chosen project management as his career.

Value#2 – Career perspective

Thankfully, PMP credential is mandatory for most of project management jobs in reputed organizations. They assume that, a person with a PMP credential have the basic understanding of;

  • Integration management – How to integrate the various management components of the project into an integrated whole?
  • Scope management – The steps involved in collecting, analyzing, base-lining the project scope.
  • Schedule management – How to prepare, use and manage project schedules?
  • Cost management – How to estimate, budget, allocate, monitor and control costs?
  • Quality management – How to plan, implement, monitor and control quality of the deliverables?
  • Resource management – How to plan, get, develop, manage and control resources?
  • Communications management – How to plan, manage and monitor project communications?
  • Risk management – How to plan, identify, prioritize and mitigate risks?
  • Procurement management – How to plan, conduct and control procurements?
  • Stakeholder management – How to make the key stakeholders the supporters of your project?

If one is passionate about the topic, than just the certification, after certification they will be able to attend interviews successfully and grow in the project management career rapidly. The foundations of project management do not change. The enablers will. Those with a solid understanding of the fundamental project management concepts stands a better chance to champion the cause of professional project management at their work place and grow faster than the rest.

Value#3 The hygiene factor

The presence of it does not motivate me, where as the absence of it can demotivate me. Sometimes the PMP credential is also like that. I have had the opportunity to train highly experienced and knowledgeable project managers in very large projects in the Middle East and India who were rejected great opportunities in the USA and Australia, because they did not have the PMP credential. For this group of highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals PMP credential is more like a hygiene factor. Having a PMP title may not add much value to them because they know most of the concepts already and at the same time, having no PMP credential works against them. I remember this person who attended my PMP program in Dubai and rushed to USA in search of a job before getting his PMP credential. And he failed to get any good job there, till he completed his PMP 🙂

Last but not the least, I remember the Old soul, who was young at heart, who attended my PMP preparatory program in Qatar. He wanted to learn project management to project manage the new venture he was starting in Qatar.

Value#4 – The negative value

Have seen many PMP credential holders who are a shame to the profession / community, because they still do not know the fundamentals of professional project management like;

They might have dumped the brain dumps and flash cards into their brains. A PMP credential holder not knowing the crux of project management is a sure prescription for failure in either the job interview or on the job.

Get enthusiastic about project management, master it as if it is your professional passion, and get certified. That is the easiest path.

If you have any questions / queries Contact Abrachan Pudussery

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7 week PMP plan

Week 1

Week 2

  • Introduction to project planning
  • Steps to develop the project plan
  • Work Breakdown Structure creation
  • Developing the Schedule
  • Assessment / Assignment

Week 3

  • Project estimation and budgeting
  • Planning for quality
  • Planning resources
  • Planning communications
  • Planning risk management
  • Planning procurements
  • Planning stakeholder engagement
  • Assessment / Assignment

Week 4

  • Project execution tips
  • Project knowledge management
  • Quality management
  • Team management
  • Communications management
  • Risk management
  • Procurement management
  • Managing stakeholder engagement
  • Assessment / Assignment

Week 5

  • Integrated change control
  • Schedule control
  • Cost control
  • Earned Value Management System
  • Project closure
  • Assessment / Assignment

Week 6,7

  • Professional ethics of Project Managers
  • Exam practice
  • Write exam

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