Posts Tagged ‘PMP’

The PMP® Certification Application Process

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

As I mentioned in a previous post, if you want to apply to sit for the PMP® certification exam, you will need to document your project management background.  You can document your experience and complete the application online at the Project Management Institute’s website.  You can also submit a paper based application, but I recommend the online process.  Generally, the turnaround time for the paper based application review and approval process will take longer than the electronic process. 

The online procedure is supported by an automated system that allows candidates and credential holders to:

  • Compose and submit credential applications
  • View submitted applications
  • View examination status
  • Download scores and audit forms
  • View certification records and update contact information
  • View credential details
  • Submit credential renewals
  • Report credential maintenance requirements
  • Download receipts

Plan to complete and submit your application within 90 days.  Don’t worry about losing the information you have entered into the online system, you can reactivate your application if you don’t complete the process in time.

Before You Start, it‘s best to organize your documentation.  Determine which of your projects will satisfy the Project Management Institute’s experience prerequisite. Select your assignments that have the best documentation, and where you performed the most comprehensive project management role. Larger, more complex projects will be easier for you to organize and document.  Check back to find out more about the PMP certification and other Project Management topics. –ProjectWalker

Should You Get a Project Management Certification?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is a globally recognized and respected credential that is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).   If you’re considering it, you should know that you will need to clear several hurdles on your way.  Obtaining the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification involves a rigorous application and testing process.   Your application will undergo a thorough assessment before you will be approved to sit for the exam.  You will be required to satisfy experience as well as education prerequisites.  In short, the PMP® is for the seasoned project manager. 

So consider the following readiness checklist:

  • Do you know your personal project management and general management strengths and weaknesses?
  • Do you understand and apply the Project Management Body of Knowledge to your own projects?
  • Are you ready to dedicate a significant amount of study time?
  • Are you ready to make the financial commitment for exam fees and study materials?
  • Does your background satisfy the the project management experience and education requirements?

If you think you’re up to the challenge, congratulations!  When you earn a Project Management Professional certification (PMP®), you communicate to the world that you are competent and committed.  Individuals who have achieved the credential report improvement in their work performance.  Experienced practitioners often discover that the exam preparation process helps to uncover knowledge gaps.   

There are other professional benefits.  The credential frequently opens the door to interesting and challenging assignments.  That’s because, employers are increasingly using the PMP® certification as a criterion for hiring or promotion decisions.  It’s expensive when projects careen out of control.  Senior executives in all industries are urgently looking for qualified project managers.  They want to ensure that their critical projects are completed on time, on budget and deliver what was expected.  There’s no guarantee, but in today’s competitive environment, a certification can make the difference in getting the job, keeping the job, or obtaining a promotion!