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5 Steps Guidance to becoming CAPM® Certified

Regardless of your career stage, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is an asset that will distinguish you in the job market and enhance your credibility and effectiveness working on — or with — project teams.

Organizations with standardized practices attain better results, as shown in our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report. Because the CAPM® recognizes your knowledge of the profession’s preeminent global standard, you’ll stand out to employers and be poised to move ahead.

Project management is a rapidly growing profession. Through 2020, 1.57 million new jobs will be created each year and qualified practitioners are in demand. With the CAPM, you’ll be on the fast track to opportunity.

Who Should Apply?

If you’d like to manage larger projects and gain more responsibility or add project management skills into your current role, then the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is right for you.

CAPM Exam Guidance

To earn your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification, you need to meet the experience and education requirements, and pass the CAPM® examination, a 150-question, multiple-choice test.

Regardless of how advanced your project experience or education might be, you should still prepare vigorously for the exam. Successful CAPM® candidates typically use multiple study aids — including courses, self-study and study groups — and will spend many hours to prepare, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of preparation time before you take the exam.

Step 1: Get familiar with the basic resources and create your own study plan:

Develop a study plan and dedicate a regular time to study.

If you want to pass the CAPM exam, you will need to have a plan to study in manageable chunks and establish discipline to follow through on the plan. The study plan includes what you are studying, how much time you plan to spend per day, what topics you plan to cover, and what materials you will use.

Make sure you have time to change your plan based on practice test results. For example, if you scored low in risk and procurement management topics on a practice test, you should change your study plan to emphasize those knowledge areas to bring yourself up to speed.

Whether you are self-studying or participating in a class, you need to be able to devote time to regular study in order to be adequately prepared for the exam. We have found that many CAPM test candidates do not need a boot camp, but it is vital that you are adequately prepared before you sit for the exam.

Step 2: Start with PMBOK® Guide - but be prepared to move beyond

Any CAPM candidate needs to read (and study) the PMBOK® Guide at least once, if not twice. The PMBOK® Guide is the primary source for exam questions, so you need to be familiar with it. Second, reading the PMBOK® Guide all the way through gives you more knowledge about its structure, which will help you look up key topics later on. If you need a copy of the PMBOK® Guide, you can purchase one at PMI’s store. If you are a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, you also get a free digital copy.

On your first time through the PMBOK® Guide, we recommend reading and taking notes on a maximum of one knowledge area per day. At this pace, you will get a quick overview of processes and learn more about how the guide works. After you are more familiar with the PMBOK® Guide, you can go back through and take more detailed notes in order to develop a greater understanding.

Please find some further guidance on how to work with and through the PMBoK Guide effectively in this article: ☛ "How To Get CAPM® Certification Using Four Study Techniques"

Review the latest edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) (☛ https://goo.gl/DCNxPQ )

Study additional sources to supplement the PMBOK® Guide.

Only a few books devoted to CAPM exam prep have been updated for the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition. One such resource is Rita Mulcahy’s CAPM® Exam Prep, Third Edition by RMC Learning Solutions. This book combines full knowledge area coverage with practice questions and innovative ways to reinforce your understanding of inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs (ITTOs). Another useful resource is CAPM®/PMP® Project Management Certification All-In-One Exam Guide, Third Edition by Joseph Phillips. Although it covers the PMP exam as well as the CAPM exam, it has been updated for the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition.

If you come across a source that tells you there are topics you will not need to know for the exam, make a note to study these topics later. This practice will help you in two ways. First, if the topics do appear on the exam as regular or pretest questions, you will know the answer, which will boost your confidence. Second, you will almost certainly need to know the topics for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam later. Choose a time after you have completed the basics of your study to revisit these topics and you will set a foundation for future success.

Here are our recommendations (in no particular order!):

Step 3: Took a CAPM preparation course and get your required 23 contact hours of project management training.

Here are our recommendations for some good course options (in no particular order!):

(since such things are not allowed here please go to

5 Steps Guidance to becoming CAPM® certified

For the full version of this guide where it was published first time and where it will be actualized and enhanced whenever necessary. Thanks!)

Step 4: Finalize your preparation by utilizing a CAPM Simulator!

Take practice exams and note where you struggle.

Consider the following when looking for practice exams:

  1. Do you get a rating of how you did in each area? PMI provides you this rating when you finish your actual exam. Any area where you score Low Proficient needs more attention.
  2. Do the answers give you references to the PMBOK® Guide? Looking up these references is a good habit because you get immediate feedback about how to get the question right next time.

Manage your practice exams by keeping the following factors in mind:

  • If the questions don’t change, then don’t take the exam more than twice. After two passes through, the exam is of less value because you remember too much. If a resource’s exam questions are drawn at random from a database, you can probably take it more than twice without significant repeat of questions.
  • Aim for a score of 75+ percent. If you can achieve this score consistently in every NEW mock exam you take, you should feel confident in passing your real exam.

Quiz yourself using a CAPM Exam Simulator, flashcards and study tables, review your notes from course and take lots of practice exams.

CAPM® Exam Simulator

Anytime. Anywhere. Any Device. Best Simulator for the CAPM Exam

Prepare for and feel 100% confident to pass your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam by using The CAPM® Exam Simulator.

The simulator gives you access to 750 realistic CAPM exam sample questions (5 exams) in an online environment. Question difficulty and style is very close to any question that you will encounter on your actual exam. A team of certified project managers not only developed all questions to be as close to the real things as possible, but they are also updated them to the latest CAPM Exam Content Outline as well as the most recent PMBOK® Guide.

… and it's the only simulator that offers Live Feedback™!

(since such things are not allowed here please go to

5 Steps Guidance to becoming CAPM® certified

For the full version of this guide where it was published first time and where it will be actualized and enhanced whenever necessary. Thanks!)

Step 5: Take the exam and earn your CAPM®!

Manage your time and confidence during the exam.

Managing your time and confidence during the exam gives you the best chance to succeed. Don’t spend too much time on any one question. We recommend spending no more than 30 seconds on a question during the first round, and marking any for review that take longer to complete. When you’ve completed your first round, you can then go back and spend more time on the marked questions. Give yourself a minute for these, and then as a final pass, take your best guess or employ some kind of strategy (like putting all answers as B or C) on any that are still blank. Never leave a question blank. There’s no penalty for guessing, but any blank question is 100 percent wrong.

There are several strategies you can use to manage your confidence. Remember to smile, as it will encourage you to relax, and take short mental breaks with the time you save using your time management strategy. Remember not to get stressed out if there’s one really hard question. It could be one of the pretest questions. Just mark it and move on.

All the best!

We hope that by following these tips and tricks, you will be able to obtain your CAPM® certification. Passing this exam helps you clear a large hurdle and shows your competence and commitment to project management.

Do you have any other concerns going into your CAPM® exam? If you’ve passed the exam, what other tips have you found useful? Please let us know in the comments.

This Guide was first published here:

5 Steps Guidance to becoming CAPM® certified

You will find the complete guide (with all Links and recommendations!) in it’s always most actual version there.

Regards,

Markus

www.projectmanagement.plus

PMI, PMP, CAPM, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Posted on: May 23, 2017 05:54 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

PMP Exam Simulator - why should i use it while preparing for PMP certification?

Get the PMAspire PMP Exam Simulator Package of your choice with an exclusive 15% OFF! You will find the discount code at the end of this article!


You may ask yourself "Why do i need such an online PM Exam simulator? Would it not be enough to do the sample questions out of my Prep book and may be search for some additional and free available sources online?"

Well, here are some articles which may explain why we do think that using a online PMP Exam SIMULATOR is just mandatory for a proper PMP Exam preparation strategy:

What is a PMP exam simulator? http://goo.gl/6sZr28

7 Criteria for Selecting The Best PMP Exam Simulator : http://goo.gl/5HpGqj

A PMP Exam Simulator Will Help You Pass the PMP Exam http://goo.gl/RZq91r

A PMP Exam Simulator Assesses Your Readiness for the PMP Exam http://goo.gl/ziDhYt


Until the end of April you can obtain a nicely 15% Discount on every simulator Package by PMAspire just by using this discount code while registration/checking out: PMPLUSAP17

for instance:

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If you already have an account in PMAspire, please follow:

Log in to your existing account > Click Package upgrade (Top right corner) > Choose Platinum/Gold > Input discount coupon code > Follow the payment instruction > Finalize the order > DONE!

This exclusive offer is only available until the end of April! So act now!

Posted on: April 21, 2017 07:16 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

10% off for The CAPM® Exam Simulator

CAPM® Exam Simulator

Anytime. Anywhere. Any Device.

CAPM SimulatorBest Simulator for the CAPM Exam

Prepare for and feel 100% confident to pass your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam by using The CAPM® Exam Simulator.

The simulator gives you access to 750 realistic CAPM exam sample questions (5 exams) in an online environment. Question difficulty and style is very close to any question that you will encounter on your actual exam. A team of certified project managers (one of them was even a former volunteer who developed questions for the Project Management Institute (PMI)®) not only developed all questions to be as close to the real things as possible, but they are also updated them to the latest CAPM Exam Content Outline as well as the most recent PMBOK® Guide.

We also regularly review lessons learned from recent exam takers to identify any new exam trends in order to update our question pool, and it's the only simulator that offers Live Feedback!

CAPM® Exam Simulator Benefits

As a student who is using The CAPM Exam Simulator for exam preparation you will immediately benefit in the following ways:

  • No downloads
  • Prepare realistically
  • Perfect for active PMs
  • Manage your exam time
  • Prepare effectively
  • Gain confidence
  • Reduce study time
  • Access anytime
  • Access anywhere

Most importantly: Feel 100% Ready to take your exam!

Bonus Items

- you will also receive the following bonus items absolutely free:

  • Advanced PMI® Exam Strategies (Email Course)
  • Sample Exam Score Worksheet (XLS)
  • Contact Hours Worksheet (XLS)
  • Access to online discussion forums

To obtain the 10% discount in February use Coupon code Feb17 while checking out.

 

 

Posted on: February 03, 2017 08:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Situational Project Management

https://goo.gl/yjMrMb

The one thing that we all really like about project management is how unpredictable days can sometimes be, right? I come to the office in the morning with a clear plan of what I’m going to do and then something happens. I love this challenge because as a project manager, I now have to re-evaluate the situation and change my plans accordingly.

But there is more to it than just responding with a knee-jerk reaction. These times demand situational awareness, and you need skill and finesse to handle changing demands effectively. Situational awareness is an important skill to build as a project manager and in this article we’ll look at what it is and how you can use it on your projects.

Contents

1. What is Situational Awareness?
2. What is Situational Leadership?
3. How To Apply Situational Awareness
4. How to Make A Situational Assessment
5. Situational Leadership: Team Development
6. Making An Ethical Situational Assessment
7. Developing Your Situational Awareness

https://goo.gl/yjMrMb

This article is based on an interview that was recorded with Oliver Lehmann, MSc., PMP. The interview was done because “Situational Project Management” was recently added to the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Content Outline, and Oliver has published a book on the topic (see link below).

So if you are currently in the middle of your PMP exam prep, then you can expect to see questions about situational project management on your exam. Therefore the article is not intended as a book review but as an introduction to the topic.

For more information about the book go here:

https://goo.gl/UnZ00W

Posted on: January 27, 2017 08:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

17% off this January 2017 for new The PMI-ACP® Exam Simulator!

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17% off this January 2017 for new The PMI-ACP® Exam Simulator!

What are the features of the new PMI-ACP® Exam Simulator?
It has 4 simulated exams of 120 questions each. A total of 480 exam questions. Covers 7 domains of the PMI-ACP® Exam. Live feedback available for student feedback on the simulator questions.

What will students get?
• 90-day access to PMI-ACP® Exam Simulator realistic questions.
• Exam course of advanced Project Management Institute (PMI)® exam strategies.
• Sample exam score worksheet for monitoring exam practice results.
• Contact Hour worksheet to tally your contact hours.
• Forum access for discussions with other students.
• Exam Tips newsletter.

Will students get the complete sets in January?
No, it will be a progressive release. Here is the timeline for the release of the simulated exam sets:
• Exam sets 1 & 2 with 120 each questions will be released on January 2017. Price will be $59 for 90-day access and $220 if bundled with Agile PrepCast (Elite package).
• Exam set 3 will be released on February 2017. With a total of 360 questions, it will then be sold at $79 for 90-day access and $230 as Elite package.
• Exam set 4 available by April 2017. Complete package price will be $99 for a total of 480 questions to access for 90 days. Elite package price becomes $240.

Our Recommendation: Purchase either The PM Exam Simulator or the "Elite" bundle in January, even if you are planning to take the PMI-ACP Exam in April or later. This makes financial sense because your 90-day access only begins when you take the first exam/quiz in the simulator. So you can buy it in January and then simply wait until April (or later) to take your first exam. This will allow you to access all 4 Exams with a total of 480 Questions (starting in April), but you only paid the price for 2 exams! It's the cheapest you can get it.

https://goo.gl/71cKm2

Posted on: January 26, 2017 10:13 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)
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