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The Project Management Professional Certification Guide

Project Management is a combination of strategic planning, resource management, and organized efforts to meet certain objectives and goals that contribute to the completion of a project. If you want to prove your proficiency in Project Management, one of the best ways of doing so is by earning the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, which is offered by the renowned Project Management Institute (PMI).


To date, over 40,000 individuals from more than 170 countries have earned their PMP Certificates; many of which work for some of the largest software companies in the world, such as IBM and Microsoft. This demonstrates that the PMP credential is very much in demand these days.

In order to earn the PMP Certificate, you will have to pass the PMP Certification exam. The four-hour exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions. You will have four hours to answer these questions. The questions are:

  • Developed in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17024 standard
  • Developed and checked by work groups composed of PMP Certificate holders worldwide
  • Related to the latest project management standards set by PMI as well as industries worldwide
  • Monitored through psychometric analysis
  • Designed to comply with the Project Management Professional Exam Specification

The PMP Certification exam will test your project management knowledge, experience and skills. In addition, the exam will assess how well you perform your role as project manager, especially when it comes to leading and directing projects. Therefore, the questions on the PMP Certification exam will cover the important Project Management domains, which are Initiation (11% of the questions), Planning (23%), Executing (27%), Monitoring and Controlling (21%), Closing (9%) and Professional and Social Responsibility (9%).

In order to sit for the certification exam, you must have the following prerequisites:

  • A high school degree and 7500 hours of experience or a four-year university degree and 4500 hours of hands-on experience
  • 35 contact hours of Project Management training

To fulfill the last prerequisite, Ashford Global IT (AGIT) has designed a PMP Certification training course that provides the required 35 hours of education. AGIT’s team consists of trained professionals who have earned the PMP Certificate themselves and have several years of teaching experience. They will cover the material in the PMBOK® Guide—Fourth Edition (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge) during this 5-day course. Ashford Global IT’s highly interactive PMP training course will prepare you through lectures, discussions, and scenario-based exercises and activities to pass the PMP Certification exam and earn the PMP credential.

You can trust Ashford Global IT to help you secure a passing grade at the very least. However, if you don’t succeed on your first attempt on the PMP Certification exam, you may attend an AGIT open enrollment class for free to help you prepare for your second attempt. So, come to AGIT, and learn at the hands of the pros.

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