Amidst cut throat competition, rising expectations and unpredictable market trends, management has evolved from just assigning tasks to critical plan execution of greater impact. Across the industrial stretch, managers are looked upon for optimal resource utilization and faultless delivery. This calls for nourishing their original skills with lateral learning through courses, workshops and others.
Project Management Professional (PMP) is hugely anticipated as the most influential course all over the world. While it’s not as easy as apply and learn, you must follow a strategic approach at pursuing PMP certification preparations.
Read the PMP credentials handbook. It describes everything that needs to be ensured for achieving PMP certification.
Here’s a quick look at how you must begin and proceed.
Analyze your eligibility
- If you have a high school Diploma or similar recognition of global acceptance –
Continuous and non-overlapping project management experience of 5 years. This must include 7500 hours of leading a project.
- If you have a graduate degree –
Continuous and non-overlapping project management experience of 3 years. This includes at least 4500 hours of directing tasks in a project.
Schedule an exam, in advance
PMP administered by PMI has its centers all over the world. Sign Up for the exam on the Prometric website. You can also apply for it through the PMI credentials handbook. Define sufficient timelines as the preparations can take up to months. Leave gap of atleast 4-5 months.
Get the PMBOK Guide book
The PMO guide is the Bible for PMP certification. It defines the scope of questions to be asked in the exam. Prepare the guide well and you have already cracked 75% of the exam.
Approach a preparation institute, must!
Although the PMO guide is sufficient to perform well, it is not easy to understand in initial attempts. Moreover, the questions asked are not direct and only inherit their roots from the guide. While you are too busy to manage along with your work, it’s better to approach a reliable institute that offers professional training. This will benefit you with appropriate sample papers, case studies to cover up the rest 25% beyond the PMO guide.
In-Person PMP workshop is a good idea
Some companies organize an in-person PMP workshop for interested employees. If you are fortunate enough, don’t let the opportunity skip as it helps you clarify doubts from the instructor directly. In addition to the external training, this 2-5 days’ workshop will bring in more ideas to prepare effectively. Moreover, the organization should be paying for you.
Burn the midnight Oil and prepare hard
Remember, PMP is one of the most prestigious certifications in the world. It’s ok if you couldn’t make it the first time but don’t depend on multiple attempts. Besides the trainings, guides and workshops, research for it as much as you can. Resolve more sample papers and nourish your basic perception towards managing tasks.
All geared up for PMP? Let’s begin today!