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Project Management Professional


Many Defense Department services contracts require the project manager to have obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. This credential requires project management education, experience and passing an exam.


The PMP exam is managed and given by the Project Management Institute and is based on the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). The exam cost is currently $405 for PMI members or $555 for non-members. The exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions but only 175 of these are scored (the other 25 are trial questions). Four hours are allotted to complete the exam. The exam is available nationwide and is computer based.


Before taking the exam you have to submit an eligibility application detailing meeting the requirements below.
  • Four year college degree – bachelor’s degree
  • Three years project management experience
  • 4500 hours leading projects
  • 35 hours specific project management education/classes

  • High school diploma
  • Five years project management experience
  • 7500 hours leading projects
  • 35 hours specific project management education/classes

Topics Tested

The test covers the project management domains as described in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK):
  • Initiation
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing

  • and Professional and Social Responsibility
To maintain the PMP certification you have to complete 60 professional development units (classes for example) every three years.
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