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Interested in advice on what path I should take to gaining PMP certification.
Master electrician with 20 years experience in construction.
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Leonard,

What was your role in construction? Have you managed projects? Have you looked at the PMP qualifications to see if your experience applies? I'd imagine with 20 years in construction, your experience would count. Have you taken any PMP courses yet? Do you have any other certifications? Knowing this information will help us make a more informed recommendation.
Hello Jared,
12yrs as a General Forman which included managing manpower, tools, material, and quality control from start of project to completion. 2 yrs as a field superintendent managing up to 15 jobs simultaneously. I’d like to know if this experience qualifies. I have not taken any corses as of yet looking for advise on where to start and corse of action to gain PMP cert. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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1 reply by Jared Padgett
Jun 11, 2020 4:05 PM
Jared Padgett
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Leonard,

It sounds like your experience should qualify. The experience requirement is not necessarily about being the project manager, but more about contributing to projects. Leading projects is certainly helpful though.

For coursework, I recommend Joseph Phillips' PMP Exam Prep course. I took it on instructing.com, but there's a Udemy course too.

I also recommend the Head First PMP book. I found it really useful, and the practice exam was closer to the real thing than the Phillips course.

I read through the book twice, once straight through and the second doing all the exercises. I watched the PMP course twice, with the second run at 2x speed. The course is good for exploring all the domains, but the book helps make the connections you need to remember for the exam, and for future project work.
I recommend materials by velociteach. The book how to pass the PMP on your first try, the companion cds, and the tri-fold were resources that helped me. I did not go to a boot camp and passed on my first try.
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2 replies by Andrew Norman and Leonard DeLaGarza
Jun 09, 2020 7:00 PM
Leonard DeLaGarza
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Thanks for the info Joshua. Do you know what qualifies as managing a project for submission to take the test or know where I can find that information? Thanks for the response.
Jun 09, 2020 10:07 PM
Andrew Norman
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I second the book How to pass the PMP on your first try.
It’s end test was as difficult as the PMP and did a great job getting me in the mindset.

Make sure on the class you take, it has a pass guarantee.

I did PMTI’s independent boot camp and passed on the first time.
Jun 09, 2020 6:54 PM
Replying to Joshua Yoak
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I recommend materials by velociteach. The book how to pass the PMP on your first try, the companion cds, and the tri-fold were resources that helped me. I did not go to a boot camp and passed on my first try.
Thanks for the info Joshua. Do you know what qualifies as managing a project for submission to take the test or know where I can find that information? Thanks for the response.
Jun 09, 2020 6:54 PM
Replying to Joshua Yoak
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I recommend materials by velociteach. The book how to pass the PMP on your first try, the companion cds, and the tri-fold were resources that helped me. I did not go to a boot camp and passed on my first try.
I second the book How to pass the PMP on your first try.
It’s end test was as difficult as the PMP and did a great job getting me in the mindset.

Make sure on the class you take, it has a pass guarantee.

I did PMTI’s independent boot camp and passed on the first time.
Jun 09, 2020 4:13 PM
Replying to Leonard DeLaGarza
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Hello Jared,
12yrs as a General Forman which included managing manpower, tools, material, and quality control from start of project to completion. 2 yrs as a field superintendent managing up to 15 jobs simultaneously. I’d like to know if this experience qualifies. I have not taken any corses as of yet looking for advise on where to start and corse of action to gain PMP cert. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Leonard,

It sounds like your experience should qualify. The experience requirement is not necessarily about being the project manager, but more about contributing to projects. Leading projects is certainly helpful though.

For coursework, I recommend Joseph Phillips' PMP Exam Prep course. I took it on instructing.com, but there's a Udemy course too.

I also recommend the Head First PMP book. I found it really useful, and the practice exam was closer to the real thing than the Phillips course.

I read through the book twice, once straight through and the second doing all the exercises. I watched the PMP course twice, with the second run at 2x speed. The course is good for exploring all the domains, but the book helps make the connections you need to remember for the exam, and for future project work.

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