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The agony and ecstasy of PMP certification!
PMP journey - experience sharing When I look back at how I prepared for this exam , I see a logical sequence (life cycle) of how things happened during the whole exercise and it can be best explained like ; 1) The initial interest / curiosity I do not exactly recollect how this happened. It was easily almost one year back. I always had this feeling within me that , even if I am well experienced in project management , something was lacking in me , when it comes to practicing / preaching project management ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:33 PM

Can you recommend some sites, which provide additional information on PMP?


Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:06 PM

Should I take the 2004 test or should I wait for the 2005 test...
Should I take the 2004 test or should I wait for the 2005 test? This depends on your current preparedness level. If you are already prepared for the 2004 test, I suggest you to go and take the 2004 test, before 24th September. For that you will have to apply before 29th August 2004. Two months is enough time to prepare and pass the exam. If you are just starting your preparations, then my suggestion is to start the preparation with PMBOK third edition. What is the point in going with a knowledge ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:04 PM

Is it compulsory that I should attend the project management program conducted by an REP to gain the necessary PDUs?
Recently I attended a 5 day program (40, hours) , covering the PMBOK, focused on software project management. The program is offered by a private limited company, the instructor is a PMP but the company is not a REP. Is this sufficient for the 35 PDUs required for PMP application. Is it necessary that I should do the preparatory program, only with an REP? I can inform you that if the course content of the class you attended is based on one of the knowledge areas, process areas or sub-process areas ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:03 PM

Registered education providers
What is an REP (registered education provider)? Registered Education Providers (REPs) are organizations approved by PMI to offer project management training for Professional Development Units. Currently there are over 1000 organizations from 55 countries in the PMI registry. The criteria for becoming and maintaining an REP status are; Must be a legal entity Must have offered project management training for at least one year Must submit at least one sample course for review Must have a PMP review ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:01 PM

Major changes in the PMBOK third edition (the latest) and PMBOK 2000 (previous) editions
What are the major changes in the 'Guide to PMBOK third edition?. Is it totally different from PMBOK guide 2000? I will say that 'Guide to the PMBOK third edition' is more reader friendly than the earlier versions. The third edition is is structured to give more emphasis to the process groups. Chapter 3 is renamed as 'Project management processes for a project' is extensively revised and is moved to a new chapter titled 'The standard for project management of a project'. In the third edition, seven ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:00 PM

Reference material for PMP certification
Can you recommend some very good reference material from the exam point of view? Will the PMBOK guide third edition alone will help? While preparing for the PMP examination, referring to 'Guide to PMBOK ' alone will not help and at the same time, there is no other authentic material apart from 'Guide to PMBOK' to act as a reference material. End to end understanding of PMBOK is very important and at the same time, there is no need to mug up things as most of the questions are not very direct. There ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:58 AM

Difference between PMBOK third edition and PMBOK 2000.

I am reding the PMBOK third edition but will appear for PMBOK 2000 based examination. Will that make any difference?

Not much of a difference

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:57 AM

Quetion on application criteria
I have the required years of experience but I have not worked on the project closeout phase yet. Will this have any impact on the eligibility to apply for PMP? It is perfectly all right. No where, PMI has mandated that, one has to work on all peoject management phases to qualify for the PMP exam. That means, If you are a project planning expert and if you have spent all your professional years in just planning projects after projects for the required eligibility period, still you will qualify ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:56 AM

non overlapping month - definition
 I want to know what is Non-Overlapping Month in filling up the application form for PMP?
 If  u have worked on more than one project during the same month / months , only one can be counted.

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:54 AM

PDU - professional development unit
What is a Professional Development Unit (PDU)? The PDU is a measure of time spent in a structured learning activity. For formalized learning activities, the course content should be consistent with the knowledge areas and processes as outlined by the PMBOK® Guide and involve appropriate expert resources. One (1) PDU is given for each hour of structured learning. Fractions of hours will be accepted in .25 increments. An activity or group of related activities must be a minimum of one full hour ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:53 AM

Criteria for applying for PMP certification
What is the criteria for applying for PMP Credential? If you are university degree holder; 4500 hours of project management experience within project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling and closeout. This do not mandate, experience under the role of a 'project manager'. For example, a person involved in quality planning and tracking can count that experience also while reporting the 4500 hours of experience. However, the candidate should have at least three years of project ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:52 AM

What is the advantage to experienced project managers by becoming a PMP?
I am a very experienced project manager and I am very successful as a project manager. By going through the project management knowledge areas, everything seems very familiar to me. What will be the additional value add to me by becoming a PMP? This is a very good question, which one of my colleagues asked me very recently. When I watch some of the very experienced project managers in action, sometimes I get very disturbed. Most of them do not monitor critical paths, perform earned value analysis. ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:50 AM

Benefits of becoming PMP certified
Why Become PMP Certified? The following benefits are associated with becoming PMP certified: It demonstrates proof of professional achievement. It increases your marketability. It provides greater opportunity for advancement in your field. It raises customer confidence in you and your company’s services ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:49 AM

Key dates to remember
PMP Exam 2005 count down Key Dates to remember 29th August 2005 - final date to submit applications to test on 2004 examinations 24th September 2005 - final date to test on 2004 examination 30th september 2005 - first day to test on the 2005 examination ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:46 AM

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