PMP is one the hottest certificates according to http://www.certcities.com/, especially in Asia. I guess the reason is it has a magic word "Management" in it. The exam is not so easy and very expensive. And it may not guarantee you will become a project/programm manager just because you have a PMP paper.
To get more info, always refer to PMI official site http://www.pmi.org.
PMP is a computer based exam. Before you can register to the exam, you first need get the 35 hours of education credits. If you search the internet, there are plenty to offer this service. The one I used is http://www.pmstudy.com/.
Besides to earn credits, you need read very well on the PMBOK Guide.
A Guide To The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guides) (Paperback)
- Paperback: 380 pages
- Publisher: Project Management Institute; 3rd edition (October 31, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 193069945X
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
Once all done, take the exam and good luck. I suggest you apply PMI membership first. The total is $524 ($119 membership fee + $405 exam fee). Otherwise you need pay $555.
I post my personal study notes. You can get some ideas what's PMP about from these notes.
Knowledge Area 11 Professional Responsibility
Knowledge Area 10 Project Procurement Management
Knowledge Area 9 Project Risk Management
Knowledge Area 8 Project Communication Management
Knowledge Area 7 Project Human Resource Management
Knowledge Area 6 Project Quality Management
Knowledge Area 5 Project Cost Management
Knowledge Area 4 Project Time Management
Knowledge Area 3 Project Scope Management
Knowledge Area 2 Project Integration Management
Knowledge Area 1 Project Management Framework