September 28

PMP® vs. PMI-RMP® Certification

PMI-RMP Exam Prep

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Do you have your PMP® certification, but you're thinking about obtaining another Project Management Institute (PMI) certification? PMI offers eight certifications. Let's compare the Project Management Professional (PMP®) and the PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP®) certification. 

What is the PMP® Certification?

The PMP® is a globally recognized Project Management Professional certification that gives proof of an individual's project management knowledge. If you are looking for a project management job, you will likely see the PMP® is a requirement or strongly preferred. CIO magazine ranked the PMP® as the top project management certification.

What is the PMI-RMP® Certification?

The PMI-RMP® is a globally recognized Project Risk Management Professional certification. Individual's possessing this certification have demonstrated their ability to identify, evaluate, and manage project risks.

The PMI-RMP® is a great complement to the PMP®. Why? All projects and programs have risks. The PMI-RMP® helps project managers do a better job of managing risks and can increase their performance. Furthermore, this certification sets project managers apart from other professionals as a true risk manager. Here are five reasons to get your PMI-RMP® certification.

Must you have the PMP® before taking the PMI-RMP® exam?

No. However, having the PMP® can certainly be helpful. Why? Individuals with a PMP® have already studied the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) including the Project Risk Management Knowledge Area. Additionally, these people have insights to preparing for the challenging Project Management Institute (PMI) exams.

PMP® vs. PMI-RMP® Eligibility Requirements

Certification

Educational Background

Four- Yr. Degree

Experience (Months)

Education/

Contact Hrs.

PMP®

36

35

PMI-RMP®

24

30

Notes:

See the PMP® Handbook and the PMI-RMP® Handbook for other Educational Backgrounds and related requirements. 

The PMP® experience must be non-overlapping project management experience in leading and directing projects within the last five years. The PMI-RMP® experience must be in a specialized area of project risk management within the last five years. 

The PMI-RMP® contact hours must be formal education in a specialized area of project risk management.

PMP® vs. PMI-RMP® Exams

Certification

Number of Questions

Time

(Hours)

PMP®

200

4

PMI-RMP®

170

3.5

PMP® Domains

Domains are high-level knowledge areas needed for the practice of project management. The Exam Content Outlines specify the domains that will appear on the exams. 

Domain

Percentage of Items on Test

I. People

42%

II. Process

50%

III. Business Environment

8%

Total

100%

These domains are effective January 2, 2021. See the 2021 PMP Exam Content Outline for additional information.

PMI-RMP® Domains

Domain

Percentage of Items on Test

I. Risk Strategy and Planning

19-20%

II. Stakeholder Engagement

19-20%

III. Risk Process Facilitation

25-28%

IV. Risk Monitoring and Reporting

19-20%

V. Perform Specialized Risk Analyses

14-16%

Total

100%

See the PMI-RMP® Exam Content Outline for additional information.

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