For project managers, there is no more important certification that the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
PMP certification is the international standard for professional project managers. It says to prospective employers that you know what you’re doing and you’ve been able to demonstrate that in a formal examination setting.
Here are the steps that we recommend that you take prior to taking your PMP exam:
- Why do you want to be a PMP? There are a lot of reasons to want to be a Project Management Professional. It’s important to note that being a PMP is not the same thing as being a project manager. PMP is a certification that many project managers don’t feel that they need. Perhaps they only work as a PM periodically or they plan on working for a single employer who doesn’t require the certification. In any case, look at why you are motivated to get certified. It’s that motivation that will help you to stay focused on your mission of completing the exam.
- Are you qualified to take the exam? There are certain prerequisites, such as a college degree and experience that PMI requires before you can sit for the exam. If you aren’t 100% sure if you qualify, you can go through our eligibility calculator: https://www.4pmti.com/PMP-Eligibility-Assessment.aspx Before you even begin to apply for the exam, confirm that you’re qualified. If you’re not, you’ll be very disappointed and PMI doesn’t do many refunds.
- Sign up for a training class. Project Management Training Institute (PMTI) offers a boot camp with a study guide that can teach you in as little as a week. It’s important to only accept training from a PMI Educational Partner, which of course we are. The boot camp includes a 4-day in-class training and hours of online training.
- Review the current PMP content outline. Of course, we review it all in class, but PMI provides a current outline that should act as your guide to what to will be on the test. This covers the subject, making it easier for you to envision the test ahead of time. https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/certifications/project-management-professional-exam-outline.pdf?la=en You will also want to read the PMO recommended readings.
- Take some of the practice exams and work on the sample questions, including situational questions, that you can get in class. We have some on our website: https://www.4pmti.com/pmp-sample-test.aspx Just like studying for the SATs or the LSAT, the more familiar you are with the style of question, the less likely you are to be shocked. The test is all multiple choice, so that makes it easier.
- How to take a multiple choice exam:
- Look for the answers that are clearly not possible. While the PMP has mostly plausible answers, at least two of them are extremely unlikely.
- If you can’t find the right answer, at least take a guess. You don’t lose points for wrong answers and you have a 25% chance of getting the right answer even if you know nothing.
- Watch the jargon that is used. The specific terms used are often a great indication of what you need to answer. That’s one of the reasons that you should always study the terminology. There are a lot of words and phrases in the PMP exam. Know those words and you will do very well.
- How to take a multiple choice exam:
- Study the PMBOK® Guide. ThePMBOK® Guide is the awkwardly named Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide. While this might sound like an odd name, it is really what it is – the complete body of knowledge of project managers from around the world. The PMBOK® Guide has been growing since our founder, Yadagiri (known as Yada, the PMP Jedi Master) worked with others around the world to help set down the guidelines. The truth is that it is not an exciting read, but it is the definitive resource for everything that will be on the exam.
- Cram the week before. At PMTI, we train our students for 4 days and on the fifth day, they should schedule their exam. It’s a perfect time when everything is fresh in their minds and they have just been learning the concepts and testing techniques.
- Get a good night’s rest. This might seem obvious, but so often people show up at the exams exhausted from cramming the whole night that they do poorly on the exam. What you don’t know at 7 pm the night before, you don’t need to know it now. This is especially true if you studied with a good educational partner. We can recommend one if you need it.
- Each a light, but hearty breakfast. Being hungry during the exam is distracting. This is not a good day to have a lot of eggs and bacon. Some fresh fruit and other healthy foods should do the trick. The exam is only 4 hours long, but it’s an intense four hours. Stay fueled.
The Guaranteed Way to Pass the PMP Exam
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The PMTI way is detailed and complex, but it works. It includes a study guide, practice exam, some PMI recommended readings, practice questions, and a complete review of knowledge areas.
PMI pre-approved PMP Certification Exam Prep Course – This counts as 40 PDUs/contact hours
4-day class – We host classes all over North America in both Canada and the United States. We have PMI-certified instructors who are the best in the business. Using the combination of PMI’s outstanding training materials and our team of amazing trainers, you are guaranteed to pass (or your money back).
95% of PMTI’s students pass the PMP Exam the first time!
98% of second time reexam takers pass!
Everything you get in class
- PMP® certification prep guide (PMTI Student Bluebook)
- PMBOK® Guide (exam edition)
- 1,000+ PMP® certification test – style prep questions
- Pens, Pencils, Markers, Eraser
- PMTI Course completion certification
- FREE 53 PDUS required for re-certification for 3 more years
Free additions that we offer
- PMP® Exam Resume Preparation Assistance
- PMP® Exam Readiness Assessment on Day 4 of class
- PMP® Exam Eligibility assessment before you enroll
The key to PMTI’s success is understanding that everyone learns differently. Some of us learn by reading, others by doing, and still other by hearing. Our training program is designed to cater to all of these different learning styles. That’s why over 95% of our students pass the exam the first time.
Yada is not just the leader of the Project Management Training Institute (PMTI). He helped to write significant portions of the project management standards worldwide. He is helping PMI right now in reviewing, directing, and leading the development of the 7th edition of the PMBOK(r) Guide to incorporate the most monumental changes to project management standards in 35 years. He shares his wisdom with readers via the PMTI blog.