This post is about few steps to become a Project Management Professional ® – PMI most popular certification.
First, you probably are aware of what this certificate can bring to you as individual and how it can also benefit your company.
If you pass the exam, that is proof of your knowledge of project management and, because requisite is your proven track in leading projects from 3 to 5 years, it also represent you as experienced project manager.
Because exam focuses on situations you might face in the real world, it proves your project management knowledge and your project management experience in one certificate.
Now, after being approved by PMI that you can take the exam, real “fight” begins. You will have to study hard to pass the exam, depends of your daily schedule. If you take it slowly, lets say 2-3 hours per day, it will take you about 5-6 months to prepare.
My path was studying PMBOK® Guide and Rita Mulcahy PMP® exam prep.
I also went trough more than 2000+ different types of mock questions.
For example, go trough PM Fastrack simulation exam, it will give you a sense of real exam. In my case, on real exam after 127th question of total 200, I couldn’t understand any of sentences ’cause I’ve got tired, so I had to take 5 minutes brake, which is deducted from your exam time. Also, PM Study (http://www.pmstudy.com/
) is excellent exam resource, quite close to real exam.
Now, my advice is that you become PMI member (pay the membership fee) and than pay for the exam. It will cost you about the same, but in the case that you fail you will get discount for another try. You have to bare in mind that fail percentage is around 40% which is quite high.
Anyway, if you pass the PMP® exam, beside knowledge that you will gain, depending of point in your career, you can hope that you will get, if not raise than some other kind of reward. That all depends if your employer is following world standards in project management.