ITIL Exam vs PMP Exam?
ITIL® v3 Foundation and PMP® are two of the most popular project management certifications in the world. Every year, thousands of exam aspirants would prepare and sit for the ITIL® and PMP® exams. Some holders of PMP® would study for the ITIL® 4 Foundation Exam while some ITIL® holders would aspire for the PMP® credential. Below we will outline the similarities and differences between ITIL® and PMP®.
Similarities of ITIL® v3 Foundation and PMP®
- You will need to pass an exam consisting of multiple choice questions in order to be certified.
- ITIL® and PMP® provide best practices to implement projects (though ITIL® focuses on projects in the Information Technology field).
Differences between ITIL® v3 Foundation and PMP®
- PMP® exam is about general project management knowledge while ITIL® is about information technology service management (i.e. for people working in the field of information technology).
- There are no pre-requisites for sitting the ITIL® 4 Foundation Exam while PMP® exam will require the aspirants to have 35 Contact Hours and at least 4500 hours of working experience in project management over a period of at least 3 years.
- The PMP® Exam is much longer and consists of more questions, it is generally considered that the PMP® Exam is much more difficult than the ITIL® 4 Foundation Exam.
- ITIL® 4 Foundation Certification will never expire while PMP® certification holders will need to re-certify every three years by accumulating enough PDUs.
- PMP® Certification holders will need to earn at least 60 PDU during every 3-year re-certification cycle in order to be able to renew their PMP® Certification status. Holders of ITIL® 4 Foundation Certification will not need any mandatory continuous education.
ITIL® v3 Foundation and PMP®: Recommendation
If you have not begun your journey on getting ITIL® 4 Foundation Certification and PMP® Certification, it is highly recommended you study for and pass the PMP® Exam first. Afterwards, you will be able to claim the time spent on studying and preparing for the ITIL® 4 Foundation Exam as PDU for your PMP® re-certification in either Category A or Category B PDU (by taking courses provided by accredited training institutes) or Category C PDU (by self-study). In this way, one can kill two birds with a stone!
← Certification FAQ – PMP, PMI-ACP, ITIL v3 Foundation
Further Reading: The PMP Certification Guide provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to get started with your PMP Certification journey. Read it now!