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PMP (PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL) EXAM
PART 2: APPLICATION PROCESS
PMP eligibility requirements can be easily found on official PMI (Project Management Institute) website.
Here is the information from official PMI website:
● Price: Member - US $405; Non-member - US $555;
● Prerequisites: Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent);
● 7,500 hours leading and directing projects;
● 35 hours of project management education
● Four-year degree;
● 4,500 hours leading and directing projects;
● 35 hours of project management education;
The dilemma I faced: should I become PMI member in order to pay member price or not.
The cost of PMI membership is $129 plus a $10 fee (total $139).
Given that, the overall cost all PMP application for PMI members will be $544 ($405 + $139), which is $11 less than non-member price.
In addition to this small saving PMI members have free access to the PMBOK Guide, which is usually around $40.
The trick here is refund. If you cancel your exam and failed PMI Audit, you will be refunded full amount you paid for the exam (not for membership) minus $100 processing fee.
I was not going to give up my goal of becoming PMP. So I took the risk of PMI Auditing, and became a PMI member.
Next step - the application itself.
Do not rush to fill it out. Be very careful and consistent.
The most important points of PMP application:
1. Education: This is one of eligibility parameters. I have nothing to add here, it is hard to mess something up in that easy step;
2. Project Management Education: You need at least 35 hours. If you studied at College or University and have taken a Project Management course, that will count toward this requirement. And it does not matter if you took it 1 year ago or 10 years ago. Just make sure that you have this course listed in your academic transcript in case of auditing.
3. Experience. After college (Bachelor’s Degree) you must have 4,500 hours of project management experience.
The most challenging question, people usually find, is project details.
Number of hours spent on each Project Management Process Group.
Here is the way I solved it: Calculate total weeks you worked on a project then multiply it by 40 hours a week.
Remember how much time in percentage you spent on each Process Group.
Usually numbers are around that:
10% - Initiating the Project;
25% - Planning the Project;
35% - Executing the Project;
20% - Monitoring and Controlling the Project;
10% - Closing the Project;
Calculate your values in hours and populate the appropriate cells of PMP Application.
I structures it in the following way:
- The name of object;
- Address where it was built;
- My role in this project;
- My responsibilities;
- Work details;
Do not be too wordy since the space is limited.
Keep in mind that the experience you submit in the application should not be overlapping. To understand what is overlapping experience, please refer to the Project Management Professional (PMP) Handbook.
After completing the application, review it very carefully. Even better, leave it for 24 hours and check again. If you have something wrong there and you get audited, that could be a reason of your application to be denied.