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How do I start the journey to being a PMP?
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My first post so a big hello to everyone.

I have worked as a business analyst in the financial sector for 5 years. During that time I have also managed some small projects just using MS Project and some online PM tutorials.

I would like to embark on a journey to have project management as my full time profession. I got a guide to PMP by andy crowe to learn some concepts of the PMP. But I realized that its way to advanced for me to grasp right now.

Looking for pointers on where I can take up courses or useful books for this profession. Also looking to take the PMP and more importantly be able to apply the principles of PMP in real world projects.

Any advice on how to take a good career path is much appreciated.
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When you wrote PMP, you are refering to the certification? If that is the case, my recommendation is going to the certification site and to read and understand the related information. If you are refering to be a project manager then go to the PMBOK and understand it. TO understand it demands a carefull reading.
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Trudy -

Before pursuing the PMP, I'd suggest taking a good foundational, in-person course in project management which is PMBOK-aligned but gives you practical, hands-on practice with common PM practices & tools. Then, get some experience leading small projects using what you've learned and then look at the PMP...

Kiron
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Thank You Kiron. Any recommendations for the in person courses?
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My question is why specifically PMP?

Project Management is a vast ocean and you can get into it in several ways.

You can do PRINCE2 foundation course to get a foothold into project management.

You can foray into the Agile world through AgilePM , Professional Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Master as well.

Plenty of roads to get into Project Management . But if your mind is made up to go PMP, then

1) First look at a foundation course aligned with PMBOK . I would recommend CAPM. There are plenty of organizations world wide that would do a 2-3 day course on CAPM followed by the exam based on PMBOK.
2) Then with that certification try to get a job/project and use those principles
3) Finally you can apply for a PMP certification, sit the exam and be PMP certified. Mind you the application for PMP exam asks for specific full time experience of several years of directing and managing projects. The exam itself is a practical application of PMBOK principles and I personally studied for 6 months for the exam itself .
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1 reply by Trudy Mills
May 01, 2019 10:44 PM
Trudy Mills
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Thank you for the advice deepesh
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Unlearn your preconceived notions on how projects should be managed.
Choose a PM book and secure a PMBOKv6.
Read the book together with the PMBOKv6 to build a foundation. This should also help you unlearn more of your preconceived notions.
Take practice exams - this will give you visibility to your knowledge gaps.
Continue reading and studying focusing on the knowledge gaps.
Enrol to a PMP prep course. This is very helpful as you can work/discuss/brainstorm with people with the same goal. This could again help you fill your knowledge gaps.
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1 reply by Trudy Mills
May 01, 2019 10:45 PM
Trudy Mills
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Thank you Joseph
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May 01, 2019 9:30 PM
Replying to Deepesh Rammoorthy
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My question is why specifically PMP?

Project Management is a vast ocean and you can get into it in several ways.

You can do PRINCE2 foundation course to get a foothold into project management.

You can foray into the Agile world through AgilePM , Professional Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Master as well.

Plenty of roads to get into Project Management . But if your mind is made up to go PMP, then

1) First look at a foundation course aligned with PMBOK . I would recommend CAPM. There are plenty of organizations world wide that would do a 2-3 day course on CAPM followed by the exam based on PMBOK.
2) Then with that certification try to get a job/project and use those principles
3) Finally you can apply for a PMP certification, sit the exam and be PMP certified. Mind you the application for PMP exam asks for specific full time experience of several years of directing and managing projects. The exam itself is a practical application of PMBOK principles and I personally studied for 6 months for the exam itself .
Thank you for the advice deepesh
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May 01, 2019 10:20 PM
Replying to Joseph Pangan
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Unlearn your preconceived notions on how projects should be managed.
Choose a PM book and secure a PMBOKv6.
Read the book together with the PMBOKv6 to build a foundation. This should also help you unlearn more of your preconceived notions.
Take practice exams - this will give you visibility to your knowledge gaps.
Continue reading and studying focusing on the knowledge gaps.
Enrol to a PMP prep course. This is very helpful as you can work/discuss/brainstorm with people with the same goal. This could again help you fill your knowledge gaps.
Thank you Joseph
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Hi Trudy,

Here is my LinkedIn article on preparing and passing the PMP: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-prepare...p-mba-ongoing-/

Hope this helps.

-Prith
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First mandatory step is to get in person training for 35 PDUs for PMI-PMP certification.
This is required before your application for PMP certification can be accepted by PMI.

That will automatically guide you to next step.
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Thank You everyone for the assistance.

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