PMP® CERTIFICATION FAQ
Wondering about 5th edition or 6th edition of The PMBOK® Guide? -- See FAQ #9
1. Why is Project Management Important?
You may have a client question the value of project management. You may even start to wonder yourself.
Doubt not! Project Management is vitally important.
I've created a short video to help articulate why project management is important, and how it relates to corporate strategy. Click here to see the video on YouTube/
2. Why would I want the PMP certification?
If you are an experienced project manager, eligible to sit for the PMP exam, you might want to go ahead and earn your PMP for the following reasons:
a) Credibility - the PMP certification is widely recognized and respected and can help you stand-out from the competition in that next project proposal
b) Knowledge - PMI's PMBOK® Guide ("A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge") is a successful codification of the art and science of project management. Even if you are a master of your craft, the rigorous framework you learn in the course of preparing for the exam is bound to help clarify your thinking about your work and how the various activities relate to each other, to a successful project outcome and to a happy client.
3. What do I need to be eligible to sit for the PMP exam?
The requirements can be found on PMI's web site. As a convenient, high-level recap, you will need:
a) 4,500 hours of project management work experience (or 7,500 hours if you don't have a 4-year college degree)
b) 35 hours of qualified project management training
4. What if I am not eligible to sit for the PMP exam?
The CAPM certification may be just the thing for you. If you are a high school graduate, all you need to be eligible is 23 hours of qualified training. The CAPM version of my e-Book can show you the way. The trickiest part of preparing for the CAPM exam is figuring out what not to study. You'll find guidance in the e-Book on this.
5. What is the PMP test like?
The test is described on PMI's web site. As a high-level recap:
a) The test consists of 200 questions which must be completed in 4 hours.
b) All questions are multiple-choice, with four choices
c) There is no penalty for incorrect choices, so leave no question unanswered.
6. What kind of material is on the test?
All the material in PMI's PMBOK® Guide is fair game. See FAQ #9 for a discussion of 5th vs 6th edition of The PMBOK® Guide.
There is a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct document on PMIs web site which is also fair game on the exam.
And there is a miscellaneous smattering of other outside material that might be found on the exam. This is detailed in our e-Book.
7. How can I satisfy the requirement for 35 hours of qualified project management training?
With the guidance in our e-Book you can self-study and succeed on the PMP exam. Our e-Learning course is an affordable way to satisfy the 35 hour training requirement and will help you up the learning curve. Project Road Training, LLC is a PMI "Registered Education Provider" (R.E.P. #4338)
When success is critical, there is nothing like class time with a really good instructor - but it is an expensive form of training.
You should understand that your employees will likely need six to twelve weeks to assimilate everything needed to pass the certification exam with confidence, so expect further study to be required, after completion of my class.
I will travel and conduct a classroom course on-site for your organization. Reach out to me to discuss logistics.
8. How long should I expect it to take to prepare for the PMP certification exam?
It depends on the student, of course. More than a week, that's for sure.
The test is a big deal. It takes a lot of diligent effort to get to the point where you feel 90% confident that you will pass.
Bottom line: most people should figure on giving it three months, putting in a consistent minimum of eight quality hours per week.
The e-Book by Project Road Training is intended to point you in the right direction -- to show you a well-traveled road that you can follow with confidence.
9. Should I study the 5th edition or the 6th edition of The PMBOK® Guide?
- The test will change and be based on the 6th edition on March 26, 2018
- If you intend to test before March 26, 2018 you should study the 5th edition
- If you intend to test on or after March 26, 2018 you should study the 6th edition and only use other study aids aligned with the 6th edition
- There are enough differences between the two editions to make this important
- If you study 5th edition and fail to pass the exam before March 26, 2018 you should understand that all the time and effort you spend could be lost, and you will have to start over almost from scratch with the 6th edition -- especially with regard to memorizing the process matrix and the more important ITTOs
- Our eLearning course aligned with the 6th edition will be available on this website on January 1, 2018
- After January 1, 2018 any reference or access to our eLearning course and supporting materials aligned with the 5th edition will be on an exception basis, to avoid confusion
10. How should I go about preparing for the PMP exam?
That is the question that our e-Book is designed to answer. You will also find good guidance in a series of short videos we've created.
Best bet: download our free e-book and follow that road closely.
Here is the super-short version:
* Read the PMBOK® Guide (and the other material that you'll need to know -- see question #6)
* Memorize the matrix of 47 processes in Table 3-1 within the PMBOK® Guide
* Use a study guide to supplement the PMBOK® Guide
* Form a study group and attend in person on a regular basis
* Do lots of practice questions
* Use flashcards to help with memorization
* Study the ITTOs (the Inputs, Tools and Techniques, and Outputs of the various processes) and try to memorize them to about 80% (100% just wouldn't be a realistic goal).
* When you really feel about ready to take the exam, do some practice tests.