Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)® Exam Content Outline and Who Should Apply

The PfMP® certification is an effective implementation of strategic initiatives because it fills the gaps between strategy and implementation. This article covers the exam content outline of this certification and who should apply for it.

The following table illustrates the percentage of each domain in the exam. The percentage also indicates the number of questions and tasks of the relevant domain.

Domain Percentage of items on Exam
Strategic Alignment 25%
Governance 20%
Portfolio Performance 25%
Portfolio Risk Management 15%
Communications Management 15%



As an executive or high-level practitioner managing a portfolio of projects and programs to make sure it is aligned with the organizational goals, you are well-advised to apply for PfMP® certification.

To be eligible for it, as a secondary degree holder you must have at least 8 years of professional business experience and 10,500 hours of portfolio management experience. If you are a four-year degree holder, you need 6,000 hours of portfolio management experience. 

PfMP® Certifying Process contains 2 phases. The first one is a panel review to assess your professional experience based on your response to the Experience Summary. The other panel is a test with 170 multiple-choice questions with 4 hours to complete. Plus, you need to gain 60 PDUs every three years.

*Source: ©2013 Project Management Institute, Inc. All rights reserved. PfMP Examination Content Outline

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