Below are links with info on earning your PMP or CAPM certifications from PMI:
- Certification information directly from PMI
- PMP exam changes effective Jan. 11, 2016
- PMP Credential Handbook
- Exam Content Outline
- Exam Guidance
Note that the new PMP exam still uses the PMBOK® Guide, Fifth edition. I will be updating all of my books by fall 2017 based on the newest PMBOK (sixth edition to be released Q3 2017). The exam will not change until about 6 months after that. Here’s info on the next PMBOK® Guide.
Why get PMP certification?
- PMP is ranked 4th in Global Knowledge list of 15 top-paying certifications for 2015 with an average salary of $109,405.
- “PMP certification holders earn 17 percent more than their non-certified peers.” (Project Management Salary Survey—Eighth Edition)
- “Of the 20.6 million jobs analyzed, Burning Glass found 2.8 million requiring a certificate. But only certain certificates were highly sought. Of the thousands of possible certificates, the same 200 came up again and again. The Project Management Professional (PMP)…[was] among those that topped the list.” Source: Goldie Blmenstyk, “When a Degree Is Just the Beginning,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 18, 2015.
- Note: If you don’t have enough experience, the CAPM can be a good stepping stone, but the PMP is much more valuable.
Sample PMP Exam Questions
PMP Mock Lite Exam (requires PMI member login to access free eReads and References, 50 questions)
Free Simulated Practice Test (accessed 2015)
- List of free PMP mock exams: Provides advice and links to several free practice exams.
- www.pmstudy.com: Provides a free sample PMP exam, including 200 questions you take online in 4 hours or less. You can also purchase additional practice exams or enroll in courses from this site.
- www.bestsamplequestions.com: Provides 160 free sample questions.
- http://www.oliverlehmann.com/pmp-self-test/75-free-questions.htm: Provides 75 free sample questions and links to many more sites with free sample questions, including YouTube video questions.
- Blog with links to top ten sites, including some of the above.
- PM Challenge Questions
- Mosaic site: Links to several resources
- And of course you can use the free quizzes that accompany my books.
How to get 35 PM education hours
College courses, continuing education, PMP exam preparation, and similar courses related to project management definitely count. Remember there is no time limit on when the courses were taken.
A general course in leadership or management probably would not count. If there is a section of the course on project leadership or stakeholder management, for example, those hours should count.
Online courses count. See this reference for examples of where to take some, such as Coursera and Alison. Some are free. Career Academy (www.careeracademy.com) is another source for courses that can count toward getting and maintaining your PMP. A 2016 ad on their site said you only pay $29 for an annual membership which provided access to many courses.
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