I am what I believed is termed an "accidental project manager" and found myself managing a project due to my background as an architect. I'm now considering getting certified but the amount of information out there is so overwhelming to get to grips with. Any tips and/or advice on what I should do to go about getting certified and what certification would be the best for me to pursue. Saving Changes...
About what certification I will ask with the process I followed. Each time I need to decide to spend time and money (time is the only thing you can buy) in getting a certification I made my own estimation about future market demands. Depending on that I go or not go for it. Saving Changes...
Also refer to https://www.pmi.org/certifications/process and decide which suits experience and goals best, then proceed with the necessary steps. Can seem daunting, but take one piece at a time - plan it, execute on it! Saving Changes...
Hi. I was landed onto that role by chance, just because I am the one who cannot sit still. Below is a sharing I had with a friend who was keen to explore the PMP certification. Hoped this helps.
Here are the flow chart towards the PMP exams.
1. I assumed you have a degree + 3 years (with at least 4,500 hours) of project management experience.
2. Get the prep guides.
Rita PMP® Exam Prep, Ninth Edition
Head First PMP, 4th Edition (more comical approach)
3. The required 35 contact hours for PMP training.
I did the 5 days intensive course and won't recommend this option. It was like trying to complete the Boston Marathon with a bicycle and a cutoff time of a bus ride. Revision after that is very lonely and dry. Suggest you sign up for online web based training. This way, you can take your own pace, and re-play for revision.
You can do a trial. go hunt for coupons before buying
4. Do all the end of chapter test on the prep guides. Buy a pass to the exams simulators to practice your endurance and muscle power.
5. I had lost my job just after I submitted for PMI membership and booked the exams date. Using that down time, I concentrated on my preparation. I was never a straight A student and will struggle, but with discipline and determination, I had pulled thru. Age is catching up and the energy level aren't where they used to be.
6. The exams is 200 MCQ and 4 hrs long. Yes, you can go for a toilet break but the clock is still ticking.
Yes, I passed on 1st attempt 2 Fridays ago.... Hoped that this sharing will encourage you to join our ranks as PMP. Best wishes Saving Changes...
1) I have written several articles that include funny stories from my Tier 1 Contractor experiences that may interest you.
2) If you are truly interested in running Construction Projects, I would recommend you read the latest Rita Mulcahy PMP Exam Prep book. In my opinion, this will expose you to all the priorities and practices of Tier 1 Construction and prepare you for the Exam.
3) Great Project Managers are born and not made- Some of the Qualities I identify with Great PM's: Type A personality, Sense of urgency to meet the Schedule and Financial demands, Extreme Technical Skills, Team Building personality (people want to work for YOU), and a strong focus and support of SAFETY.
From the Trenches!
1 reply by Mphangela Nkonge
May 30, 2019 5:57 AM
Thanks for the advice! I'll check out your articles