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Four Steps for Passing the PMP Exam

Four Steps for Passing the PMP Exam
By Dan Stober, PMP, Global Knowledge

If you have been a professional project manager for a number of years, then it is highly likely that you have considered earning your Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential. And why wouldn’t you? It is well known that the PMP certificate is not only a demonstration of your mastery of project management concepts, but it also shows that you have the dedication to take on a rigorous course of study. For some the task can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The key to successfully navigating the exam process is to approach it like a project, which you already know how to do!

I want to share with you my four-step plan for earning your PMP credential. While your goal is passing the PMP exam, it will just be an abstract concept unless you have the systems and processes in place to make it a reality. Read the Complete Article

PMP Exam Changes: What’s New

PMP Exam Changes: What’s New
By Andrea Brockmeier

The PMP exam changes are approaching this fall. Below is a Question & Answer segment discussing these changes.

Q: Why is the PMI changing the PMP Exam?

A: In general, PMI periodically updates their certification exams as a result of two things: the Role Delineation Study (RDS) and the Examination Content Outline (ECO), which is based on the RDS.

Refinements around the role and responsibilities are documented in a RDS, which the certification addresses and updates to a body of knowledge, like the PMBOK® Guide, that catalogs best practices in the discipline the certification addresses. The blueprint for the PMP exam is the ECO document. PMI recently completed an update to the RDS resulting in an update to the ECO. Check this FAQ for a very helpful explanation of these documents as well as the specifics regarding the ECO changes.

Q: What is changing? Read the Complete Article

Why You Should Shut Up About Your PMP

Why You Should Shut Up About Your PMP
By Joe Caprara

Strap in folks, this one may be a doozie for some of you.

Ok, some disclaimers up front. First off, I have my PMP, and have had it since 2011. Second off, I think the Project Management Institute does great work. They are doing a hell of a job bringing standards and rigor to an area that much of the business world views as something that just comes naturally.

With that out of the way, I implore you – shut up about your PMP!

I’ve worked in technology, natural resources, utilities, government, telecoms, and more and one thing I’ve consistently come across is that there is a certain group of project managers out there that believe that having earned a PMP magically elevates the value of their opinions and the breadth of their abilities over others. It’s not all, but it’s a loud minority and I believe it’s hurting the game for others. Read the Complete Article

PMI Certification Changes: What You Need to Know

PMI Certification Changes: What You Need to Know
By Andrea Brockmeier

There is no grass growing under the feet of folks at PMI. And that’s going to have most of us hopping this summer and into fall as we work to make sense of what’s happening in the PMI certification world and the implications for each of us.

First, PMI recently completed the first Role Delineation Study (RDS) for agilists, resulting in modifications to the Examination Content Outline (ECO), which is the exam blueprint. Most notably, six tasks have been added as well as a new domain, Agile Principles and Mindset. Currently, the exam questions are categorized as either Tools and Techniques, or Knowledge and Skills. The new exam will be organized principally around the seven domains and related tasks.

The new exam pilot period begins July 15 (meaning the last day to take the current version of the PMI-ACP exam is July 14) and runs through October 14. Read the Complete Article

To Certify or Not To Certify, That Is the Question.

To Certify or Not To Certify, That Is the Question.
By Andrea Brockmeier

I certainly have my own perspectives on the topic, but I thought I’d take the question on the road to see what others have to say about their certification pursuits and how it has or hasn’t helped them.

I interviewed two PMPs, Paul and Jon, both of whom earned their PMP certification within the last four years. Paul recently entered into the world of consulting after having spent over 15 years working as a project manager in large organizations. Jon has worked as a project manager both as an internal employee and a consultant for large organizations for over 10 years.

My brief Q and A sessions with these two professionals yielded some interesting responses for those pondering whether or not to make the investment to get certified. Below are some of the comments they shared with me about their professional journey and how certification has played a part in it. Read the Complete Article

How I Achieved My PMP Certification

How I Achieved My PMP Certification
By Alex Flynn

If you are interested in achieving your on PMP certification I can tell you how I prepared for and passed my PMP exam on the first attempt.

First, while I passed the PMP on my first exam attempt, this was not the first time I desired and performed some work to attain the PMP certification. The first attempt was aborted due to being overwhelmed at work and with a heavy duty commute.

I purchased the PM Prepcast two times. The first time more than two years before my eventual taking the exam and then the updated version for my actual attempt. At $179 it accomplishes the contract hours required in order to take the exam as well as is a great way to learn and study for the PMP.

You are required to have three years experience as a project manager before you can take the PMP exam. Read the Complete Article

Infographic: Technical Certification + PMP = Higher Salary

Infographic: Technical Certification + PMP = Higher Salary
By Global Knowledge

Respondents to Global Knowledge’s 2014 IT Salary and Skills Survey reported that adding Project Management Professional (PMP) certification to their technical certification gave their average salary a bump. Below is the infographic:

The PMP Salary Bump

Figure 1: The PMP Salary Bump

This article was originally published in Global Knowledge’s Business Brief e-newsletter. Global Knowledge delivers comprehensive hands-on project management, business process, and professional skills training. Visit our online Knowledge Center at for free white papers, webinars, and more.

© Copyright 2014, Global Knowledge. All rights reserved. Read the Complete Article

PM/BA Certification – A Great Way to ‘Grow’ Your Career

PM/BA Certification—A Great Way to ‘Grow’ Your Career
By Andrea Brockmeier

How is the PM and BA certification landscape evolving?

Spring is the season for renewal and growth—so how about you?

What are you doing for your professional renewal and growth? Certification is a great way to leverage experience and knowledge and demonstrate commitment to your field or profession.

Recent articles by Watermark principals Rich and Elizabeth Larson, and Director of Business Analysis, Vicki James, have shed light on the new Project Management institute (PMI®) certification, Professional Business Analyst (PMI-PBA™). This is a great new opportunity for project managers to channel their business analysis and requirements management experience into professional development and growth.

How else is the certification landscape evolving? Which certifications are growing the most and by how much? Below are the numbers of individuals with various credentials to give you some perspective on certification growth in the last few months. Read the Complete Article

PMP Certification: Quick Tips to Prepare

PMP Certification: Quick Tips to Prepare
By Christian Bisson

For those who want to dive into the PMP exam and feel like they don’t know where to start once they applied, here are some quick tips to help guide you:

  • Avoid setting your exam date too quick

    This may vary depending of how much free time you have in your schedule, but give yourself at least 2 months to study, some even need 3 to 4.

  • Plan your studying

    You want to avoid studying at the very last minute, like most of us are most likely to do. Build a weekly study plan that includes every detail to how many pages of the PMBOK per day you’ll read, to how many quiz simulations you do.

    It may seem overkill for some, but it works if you stick to it, assuming your plan is realistic towards your schedule.

  • PMBOK doesn’t have to come first

    The PMBOK guide is great but not necessarily “fun” to read.

Read the Complete Article

Requirements for the PMP exam

Requirements for the PMP exam
By Chrisitan Bisson

Making the decision to apply for the PMP exam can be hard, and not knowing where to start can be a real demotivator sometimes, so I hope this will help you get a head start. Note that depending of your education, the requirements vary:

If you have a secondary degree

Includes high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent.

  • 35 hours of project management education. There are many courses available, and some will not require to physically be in a class.
  • Five years of project management experience. If you manage two projects in parallel for 3 months, it does not count as 6 months;

  • 7,500 hours leading and directing projects;

  • Hours and time are accumulated while you manage projects or parts of them, it doesn’t mean you officially are a project manager where you work.

If you have a four-year degree

Includes bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent. Read the Complete Article