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The Exact Steps to Get PMP Certified
25 Jul 2020

Needless to say, the Project Management Professional is a globally acknowledged professional certification program in Project Management that legalizes and validates a professional's education, experience, skills, and competency that are required to lead and direct projects. This certification and program is owned and controlled all the topics by PMI known as Project Management Institute. It has its utility across various industries from manufacturing, construction, IT, education, retail, healthcare, aviation, pharmaceutical, consultancy, and finance. Though these are proven industries to work with, it has no limitation whatsoever you can apply PMP to any given industry. In short, your domain doesn't matter where its neutral to every domain and industry, and that's why it has global recognition. PMP helps to project the holistic picture of the process of project management, which involves a proven & flexible framework of 10 knowledge areas, five process groups, and 49 processes. So, by having that holistic view, one can visualize and progress the project end to end.


Who should go for PMP?


Practicing project managers, business analyst aspiring to be PM, delivery managers when in the scope of improvement in transition daily work, Program Managers needs to explore the dynamic of the project for a resource like optimization, cost-cutting, bringing standardization, integrating quality management & sharing resources.


Though it has some prerequisites which are having 4 years undergraduate degree or professionals with 3 years of experience of leading and directing projects along with a 35 hours long PM training, if you are a diploma or you have an associate degree with five years of experience of leading and directing projects then 35 hours of formal PM training from a registered institution can go along.

The cost of appearing a PMP certification is $405 for PMI members, and non-PMI members have to spend $555 to appear the certification exam. I recommend you to first become a PMI member at $139, which gives you an array of benefits. Monetarily you spend $11 less than non-PMI members despite getting auxiliary benefits.


PMI never discloses the passing rate of PMP exam because this exam is more psychometric and only reveals your proficiency as pre the four domain areas like AT- above the target, T- target, BT- below target, and NI- needs improvement. 


But experts have agreed and arrived that the passing rate is between 65-70%, this is just an estimation, and there is no valid proof in it. The PMP exam has in total 200 questions out of which 175 are scored questions, and rest are non-scored or test questions, which are new areas that PMI is exploring.


How to pass the PMP.


Preparation is the key here because the exam is tough, so you need to have a solid preparation. Assuming 8-12 weeks of preparation time, of which you need to spend 3 hours of study on weekdays and 5 hours of focused study at weekends. You need to be cent percent dedicated to bang on the exam.


5 strategies to prepare for the PMP certifications


1. Understanding the theory and concepts- knowing theory involves extensive study of textbooks like Rita's or PMP Head. First, clear all your concepts while you read. Next is studying PMBOK V6, know that this is a code so you must be familiar with cover to cover of this book.

2. Practice questions- solve questions at the end of each chapter, go through the explanations. Secondly, you can go to question banks of Udemy or Simplilearn. Some question banks are free, and some are priced to make sure you leave no stone unturned.

3. Mock exams and exam simulators- know that the preparation should be progressive, don't increment directly or skip any steps, take mock exams only when you are sure enough to sit for the test. Analyse those mocks very closely & improve your soft points. Sit at least 5 mocks in 4 months. 

4. Pareto's rule- PMP is a behemoth, so you need to prioritize the first 20% of chapters from where 80% of questions come and then significantly cover rest 80% chapters.

5. Mentorship- try to get hold of a person who is PMP certified and passed the examination maybe 1-2 years back. Try to get his or her learnings. Having a mentor is crucial because it will have you notch higher.

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