The 5 things you need to know to sign up for the PMP® exam

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you have already met the Project Management Institute (PMI®) eligibility requirements for the Project Management Professional exam. This entry outlines the PMI® steps to schedule your exam. If you have any questions concerning the process, click on the active links for more information about the process or contact a PMP® Tutor

Step 1. If you haven’t already, create an account on the PMI® website.

Step 2: Apply for the PMP® Credential on the PMI® website.

Step 3: Wait for PMI® to review your application and send you next steps (candidate number or audit procedure) – this usually takes 5- 10 business days.

Step 4: Pay for the test on the PMI® website. (PMI® members can save up to $150 on the exam.)

Step 5: Schedule your Project Management exam on the Prometric website.

While you are using the PMI® website to schedule your exam, you don’t have to be a paying PMI®...

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How long does it take to prepare for the PMP Exam?

You know, I have seen some PMP® ‘experts’ out there that give a strong recommendation that you will need to allocate no less than six months to prepare for the PMP® exam. These are big companies with reputable training materials - and a respectable number of customers. Then there are others who offer 4-day boot camps where they will supposedly have you ready to take the PMP® exam after four days. 

How are these recommendations so far apart? I know from experience that the truth lies somewhere in between.  

A 4-day course is going to cram too much material in a too-short amount of time. Sure, they may present all the material over four days, but it will still be up to you to take it home, digest and learn it.

On the other hand, six months is a long time - there is a too big risk a student could eventually fade off from their study routine. Then you’re back in the same boat - cramming at the end, frantically trying to sort...

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The experienced PM meets the PMP®

In the years that I have been helping people pass the PMP® exam, I have come across a small number of seasoned Project Managers that were unable to pass the exam. More often than not, these people were either referred to me or reached out to me because they had recently failed the PMP® exam and didn’t know where they had gone wrong. The typical profile of this person was someone who was a savvy PM, who had maybe between 10 and 20 years’ experience running projects. For many of these folks it seemed completely meaningless that they should have to, at this point in their career, have this career-blocking exam placed in front them. They’d been successfully running projects for decades, and couldn’t understand why they needed the exam, or why it was proving so difficult to pass.

The truth is, the PMP® exam has become a de facto standard — globally — for Project Managers, and in most industries it’s accepted as a standard bearer for...

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