How to Become a Certified PMP® Professional Project Manager

The PMP® Project Management Professional certification is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. PMPs are certified to work around the globe in practically any industry.

Qualifying for the PMP Certification

To qualify and apply, experienced project managers must be able to perform their duties under general supervision and are responsible for all aspects of projects from start to finish. Future PMP’s have to be able to lead cross-functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget and resources. In addition, prospective PMP candidates have to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and experience necessary to apply project management methodologies to address project requirements and to manage project deliverables.

Preparing a PMP Application

To qualify for taking the PMP certification examination, candidates must validate that they have performed the role of project manager and demonstrate they have led and directed cross-functional teams. During the application process, PMP certification prospects must validate their project experience by providing details for the key projects they have managed professionally. This includes writing a brief summary of the project objectives, describing their responsibilities and project deliverables, and including a brief of each project’s outcome.

Next, to qualify for the PMP, candidates must confirm that they meet the education requirement. This can be done by demonstrating the successful completion of courses, workshops or training sessions related to the topics related to the PMP Handbook and within the PMP Exam Content Outline.

The PMP Examination

There are 200 multiple choice questions on the PMP certification exam that must be completed within 4 hours. The cost to register and take the exam is $405 for Project Management Institute members or $555 for non-members. Prerequisites include having:

A high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent in combination with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

A 4 year degree, 4,500 hours of leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education

To maintain your PMP, you must earn 60 professional development units (PDUs) every three years.

Assisted PMP Exam Preparation

PMP Insights, a professional organization specializing in project management consulting for organizations and coaching and professional development for project managers, announces that enrollment is open for its new PMP online training courses. People who are planning to take the PMP/CAPM certification exam can now prepare by taking online exam prep courses with Sienna Apis.

“When I teach or help a client, I combine process excellence and industry best practices with the insights I have gained and the lessons that I have learned as a consultant and senior project manager,” says Sienna Apis, founder and principal consultant of PMP Insights.

“My mantra is bigger, better, faster. I am never content with doing something the conventional way when there is a more effective alternative. I encourage students and clients to broaden their horizons and push the limits of what they can do.” -S. Apis

PMP Insights is now offering professional development and project management online courses. Its premiere course, “PMP/CAPM Certification Exam Prep,” begins on September 14, 2019 and is open to the public for enrollment. PMP Insights’ courses combine industry best practices with real-world scenarios.

“I want to do more than just prepare you for the exam. I want to show you how to apply knowledge and expertise to solve problems and gain efficiencies when leading and managing enterprise initiatives and projects of various scaless” -S. Apis

PMP Insights provides novices and experienced project managers with one-on-one coaching services. Apis observes that “great project managers not only have strong technical skills but also strong relationship-building and interpersonal skills.” Employers look for and reward employees who possess these soft skills like problem-solving, negotiation, and leadership. With a focus on “building strong leadership foundations and character over building competencies,” Apis’ coaching approach at PMP Insights fills the gaps that technical education and job experience often leave behind.

Varsha Kumar, a senior project manager and former colleague of Apis recalls, “While adhering to existing processes, Sienna continued to analyze them with the intent to improve them. She has made several recommendations to improve our processes. Sienna sincerely cares about our projects even though someone else was going to be responsible for them going forward. I was lucky to learn from her.”

To enroll in the online courses for PMP/CAPM certification and project schedule management or to learn more about PMP Insights’ project management consulting and professional development services, please visit

About PMP Insights

PMP Insights is a Project Management Professional consulting firm in Boulder, CO founded in 2017 and led by Sienna Apis, a certified PMP and PMO. With over 20 years of experience leading mission-critical enterprise initiatives, overseeing project management offices, managing process improvement initiatives, and training and educating project management teams, Sienna Apis knows how to solve problems for organizations who are challenged with project management issues. A thought leader and change agent, PMP Insights specializes in coaching, education, and guidance that delivers innovative solutions which transform business.


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