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PMP Training Classes in Northern Virginia

The Project Management Professional or PMP is an advanced and an internationally recognized credential offered by the Project Management Institute or PMI. The certification is intended for project management professionals with extensive experience. The PMP experience and examination requirements are focused on the methodical approach to software development through defined stages referred to as initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing. This certification is ideal for experienced project managers who want to hone their skills, stand out to their employers and maximize their earning potential. A certificate in PMP demonstrates the individual’s adequate experience, strong educational foundation and competency to successfully lead and direct projects. Year after year, the PMP credential has garnered global recognition and commanded a higher salary for credentialed individuals over non-credentialed individuals.

To be certified, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and 4,500 hours of Project Management experience in the five process groups, or a secondary school diploma and 7,500 hours of Project Management experience in the five process groups. They should have thirty-five contact hours of classroom instruction on project management objectives and must pass the PMP examination, which consists of 200 multiple-choice and randomly generated questions to be completed in 4 hours. The examination is computer-based and offered around the world at PMI-approved testing centers.

After earning a certification in PMP, individuals are required to earn 60 professional development units (PDUs) every three years to maintain the certification. Usually, one PDU is earned for every one hour spent in a planned, structured learning experience or activity. An example for this is the individual’s attendance at a local chapter meeting. It earns one PDU.