So you want to be a PMP? Great! First know that not everyone can take the PMP or the CAPM exam—you have to qualify first. I think this is great.
We, and soon you, don’t need the market flooded with the “paper certifications” that other industries have experienced. This certification is special—it proves that the certified professional has documented project management experience, education, and has passed a tough, rigorous exam. If it were easy, everyone would do it.
Let’s face the facts: This isn’t much fun. Learning is hard work. PMI’s book, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Fifth edition (PMBOK Guide), is not an easy read.
You don’t want this studying-to-pass effort to last any longer than necessary, and your goal should be—it better be—to pass your certification exam on your first attempt. So don’t think of “taking the exam,” but focus instead on “passing your exam.” You will pass your exam, not just take it. You’re scheduling a time to pass the exam, not take it. And so on. Pass the thing and get back to your real life.
This course aims to help you do just that. It defines:
No more stalling! Let's get into this course and begin creating a strategy to earning the PMP. There are lots of good, good things ahead!
This lecture provides a fun and brief overview of the PMP examination. The PMP exam can be a daunting task: you have to complete an application, maybe get through an audit, and then you have to pass the actual exam.
Many people attempt the PMP, and like climbing Mount Everest, they fail. Some people quit without ever submitting their application. Others get authorized to take the exam, but are too scared to actual schedule the test within their one-year time period. And still yet, many people take the test and fail – never to attempt the exam again.
Don’t be like these people! You can do this – many, many people have passed the PMP and I’ve helped them get there. Let’s take a look at what this course has in store for you.
Not everyone can take the PMP exam. You must qualify for the examination and submit an online application with the Project Management Institute. If your exam is approved, then you can schedule your exam with a Prometric Testing Center.
What’s in take to be approved? I’ll give the exact details in this lecture, but there is an education requirement, verification of work experience, and you must have 35 hours of project management education… all of this is just to take the exam.
In this lecture I’ll show you the exact details of the PMP exam and the application process.
Project management can be a little dry -- okay, very dry! You'll need to create methods to remember this material to get through the PMP exam - and then back to your project management world.
In this lecture I give an example of how you can have a little fun with the material to help remember the material! Here's a little video with some great tips for project managers and what you'll need to know for your PMP exam. It's a fun little song I wrote and it's okay if you want to sing along.
Do you know exactly what to study for the PMP exam?
Many people think they know what to study: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. Well, that’s a good start, but it’s not the best way to study to pass the PMP. Sure, the PMP exam is based on the PMBOK Guide, but you want to study to pass the PMP, not just study to learn the PMBOK Guide.
In this lecture I’ll show a secret way to study exactly what’s on the exam. Okay, it’s not a secret, but it takes some deduction to understand what you need to study to pass the exam, not just take the exam.
When I tell people that I have a strategy they can use to pass the exam in just four weeks they often look at me like I’m crazy. And then they realize I’ve been teaching project management for over 15 years, I’ve written seven books on project management, and maybe (just maybe) I know what I’m talking about.
I do. In this lecture I’m going to share with you my strategy that works for passing the exam in four weeks. That’s right. You can pass the exam in four weeks with this approach. No fooling around – it’s hard work, but you’ll knock out the exam and be done with your PMP studying and worry.
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, commonly called the PMBOK Guide, addresses the 47 project management processes and the ten knowledge areas. The PMBOK Guide is a guide to generally accepted practices for project management.
A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result.
A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies.
See? This course was a snap to get through and it was super easy. You’re now armed with the knowledge to get to work passing your PMP exam.
In this course you learned all about:
Thanks for completing this super-fast course! I hope you’re now well-prepared to go about knocking out the PMP examination.
Here's a quick quiz to test your memory of what you've learned about the PMP exam.
Joseph Phillips has more than 15 years’ experience as a project management consultant, educator, technology consultant, business owner, and technical writer. He has consulted as a project manager for a range of businesses, including startups, hospitals, architectural firms, and manufacturers. Joseph is passionate about helping students pass the PMP certification exam. He has created and led both in-person and web-based seminars on project management, PMP certification, IT project management, program management, writing, business analysis, technical writing, and related topics. Joseph has written, co-authored, or served as technical editor to more than 35 books on technology, careers, project management, and goal setting for MacMillan, McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, and AMA Press.
Project Management Professional (PMP)
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IT Project Management: On Track from Start to Finish, McGraw-Hill
Project Management for Small Business, American Management Association
Software Project Management for Dummies, For Dummies Publisher
The Lifelong Project, Amazon CreateSpace
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