Why Become PMP Certified?
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Why Become PMP Certified?

The following benefits are associated with becoming PMP certified:

It demonstrates proof of professional achievement.
It increases your marketability.
It provides greater opportunity for advancement in your field.

It raises customers confidence in you and your company's services.

What is PMP Certification?

PMI is the leader and the most widely recognized organization in terms of promoting project management best practices. PMI strives to maintain and endorse standards and ethics in this field and offers publications, training, seminars, chapters, special interest groups, and colleges to further the project management discipline.

PMI was founded in 1969 and first started offering the PMP certification exam in 1984. PMI is accredited as American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standards developer and also has the distinction of being the first organization to have its certification program attain International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 recognition.

As of this writing, you are required to fill out an application to sit for the PMP exam.

You can submit this application online at the PMI'S website. You also need to document 35 hours of formal project management education. This might include college classes, seminars, workshops, and training sessions. Be prepared to list the class titles, location, date, and content.

In addition to filling out the application and documenting your formal project management training, there is one set of criteria you will need to meet to sit for the exam. The criteria in this set fall into two categories. You need to meet the requirement for only one of these categories:

Category 1 is for those who have a baccalaureate degree. You will need to provide proof via transcripts, of your degree with your application. In addition, you will need to complete certification forms---found at the PMI website---that show 4,500 hours of project management experience that spans a minimum of three years.

Category 2 is for those who do not have a baccalaureate degree but do hold a high school diploma or equivalent. You will need to complete verification forms documenting 7,500 hours of project management experience that spans a minimum of five years.

As of this writing, (KIM HELDMAN)the exam fee is $405 for PMI membership in good standing and $555 for non PMI members.

Testing is conducted at Prometric centres. You can find a centre near you on the Prometric centre website but you will not be able to schedule your exam until your application is approved by PMI. You have one year from the time PMI receives and approves your completed application to take the exam. You will need to bring two forms of identification, such as a driver's license, with you to the Prometric testing centre on the test day. You will not be allowed to take anything with you into the testing room and will be provided with a locker to store your personal belongings.

You will be given a calculator, pencil, scrap paper. You will turn in all scrap paper, including notes and squiggles you have jotted during the test, to the centre upon completion of the exam. The exam is scored immediately, so you will know whether you have passed at the conclusion of the test. You are given four hours to complete the exam which consists of 200 randomly generated questions.

Only 175 of the 200 questions are scored. Twenty five of the 200 questions are pretest questions that will appear randomly throughout the exam.

These 25 questions are used by PMI to determine statistical information and to determine whether they can or should be used for future exams. You will receive a score of proficient, moderately proficient or below proficient for each exam domain, as well as a pass or fail score. Because

PMI uses psychometric analysis to determine whether you have passed the exam, a passing score is not published. The questions on the exam cover the five process groups and professional responsibility. You will answer questions on:

1. Initiating
2. Planning
3. Executing
4. Monitoring and controlling
5. Closing
6. Professional responsibility

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47 Processes
5 Process Groups

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