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Boost Your Project Management Career with PMP® or CAPM® Certification

Boost Your Project Management Career with PMP® or CAPM® Certification
By Claudia Vandermilt

Are you an experienced project manager who’s ready to take your career to the next level? Distinguish yourself by earning the prestigious Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification, awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). The PMP® is the most recognized and respected credential in the profession – and it’s in demand by employers across the globe.

PMI® certification is also offered for project managers who are newer to the profession, as well as those who wish to change careers and pursue the field of project management. The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) demonstrates a proven knowledge of the fundamentals, process and terminology of project management. This valuable certification shows your commitment to professional education and project management – and helps you stand out among your peers.

Preparing for certification in project management through online PMP® or CAPM® prep courses enhances your skills and increases your knowledge of key concepts, such as:

  • The role of strategic planning in project management.
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Top Recommended Certifications for Project Managers

Top Recommended Certifications for Project Managers
By Glen D. Ford

In many ways, our society has gone certification crazy. We demand certifications as though they were a substitute for the ability to think. A guarantee of suitable skills and abilities to do the job. Or as if they were a guarantee that our experience was real.

But there is a place for the right types of certification — even for project managers.

So what certifications actually work for project managers? When can we trust them? What do they say about the people who have them?

Project management is both an art and a science. The science part consists of the tools and knowledge that every PM needs to perform their job. The art consists of how those tools are applied and in the management of people and resources. While the science can be taught and therefore examined for, the art can only be learned by experience. Read the Complete Article

An 8 Point Plan For Passing The PMP Or CAPM Exam – PMP And CAPM Exam Simulation

An 8 Point Plan For Passing The PMP Or CAPM Exam – PMP And CAPM Exam Simulation
By John Reiling

Any good Project Manager knows the importance of having a good plan. So, if you are preparing for the PMP or CAPM exam, wouldn’t it be a great idea to build a plan? As in life, many procrastinate, can’t find the time, and myriad other excuses, and do not get where they want to go – to pass the exam. Be a planner, and practice good project management in the process.

Here is a start of a plan of action for passing the PMP or CAPM exam using online training. Of course this can be adapted for any type of training and preparation, or adapted to your own style.

  1. Go through the training in no more than 2-4 months at the most. Set a schedule, and stick to it. Review for familiarity the appropriate section of the PMBOK after you cover topic in the training.
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Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part VII – Exam-Taking Tips

Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part VII – Exam-Taking Tips (#7 in the series Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam)
By Vicki Wrona, PMP – Global Knowledge Instructor

Exam-Taking Tips: Stress-Enhancers and Possible Fixes

Clock Ticking – This is not referring to a physical clock ticking on the wall (although there may be one), but rather to a clock on the PC screen that is ticking down the time spent and time remaining on the exam. While it helps you pace yourself during the exam, it can also add stress if you fall behind on time. Be aware of this. Pacing yourself is very important. To ensure you do not fall behind on time, work through the questions fairly quickly, but do not read the questions or answers too quickly and miss the finer points. Use the clock as much as you need to gauge your progress, but do not dwell on it unnecessarily. Read the Complete Article

Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part VI – Types of Questions

Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part VI – Types of Questions (#6 in the series Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam)
By Vicki Wrona, PMP – Global Knowledge Instructor

Types of Questions

There are a number of different types of questions on the exam, and they fall into the following broad categories:
Situational – Analyze the situation described in the question and choose the most correct answer by using knowledge, experience, and judgment.

  • Mathematical – Approximately 8 to 10 formula-related questions will be on the exam.
  • Recall – Fairly short, often easier, questions that test memory or knowledge.
  • Diagram – Either draw a network diagram or interpret drawn-out graphs or diagrams to determine the correctanswer. It is possible that more than one question may use the same diagram, so save yourself some time by checking diagrams you have previously drawn to see if they can be re-used on a current question.
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Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part V – Overview of Exam Questions

Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part V – Overview of Exam Questions (#5 in the series Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam)
By Vicki Wrona, PMP – Global Knowledge Instructor

Overview of Exam Questions

The format of the test is multiple-choice, with four (4) answer choices per question. The questions come from the following Process Groups plus Professional Responsibility:

PMP ?s PMP % CAPM ?s CAPM %
Project Initiation 23 11.6% 14 9.3%
Project Planning 45 22.7% 33 22.0%
Project Execution 55 27.5% 40 26.7%
Project Monitoring 42 21.0% 32 21.3%
Project Closing 17 8.6% 14 9.3%
Professional and Social Responsibility 17 8.6% 17 11.3%
Total 200 100% 150 100%
Passing 106 of 175 60.5% 86 of 150 57%
Time Limit 4 Hours 3 Hours

The PMP exam is psychometric in that it applies knowledge, application, and analysis, including situational questions. Read the Complete Article

Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part IV – CAPM Exam Requirements

Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part IV – CAPM Exam Requirements (#4 in the series Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam)
By Vicki Wrona, PMP – Global Knowledge Instructor

The requirements to take the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam are listed in the CAPM Handbook located on PMI’s website. The CAPM certification is a newer certification; currently, approximately 1,500 people have attained the CAPM certification (as of October 2006). It is designed for practitioners who do not have enough PM work experience to meet the PMP qualifications, yet still allows them to obtain some sort of certification while they are gaining the necessary experience.

Applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 1,500 hours of work on a project team

OR

  • Minimum 23 contact hours of PM instruction

As with the PMP process, once your application has been approved, PMI will send an authorization letter, allowing you to schedule your exam. Read the Complete Article

Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part III – PMP Application

Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part III – PMP Application (#3 in the series Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam)
By Vicki Wrona, PMP – Global Knowledge Instructor

Documenting your personal PM experience will be the most difficult part of the application process. PMI
requires the following information for each project:

  • Project name
  • Date range
  • Your role on the project
  • Your job title
  • Organization name and address
  • Contact information of a reference who can verify work experience
  • Total hours spent on the project
  • Hours Spent in the following:
  • Initiating
    • Conduct project selection methods
    • Identify key stakeholders
    • Define scope
    • Develop, review, and approve project charter
    • Identify and document risks, assumptions, constraints
  • Planning
    • Define roles and responsibilities
    • Create work breakdown structure
    • Define risk strategies
    • Obtain project plan approval
    • Define detailed project requirements
    • Develop change management plan
  • Executing
    • Manage resource allocation
    • Execute tasks
    • Set expectations
    • Improve team performance
    • Implement quality management plan
    • Implement approved changes
    • Obtain project resources
    • Implement approved actions and workarounds
  • Monitoring and Controlling
    • Measure project performance
    • Verify and manage changes
    • Monitor status of risks
    • Ensure deliverables conform to quality standards
  • Closing
    • Obtain formal project acceptance
    • Perform lessons learned
    • Archive project records
    • Obtain project closure
    • Release resources and provide performance feedback
    • Distribute final project report
    • Measure customer satisfaction of the project
  • Summarization of project tasks led and deliverables managed by process group
    This information is found on pages 4 and 5 of the PMP Credential Application.
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Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part II – PMP Exam Requirements

Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part II – PMP Exam Requirements (#2 in the series Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam)
By Vicki Wrona, PMP – Global Knowledge Instructor

PMP Exam Requirements

While the requirements necessary to be eligible to take the PMP exam are listed on PMI’s website, they are also covered here to provide all the pertinent information condensed and in one place. This site provides a PDF of the PMP Handbook, which contains the requirements to qualify to take the PMP exam and the application form. Even if you intend to submit your application on-line, which is the preferred method, I suggest using the paper form to compile and organize the information beforehand. Once it is compiled, actual entry of the information goes very quickly. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree or global equivalent must meet the following requirements (a masters degree or higher does not decrease the following requirements):

  • Minimum 4,500 hours PM experience
  • Minimum 36 months PM experience within the prior 72 months
  • Minimum 35 contact hours of PM instruction

Applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree, but instead have a high school diploma, associate’s degree, or global equivalent, must meet the following requirements (notice the only real change is to increase the PM experience needed and, of course, the time allowed to get that experience):

  • Minimum 7,500 hours PM experience
  • Minimum 60 months PM experience within the prior 96 months
  • Minimum 35 contact hours of PM instruction

Contact hours can be obtained through a university or college, by a course offered by a PMI-recognized Registered Education Provider (REP) such as Global Knowledge, by employee-sponsored classes, or by a training company or consultant. Read the Complete Article

Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part I – Introduction

Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part I – Introduction (#1 in the series Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam)
By Vicki Wrona, PMP – Global Knowledge Instructor

Introduction

The Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is hot right now, and the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is growing in popularity as well. With just over 212,000 Project Managers worldwide (as of October 2006) having received the prestigious PMP certification, the field is growing. The number of Project Managers getting certified is growing every year, as more companies than ever are requesting, and in some cases requiring, their Project Managers to become certified. With the current economic environment, certification helps Project Managers differentiate themselves from their co-workers or other job applicants. Having a certification also lends credibility to the Project Manager, ensuring the client or organization that the fundamentals of successful project management are understood. Read the Complete Article

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