How to get the PMP certification?


  • administrators

    It's not an uncommon question, here are some guidelines.
    To be eligible to obtain the PMP certification you need to meet three criterias:

    1. Educational background
    2. Project Management experience, and,
    3. Project Management education.

    If you have a secondary degree (it can be a school diploma) then you need at least 60 months of experience managing projects.
    If you have a bachelor's degree (or any degree 4+ years) then you need at least 36 months of experience managing projects.

    In both cases, you need additional 35 hours of formal education, which are fulfilled with a PMP certification course.

    As you can see, you need to have experience managing projects, it's not a "normal" certification, you really need to show you've been hands-on projects.

    So, where to start?
    This is a common roadmap:

    1. Once you determined that you're eligible, sign up for a PMP certification course in your area. I strongly recommend you do your course on-site, with real people next to you, you'll make contacts and possibly a study group.
    2. When you finish the course, open a PMI account, it has a annual membership cost of $129 USD, it will give you access to several learning resources, as well as, to the digital publications of all the PMI's books, yes, that includes the famous PMBok.
    3. Go to your dashboard and apply for the PMP certification. It will require several documents which you may not have at hand, no worries, you can always come back and complete the form. All the documents, recommendations, work certificates must be original and truthful, you're about to start a new chapter in your career, be honest and start with the truth. When you're done submit your application.
    4. The PMI will evaluate the documents, you might even get audited, that means, your references will be confirmed, as well as your work experience, your education, etc.
    5. Once you pass the review process, you'll be authorized to take the test. I strongly recommend you set a date at that moment! It can be in 3 or 6 months but set yourself a deadline. Remember you have only 12 months to pass the exam. You can take the exam up to 3 times within 12 months, with a wait period of 1 month between attempts.
    6. Study, study, study and study.
    7. Take the exam and pass it.
    8. Congratulations, you're now a PMP! you should be proud.

    There are techniques for number 6. but that's a different conversation.

    If you need more information, please post it here on the forum.
    For reference here's the PMP Handbook, where the whole process is described in detail.

    Hope this helps
    Christian Mendieta, PMP


  • administrators

    Also,
    Have a look into https://pmcertification-online.de has very good resources on how to get the PMP certification.

    Thank you @Markus-Klein for your contribution.

    Cheers
    Christian Mendieta



  • Don't forget to include your most important stakeholders - your family (wife and kids). Preparing for sitting the PMP is a significant undertaking and will take serious commitment and dedication for an extended period of time, of which your family is directly impacted. It will take a toll on them as well. Be sure to communicate this up front and make sure they understand the time necessary to spend on a daily basis.



  • @christian-mendieta-ruiz said in How to get the PMP certification?:

    Also,
    Have a look into https://pmcertification-online.de has very good resources on how to get the PMP certification.

    Thank you @Markus-Klein for your contribution.

    Cheers
    Christian Mendieta

    Thank you so much, Christian, for your kind words and for setting up this very interesting platform. Looking forward to co-operating and benefit from each other!
    Kepp up the great work!

    Markus


 

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