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PMP Certification Eligibility Not Just For Project Managers

Many candidates wonder if they can apply for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam if their title is not Project Manager? The short answer is YES, you can take the PMP exam even if your title is not "Project Manager". And here's the long answer:

The PMP Certification isn't solely reserved for those with the title of "Project Manager" after their name. For eligibility, your "role" is considered as being more important to the PMI than your "title". To be eligible you do need to have the suitable qualifications and responsibility within the realm of Project Management in your job description.

Simply put, all you need to have is relevant experience within your current position participating in or managing various projects. This could involve directly managing projects, or handling specific processes or elements within a project or department (for example as a Project Engineer, Project Coordinator, Project Administrator, Consultant, etc).

Important to note, it doesn't have to be continuous work from the beginning of a project to its completion. If you entered the project midway or got moved into a different project or task and had to leave the project prior to it being finished, that is okay. It is the time you spent on the project and having seen various phases of the projects that counts.

The number of work experience hours required for PMP Certification is dependent on your education level. If you have earned a Bachelor's degree, you only are required to have a minimum of 4500 hours of on-the-job project experience. Without holding a Bachelor's degree, the minimum number of hours required is 7500. This on-the-job experience must include some experience within all five project management process categories (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing) on the various projects you have worked on. Not every job or task has to include all five, but you must have overall experience with all of them at some point.

You also need to complete at least 35 hours of project management education. This is officially called "35 Contact Hours". You will be required to put in the start date, end date, name of the course provider as well as name of the training course when filling in the application form.

So, if you enjoy the project management aspects of your job, regardless of your title or education level, then take the next step and get your PMP Certification. Don't limit yourself. The possibilities are unlimited and your career will soar. Be the leader that you want to be! The benefits of the PMP Certification allow you to broaden your leadership and management skills and capabilities, and to further grow and strengthen your role within your organization.

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