Project Management Professional is also known as PMP, a globally recognized certification for Project Managers. Project Management Institute (PMI®) is a governing body of PMP and have different chapters for almost all regions around the world. According to statistics, there are around 735,000 #PMP certified professionals across the world till 2017. If PMP is next in your career’s to do list, follow the simple 9 steps to achieve it:
Step 1: Read PMI® Credentials Handbook
The first step will always be to gather as much information as you can and PMI handbook is the best source to gain information about PMP. This handbook is easily available on their official website and it explains everything one should need to know regarding the applying process of PMP, appearing for the exam and getting certified.
Step 2: Check Your Eligibility for PMP Certification Exam
The PMI has specific requirements that individual needs to fulfill in order to apply for the PMP exam. To enroll for the PMP certification, an individual must fall under one of the criteria:
- Four years’ bachelor’s degree with 4,500 hours of experience in Project Management
- A secondary degree (like associate’s degree, high school diploma or the global equivalent) with 7,500 hours of Project Management experience.
Moreover, professional have to collect 35 contact hours that can be earned by attending the PMP certification training program. An individual can either attend online or in-person PMP Bootcamp to earn those contact hours.
Step 3: Apply for the PMP Exam
Once you fulfill the criteria and have 35 contact hours, you can start filling PMP application. To register, visit and fill the PMP Application Form at http://www.pmi.org. After approval of PMP application, one can book an exam as per their suitable schedule.
Step 4: Read the PMBOK Guide
The PMBOK Guide is considered as one of the major reference points for the PMP certification exam. Hence, many expert instructors recommended reading the book several times while preparing for PMP.
Step 5: Other Study Material
Apart from PMBOK Guide, referring other study material and listening to online audio books are other options to start preparing for the PMP exam. Nowadays, it becomes easy to find sources for PMP prep. These prep-materials assist you to understand concepts, techniques, and tools of the PMBOK.
Step 6: Attend PMP Bootcamp
There are several training providers, universities and colleges who conduct workshops around the world. Apart from providing required 35 contact hours’ certificate, the PMP certification training assists you to gain knowledge of the PMBOK® Guide’ concepts. One of the major advantages of attending PMP training program is, you can discuss your doubts with an instructor and fellow students.
Step 7: PMP Prep Plan
It is very important to plan everything before you start preparing for your PMP exam. The plan will include a number of hours dedicated to study, how to cover chapters from PMBOK Guide, how many simulation test to take etc. This planning will help you to calculate the approximate time required to prepare for PMP.
Step 8: Attend Multiple Simulation Exams
Nowadays, you can easily get PMP simulation exam over the internet. Also, if you attend PMP certification training programs from a reputed training provider, they provide you simulation exams along with PMP prep material. Scoring 85% or more consistently in your simulations, assure that you are ready for the final exam.
Step 9: You are Ready to Take Final Exam
After all efforts and studies, it is the time for you to appear for the final exam. We all know it is very important for you to clear the exam, but experts say you should not stress yourself about it, especially a day before the exam. You have studied hard and trust yourself that you are ready for the exam.
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