PMP simply stands for project management professional and it is a well recognized certification offered through the “Project Management Institute”. There is only “best” way to become a PMP is to sit for the certification examination and pass it, end of story.
The exam contains 200 questions and allows 4 hours to complete. You need to know that it takes a certain amount of work in order to attempt the exam, and this includes class work and some experience in the field. Earning a PMP certification can actually bring better career opportunities and of course, a much higher pay check – now this is the part where you say “Now that’s what I’m talking about!”
Here are the steps you need to take in order to become a project management professional:
• You need to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent – and yes, it is compulsory you have one in order to become a PMP. You should then take a 23 hours project management education. The project management education can consist of an array of classes offered or simply approved by the PMI (project management institute).
• You should apply and take the CPAM (Certified Associates in Project Management) exam. It is important that you understand that when you obtain a CPAM, it will allow project a manager to get a firm foothold in the industry, which will better allow one to gain the required experience needed for the PMP exam.
• You will need to get at least 7,500 hrs of project management experience spread out over a period of five years, or simply get a four year college degree and 4,500 hrs of project management experience spread out over a period of three years. You will also need to complete thirty five (35) hours of project management class work. The very best way that you can obtain the valuable hours of experience is to search for a job as an assistant or work as a junior project manager, or you can volunteer your time as a project manager.
• Apply to take the project management professional (PMP) certification and prepare for the test – this will include studying hard for the test and also reviewing policies and procedures provided by the Project Management Institute.
Choose training programs carefully as some of them are not accredited. Each certification also has associated fees, so be financially prepared. You need to be prepared for both the ups and the downs in your studies. Some concepts will be quite easy for you to understand and others may appear pretty hard. Do not despair or even think that you will not be able to understand them. The key to passing any exam is by studying consistently. Lots and lots of people have passed the PMP certification exam before you and the truth is that many of