The variations on the PMP acronym meaning may refer to many things. Some of them may stand for
Point to Multipoint Communication (PMP in Telecommunications), NAT Port Mapping Protocol,
Permanent Monitoring Panel, Perlman Music Program, Project Management Plan (which is also part of
Project Management), Portable Media Player (which involves the areas of Image, Audio, Video, DMB,
e-book devices and, Automotive Navigation System), Protected Media Path, and Project Management
Professional (Certification for Project Management Professionals) – among many others.
But for our purposes, the PMP in Project Management can be narrowed down to mean just Project
Management Plan and Project Management Professional (which are both included in the definition of
A Project Management Plan normally discusses project execution systems that are included in the main
aspects of project management. These could be Schedule Management, Scope Management, Financial
Management, Resource Management for human resources (which may mean tools among other things),
Quality Management, Project Change Management, Communication Management, Procurement
Management, and Risk Management. The Project Management Plan is usually required by professional
Project Management firms and other large companies to ensure that the standard version of the Project
Management plan is approved in the early phases of the project and continues to be implemented until the
end of the project.
The other meaning of PMP could be Project Management Professional. It is a globally recognized
form of certification in Project Management. The PMP form of accreditation is managed by the PMI or
Project Management Institute. It is based on the PMO Examination Specification which was made by
PMI in year 2005.
You stand to receive the PMP Certificate if you succeed in passing an examination administered by the
PMI. The first step is to schedule an examination at any of the Prometric testing centers. Examination is in
multiple choice format, and you may choose your examination time from a schedule that also includes
weekends and after working hours. Examinees are expected to complete the test made up of 200
questions (with dummy questions) in 4 hours with a minimal success rate of 60.5%.
In the Certification Examination for the PMP the candidate will have to go through a series of questions for him to answer correctly and substantially.
Alex an applicant for the Certification Examination once said that it is a very complex Certification.
It is noteworthy to state that the PMP Examination is not industry specific, but it is one of the trickiest examinations ever devised.
Part of the Examination contains questions with irrelevant information, all of which are meant to confuse the applicant.
Also, in this Examination, a question only has one correct answer, and again, the PMI has included many other answers that may appear to be correct, but are highly irrelevant to the whole question.
The answering of questions should also be taken into context because the questions are only answerable from a PMI’s perspective.
Future applicants should be wary of using their own experiences to solve these questions.
In the end, they often fail, but one sure-fire way in answering correctly is to answer in a textbook manner.
Now, there is no such need for future applicants to be like Alex, who dismally failed in the examinations.
There are of course many Internet Websites out there, who are offering tips and trivia about the PMP Examinations.
Now, an examinee’s application must first be approved by the PMI.
After which, he may then have a schedule of Examination on the PMI-approved Examination centers.
There is a wide variety of time are available for the examinees.
The Examination is also held even during the weekends and after normal working hours.
So this great time flexibility can lessen the burden for the applicants.