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Why should I become PMP certified?
Here are a few reasons to become a certified Project Management Professional (PMP):
What are the eligibility requirements?
If you have a 4-year college degree, you need at least 3 years experience in project management. You must be able to document 4500 hours that cover all 5 of the PMBOK Process Groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing.
If you do NOT have a 4-year college degree, you will need at least 5 years experience in project management. You must be able to document 7500 hours that cover all 5 of the PMBOK Process Groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing.
You need to have successfully completed a project management training course that issued you a certificate of completion showing that you earned 35 Professional Development Units (PDU), or had 35 contact hours duration.
How difficult is the PMP Exam?
The PMP Exam is the most difficult exam I have ever taken. I have found that the more experience you have as a project manager, the more difficult the exam is going to be. You have your methodology engrained in your brain, not the PMBOK methodology. PMI wants to know if you know and understand the PMBOK methodology.
There are 5 Process Groups, 10 Knowledge Areas, and 47 processes to know. Each of the 47 processes has Inputs, Tools and Techniques, and Outputs. There are 17 formulas to know.
The PMP Exam has 200 multiple choice questions, each with 4 possible answers. There is always only one correct answer. Many of the questions are on one of the 47 processes, the inputs, tools, or outputs, or the correct order for the processes. Many are scenario type questions asking you the best or the first thing you should do. Some questions cover short vocabulary terms. There will be 8 - 20 math word problems with extra data that you do not need. You need to know which formula to use, what the formula is, and how to do the problem.
You need to be very familiar with PMBOK terminology and PMBOK talk.
What is the best way to prepare for the PMP Exam?
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