PM Tip, Week of 02 February 2020
Feb 02, 2020
5-Step Roadmap to the PMP® for Highly Experienced PMs
You have accrued far more than the required three years of experience, have taken some classes in project management, and just learned about the PMP® certification. This is the same roadmap I followed in 2001 and passed on the first attempt. It's inexpensive and you can "opt out" at any step to pursue more learning if necessary, before investing too much time.
- Check eligibility. Download the Certification Handbook from PMI.org and check all requirements. If you meet them, apply for the exam and "start the clock".
- Get access to a prep book with practice questions per chapter. Go through the book, answer the questions, and compute the percent score.
- Study chapters with scores below 75-80%. Study and retake the practice questions until you score in 75-80% range. Brush up on test taking skills.
- Skim the PMBOK® Guide. Know the processes and how they fit the knowledge areas and process groups. Learn as many inputs and outputs as you can.
- Take some practice exams. There are some free, quality tests available. When you can regularly score between 75-80%, schedule the exam. While the passing "bar" for the test is movable, scoring in this range will assure you will rise above it.