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FAQ About PMP

1. What is the PMP Certification?

  • The PMP® stands for Project Management Professional, and the PMP Certification is a very popular and flagship certification from the PMI® (Project Management Institute, USA). PMP certification has become an industry standard in the field of the project management. A PMP designation in your resume greatly increases the hit on various job portals, elevates you above the rest, and makes you a more appealing job candidate. This certification demonstrates that you have the experience, education, and competency to successfully lead and direct projects.

There are many benefits of the PMP Certification, some of which are as follows:

  • Shows your commitment to learn and acquire new skills.
  • Demonstrates your professional achievement.
  • Makes you more appealing job candidate.
  • Boosts your self-confidence.
  • Boosts your employer’s confidence in you.
  • Boosts client’s confidence in your organization

2. What is the PMP Eligibility Criteria?

There are three PMP Eligibility criteria that you have to fulfill in order to sit for the PMP Certification examination. These conditions are as follows:

Education

There are three PMP Eligibility criteria that you have to fulfill in order to sit for the PMP Certification examination. These conditions are as follows:

Project Management Experience

Project Management Experience is the second condition to be eligible for the PMP Certification exam. If you are Degree holder, you should have at least 4,500 hours (about three years) and if you are a Diploma holder, you should have 7,500 hours (about five years) of experience in leading and directing projects.

Project Management Training

You must have 35 contact hours of formal PM education training and this training can be obtained from an Education Provider. There are various modes of training available from R.E.P.s. Some are provided online and other through live classes.

You can find all information about the PMP Certification exam in the PMP Credential Handbook  and Exam Content available for free at www.pmi.org.

3. How expensive is the PMP Certification?

How much expense is required for the PMP certification, or how much you should               spend, depends truly on you; however, we can give you a general idea about the total expenditure for which you should be prepared:

  • Fee for 35 PM Contact HourTraining: Cost of training program varies per training provider.
  • Fee to PMI:If you are a PMI member, then you have to pay $405 for the examination, otherwise $555.
  • Re-Examination fee:If you fail in your first attempt, you can try for a second or third attempt. Re-attempt fee is $275 for PMI members and $375 for non-members.
  • Other Costs:Other costs include the cost of the PMP reference books or materials you will buy to study for the PMP examination. There are various books available in the market which will help you to study for the examination. I recommend you refer to at least two good PMP exam reference books. The cost of two books will be around $150.

4. What is the PMP Examination Structure?

The PMP exam is composed of 200 multiple choice questions in which 25 questions are pretest, and these pretest questions do not affect your score. These 25 questions will be placed randomly and you would not be able to differentiate these questions from other scorable questions. These pretest questions are used to test the validity of future examinations.

The time allotted for this examination is 4 hours, and there is no scheduled break.

The percentage of questions from each domain based on the latest PMBOK Guide 6 is as follows:

5. What is the passing score for the PMP examination?

If you are asking what  the passing score for the PMP certification exam is, then the answer is – Nobody knows it, except PMI.

Up to November 2005, the passing score for the PMP Certification exam was 61%, meaning that one had to answer at least 106 questions out of 175 score-able questions to pass the examination. After November 30, 2005 PMI has stopped publishing the passing percentage; therefore, now nobody knows that what the passing percentage is; however, I still see on many forums and sites that the passing percentage is 61%. It seems that they are still dreaming in 2005.

Don’t trust them.

My recommendation to you is that it would be better if you aim for more than 70% (140 Questions out of 200) because after August 2011 the PMI has made little changes to the PMP Examination and people coming out from the exam think that it was quite hard.

It seems to me that either the passing score, or the difficulty level of the PMP Certification exam might have gone up.

6. Is the PMBOK Guide enough to pass the exam?

NO.

There is no doubt that you must read the PMBOK Guide several times before going to the PMP Certification Exam. The PMBOK Guide is a must-read book for the PMP Certification exam.

That being said, the PMBOK guide is the basis for the PMP Certification exam; however, to pass the exam you also need to refer to some other PMP Exam preparation books because the PMBOK Guide does not answers all questions asked in the test; e.g. situation based questions.

Moreover; to understand the project management concepts and various tools and techniques, you have to study some good reference books and practice the exam questions.

I have listed some famous books in the PMP Reference Books section of this blog. You can review those books, discuss with your friends, and then make a decision of which book to purchase.

7. What is the PMBOK Guide?

The PMBOK guide, which is an acronym for “Project Management Body of Knowledge,” is a book that defines the standard guidelines in project management, and sets the terminology and common vocabulary.

The PMBOK Guide is published by the PMI, and the first edition of this book was printed in 1996. Since, then this guide is being re-published every four years. As of now, the current version is the 6th Edition. The PMBOK Guide is a process-based guide, and provides the framework to manage projects. The knowledge contained in this book has evolved from the best practices of project management professionals throughout the world and from different fields.

This guide is developed through a transparent consensus standard development process, with the help of many cross field project management experts and volunteers. Every member of PMI has a chance to contribute to the development of this book.

This guide divides project management process groups into various knowledge areas, which describes each of the processes with their Input, Tools & Techniques and output.

The standard guidelines available in the PMBOK guide are industry independent and can be applied to any domain.

It is very important for you to know that the PMBOK Guide does not provide a methodology, or give advice needed to run a project. It provides the framework, not a methodology. It is the job of the project manager to develop the methodologies by tailoring the best industry practices available in the guide to suit his requirements.

Summary of the PMBOK Guide
  • It provides the framework, not the methodology.
  • It provides tools and techniques but does not tell you how you should run the project.
  • It provides the best industry practices.
  • The knowledge contained in this book is industry independent.

Note to all PMP aspirants

To pass the PMP Certification Exam you have to understand this book, because in the PMP Exam you will see many direct questions from this guide. Many PMP aspirants have made a grave mistake by not referring to this book while preparing for the exam. The PMBOK Guide is not replaceable with any other PMP exam reference book; you must study it.

Read this guide at least two times before you go for the exam.