The AMA Handbook of Project Management

By Paul C. Dinsmore; Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 16
Preparing for the Project Management
Professional Certification Exam

?THEODORE BOCUZZI, PMP, TRB CONSULTING

The Project Management Institute's project management certification program is ISO 9001-certified in Quality Management Systems. The highest certification credential awarded under this program is the Project Management Professional (PMP), which has become the credential of choice for many industries and corporations that provide project management services. Although it is not the only project management-related certification, the PMP is highly regarded throughout the world. Many organizations have begun to require it for individual advancement or for employment. Although the PMP is not a license or registration and does not provide legal authority to practice project management, as do certifications that are legally required and competency-based (such as the Australian certification program), it does advance project management competency of the individual and of the organizations for which they perform projects.

As this book goes to press, the information in this chapter is the most up-to-date available. However, we fully expect the profession and the certification process to undergo many changes, and the specific details of the exam and other certification requirements to change. Even the body of knowledge, as testified to by the fact that the PMBOK® Guide is now in its third revised edition,1 changes over time. Project management profession as a profession is relatively young. Like other professions, its standards and certifications are evolving over time and in response to business and social pressures. The parallel can be drawn to the evolution of other professional certifications: the CPA provides one example.

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