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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)

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

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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


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