About the PMP Exam and Certification
Welcome to the world of the Project Management Professional
(PMP)! At its heart, the project management standards developed by the
Project Management Institute (PMI) are relied on by organizations across the globe.
The most fundamental method of demonstrating your own understanding of PMI's project
management standards, is by achieving the PMP certification.
Since the early 2000s, the PMP certification has grown to become one of the most
sought after and internationally recognized management credentials available, consistently
ranking in the top 5 industry certifications across career surveys.
PMP Exam Facts and Updates
Below are answers to some of the most frequently received questions regarding the
What is the current version of the PMP exam?
The current PMP exam was put into affect on July 31, 2013 and reflects
the PMBOK Guide® - Fifth Edition.
What is the current version of the PMBOK Guide®?
The PMBOK Guide® - Fifth Edition was published on January 1, 2013
and is the basis for the PMP exam starting July 31, 2013.
The PMBOK Guide® - Fourth Edition applies to the old PMP exam and
and is no longer in use as of July 31, 2013.
What version of the PMBOK Guide® should I use?
You should use the PMBOK Guide® - Fifth Edition as the reference text for all current
How does the PMBOK Guide® - Fifth Edition differ from the
prior PMBOK Guide version?
The traditional process groups of Initiating, Planning Executing, Monitoring and
Controlling, and Closing are unchanged. This is still the context for the flow of
all processes and activities.
- With the addition of Stakeholder Management there are now 10 total Knowledge Areas
in the 5th Edition (versus 9 in the 4th Edition)
- There are 47 processes in the 5th edition PMBOK Guide, representing a 12% increase
over the 42 processes of the 4th edition.
- There are 614 inputs, tools, and outputs (ITOs) in the new edition, representing
a 19% increase over the 517 ITOs of the 4th edition.
Does the courseware offered through PMPerfect reflect the
latest PMP exam?
Yes. All PMP exam prep content, courseware, and classes offered through PMPerfect
reflect the latest PMP exam put in to place on July 31, 2013.
The PMBOK Guide - Fifth Edition (2013) is the definitive reference text for the current
PMP exam certification. Students will use the PMBOK Guide to refer to for all PMP
Knowledge Areas and process definitions.
Current PMP Exam Format
Initiating the project
Planning the project
Executing the project
Monitoring and controlling the project
Closing the project
Professional ethics and social responsibility
Spread across all process groups.
More About the PMP Exam Format
The PMP exam is designed to objectively assess and measure project management knowledge.
Concepts covered in the PMP exam are directly derived from the Project Management
Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide. The PMBOK® Guide is an internationally recognized
standard (IEEE Std 1490-2003) which outlines project management fundamentals; and
is applicable to a wide range of industries.
- There are 200 total multiple choice questions which make up the PMP exam
- 25 randomly placed "pre-test questions" are included, and do not count towards the
- Individuals have 4 hours to complete the exam
- Individuals must score 61% or higher to pass the exam (106 of 175 questions)
Exam content reflects the knowledge areas and processes based on the PMBOK® Guide
- Fifth Edition
The ten PMBOK® Knowledge Areas contain a total of 47 processes which are applied
to five basic process groups. These five basic process groups,
which are common across all projects, are listed below along with the percentage
of questions one should expect on the PMP exam:
Additionally, our PMP practice exam content
includes questions on the overall Project Management Framework and Professional
Responsibility, reflecting the real PMP exam. The actual exam is offered
in both a computer based testing (CBT) environment, as well as through proctored
About the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
The PMP certification is managed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and reflects
the PMI's project management processes as published in the Project Management Body
of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide. Since 1984, the PMP certification has become one of
the most sought after internationally recognized management credentials available.
The average salary of a PMP certified manager is 14% higher than individuals without
the PMP certification.
The PMP certification is a globally recognized credential, and individuals are encouraged
to remain active via PMI's Continuing Certification Requirements (CCRs). Only individuals
who maintain active PMP credentials may refer to themselves as Project Management
Professionals. Individuals do not need to be a member of PMI to earn a PMP credential.
The following are the minimum requirements in attaining the PMP certification:
- Education: At a minimum, A high school diploma is required
- Project management experience:
- 36 months and 4500 hours of professional experience for individuals with a Bachelor's
degree or global equivalent (within the past 8 years)
- 60 months and 7500 hours of professional experience for individuals without a Bachelor's
degree or equivalent (within the past 8 years)
- Project Management Education: 35 contact hours of formal education
- Ethics: Agree to PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
- Pass the PMP Exam
For detailed credentialing information, click here to download PMI's PMP Credential Handbook.
The ten PMBOK® Knowledge Areas covered by the PMP exam are listed below.
- Project Integration Management
- Project Scope Management
- Project Time Management
- Project Cost Management
- Project Quality Management
- Project Human Resource Management
- Project Communications Management
- Project Risk Management
- Project Procurement Management
- Project Stakeholder Management
A complete list of all processes, grouped by Knowledge Area, is
outlined at the end of this page.
PMBOK® Guide - Fifth Edition and the PMP Exam
All PMPerfect exam prep content reflects the latest PMP exam version based on the
PMBOK® Guide - Fifth Edition
The most recent version of the PMP® exam was placed into use by PMI® as of
July 31, 2013. The PMP exam is based on information contained in
the latest PMBOK® Guide—Fifth Edition, which was (officially) released by PMI® on
January 1st, 2013.
With the current version of the PMBOK® Guide's content, a focus is placed on removing
redundant information, and to add clarifying statements where needed. Significant
enhancements were made to improve readability, and terminology was updated only
to present them consistently in a verb-noun format.
About the Project Management Institute (PMI)
The PMI was founded and incorporated in 1969 and has published a number of standards
related to project management, including the Project Management Body of Knowledge
(PMBOK®) guide. The PMI maintains two colleges: the College of Performance Management
and the College of Scheduling. In addition, the PMI maintains a membership of more
than 220,000 individuals, including 180,000 PMP-certified individuals in more than
Visit the PMI Site
Complete PMBOK® Knowledge Areas and Associated Project Management Processes
The list below outlines the ten Knowledge Areas of the PMBOK - Fifth Edition (latest
version), along with their associated 47 management processes. These processes are
used throughout the Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling and Monitoring,
and Closing segments of a project.
Project Integration Management
- Develop Project Charter
- Develop Project Management Plan
- Direct and Manage Project Work
- Monitor and Control Project Work
- Perform Integrated Change Control
- Close Project or Phase
Project Scope Management
- Plan Scope Management
- Collect Requirements
- Define Scope
- Create WBS
- Validate Scope
- Control Scope
Project Time Management
- Plan Schedule Management
- Define Activities
- Sequence Activities
- Estimate Activity Resources
- Estimate Activity Durations
- Develop Schedule
- Control Schedule
Project Cost Management
- Plan Cost Management
- Estimate Costs
- Determine Budget
- Control Costs
Project Quality Management
- Plan Quality Management
- Perform Quality Assurance
- Control Quality
Project Human Resource Management
- Plan Human Resource Management
- Acquire Project Team
- Develop Project Team
- Manage Project Team
Project Communications Management
- Plan Communications Management
- Manage Communications
- Control Communications
Project Risk Management
- Plan Risk Management
- Identify Risks
- Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
- Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
- Plan Risk Responses
- Control Risks
Project Procurement Management
- Plan Procurement Management
- Conduct Procurements
- Control Procurements
- Close Procurements
Project Stakeholder Management
- Identify Stakeholders
- Plan Stakeholder Management
- Manage Stakeholder Engagement
- Control Stakeholder Engagement