How to Qualify for the PMP Exam
After you have 3 to 4 years of experience managing projects, you should consider adding the PMP® (Project Management Professional) to your previous certifications. It is awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is an internationally recognized credential in project management. It is a door-opener when you hunt for a new job anywhere in the world. It’s also a very good credibility builder within your organization. PMP certification requires you to document, with references, 4,500 hours (3 years total experience) of project management experience if you have a college degree and 7,500 hours (5 years total experience) if you don’t have a degree. You also need to complete 35 hours of PMP® training to be eligible. Project Manager Certification Main Page
The PMP certification exam is a 4 hour, 200 question multiple-choice exam. The test is exceedingly difficult and PMI reports that approximately half the people who take it worldwide fail. Taking a formal PMP exam preparation course where you learn all of the best practices in project management is not only useful for your career but the best way to pass the exam.
How Do I Pass The PMP Exam?
The challenge in the PMP exam comes in two areas. First, you need forget how you manage projects in the real world and learn to answer the questions according to PMI’s way. Second, you must understand all the best practices in project management and when to use them. You can’t pass the exam just by memorizing that information. You need to know when to apply a certain technique based on the situation you are given. A very large proportion of the questions on the exam are situational questions. They are lengthy questions that detail the situation of a project. That situation is defined by;
- what sort of organization you’re working in
- what kind of project
- what sort of project team you have
- What project process for output you have just completed.
- There are many other variables
Then you have to choose from four multiple choice answers. Each of those answers may be correct to some degree. So you have to decide which is the most correct answer in the particular context of the question. This is enormously challenging because you have a very large body of knowledge you have to learn in a very complicated set of situations in which you have to be able to decide what to do.
You need to select the correct learning methodology to master all of the information you need to learn to pass the PMP exam. You need to learn about the various contexts including organizational types and the impact each organization type has on the challenges a project manager faces. That includes the techniques to use in the project situation, the environment in which it is taking place, and where in the project management process the project managers and stakeholders are. You can’t learn the correct interplay between those elements just by memorizing.
The best way to learn all this information and how to apply it in situations is our PMP Exam Prep course. You’ll have study materials that actually give you scenarios of project managers executing various projects. As you read these scenarios, you see the logic the project manager uses to pick the appropriate technique. You’ll also read about the explanations the project manager gives to project sponsors and stakeholders about the risk management or estimating techniques the PM decided to use. By reading about how project managers operate in these different situations you will learn to interpret a situation and pick the right techniques when you answer a question on the exam.
Our PMP prep course gives you a multimedia learning experience. You aren’t just reading and rereading the same dictionary over and over again instead you are learning the material in a multimedia sequence:
- first you read about a process and its inputs and outputs.
- Then you hear a lecture about the correct way to execute that process
- you have an opportunity to talk with your instructor about the process and its techniques
- then you watch a video of a project manager actually doing the particular process with the sponsor and project team
We find that this multimedia learning helps you gain the knowledge much more effectively and is also a much more pleasant learning experience. You also add to your personal tools and understanding of which techniques to use and when. That is invaluable for succeeding and advancing your project management career. Our PMP exam prep gives you the best passing guarantee available. Your instructor will continue to work with you if you fail the exam after completing your course in its entirety. We also give you the maximum flexibility in scheduling the course because you’re not tied to a rigid schedule set by the instructor. You set your own schedule and your instructor adapts to it. You may wish to take advantage of our free instructor assessment which will help you decide if the PMP training and certification are right for you.
PMP® Certification Training Summary
The PMP exam is exceedingly difficult to pass. The experience and education requirements are enforced with random audits of candidates’ application forms. The combination of those requirements and passing the 4 hour exam is what makes the PMP credential so valuable as a job-hunting tool. It’s also the reason that many organizations use the PMP credential as a screening tool when they are recruiting for project managers. People without the PMP are simply not considered for those positions.