Project Management

Help! The PMP® Exam is Changing and I’m Not Ready!

Following 20 years at a large Canadian telecommunications firm, Bruce established the project management consulting firm Solutions Management Inc (SMI). Since 1999, he has provided contract project/program management services, been a source for project management support personnel and created/delivered courses to over 7,000 participants in Canada, the United States and England.

Few things in life cause action more than a firm deadline. The Project Management Institute extended the final date for writing the current-format PMP® certification exam to December 31, 2020. While the date is rapidly approaching, there is still time to successfully prepare. The following list provides guidance for immediate next steps

1. Visit and take advantage of the very useful reference information. Completing the process is not complicated—but must be followed according to PMI’s standards. Useful information within the “certification” tab includes:

  1. Eligibility criteria
  2. Explanation of the application process
  3. A link to the application template
  4. A description of the application review and audit process
  5. Payment details
  6. An explanation of the options to complete the exam

Note that not all testing centers are open. PMI has recognized the challenge this has created and introduced a flexible option that allows the applicant to complete the exam at home. Having access to a stable internet connection and a computer with a webcam has created the opportunity to take the exam from the comfort of home (or location of your choice) at any time of day.

It’s important to recognize the process to be approved to write the exam takes time and significant effort. The applicant must be able to summarize their project management…

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