PMP Exam Benefits
The project management Institute PMI®, is one of the largest project management organisations in the world. They sponsor the PMP® exam which is fast becoming the the fact so standard or project management skills.
PMI was founded in 1969, and was first examined in 1984. There are over 150,000 members worldwide. There are many reasons why you should become PMP® certified, among them:
- it demonstrates proof of your professional achievement
- it gives you many more career opportunities in your particular field or industry
- it increases your marketability
- it increases customer confidence in you and your organisation
There are many training organisations both offline and online who offer accredited courses leading to your PMP® certification.
You must have had several years of experience as a project manager, including 35 hours of formal project management education, before you can sit the 4 hour exam.
The exam consists of 200 randomly generated questions, but only 175 of the questions are scored. To pass, you need 141correct answers.
PMI® has details this process at its web site. Go to https://www.pmi.org, and select the professional development and careers tab for further information
There are five main PMP process groups:
- Monitoring and controlling
There is also another key area that must be studied – Professional Responsibility.
Here is some general advice for when you take the exam:
- check out the PMI® web sites to find a testing site near you
- get to the exam centre early so that you can relax and review your materials
- read each question carefully and make sure you fully understand what the question is asking
- if you leave a question unanswered it will be marked as a wrong answer, so if you are not sure of the right answer, make your best guess
- if you’re not sure of the right answer try to see if you can eliminate the remaining answers to get to the correct one
- as soon as you arrive at the exam centre you’ll be given scrap paper. As soon if you get to this, right down all the formulas and any reference data that will be useful in the exam.
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David spent 25 years as a senior project manager for US multinationals and now develops a wide range of project-related video training products under the Primer brand. In addition, David runs training seminars across the world, and is a prolific writer on the many topics of project management. He currently lives in Spain with his wife Jude.
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