What is PMP® Certification?

PMP certification demonstrates knowledge of how to apply project management best practices on projects. It is often seen as a requirement for landing a job as a project manager, or for receiving promotions in the field. PMP certification is perfect for experienced project managers who have a minimum of either three years of project management experience totaling at least 4500 hours (with college degree), or five years of project management experience totaling at least 7500 hours (if no college degree). In addition, all PMP certification candidates need 35 hours of project management education.

Here are the steps for getting your PMP certification:

Learn About PMP CertificationStudy PMP MaterialTake A PMP Certification Prep Class

Then, take and pass the PMP exam!


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PMP vs CAPM® Certification

The primary difference between the PMP certification and the CAPM certification is that the CAPM certification demonstrates knowledge of project management processes and terminology, while the PMP certification demonstrates knowledge of how to apply project management best practices on projects. CAPM certification is appropriate for newer PM credential holders who don't yet qualify for the PMP exam but want a certification. Qualifications to take the CAPM exam include either 23 hours of project management education or 1500 hours of experience working on projects.

Step 1: Learn about PMP certification and apply for the exam.


Step 2: Get started with your PMP certification preparation. Study domain areas and read recommended resources.

Read A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017..

PMP Certification Reference List - check out over 30 resources to strengthen your knowledge of Project Management..

FREE Project Management Articles & Webinars from Watermark Learning (with free member registration)

PMP Certification Domain Table (see below)

Domain I: Initiating
Domain II: Planning
Domain III: Executing
Domain IV: Monitoring and Controlling
Domain V: Closing

Step 3: Take a PMP certification training course and get your required 35 hours of project management training.

PMP Certification Boot Camp

PMP Certification Prep Class

This comprehensive workshop will prepare you for the PMP exam and help you make the most of the limited study time you have. Students learn test-taking tips and strategies and get hands-on experience with the tools and techniques they need to understand for the test. The course is consistent with the project management practices outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition.

The PMP Certification Boot Camp Provides:

  • 35 Professional Development hours, enough to apply for the PMP exam
  • Three, 200 questions simulated exams.
  • View our course outline to learn more

We also offer a number of additional workshops that can help you prepare for the PMP exam. View our complete list of project management courses.

Step 4: Finalize your preparation, and take the exam and earn your PMP certification!

We've already helped many project managers reach their PMP certification goals. Will you be the next?

Lizanee Cooper, PMP

"I took the PMP Certification Boot Camp with Watermark Learning and thought it was fantastic.  My trainer was engaging and made the class a lot of fun. Her encouragement, along with the support of my classmates, was invaluable in helping me pass the PMP exam.

The class materials had relevant and absolutely up-to-date content. The instructor was incredibly knowledgeable, approachable, and supportive. She gave us useful tips and guided us in focusing on the right information to study, all of which propelled me towards successful PMP certification.
Thanks to Watermark Learning, I was able to make PMP certification a reality and drive career success."
—Lizanne Cooper, PMP (United States)

Don Zvareck, PMP

"I was able to pass the PMP exam on my first attempt, due in large part to the PMP Exam Prep Course. I learn better at my own pace and don’t require the classroom experience; the Anytime Learning version was just what I needed. The videos, course books, and supplemental tools were very valuable, and the online testing tools ensured I was confident before the exam. Supplementing the course with other review materials and online questions can help provide reinforcement and additional perspectives, but the Watermark Learning course was clearly the key to my success."
—Don Zvareck, PMP (United States)

Robin Anderson, PMP

"The professionalism, knowledge, superior training tools and genuine interest in students - succeeds in setting Watermark Learning "above the competition". They use several approaches to learning, since everyone learns differently. They were a key part in prepping, mentoring and passing my PMP exam - which directly increased my earning power."
—Robin Anderson, PMP (United States)

Mary Faust, PMP

"I passed the PMP exam this past November! I credit your prep class for my success with the exam. The instructor's PM knowledge and the study aids I received in class were extremely helpful. I have recommended your class to other colleagues."
—Mary Faust, PMP (United States)

Jim Arneberg, PMP

"I passed my PMP exam! Thanks for the awesome job teaching the PMP exam prep class. I enjoyed the class more than I expected. You kept the pace moving with just the right mix of interactive time and practice tests. I finished the test with 40 minutes to spare. Thanks for all the study tips, encouraging me to take the class, and for doing such a good job teaching it."
—Jim Arneberg, PMP, Emerson Electric (United States)

Mark Auletta, Sr Director, Client Implementation, Optum Shared Services

“We are thrilled to have chosen Watermark Learning for our 2015 PMP Certification Boot Camp training! Watermark worked with us as a true partner, from day one. They took the time to understand our business, our trainees, expectations and our past training experiences.  Watermark even scheduled time with our trainees well before the training date, to ensure our trainees were thoroughly prepared for the class. Our trainer is an industry expert when it comes to PMP certification.”
—Mark Auletta, Sr. Director, Client Implementation, Optum Shared Services (United States)

PMP Certification Boot Camp Student

“The instructor was excellent. The material was presented in an engaging way with a focus on how to use it for the exam. The exercises were presented several times to allow for different learning styles and the supplemental handouts (the dry erase fill in board for the 47 processes and the flash cards for the processes, inputs, tools/techniques, and outputs) are a HUGE HELP.”
—PMP Certification Boot Camp student (United States)

PMP Certification Boot Camp Student

“The instructor did a great job of translating the "process and best practices" outlined in the PMBOK® Guide into project management scenarios. This was invaluable as the exam focuses on the application of the PMBOK® Guide in a scenario versus rote memorization of the material. I think that one of the ways the instructor accomplished this was by providing the same conceptual material from the PMBOK® Guide in a different form in the course material.”
—PMP Certification Boot Camp student (United States)

Catherine Ford, PMP

"I sat for and successfully passed the PMP exam! As for what was most helpful, it truly was the Boot Camp class. While I did read several chapters of the PMBOK® Guide after taking the class, most helpful for me was to review all of the webinar recordings a second (and sometimes third) time. I did a few practice exams but literally only a few. Kudos to the instructor for such good curriculum, instruction, and doing a great job communicating what to expect, how to prepare and what not to focus on.” 
—Catherine Ford, PMP
(United States)