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With over 6 years of experience in project management, I still play the role of a “Project Engineer” and as soon as I came to know about PMP, I am very keen in obtaining this certification. Had a glance over the PMI books and I see the word “Project Manager” everywhere. And it is mentioned the key role of PM Etc... Does that mean PMP is only for those who are Project Managers (Incumbent) and not for those who want to become a Project Manager?
I just can’t figure out how to implement these processes/ methodology before becoming a PM. It’s really confusing; whether I should go ahead with preparation of PMP and applying practically the processes to gain real time experience?
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Muthukrishnan -

the PMP prerequisites include 4500/7500 hours of project management experience regardless of what title you held. However, if you are not familiar with common PM processes and practices, my suggestion would be to take a foundational course in project management, gain more experience in the profession and then apply for the PMP exam as there are fair percentage of situational questions which will require you to understand how to apply the processes and not just what they are.

Kiron
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1 reply by Muthukrishnan Ramakrishnan
Feb 16, 2018 8:29 PM
Muthukrishnan Ramakrishnan
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Thanks Kiron -

I want to know "whether PMP is for people who are already Project Managers or for the people who are planning to become Project Manager"
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I fully agree with Kiron's recommendation !
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Feb 16, 2018 10:21 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Muthukrishnan -

the PMP prerequisites include 4500/7500 hours of project management experience regardless of what title you held. However, if you are not familiar with common PM processes and practices, my suggestion would be to take a foundational course in project management, gain more experience in the profession and then apply for the PMP exam as there are fair percentage of situational questions which will require you to understand how to apply the processes and not just what they are.

Kiron
Thanks Kiron -

I want to know "whether PMP is for people who are already Project Managers or for the people who are planning to become Project Manager"
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1 reply by Karan Shah
Feb 16, 2018 9:19 PM
Karan Shah
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The short answer is both.

The longer answer is that in the immediate short term, it is for people who already apply PM methodologies in their work (usually labelled as Project Managers or Project Leads). For all other participants in a project, PMP would be a long term objective; the intervening steps would be as Kiron has already highlighted.

For your situation, would suggested reading through the books and focusing on how many of those principles could have been applied in your current role. If you find that you are able to apply the concepts more often than not (as it should be for anyone working on projects for six years), then there should be no hesitation in preparing for the PMP exam.

All the best, either way!
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Feb 16, 2018 8:29 PM
Replying to Muthukrishnan Ramakrishnan
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Thanks Kiron -

I want to know "whether PMP is for people who are already Project Managers or for the people who are planning to become Project Manager"
The short answer is both.

The longer answer is that in the immediate short term, it is for people who already apply PM methodologies in their work (usually labelled as Project Managers or Project Leads). For all other participants in a project, PMP would be a long term objective; the intervening steps would be as Kiron has already highlighted.

For your situation, would suggested reading through the books and focusing on how many of those principles could have been applied in your current role. If you find that you are able to apply the concepts more often than not (as it should be for anyone working on projects for six years), then there should be no hesitation in preparing for the PMP exam.

All the best, either way!

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