The Big Three Project Management Certifications



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How to Become a Certified Project Management Professional

This article explains the process to become a Certified Project Management Professional. Though certification is not necessary to hold most management positions, it can lend credibility to your next job application.

Steps

  1. Check if you are eligible to take the PMP(R) Certification Examination.There are three requirements, as follows:
    • You should hold a Bachelor's degree or its global equivalent (this is a 4-year degree, not a 3-year degree).
    • You should have 4500 hours of project management experience in not less than 3 years.
    • You should undergo a 35-hour project management training. Try the nearest convenient Registered Education Provider on the PMI website.
    • If you do not have a Bachelor's degree holder, then you should have a high school diploma. In this case, you should have 7500 hrs. of project management experience. You will still need to go through a 35-hour project management training.
  2. Once you meet the eligibility criteria, become a member of PMI and fill in the form for taking the examination.Although it is not mandatory to become a PMI member, it has some benefits in terms of exam fees, which more than offset the membership fees. Moreover, you get access to download a soft copy ofA Guide to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge, the book on which the entire exam is based.
    • Almost the entire process is online. When you fill in the form, and meet the eligibility requirement, you will receive an eligibility letter within a week's time.
  3. Pay the fees of 5 for members and 5 for non-members.The membership fee is 9 + for one-time registration (2010 prices).
    • A predefined number of applicants are selected for physical audit at random. On paying the fee, you will be informed if you are required to go through an audit. If you are chosen for audit, you will need to submit hard copies of your credentials (education, work experience and training). An audit may take up to 6 weeks to get approval.
    • If you are not required to go through the audit, you receive the "Authorization to Test" email within 3-5 business days.
  4. Once you receive the letter, go to the Thomson Prometric website and check exam Seat Availability to see the nearest center and test date available in you region.
  5. Once you see the available examination dates you should decide to either study independently with a goal of 2-3 months study, or attend a PMP Boot Camp Class.
    • The difference between independent or professional study is a simple time to value equation.
    • The average class price ranges from 00 to 00 depending on the provider vs. 0-300 for independent study guides and sample exams.
    • The average study time is 2-3 months independent vs.3-5 days enrolled in a class.
    • The average success rate for independent study is roughly 60% for first time test takers vs. 95+% for guided programs.[]
  6. Once you have scheduled you class date or study period, you should go to the Thomson Prometric website and schedule to sit for the exam directly after class or study period.
  7. Take the exam.Examinations are held twice a day on all working days.
    • It is a 4-hour test consisting of 200 questions, out of which 25 questions are pretest. You need to score 106 out of 175 questions. One word of caution - the pretest questions are not known. So for all practical purposes, you need to score 131 out of 200 questions.
    • There is no break allowed during the exam. If you need to take a break, you can do so, but the clock is ticking.

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  • Question
    How are the experience requirements validated?
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    Community Answer
    When applying for the exam, you must submit a detailed description of each project that you are counting towards the hours. These descriptions should tie in the basic PMP principles and a manager contact must be provided in order to verify your hours. Detailed dates are also required. Discrepancies may result in a full audit.
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  • Question
    Do project coordinator and assistant PM hours count?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, they count. You don't need to be the project manager for all the projects you document, but you should have full project management experience across process groups to be eligible.
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  • Question
    So getting PMP-certified requires a single exam and if I pass I get to brag the title already? How long is the validity of the certificate? Do I need to retake the exam to renew?
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    Community Answer
    PMP requires a single exam AND 7500 hours of experience over 3 years AND 35 hours of professional training. Every 3 years certification must be renewed by demonstrating 60 hours of professional project management continuing education. If these 60 hours (called PDUs) are submitted and validated, retaking the exam is not required.
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  • Question
    If I have the degree, how do I get the hours?
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    Community Answer
    You can get your hours by getting a job with a relevant company and performing the job to accumulate the hours.
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  • Question
    How do I find out if I qualify for hours?
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    Community Answer
    You must have a bachelors degree, 4500 hours, and at least three years of hands-on experience, or you must have a high school diploma, 7500 hours, and at least five years experience. It is important to also note that you are only allowed to work 40 hours per week, and you can not overlap two projects for hours in the same work week.
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  • Question
    How long does it take to get the 7,500 hours?
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    Community Answer
    7500/24 is 312.5 days, so you'd have to work for about a year, depending on shift hours.
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  • Question
    If my employers said they don't know the institution. Is my Project Manager Accredited Certification from International Organization for Project Management invalid?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, it just means that your organization isn't familiar with this certification. In your case, they may be pretending not to know to pay you less. Either that or they aren't a large firm, and you're dealing with a relatively, small/new PMO.
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Unanswered Questions
  • Does the author have a degree in this field?
  • Does being a project coordinator count towards my hours?
  • Are there any organizations like Michigan Works that offer discounts to the 4 day course and is the testing fee included in the 4 day course fee?
  • Being a retail manager, would that count against the needed hours?
  • Can I apply if I am a production manager? And does that count?
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