How to become a PMP
The name of this page should be “How I became a
PMP”, but then this page would not get the same
number of hits!
First of all, PMP is Project Management Professional
(PMP®) Certification from Project Management Institute
(PMI). This is the most esteemed Project Management
Certification.The PMP designation following one’s
name demonstrates to employers and other stakeholders that
an individual possesses a solid foundation of experience
and education in project management.
You can check out more about PMI at www.pmi.org
Important: If you want to check if anyone is a PMP,
and not a fraud Project Manager then you can check up at
Online Registry. This registry allows verification of
PMI's Project Management Professionals (PMPs). If you enter
my last name “SALUNKHE” in the text box on the
page, you will find my listing as
PMP Certified On 26 Jul
I scored 170 on the exam. Which is a preety good one
considering that 137 is the passing score.
Now the actual steps taken by me to become a PMP:
As PMP needs a specific amount of Project Management
experience as eligibility criteria, do first check up on
the experience required and see if you qualify.
This is a tough exam and will require dedication, focus,
determination and money to complete it. See if you can
spare the 100 to 150 hours of study required in your busy
When you want to start your PMP journey, the first thing
you need to do is to join PMI. This is not mandatory but
no harm done in doing so. Think of it as something more
to write in the resume.
PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide by
Kim Heldman. Finish reading the book.
Join any Yahoo group. The Yahoo groups I joined were PMP-PREP and
are filled with knowledgable individuals and well
moderated. Keep discussing about the doubts you have on
them and share your know-how too. Remember to adhere to
PMI guidelines while interacting here.
Read the PMBOK for first time. The first time this will
seem like reading a dictionary, but grin and bear it to
understand the scope of the PMBOK. Just read it and store
some facts in your head. Don’t try to make complete
sense of what is written in it yet.
Register in a course for the contact hours required. I
went for the lowest cost option and hence went in for www.pmstudy.com .
Course for PMP range from $125 to $3000. I personally did
not feel any need to go in for any high cost course but
maybe my earlier work experience and education helped me
in grasping the concepts faster. Do look at the value you
will gain from the course and then invest your money in
the course. That is why I suggest first reading the Kim
Heldman book and the PMBOK before starting any course so
that you will understand the gap in your PM knowledge.
Start accumulating the contact hours from the course.
PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition) by Rita Mulcahy. The
importance of this book cannot be stressed enough. I
scored 170 on the exam. Which is a preety good score and
if I hadnt read Rita’s book; I wouldn’t have
scored whatever I did. Understand the book completely;
there is no better book available which will guide you
towards the PMP. Follow the tips and the tricks she is
offering and the way she is advising you to study
Finish accumulating the contact hours, get the contact
hours certificate from your course provider and then
apply online for the PMP exam.
Once you get the approval letter from PMI, read PMBOK for
the second time. Now if you have really read through
Rita’s book, you will start understanding the
details of the PMBOK. After PMBOK read Rita’s book
again. Stress on the LIFE CYCLE game.
If you are assured about your studying upto now, go ahead
and register for the exam and fix up a date.
Start the practice exams. Practice exams I finished were
4 Full-length Simulated Practice Tests - 200
Questions, 4 hours at www.pmstudy.com as this
came as a package deal with my initial course with
them. When you do these tests you will understand the
gaps in your understanding compared to the PMBOK.
Keep revising your knowhow from Rita’s book.
Kim Heldman’s book has a CD which has good
practice questions which are mainly scenario based.
Read the PMBOK for the final time. While reading PMBOK
for the final time, do take notes (on paper, plastic,
napkins, computer, whatever) about the concepts you are
still not clear about. Read Rita’s book for the
final time and see to it that now you have understood the
book and the concepts which Rita is mentioning fully. See
that you can score almost perfectly on the questions in
On the exam day, re-read the notes you made and appear
for the exam. Focus on the ultimate objective.
Pass the exam and enjoy!
I could not have completed this important exam without the
support of my wife and my 1 year old kid. Wish to thank
them for their support in addition to everybody associated
with me including my parents, collegues, friends, foes,
dogs, cats, vermin, and especially the Martians for not
invading Earth while I was appearing for my exam. And yes,
thank you God! (If this is my rambling after a PMP, think
of how I will ramble on if I win an Oscar)
Mail me if you want me to ramble on with you more on
PMP and yes, I have already sold off my PMP books.
Doubly important: Please do not mail me and
ask me about the content of the questions in the
examination. Please note that when a candidate submits an
application, he or she agrees to abide by the PMP Code of
Professional Conduct and the PMP Certificant and Candidate
Agreement and Release which states,
“…Furthermore, I agree not to
discuss, debrief or disclose, in any manner, the specific
content of the certification examination’s questions
and answers to any individual.”
Now for my caveat emptor clause
"Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with
those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia,
dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the
disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and
recycling it for more than it’s worth." (From “
Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen”)
Best of luck on your journey towards the PMP and hope it is
filled with fun. Hope my ramblings were of use to you.