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Buck I work in the same industry as you. I believe going through the PMBOK and another resource like Rita Mulcahy Exam Prep Book will sufffice and then use RMC Fast Track for simulation exams. I did exactly this a few year ago ... this is as simple as I can put it.
Thanks for your input
I will second Rita's book and program. Best of luck to you.
Considering you individuals have experience in construction project management, I would like to ask a question. As an PM especially starting a new career, what are some of the essentials things, knowledge, skills that I need to have if I am looking forward to working in the field of construction project management. I have the standard project management training, knowledge and skills that can be apply in any project or industry project activities, I am only limited with experience in that industry such as construction knowledge. I would highly appreciate if you can give me you honest opinion in regards how I can navigate the pathway to become a construction project manager. Thank you!.
Glen and Rami are absolutely correct. I would like to relay a short story--
I was working as a Sr. PM in the KSA and was stuck there during the September Holy Days. In order to avoid extreme boredom, I decided to join the local PMI group, Schedule my exam for 2 weeks ahead, and purchase the Rita book to study for my 5 days off work.
I passed the test the week following the Holiday at the local test center.
Other than following the advice from Rita, I also concentrated on:
1) The Exam questions are poorly worded. You need to pay close attention to the intended answer. Luckily, The practice questions are also poorly worded-so you can get a feel for the faulty grammar.
2) Remember- the test is created by I.T. guys with PhD's. All the references to Construction terminology will be incorrect--for example "Cement" instead of Concrete.
3) You need to put your mindset into the psychology of the test maker- The IT guys believe if a staff member is low performing you must counsel them and get them training...as you know the sense of urgency to perform in our Industry (Construction) precludes "hand-holding" of low performers- we trade them or replace them--but you need to give the"counsel and train" answer....
4) "A Charter"- no such thing in the Construction Industry at our level-The Execution level. A Charter was created way before the Project was put out on the street for Bidding.
In my opinion, the list above represents the most common reasons Construction professionals fail the exam. Tell them what they want to hear- not what you know and understand from experience!!!
Good Luck- You can do it easily with your background!
From the trenches!
Again , Appologize for the slow reply .
My biggest struggle is forgetting (temporalily) how I know the real construction world works vs applying the medhodolgy in the books . I understand their view and what they are trying to get across. Unfortunatly i have never personally witnessed a project run
with all the bells and whistles mentioned in PMI in the heavy industrial world . Mainly always short staffed and inexperienced people are the norm. I could see it happening on an I.T. / sofware project , but in doing projects with the monsters of the EPC world I just havent seen it yet .
Appreciate your input .
there are many aspirants facing the same issues as you. That was the reason for me to develop a prep guidance program/course which can work like your very own study plan (of course with the freedom to adjust and customize it to your very own circumstances).
That program/course is available online and it is for free!
Since we are not allowed to post external links here at the discussion board, just send me a short note if you would be interested in that guidance course (just to avoid misunderstandings, it is NOT a PMP preparation course teaching you all the knowledge stuff) and I will send you the link.
This guidance course provides you a straight forward and very clear study approach which might be exactly what you are looking for.
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