The Project Management Professional (PMP®) is a certification administrated by the Project Management Institute (PMI). It is one of the most important industry-recognized certifications for the career of project managers in the United States, part of Asia (including China and India), the Middle East and Australia.
Since the PMP® Credential is a recognition for experienced project manager, it requires the applicants to have at least 3 years of project management experience for a total of not less than 4500 hours directing and managing projects if they have a bachelor’s degree (5 years / 7500 hours for a sub-degree applicant). The PMP® applicant also needs to have at least 35 hours of formal project management education (called “Contact Hours”) obtained through classroom education or online education.
There are altogether 10 knowledge areas in the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition: