A Step-By-Step Guide To Project Management Certification
The process of preparing, applying and testing for a project management certification is complex and there are a number of essential steps of which you must be aware.
The following step-by-step guide will help you determine if you meet the testing eligibility requirements. It will also provide you a basic roadmap for completing crucial steps to prepare for and pass the certification exam.
1. Read the PMP Handbook
The Project Management Professional (PMP) Handbook is a comprehensive guidebook published and regularly updated by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the leading professional association in the world for project management. The handbook details everything about earning and maintaining a project management credential.
2. Confirm Your Eligibility
After reviewing the PMP Handbook, you should have a fairly good idea of the credential(s) for which you may qualify. Even if you believe you meet the eligibility requirements for taking the exam, you may still want to contact PMI to confirm your eligibility before investing more time and energy in the exam prep and application processes, especially as the formal education, training and work experience requirements can be confusing to some who review them.
3. Enroll in a PMP Certification Preparation Study Program
Following confirmation of your eligibility by a PMI representative, you’ll want to enroll in a Project Management Professional (PMP) exam prep program. Project management-specific education is a prerequisite for taking the certification exam, and PMI offers a list of approved education options in PMP handbook.
4. Complete and Submit your PMP Certification Application Form
Formal application is required for all of the certifications offered by PMI. The application must be completed and submitted before you can register for or take the exam. It’s a lengthy form and requires extensive documentation of education and work experience.
You can complete and submit your application online with the PMI website or fill out a paper application and submit it via standard postal mail. Whether you decide to utilize the online system or work with a printed form, you’ll be expected to pay the registration/certification fee at the time you submit your completed application.
5. Register for PMP Exam Date
After your application is approved, which usually takes between 10 and 20 days, you’ll be able to register for the PMP exam. If you’re taking a paper-based test, PMI will automatically assign you a testing date and will send you a reminder notice at least 20 days prior to the exam. If you’re taking a computer-based test, you can register online at http://www.prometric.com/pmi or by calling 1-800-268-2802, or for the hearing impaired, 1-800-529-3590.
6. Prepare Yourself Mentally for the Test – Then Go for It!
As your test date for your PMI PMP Certification approaches, you’ll want to do some self-study exercises, including reviewing your course materials and rereading class notes and textbooks. Review the hints and suggestions about taking your exam provided in your PMP certification course as well. Make sure to educate yourself about the ongoing PMI PDU credits you’ll need to take on an ongoing basis.
Prepare yourself mentally for the test by completing some exam simulation exercises online or using the example test questions in your course materials. Be sure to time yourself during these exercises to develop your tempo and hone your mindset. With some prep work and some memory-refresher exercises you’ll be ready to tackle your Project Management Certification test.