Below are links with info on earning certifications:
- PMP® certification information directly from PMI
- The PMI Study Hall link under PMI’s new Virtual Resource Hub includes a new sample question every day for the upcoming PMP exam. See the free quizzes for Intro PM book where I have added new sample PMP questions.
- Note about PMP® exam changes now scheduled for January 2, 2021: The new exam is still based on the current PMBOK® Guide. Here’s a link to PMI’s site for info on exam changes. The exam content crossover map found from this link summarizes changes. Most of the new topics are in my current book (servant leadership, knowledge transfer, emotional intelligence, project methodologies, agile, etc.). Here’s another link to check for updates as well and a podcast from PMI on the new exam. Also note that PMI plans to develop standard PMP exam materials and train the trainer courses for REPs.
- A new edition of my book will come out when there is a new PMBOK® Guide, currently planned for September 2021. I am no longer selling copies of older editions per PMI’s request.
- CAPM® certification information directly from PMI
Why get certification?
- PMP is ranked 2nd in Global Knowledge list of 15 top-paying certifications for 2019 with an average salary of $135,798. (“Pursue these certifications if you want a top IT salary,”Global Knowledge, February 7, 2020).
- PMP certification holders earn 22 percent more than their non-certified peers. (Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey—Eleventh Edition (2020).
- “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 (Links checked August 2019)
- List of free PMP mock exams: Provides advice and links to several free practice exams.
- openpm.org: Lots of free sample questions, games, and resources for the PMP exam
- 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.
- 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
- PMP Questions & Answers blog by masterofprojectmanagement.com
- 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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