Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What is the PMP exam?

PMP stands for Project Management Professional certification. This is an exam offered by PMI (the Project Management Institute) for practising Project Managers. The PMP is a globally recognized certification exam and is well respected in the industry. The exam is extremely popular. There are about 380,000 certified PMPs all over the globe. About 10,000 professionals sat for the exam just in February, 2012 alone.

What is the procedure to get PMP certified

The certificate requires that you have at least 4500 hours of experience in Project Management( which is equivalent to at least 3 years working experience). Also the candidate should have attended at least 35 hours of class room training on Project Management, which will be awarded after your Exam Preparatory class at Certification Edge.

If you meet these criteria, then you can file the application from PMIs site Certification section . You also have to submit the application fees when you submit the application. After you have submitted the application, PMI will review your application. If everything goes smoothly, in a few days you will receive an acceptance letter/e-mail from PMI. After this you can schedule the exam by visiting www.2test.comor by calling the PrometricCenter.

As part of our value added services, this application process is handled by our service support team.

How many questions are there in the exam? How much time do I get

The PMP exam is a computer based exam conducted in the Prometriccenters. The exam has 200 multiple choice questions. Each question has exactly one correct answer. You will get four hours to answer these questions. Most people find four hours to be more than sufficient for the exam. Out of these 200 questions, 25 questions are pretest questions. These are randomly places through out the exam and are used for research purposes. These questions are not evaluated while computing exam results. You will only be evaluated on the basis of 175 questions.
To pass the PMP examination, you must answer a minimum of 106 of the 175 scored questions correctly. After you finish and submit the exam, in the Prometriccenter you will immediately receive the overall mark-sheet for the exam in the Prometriccenter.

However, the computer based exam is not available in Nigeria, only the Paper-based exam which takes a month for the results to be released.

Is there any negative marking in the exam

There is no negative marking in the exam. Unanswered questions are treated as wrong questions. Exam is preceded by 15-minute computer tutorial on the format of the exam.
After clearing the exam, you will receive the PMP certificate by mail after 2 months from which the result is released. Examination scores are confidential. About 80% candidates clear the exam.

How much does it cost to take the exam and how often is the exam written

PMP is an expensive exam. This ensures that only serious candidates pursue it. It also ensures that the certificate remains prestigious. The exam costs $405 for PMI members and $555 for non-members. Since the annual fees for PMI membership is $139, it makes sense to become a member and then apply for the exam.

It is a one-off exam and it’s written every month.

How much time does it take to prepare for the PMP certification exam

The amount of time it will take you to prepare for the PMP certification exam will depend on how much experience you have as a project manager, how familiar are you with PMI's terminology, which book you use to prepare etc. Because the exam is expensive, you should spend enough time so that you feel comfortable. I think you should plan to spend four to eight weeks spending one to two hours per day before you take the exam.

Will the PMP certification help me get a job

More and more Project Management related jobs in today's world require PMP certification. Getting PMP certification is not a guarantee for a successful job search. But it can help you get those elusive interview calls. In today's competitive job market if you are looking for a Project Managers position, then getting PMP certified can significantly increase your chances of getting a job. Also many organizations use the terminology and tools that you will learn as part of PMP certification. The certification will certainly help you do your job better.

How much is Certification Edge’s Training fee

Eighty-five thousand naira only(#85,000) , which can be paid twice.

How long does the training span for

2 weekends in class (Saturday and Sunday) and 4 weeks for virtual class.

What happens if I miss a class

Provided you’ll be available, you’ll be rescheduled the following month for a make-up class.

What is the CAPM

PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with little or no project experience, the CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the principles and terminology of A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the standard of project management’s generally recognized good practices.

What is the difference between the CAPM and the Project Management Professional (PMP)

The CAPM recognizes a demonstrated understanding of the fundamental knowledge, processes and terminology as defined in the PMBOK® Guide that are needed for effective project management performance. It is intended for individuals that participate in project teams or who provide expertise or serve as project sponsors, facilitators, liaisons or coordinators.

To apply for the CAPM, you need:

  • High school diploma, an associate’s degree, or the global equivalent,
  • 23 hours of project management education (without work experience) OR 1500 hours of professional experience on a project team (without project management education)

 

The PMP® recognizes demonstrated experience, education and competence in leading and directing project teams. If you’re an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximize your earning potential, the PMP credential is the right choice for you.

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education OR
  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education

Will a CAPM help me get a job

Project management skills are in demand. In a global survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the majority of executives explicitly identified project management as “the single most important skill for their current and future success.” And in a recent U.S. News and World Report study revealed that project management is one of the top three skills employers are looking for. Kick start your career with the CAPM.

How long is the CAPM® certification valid for

5 years.  Before the end of the five-year certification cycle, you have the option to pursue recertification or go ahead to write PMP .  You will need to submit an online application for recertification.  Recertification is by means of passing the CAPM® examination.

What is the format of the CAPM® exam

The CAPM® examination is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions.  Of the 150 questions, 15 are considered pretest questions.  Pretest questions do not affect the score and are used in examinations as an effective and legitimate way to test the validity of future examination questions.  All questions are placed throughout the examination randomly.  The allotted time to complete the computer-based examination is three hours.

How and where will I take the CAPM exam

The CAPM credential examinations are offered globally at Prometric Testing Centers.

Who needs the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) training

Project team member, junior project management practitioner or new to the project management profession, Undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in project management.

Which HRCI exam should I take?

Review the specific requirements for each exam here. Eligibility is based on your education, responsibilities and work experience in a professional human resources (HR) setting.

What is “professional-level” HR work?

A professional HR position refers to an individual explicitly engaged and qualified within various aspects of the HR practice. Your level of actual work, experience and responsibilities make you accountable for day-to-day HR activities, practices and deliverables. To be considered “professional-level,” an HR position must include:

  • the ability to use independent judgment and discretion in performing work duties,
  • a level of specialized knowledge in the HR field with some authority for decision-making,
  • in-depth work requirements, such as data gathering, analysis and interpretation,
  • interaction with a broad range of individuals, including key personnel, AND
  • individual accountability for results.

How is “global HR experience” defined?

Global HR experience is defined as having direct cross-border HR responsibilities for two or more countries or regions.

Do I need a degree in Human Resources?

No, you do not have to have an HR degree to be eligible to take the HRCI exams.

What is the application deadline?

For the most up-to-date application deadlines, please call us on 08170001567 or send an email to queensly@certificationedge.com

What is covered on the exam?

Each exam covers a specific Exam Content Outline, which is the document or description of the complete set of concepts, tasks and knowledge required to successfully understand and perform HR-related duties associated with each specific credential that HRCI offers. You can find the Exam Content Outline for PHRi here, SPHRi here, and GPHR here.

What is the format of the exams?

All of our exams are multiple-choice and each question lists four (4) possible answers. There is only one (1) correct answer for each question. Each exam includes scored questions and pre-test questions randomly distributed throughout the exam. Pre-test questions are not counted in the final results.

What is the passing score?

HRCI does not determine the passing score arbitrarily. The statistical Angoff method is used to decide how many questions you must answer correctly to pass the exam.

What is an audit?

HRCI audits a percentage of all applicants to verify the accuracy of the information submitted and ensure the integrity of the exams.

Why was I selected?

HRCI randomly audits a portion of our applicants as part of the requirements to maintain accreditation with the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

What documentation do I need?

To ensure compliance with the audit, you will need to provide supporting documentation. All supporting documents should be submitted at the same time, within 14 days. Supporting documents include:

  • Official job description on company letterhead for each job listed on the exam application.
  • Copy of your degree or diploma or official transcript, if applicable.
  • Employment law document (SPHRi only).
  • Completed and signed audit form.

How long does the audit take?

Once the request has been made and supporting documentation received, the review could take up to ten (10) business days.

How do I check the status of my audit?

You will receive an email from the audit review committee once your audit documents have been reviewed.

What is the exam cancellation policy?

In order to receive a 50% refund of your exam fee, you need to cancel your exam appointment at least three (3) business days before it is set to take place. The $75 USD application fee is non-refundable. You cannot cancel your exam if you are within 3 business days of your appointment and no refunds will be provided.

Can I transfer or move my exam date?

You may reschedule your exam appointment for within the same testing window; however, a rescheduling fee of $85 USD will apply if you reschedule after the testing period beings. You cannot transfer your exam date from one testing window to the next.

Do I get a refund if I am not eligible?

Yes, you will receive a refund less the $75 USD application fee. 

When will I receive my score report?

You should receive your report 4-6 weeks after the closing of the exam window.

When will my certificate arrive?

You should receive your certificate 4-6 weeks (in the U.S.) or 8-10 weeks (outside the U.S.) after you receive your official score report.

Where will you send my certificate?

A certificate will be delivered to the address listed in your account profile.

How many credits do I need to recertify?

  • For the PHRi, you need to earn 60 HR (General) recertification credits.
  • For the SPHRi, you need to earn a total of 60 recertification credits.
  • For the GPHR, you need to earn a total of 60 recertification credits