Thursday, October 24, 2013

You want to be a PMP?

What is a PMP? PMP stands for Project Management Professional.

Where is it from? It's from PMI - Project Management Institute Organization - world's largest not-for-profit membership association  for the project management profession

Why get PMP certified? It has the highest average paying certification for 2013 -$105,750 to be exact - according to Global Knowledge http://goo.gl/bhOFw. You don't even need to get a college degree! If you have a high school diploma and have worked in projects for some time, this might be a way to make a decent living and beat out most 4 year college courses! I've always thought that schools are overrated. I am a living example - I spent all that time and money in college and I have not used 90% of what I took in school!

Interested? How do you get to be a PMP?

Well, first you have to be qualified -

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

OR

A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

If you have been running projects at work, getting the required number of hours will not be too hard for either option. The 35 hours of project management education might be expensive - that is until I found that PMP certification training is offered online at our local community college!

There are two tracks, cleverly named Prep 1 and Prep 2. Each track gives you 24 hours of project management education so if you take both, you would have more than enough! Here's the beautiful part, each track costs $129!! http://goo.gl/1olOkf

The only thing you have to purchase is the PMBOK guide book which quite possibly is the most boring book you'll ever read. If you are serious about being a PMP, then I suggest to make the investment and purchase the book.

I just finished the classes and got my project education training - 48 hours! Got more than the required 35 so I am finishing my application now and then planning on taking the test as soon! Will update the blog - pass or fail.

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