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Getting PMP® Certified in 5 Steps

Your timeline to become a PMP in 2017 - before exam change in Q1/2018! (updated for start in May!)

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Getting PMI CAPM® Certified in 5 Steps! - Updated!

Getting PMP® Certified in 5 Steps

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

  • Create Your PMP Study Plan - The Complete Guide

    This article shows you how to create your very own study plan based on lessons learned of thousands of students!
  • Enroll in our “Project Manager’s PMP Exam prep guidance”-program!

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.

  • PMBOK Knowledge Areas for Project Management Guide 5th Edition - Process Groups and Processes - The Complete Guide

Here are some additional article regarding this topic:

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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

http://goo.gl/x22lDd

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):

  • PMP® Requirements – 35 contact hours (The Complete Guide to PMP 35 Contact Hours of Project Management Education )
    http://goo.gl/dTL5i2

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.

  • Practice, practice, practice – cause practice is the key!

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.
It is not an easy job to do 200 (more or less difficult) Questions in a time frame of 4 Hours.
Those 4 Hours could get really long and/or you could run out of time in case you will hang on to long to one very difficult/complex question for instance.

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.
Yes, it may take a little invest, but from our point of view and our experience this is priceless.

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
https://goo.gl/7dxTKX

PMP Exam Tips: How to Handle Your Actual PMP Exam Day

https://goo.gl/1jbYaS

This Guide was first published here:

5 Steps Guidance to becoming PMP® certified

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

Regards,

Markus

Posted on: May 22, 2017 07:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Getting PMI CAPM® Certified in 5 Steps! - Updated!

Getting PMI CAPM® Certified in 5 Steps:

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:

 

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

Study additional sources to supplement the PMBOK® Guide.

Here are our recommendations:

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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!):

Option 1:

CAPM Prep Cast: https://goo.gl/6RNsrA 


What is The PM PrepCast (for CAPM)? It is a videocast with 140 lessons you can access using a tablet, smart phone, computer, or laptop. Once you make your purchase, you will receive a personal link to download the videos. Each videocast is well presented and easy to follow making it easy to study!

 

Option 2:

CAPM Course by SimpliLearn: https://goo.gl/q4X1LQ


This CAPM® training program is designed to ensure that you pass the CAPM® exam in your first attempt. Based on the actual PMBOK® Guide—Edition, the course delivers knowledge of the five process groups and ten knowledge areas as prescribed by PMI®.

The CAPM® certification is valid across industries and is recognized worldwide. This certification will validate your fundamental knowledge of project management and its processes.

The CAPM® training program is ideal for Project Management aspirants who are keen on taking their newly acquired skills to a new level on a global platform. This certification is best suited for:

    Project Associates and Executives

    Any professional aspiring to be a Project Manager

 

Option 3:

CAPM KnowledgeHut:  https://goo.gl/yYb5Gb

CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the principles and terminology of Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)-Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013, the standard of project management’s generally recognized good practices.

PMI® members gain many benefits from being part of the world’s largest project manager member association. They can stay tuned to what is happening locally, regionally and globally in the project management profession by reading all the industry publications delivered directly to their inbox. PMI® members can also access thousands of e-books, articles, white papers, trade publications and more to keep their project skills sharp.

 

Step 4: Finalize your study and preparation.

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™!

CAPM Simulator: https://goo.gl/Z3qwNx

You may try it for free: FREE CAPM Simulator: https://goo.gl/BoHKLY

 Additional prep material:

 

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

All the best!

Posted on: March 15, 2017 08:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
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