Preparing for the Project Management
Professional Certification Exam
THEODORE R. BOCCUZZI, PMP, TRB CONSULTING
The Project Management Institute (PMI) provides a comprehensive certification program for project management practitioners with varying levels of experience, which is ISO 9001-certified in Quality Management Systems. The certification program is designed to support a career in the project management profession. There are currently five credentials available: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®), PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP®), PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP®), Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Program Management Professional (PgMP®). None of the credentials serve as a prerequisite for another.
The credential awarded under this program to those who lead and direct project teams 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.
The information in this chapter is the most up-to-date available, but the profession and the certification process will