The PMP certification validates a professional’s education and experience in project management. It is globally acknowledged and applicable to most industries. To Become a PMP (Project Management Professional) enables to have better job opportunities and salaries. In this article, we will review the steps to become a PMP (Project Management Professional).
1. Decide to become a PMP
The first step is to decide to become a PMP. Many people want to be a successfull project manager. They want to manage projects in a professional manner. A PMP certification shows the employers that your ambition is to make a career in project management.
2. Check Your Eligibility
You need at least a high school diploma or an associate degree to apply for the PMP exam. The degree or diploma can be in any discipline.
• If you have a high school diploma, you must have a minimum of five years of project management experience of which at least 7,500 hours must have been spent leading and directing project tasks.
• If you have a bachelor degree, you must have a minimum of three years of project management experience of which at least 4,500 hours must have been spent leading and directing project tasks.
• You must have attended a 35 contact hours of project management training.
3. Read the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Handbook
The Project Management Professional Handbook is created and published by The Project Management Institute. This handbook explains the process of taking the PMP Exam and becoming PMP in detail.
4. Join the PMI Membership
Joining the PMI Membership gives you discount on your exam fee. The membership fee is less than the discount. Also you can download the PMBOK Guide free. Becoming a member of your local PMI Chapter enables you to contact other professionals and attend workshops.
5. Sign up for the PMP Exam
It is better to schedule the exam before getting a PMP training because you can work harder when you have a deadline.
First, fill in your online PMP Credential Application and submit it to PMI for approval. Visit the website certification.pmi to register.
Then, you can schedule to take the exam Visit the website PROMETRIC
6. Study the PMBOK® Guide
The PMBOK® Guide is a well created source. Most of the answers of the questions on the PMP Exam exists in The PMBOK® Guide.
7. Get the Project Managemen Training
Getting the 35 contract hour training is mandatory in order to apply for the PMP exam. You can attend either live classroom trainings or online training programs. Online training programs are cheaper than live classroom trainings. PMI approves both of them. It is better to get the
project management training after studying The PMBOK® Guide.
8. Study Hard
The PMP Exam is not an easy exam. It requires a hard working period. Read The PMBOK® Guide and other reference books. If you don’t read The PMBOK® Guide it will be very difficult to pass the exam.
9. Take the Exam
Be aware of the exam procedures. Manage your time to answer all the questions. After completion of the exam, you complete a short survey and after the survey, you will know whether you passed or failed.
10.Earn Professional Development Units (PDU’s)
Once you passed the exam, you need to collect Professional Development Units (PDUs) to keep the certification active. You can earn PDU’s by attending seminars, training programs, workshops offered by PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.).