PMP® CERTIFICATION FAQ
Wondering about 5th edition vs. 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.
Project Management is vitally important.
We’ve created a short video to help articulate why project management is important, and how it relates to corporate strategy.
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 certification for the following reasons:
Credibility - the PMP certification is widely recognized and respected and can help you stand-out from the competition in that next big project proposal
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 our 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 our e-Book on this.
If you are thinking about the CAPM, you may also be wondering how to get started accumulating project management experience. See this article for recommendations.
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. 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 self-paced eLearning 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 our classroom class.
We will travel and conduct a classroom course on-site for your organization. Reach out to us to discuss logistics.
8. How long should I expect it to take to prepare for the PMP or CAPM certification exam?
It depends on the student, of course. More than a couple of weeks, 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. What changed between the 5th and 6th editions of The PMBOK® Guide?
The PMP test changed to be based on the 6th edition effective March 26, 2018
We've prepared a concise video describing the key changes made in going from 5th to 6th edition of The PMBOK® Guide, below:
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.
One thing you should NOT do, which is widely recommended, is "a whole bunch of practice tests". While doing so is commonly recommended, it is terrible advice. We explain why here.
11. Can you recommend a study guide?
Yes, we recommend the Crosswinds study guide. In our opinion it is far better than the market leader that many people tend to recommend -- perhaps because it is all they know. We've examined all of the market leading study guides and feel that Crosswinds is the best of the bunch.
12. What costs are involved in getting the PMP or CAPM certification?
Besides cost for 35 hours of training for the PMP or 23 hours for the CAPM, other costs are detailed below
$129 PMI Membership
$10 PMI 1-time Application Fee (to become PMI member)
$405 PMP Exam Fee (as PMI Member)
0r $225 CAPM Exam Fee (as PMI Member)
Recommended Study Materials:
$49.50 PMBOK® Guide — Hard copy, PMI member price
$76 Study Guide we recommend
Crosswind Success Series: PMP Exam Bootcamp Manual (with Exam Simulation App) Paperback – September 30, 2017
$50 to print in color our ‘Secret Sauce Diagrams’ - found within our eLearning course
Summary of Costs
PMP: 129 + 10 + 405 + 76 + 49.50 + 50 = $719.50
CAPM: 129 + 10 + 225 + 76 + 49.50 + 50 = $539.50
13. What is ‘Earned Schedule’? Do I need to worry about it on the PMP exam?
Earned Schedule (ES) is a refinement to Earned Value Management to try to deal better with schedule, because SPI is not a very good metric, especially late in the project, and especially for projects that are late.
See video at this page for an explanation of Earned Schedule. Yes - you might see a question on this topic.
14. I heard the PMP® test is changing — should this affect my study strategy?
Maybe a little bit. PMI® has published a new ‘Examination Content Outline’ in June, 2019. This hints at changes to the test which we won’t see until December 16, 2019. We should expect to see more questions on ‘Agile’. Aside from this I believe changes are likely to be rather minor, as PMBOK® Guide is not changing. Still, the situation creates uncertainty that you would rather avoid if you can, by avoiding a test date in late December or January, if possible (generally a good idea anyway, due to the holidays).