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The best way to prepare for PMP is to follow our “5 Step Guidance” for becoming a PMP:
Getting PMP® Certified in 5 Steps:
PMI Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification
The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers.
You can find PMPs leading projects in nearly every country and, unlike other certifications that focus on a particular geography or domain, the PMP® is truly global. As a PMP, you can work in virtually any industry, with any methodology and in any location.
The PMP can also provide a significant advantage when it comes to salary and earning potential. Among survey respondents to PMI’s Earning Power Salary Survey, (https://goo.gl/1KDfHb ) those with a PMP certification garner a higher salary (20% higher on average) than those without a PMP certification.*
Employers benefit as well. When more than one-third of their project managers are PMP-certified, organizations complete more of their projects on time, on budget and meeting original goals. (Pulse of the Profession® study, PMI, 2015.) (https://goo.gl/bpPSLr )
The PMP signifies that you speak and understand the global language of project management and connects you to a community of professionals, organizations and experts worldwide. Become a PMP and become a project hero.
Here are the steps how to:
Step 1: Learn about PMP® Certification and apply
Step 2: Get started with your PMP® certification preparation. Make a plan! Read the PMBOK Guide, a good PMP prep book (in companion) and use other recommended resources:
STEP 2.1: Make a plan
As an alternative to create your own study plan, why not using ours! We have created a guidance program which will guide you through the complete preparation process in a structured and professional way! And the best – it is completely for REE! No cost and no risk for you. You can start and cancel at any time. You may have a look here:
STEP 2.2: Get the PMBoK Guide PLUS a good prep book (at least one) and work through them thoroughly
As a PMI member you will have access to a digital and personalized version of the actual PMBoK Guide version. Otherwise you need to buy a paper based version.
Here are some additional article regarding this topic:
STEP 2.3: Choose additional prep material and resources based on your personal learning preferences and behaviors
There are tons of resources available out there. Don’t get confused and mislead about it. Think about your personal learning preferences and choose the material that fits to them. Do not choose too many resources and get overwhelmed! Sometimes more is less.
For some guidance about this topic please refer to the following article:
The 12 Most Popular PMP Study Materials for your PMP Exam Preparation
Step 3: Took a PMP® preparation course (live or online) and get you’re required 35 contact hours of PM training.
You should already read about it here (refer to step 1 of this 5 step guide):
Next question you have to answer yourself: “Should I go by a live class/bootcamp or is it better to use a online course for self-learning (or something in between …)?!
Once again, this depends on your very own learning preferences and behaviors. Some of us do need a teacher in front of us and others prefer to learn completely by their own.
Step 4: Finalize your preparation: Utilize a professional online Exam simulator. Analyze and enhance your results. Use flashcards and study tables, review your notes from class and take lots of practice exams.
We can’t underline that more! And we would recommend NOT ONLY doing as much sample questions as you can, cause practice is the key!
Furthermore you should go for really SIMULATING the exam.
So, you should train your time management for the exam also.
You can do so with those tons of free sample question available on the internet, but in our experience, a professional tool which provides you exactly the exam circumstances, is much better for this.
Step 5: Take the exam and earn your PMP®!
If you have done all those steps you should really be well prepared for the exam! Here are some final tips and recommendations for you:
The Secret of Creating Your PMP Brain Dump
PMP Exam Tips: How to Handle Your Actual PMP Exam Day
This Guide was first published here:
You will find the complete guide (with all Links and recommendations!) in it’s always most actual version there.
Your timeline to become a PMP in 2017 - before the exam will change in 2018!
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As you may know the PMP Exam will change in the beginning of 2018 based on the upcoming sixth Edition of the PMBoK Guide (release is planned in Q3/2017; for details about the upcoming changes please refer to this article: PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition will be released in Q3/2017 - what will change? - UPDATED! ).
If you plan to become a PMP in 2017 you should assure to obtain this certification towards the end of 2017! You may ask yourself "why that? What is the reason for this pressure?". Well, the changes coming with the new PMBoK Guide Edition will be significant and so the PMP exam changes (the new PMP exam is expected to become valid in the Beginning of 2018!) will be significant too.
We all know that the preparation for the PMP exam needs time and dedication and if you do prepare based on the actual prep material available (which is all based on the actual 5th Edition of the PMBoK Guide!) then you need to assure to obtain the credential toward the end of 2017 and before the new exam will be in place, right?!
Of course all the providers for the PMP preparation material will update their materials to be aligned to the 6th Edition of the PMBoK Guide, but like we know from the past it will take some time for those updates and we can expect that the new courses/simulators/books/flash cards and so on will not be completely ready in time. Some may need towards the mid of 2018 to completely align their materials to the new PMP Exam version. This can cause you to start your preparation later in 2018 then you might have planned to.
The generic timeline in our picture at the top of this article shows you an example of a rough study plan and it shows you also, that you should not loose any time to start your preparations know!
Yes, there is some time buffer involved, but you will need this, trust us!
Well, a wise man said sometimes: "Always start with the end in mind!" and so let's do it this way:
While creating this timeline we had assumed that you want to have the option for using all of the offered three attempts (of course we hope that you just need the first try but you will never know). This is also kind of a backup plan in the case you may fail the first or even the second try.
Between the exam dates we have 4 weeks left to re-focus and additional practicing. Of course we could shorten this time frame later when the available time is getting short. But from our perspective there should be at least 2 weeks between the trys.
Ok, now let's switch back to the start of your PMP journey.
First of all you should
prepare your learning environment:
You should take your PMP preparation as a project on it's own and as you are a professional already (otherwise you wouldn't fulfill the PMP Exam requirements, right?) you should be professional here as well. That means that you would prepare your learning environment and create all the preconditions (including your personal learning strategy!) for a successful undertaking.
You can find detailed instructions and guidance for creating your learning environment within the first section of our "let me be your PMP prep guide"-program.
If you do not want to participate in the complete program you could alternatively download the Section 1 out of the program from here (of course for free!):
If you have finished this task you will
start your preparations (KA1 - KA10):
Now you will start deep diving into the several "knowledge areas" (KA's) mentioned in the PMBoK Guide and your prep books. Of course you could follow the PMBoK Guide structure here (and most PMP exam prep books are structured in the same way), BUT we would highly recommend NOT to start with "Project Integration Management" (what would be the first KA in the PMBoK Guide!
In our "let me be your PMP prep guide"-program we do follow another sequence and we do also explain why this makes a lot more sense from our perspective (but in the end it is your personal decision of course!).
To support your studying you should utilize a complementary training course which will also help you to fulfill the PMP exam application requirement regarding the 35 "contact hours"!
You can do this either by joining a live class/boot camp or alternatively by using one of the available online training courses (mostly much more less expensive than live classes!)
Here are some recommendations for such online training courses:
Prep Cast: ☛ http://goo.gl/KUPFBG
Izenbrigde PMP Course: ☛ http://goo.gl/9kjrXK
If you have worked through all the content you should start
We can't underline this more: The key to PMP exam success is: practice, practice and practice! And to maximize your chance to succeed we do always strongly recommend using a professional online exam simulator. Yes, this may need to invest some bucks, but this will definitely pay off, trust us. We know this from our own experience!
Of course you should also practicing while working through the several KA's (i.e. by doing the end of chapter questions provided in every good prep book). But know is the time to really simulate the PMP exam situation. This does mean that you should do several (at least three!) full timed and full loaded exam simulations (200 Questions/4 hours).
And professional online exam simulators are designed and optimized to do exactly this!.
By utilizing such a simulator (or may be even two different ones) you will be able to assess your exam readiness by analyzing your mock exam results intensively (and those simulators will provide you the tools for this analysis!).
Here are our recommendations for the best available PMP exam simulators available out there:
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And if you feel ready finally it has come the time to go for your first try.
We wish you all the best for your PMP exam preparation journey and much success for your exam taking in 2017!
PS: This post and of course the timeline will be updated on a regular basis over the course of 2017; at least monthly.