PMP exam or what’s known as PMP certification is not an easy exam to pass in Nigeria. As the date of your PMP exam draws near, pressure to succeed starts to build up, but instead of letting that pressure consumes you, you must use that as a trigger that fuels you to learn more about the steps that may help you in the actual project management professional certification exam.
There are many PMP exam preparation steps that you could employ so that you can land your dream project management job. Below are 10 steps you can become familiar to becoming a PMP certified.
1: Browse the PMI Credentials Handbook. The PMP Credentials Handbook, available from http://www.pmi.org. This is not part of the project management course, but PMP exam prep that explains in details the whole process of becoming PMP certified. Reading it should be the first 20 mins on your own PMP certification journey.
2: Be certain that you’re eligible. The Credentials Handbook also details eligibility criteria. Depending on your educational background you must show 4,500-7,500 hours of PM experience and 35 hours of PM related training.
3: Become a Member of the PMI and your local PMI Chapter. Becoming a member makes financial sense. Members receive substantial discounts for the PMP exam and local events – specifically on PMP Workshop that local chapters offer throughout each year. In fact, the discounts are greater than the membership fees.
Step. 4: Sign up for the PMP test. I wish to become a PMP certified is a good plan. “I want to become a PMP and my exam is in 3 months” is a much better plan, because all of us work a whole lot better when you will find there’s a deadline. You can sign up online using the PMI website.
Step 5: Read the PMBOK Guide at least twice before you take the project management certification. 75% of PMP Exam questions could come from the PMBOK Guide. You should know it. And the only method to know it is always to read it twice.
Step Six: Read a PMP Preparation Book. To learn the 25% not covered in the Guide, you need a third party books like PMP Prep Books or online self-study courses. You can find these books easily online or local bookstores. The products will likely “translate” awkwardly described PMBOK Guide concepts and provide examples from everyday PM life.
Step 7: Attend any local chapter’s PMP Workshop. The workshops from a local chapter usually less expensive compared to other PMP courses, but similar or more quality than others offered by commercial training companies.
The volunteers involved as your instructors will mentor you with your studies and make sure that you know all you need to know before you sit for the PMP certification exam.
Step 8: Answer Sample Questions. Successfully passing any test means knowing what you would get asked. The PMP exam is no different. Answer many free and commercial PMP sample questions if possible and keep a record of your scores. The rule of thumb is that if you consistently answer new questions 80% correctly, then you are ready to take the PMP exam.
Step 9: Study hard and have a Plan. Studying for the PMP exam is often a serious endeavor as well as personal dedication. Manage your way to becoming a PMP certified like an office project and develop a plan – a study plan. It defines what number of hours you study, what number of chapters you read and the number of sample questions you take daily.
Step 10: Go ahead and take the Exam. I believe that after the efforts, sitting for the exam almost appears like an easy path. Consider the followings to make the day of the PMP exam a successful experience: Get a full night’s sleep the night before the exam day. There is no need to study until 3am. You should have studied everything and you’re simply ready because of it.
Make sure you go with two forms of official identification with a photo, water, snacks, a simple calculator and earplugs along with you to the exam center. Ahead before the PMP exam, make a short tutorial explaining how to operate the computer. Now, it is time to click on the “Start Exam” button.
Finally, be prepared for the ups and downs during your studies. Some concepts will probably be simple for you to grasp while others will be hard. Don’t be afraid or think that you are never going to understand them. A lot of people have passed the PMP exam before you and you can do the same thing, too!
I wish you best of luck!