PMP Exam Qualifications

Joseph Phillips
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PMP, PMI-ACP, Project+, ITIL, PSM I, CTT+
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This lecture is all about qualifying for the PMP exam. I’ll walk through the qualification requirements, the cost of the exam, and the exam application.

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English [Auto] Will come back the next thing that we need to discuss are the PM exam qualifications. Now if you're in this course you probably already know what the exam qualifications are and if you qualify hopefully have already completed your application. But for consistency sake I want to review these so hot through these quickly if this is relevant to you. Just go ahead and move forward. So let's take a look at the PMP Exam requirements where you complete your application online and you'll do this at PMI dot org. Once your application is approved you have 1 year from that approval that you can go and pass the exam. Now should an individual not you but someone else if they fail the test you can take the test up to three times in one year and then you have to reapply but not you you're going to pass the first time. There are two paths to qualifying for the PMP with a degree without a degree. First with a degree you have to have in the last eight years. Thirty six non-overlapping months of project experience. Then you have to document 4500 hours leading project management tasks. So you have to have project management experience. You'll need 35 contact hours of project management education. Step four you could possibly be audited if you're audited you have to prove what you have put on your application and then Step Five is you actually pass the exam it's a four hour exam with 200 questions. PM I really doesn't tell us what the passing score is. If you don't have a degree you can still qualify. But the requirements are a bit more stringent. First off in the last eight years you have to have 60 not overlapping months of project experience within the last eight years. You need 75 100 hours leading project management tasks. Step three you still need those 35 contact hours of project management education. You could be audited and then step five of course as you actually pass the PMP Exam. I get a lot of questions about these unique months of experience so let's just nail that down right now. Here's the idea. Project 1 and project two overlap so they overlap in the months of February March April and May when those months overlap. That only counts as one month of project experience. I don't get to double the amount of months because I have two projects happening at the same time. However the contact or the hours of experience in those projects you do get to count them both towards your 4500 or your 70 500 hours so unique months of experience. That means that they can't overlap but you can count the hours of experience. Of course the PMP will cost something. It's $405 if you're a p.m.-I member or 340 euros $555 if you are not happy a member or four hundred and sixty five euro it cost $129 to join p.m.-I Plus a $10 application fee or about 115 euro. So it's more cost effective to join PMI and then apply for your exam. You'll save a few dollars but you also get some benefits as the PMI member for example. You get to download an electronic copy of the Pinback guide. Since the dish it. So that's something that you'll want to consider. I get a lot of questions about audit audits are completely random. They're not fine. Yes they're a little scary but truthfully they're not that big of a deal. You just have to go and document what you've put on your PMP application. There's really nothing that you can do to avoid the chance of an audit that are random. So there's no buzz word of key word or phrase that's going to trigger an audit. They're completely random. It's a small chance that you're going to be audited. Not everyone is audited but you have to agree that that's a possibility as you go into the application process that you could be audited. The exam itself there are 200 questions of which 175 will count towards your score. You have 25 questions that are seeded. Now these seeded questions are potential questions for future exams so they're kind of sprinkled in to see how exam candidates answer those questions. Making sure they're not too difficult and not too easy. You have four hours to complete the exam. You can take a break but you cannot stop the timer so you can get up about a question 100. Use the restroom get a drink of water and then come back in and finish your exam. When you get to the Prometric testing center you'll check in with the receptionist and that individual will give you a locker. You have to put all your stuff in the locker and you can't open it until the exam is done. Then you'll go into another room where the proctor is present and the proctor will make you turn out your pockets to make sure you don't have anything in your pockets that you forgot to put in your locker. And they'll also use a wand that they'll waive over your body to make sure you don't have a phone or anything in hidden on your person. Then that individual the proctor will give you six sheets of paper or a white board. You don't get to choose which one. Whatever that testing center uses is what you have to use. So I prefer the six sheets of paper but you might get stuck with the white board. You have to give all of that back. So they give you six sheets of paper. You have to give back all six he can't sneak anything out of the testing center either. Questions are based on the project management body of knowledge not just the Pinback guide. So there are other titles that you could be subjected to. It's not limited to p.m.-I global standards though the bulk of it is. And this course I'm going to really go through the whole breadth of what you're tested on. Now a new rule was recently new is you can't write anything down until the exam actually begins. So there was a practice in the PMP community where what these candidates would do when the timer would start of the tutorial they would begin doing a brain dump. So now you can't do that until once the exam actually begins you can't write anything down. So just be aware that if you were planning on using the little tutorial before you started the test you can no longer do that once you pass the PMP. I want you to celebrate. Set a goal up for yourself to do something fun and exciting. So are you a big night owl. Are you going to go to Manhattan or you know Paris or something. So do something that's rewarding for your effort something you're looking forward to. Don't make it just you to go to the movies but do something really rewarding and that's valuable and meaningful to you. To give you a goal to work towards as you go to hasher PMP then you can begin earning your P-T use and I have lots of courses that offer P-T use Petey's are your professional development units you can earn those on line you can or those from your local PMI chapter. They're not typically hard to earn but you have to earn 60 P-T use to maintain your PMP 60 PD use every three years. And then I want you to share your story. You can come into a Facebook group where you're linked in group or back into discourse and encourage others to get it done. Encourage others that if you've done it they can do it too. So share your story. Get people excited. Be proud of what you've done. The exam itself is not difficult to navigate. So just a few other notes here before we wrap up this lecture the tutorial I mentioned explains how to use the software. You have 15 minutes to take it to Tauriel if you want to but it's very very easy if you've ever played solitaire on your computer. It's really easy to use this tutorial. Basically you can move forwards and backwards. You can mark questions for review. You can strike out answers. I like that feature so if you know it's nonanswer see you can click the strikeout button and then strike out the answer see. You can highlight text so key words in the question and in the answers that can help you but blank answers are incorrect answers. So if you don't know what the answers are A clique's guess and move on. Because if you run out of time and you have blank answers it's wrong. So never leave an answer blank. You could market for review but still guess as to what you think it might be or could possibly be. But never leave an answer blank. So you want to at least give your shelf self a 25 percent chance of answering the question correctly. All right so that's how you qualify for the PMP and what you can expect in the PMP making great progress. Keep moving forward. I know you can do this.