Practical questions for people considering becoming a PMP®
Are you one of those people who friends turn to for help in the community or with an event? Do you always plan when going on vacation or make sure you have a shopping list before buying groceries?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, the chances are you’re already a project manager and you just aren’t aware of it. Often the role of project manager comes via an indirect route, like those mentioned above, or along other related paths – the IT developer who begins managing a team, then moves onto overseeing a specific task and then, eventually, the complete project – for example.
So if you have followed this route, or you’ve answered yes to any of the other scenarios, where do you go next if you decide you want to make the role you’re carrying out an officially recognized one? There are two major certifying bodies for project management: PRINCE2 and the Project Management Institute (PMI®). The PMI® offers a certification called the Project Management Professional (PMP®), the primary credential for professional PMs.
Sitting, and passing, the PMP® Exam run by the PMI® could see your earnings increasing by 20% on average (than those without a certificate)? And the beauty of this qualification is that, no matter where you are in the world or what industry you work in, the PMP® is recognized globally as the gold standard in project management.
There are requirements you have to meet before you can sit the PMP Exam and our free to download PDF – What Do I Need to Become a PMP® – includes all the necessary information you need to find out if you qualify. Some of the most common questions we’re asked here at Off Peak Training are also answered in this PDF.
Where do I sit the exam? – The first thing to do is to register with the PM®I and set up your account: https://membership.pmi.org/account?r=http://www.pmi.org and download the free Project Management Professional handbook. This will give you all the necessary information to enable you to apply for the exam. Computer-based tests occur at a Prometric testing site, with locations worldwide. Schedule your appointment online at Prometric.com/PMI using your eligibility number. The website will offer you test locations, dates and times. Choose the ones that suit you best and be sure to allow adequate time to prepare for the exam.
How much does the exam cost? – The fees for payment are determined by PM®I membership status and the examination delivery type (computer-based versus paper-based) for your geographic location. Fees start at $405 for members of the PMI® and $550 for non-members.
Will I receive a certificate at the end? – Yes. You will receive a course completion certificate at the end of the Off Peak Training program. After sitting, and passing, the PMP® exam, you will be certified for three years. In order to stay certified, you’ll need to participate in professional development activities, and earn and report professional development units (PDUs.) There are lots of ways to earn PDUs and nearly unlimited opportunities.
Whatever your reason may be for sitting the exam, earning the PMP® credential is a great way of showing employers, colleagues and clients that you care enough to put effort into demonstrating your understanding of best practices.
Our online Project Management Training Course includes:
- 35 hours of project management training ready for the PMP® exam.
- Presentation videos, quizzes, and interactive lessons.
- Colorful course materials to make learning the 47 project management processes easy and logical.
- All the help you need to interpret the PMBOK® Guide and apply best practices to real world problems.
- 3 full mock exams – the best way to ensure you are prepared for the real exam.
- Unlimited 24/7 Access to Off Peak Training Online.
- Works on any modern mobile phone or tablet, as well as PC & laptop.