-Edward Chung, PMP, PMI-ACPPMPCertificationGuide 2020The Step-by-step PMPCertification Guide for PMPAspirants in 2020 and beyond
-Table of Contents1.Introduction2.Step-by-step PMP Certification Guide 20203.The PMP Certification Process Overview4.How Much Time, Effort and Money is Required for the PMP Credential?5.How to Get the Required 35 Hours of PMP Training Cheap and Easy?6.PMP Study Resources: PMBOK, PMP Guide plus PMP Sample Exams7.How to Correctly Fill the Online PMP Application Form?8.How to Pass the PMP Audit Process Smoothly?9.Schedule and Take the PMP Certification Exam10.Once You have Passed the PMP Exam .11.What You should Know about PMP PDU?12.More PMP Resources.
-IntroductionGetting PMP Certified is doable!Hi, my name is Edward Chung. I passed the PMP certification examinationin the 1st attempt with 'Proficient' (the best grade) in Initiation, Planning,Executing, Monitoring & Controlling and 'Moderately Proficient' in Closing.Early in my PMP Certification journey, I have the following questions inmind:Will the update of the PMP Exam syllabus to align with the new PMBOKGuide has any effect on my exam prep?Do you find it is hard to find the time for PMP Bootcamp while you arehaving a full-time demanding job as a project management professional?Preparing for the PMP Exam is very expensive?People say that the PMP Certification is very difficult and the passingrate is low?Taking a 4 hour exam would be impossible?After spending hundreds of hours searching the internet and readingnumerous documentations. fortunately I have found the answers to theabove questions to be a resounding NO. Getting PMP Certified is MuchEasier Than You Think! In this e-book, I try to summarize my PMP Examprocess with a view to easing the path to PMP Certification for fellow PMPaspirants. Time and cost saving tips will also be included to save you afortune.Wish you PMP success!Edward Chung, PMP, PMI-ACP
-Step-by-step PMPCertification Guide 2020 All you need to know about the Project Management Professional (PMP)Certification of the Project Management Institute (PMI)This Complete PMP Certification and Study Guide is dedicated to the manythousands of PMP aspirants visiting my blog in the search of the best wayto achieve PMP success.Your feedback and questions have prompted me to prepare this specialPMP study guide to help all project managers aiming to gain the initials"PMP" after their titles easier.It is my humble wish to provide all PMP aspirants with the most detailedonline PMP certification guide to familiarize themselves with the PMPapplication and certification processes and procedures and how to prepareand study well for the actual Project Management Professional (PMP) examby the Project Management Institute (PMI) with the ultimate aim to get theProject Management Professional Certification credential.This PMP Guide is the fruit of many hours of labours — trying to condensehuge amount of information into digestible bits.It is my gift to all PMP Aspirants. Wish you PMP success!Introduction to this PMP GuideLearning all the stuff required for the PMP exam is already a dauntingtasks, let alone understanding all the intricacies of the PMP certificationprocess as well as handling all the administrative tasks such as the fearfulPMP audit.It is no wonder why PMP is often considered one of the most difficultprofessional certification to achieve.
But this also means that the PMP certification is one of the most valuablecertification owing to the "rigidity" of the certification process.The information presented by the PMP Handbook published by the PMI isclear and concise. yet, reading the PMP Handbook alone would not leadyou navigate easily through the various processes to PMP success. As anexample, what can be counted as "contact hours" or "workingexperiences"?Fear not, this PMP Guide attempts to answer all your questions during yourPMP application and study.This guide will try to answer all the PMP application and study relatedquestions you might have to free you more time to concentrate on yourexam study.About the AuthorThis guide is written by Edward Chung, PMP, PMI-ACP, ITIL Foundation.After going through the PMP certification process all alone by googling andwasting dozens of hours. I couldn't help by thinking that if I could getPMP certified, the first thing I would do was to write a detailed account ofmy PMP experience to help fellow PMP aspirants to save more time to getto the real study.This PMP guide is the second step to re-organize the PMP process in a moresystematic way after answering hundreds of PMP aspirants with theirqueries.Contents of this PMP Study Guide1. The PMP Certification Process Overview2. How Much Time, Effort and Money is Required for the PMP Credential?3. How to Get the Required 35 Hours of PMP Training Cheap and Easy?4. PMP Study Resources: PMBOK, PMP Guide plus Practice Exams5. How to Correctly Fill the Online PMP Application Form?6. How to Pass the PMP Audit Process Smoothly?7. Schedule and Take the PMP Certification Exam8. Once You have Passed the PMP Exam .9. What You should Know about PMP PDU?
These 9 sections are meant to help you navigate through first the PMPapplication process and then the PMP study and exam.Reading them 1 by 1 and carrying out related actions in sequence will guideyou through the PMP certification process with ease.After communicating with hundreds of PMP aspirants, it is found that themost pressing questions they had is not know where to begin the PMPcertification process. Is it to begin with a complete study of the PMBOKGuide? Or to get the 35 Contact Hours of Project Management? Or to fill inthe online PMP application form?The following outlines the the recommended sequence leading to PMPCertification:1. Don't read the PMBOK on your own, get the 35 Contact Hours of ProjectManagement from a course that help you prepare for the PMP exam(usually called PMP prep course), there are lots of choice ranging fromface-to-face classroom lecture, online courses and podcast courses.2. Purchase/borrow all the required PMP study materials including thePMBOK Guide, at least one PMP reference book and some practice/mockexams3. Apply online for the PMP Certification Exam. You will need to describeyour working experience in PMI's terms and the PMP prep course youhave taken will help you finish the application form easily.4. Fix a date for your PMP exam after you have received confirmation fromPMI or passed the audit, if applicable.5. Study hard for the PMP exam with your PMP study materials. Working onas many as practice exams as possible.6. Pass the PMP exam.7. Begin earning PMP PDUs for your 3-year recertification cycle.Following the above sequence will allow you to go through the PMPcertification process in the most logical and easiest way.
-The PMP CertificationProcess OverviewThe PMP Certification Process and the requirements for becoming a PMPare quite complicated if you haven't taken any PMI exams (like CAPM)before. Reading the PMP Handbook alone will not help you much as you willstill have some questions unanswered. We try to create a infographic herewith a view to allow PMP aspirants to visualize and remember the route toPMP success easier. Studies have already found that human remember andunderstand best with graphics rather than words.The PMP Certification Process In DetailsAfter going through the infographic on PMP Certification Process, you willnow have a clearer mental picture of what are involved in the PMPcertification. Below is a more detailed account of the process andrequirements:A) Fulfill PMP credential requirements:1. Must have enough project management experience as stipulated by PMIFor secondary degree holders (e.g. high school diploma, associate’sdegree) : need to have at least5 years of project managementexperience and a minimum of 7,500 hours leading and directingprojectsFor four-year degree holders (e.g. bachelor’s degree) : need to haveat least 3 years of project management experience and a minimum of4,500 hours leading and directing projects2. Have the required 35 Hours of Project Management EducationAny education on project management offered by a formal educationprovider taken at any time before the PMP exam will satisfy thisrequirement, e.g. a course in your degree curriculum about projectmanagement with a length of more than 35 hours
The course on project management is NOT required to be based onPMBOK GuideBUT taking a course based on PMBOK Guide will help you also in yourPMP preparation (try to find a PMP exam prep course provided by aPMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.)that is accredited by PMI,more on that later)What is project management experience asrecognized by PMI?NO need to carry the job title 'project manager' but must be assignedthe responsibility of managing and taking care of projects.The experience is about project management (as defined in the PMBOKGuide) and not just carrying out project works managed by others.Must have experience in all the lifecycle phrases of projects (i.e. 5process groups of the project management lifecycle, including: initiating,planning, directing, monitoring & controlling and closing the project). PMIdoes not require you to have experiences from the 5 process groups fromevery project. That means you can just involve in initiating in Project A,closing in Project B and all 3 others in Project C.You may consider the Certified Associate in Project ManagementCertification (CAPM) offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) ifyou have not accumulated the required project management experience.The CAPM is also based on the PMBOK Guide (more on factualmemorization) but there is no experience requirements.B) Apply for the PMP certification online:1. The most convenient way to apply for the PMP exam is through theonline system at http://certification.pmi.org.2. Sign up for an user account first. After which you can log in and beginfilling in the PMP application form. The information entered on the PMPapplication form will be stored on PMI's web server for up to 90 days.You will get an email reminder from PMI a few days before that periodwill expire and all the information be deleted.3. Become a member of PMI. Though it is not required to become a payingmember of PMI to take the PMP exam, being a member allow you toenjoy discounted PMP and other certification fee, a free downloadablecopy of PMBOK Guide and many online PMP exam reference books. ThePMI annual membership fee is US 129 plus US 10 of first time
registration fee. The money you will save after becoming a member willbe much more than the cost of the membership fee for the first year.4. After you have completed the online application form, submit it and waitfor the approval to sit for the PMP exam from PMI (in the form of anemail).5. You can now pay for the PMP certification fee online (US 405 formembers and US 555 for non-members). Remember to pay 139 for themembership fee first if you haven't before paying the PMP certificationfee, you will get an instant saving of US 16.6. If you are so fortunately to be chosen for an audit by PMI, you will getan notification email immediately after you have paid the exam fee. Actas fast as possible to send them all the required documents (e.g.academic certificates, 35 hours of project management educationcertificate, proof of working experience, etc.). Otherwise, you will begiven an email authorizing you to schedule your PMP exam at Prometricwebsite.C) Schedule, attempt and pass the PMP exam:1. Though you are given a 1-year validity period during which you canschedule the PMP exam at any time, it is advisable to schedule the PMPExam at Prometric website as soon as possible. This arrangement hastwo benefits:Exam places are limited, the faster to schedule, the more likely youcan schedule the exam at a date and time you prefer;Having scheduled the exam will give you a tangible target for you toprepare consistently for the PMP exam.2. Prepare and study well for the PMP exam by making use of the PMBOKguide, a PMP study guide as well as numerous PMP practice exams.3. On the date of the exam, arrive at the exam centre early. Relax andenjoy the exam.4. You will be notified of the exam result immediately after the exam. Thecenter staff will give you a printed proof of your exam achievement. If itis a pass, congratulations, you are immediately a PMP! If fail the first try,make plans to retake the exam. You can have up to 2 more chances totake the PMP exam within the 1-year validity period (though you mustpay the re-exam fee separately).D) Obtain PMP PDU for re-certification
1. The PMP certificate will be mailed to you within 6-8 weeks.2. The first benefit of becoming a PMP is that you can request a PMP lapelpin free of charge (details will be emailed to you several days after youhave passed).3. If you pass the PMP exam, you are immediately a PMP and your 3-yearPDU re-certification cycle begins. Collect at least 60 PDUs per 3-yearcycle to allow you to renew your PMP credential.4. You can make use of PMI's online system to report PDUs to PMI. Whenyou have accumulated enough PDUs, PMI will send you a renewal notice.The renewal fee is US 60 for members and US 150 for non-members.
-How Much Time, Effort andMoney is Required for thePMP Credential?Earning the PMP Certification involves a lot of money, time and efforts. It isimperative to estimate whether your budget and study time allow you totake on PMP as your next professional achievement. This article gives willyou some ballpark figures on the money, time and efforts required for thePMP exam.Time and Study Effort InputIt is often said that the PMP exam is very hard and requires a lot ofpreparation. The actual length of study usually cannot be determined untilyou are half way in the study. Luckily, a recent survey of 100 PMP whosuccessfully passed the PMP exam gives us some hints on the amount oftime required. The survey shows that