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Why Get PMP Certified?

Here is the why, who, what, where, when, and how about getting PMP certified. Whether you are a prospective project manager or an experienced one, CAPM and PMP certification is valuable professional achievement.

Why

  • Why Get PMP Certified? Project Weavers Helps You Get Your PMP So You Can Make More Money.Why not? As a prospective job candidate or as a employee seeking promotion, how long do you want to be making excuses for not having the CAPM or PMP certifications? Besides, you might not even get the opportunity to explain your strengths and experiences if the prospective employer or manager is filtering candidates based on having or not having certification.
  • Most employee compensation surveys report that certified project managers enjoy higher salaries compared to their uncertified counterparts
  • Taking a class, studying, and achieving CAPM or PMP certification means you have, or should have, acquired some knowledge and practical skills that might improve your value and success as a project manager.
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Who

“Who” includes experienced project managers seeking Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and new or junior project managers seeking Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification. Upon closer read, there are two answers to who regarding CAPM and PMP certification: Who issues it and who holds it.

  • CAPM and PMP certification are solely issued and controlled by the Project Management Institute (PMI), which was founded in 1969. PMI issued their first certifications in 1984.
  • Project managers earn and maintain certification. This includes new and junior project managers, as well as experienced, career long project managers. CAPM and PMP certification is applicable and meaningful to project manager, regardless of their industry or type of project. The CAPM certificate requires either (a) at least a high school diploma and 1,500 hours of project experience or (b) 23 contact hours of project management training. The PMP certification requires with a college degree, 4,500 hours of experience leading and directing projects over the past 3-8 years and 7,500 hours if you do not have a degree. PMI also requires 35 contact hours of project management training, such as our PMP exam prep classes. By definition, a project is any temporary endeavor that has a start/finish and produces a unique product, service, or result. Lots of things qualify as projects.
  • PMI reports that 31,755 people actively held the transitional CAPM certification and 718,131 people actively held PMP certifications through June 30, 2016.
PMI Today, August 2016, Why Get PMP Certified?

Source: PMI Today, August 2016, page 5.

What

CAPM and PMP certifications denote a level of experience, skills, and knowledge.

  • The CAPM certification confirms the bearer may have a certain length of experience (see above), knows the terminology, and knows the practices documented in and promoted by PMI in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 5th editionProject Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK Guide. Why Get PMP Certified?.
  • The PMP certification confirms the bearer has at least three experience leading and directing projects, knows the terminology, knows the practices documented in and promoted by the PMBOK® Guide, and can converse on the content vis-a-vis situational questions that require more than knowing definitions.

Where

  • CAPM and PMP certifications are recognized worldwide. As noted above in the latest PMI Today publication, PMI has 279 chapters in 207 countries and territories.
  • More specifically, CAPM and PMP certifications are increasingly requested by employers. Most serious project management opportunities require or prefer certified candidates. It is often the prerequisite to even be considered for a new opportunity or even a promotion. The US government, for example, does not usually require PMP but will say it is preferred, which leads contractors to promising their project and program managers will have it. A de facto requirement.
  • PMI accepts credential applications from qualified CAPM and PMP candidates anywhere in the world. Certification exams are offered through contracted test centers, such as Prometric in the United States.

When

  • The simple answer is to get your certification as soon as you qualify. Thus, as a new or junior project manager, you may secure the CAPM certification as early as you want. As an experienced project manager, you need at least three years of experience leading and directing projects to qualify for PMP certification.

How

This raises two questions, how to get prepared and how to get certified.

First, how to get prepared. Our confidence is such that we offer a 100% money back test pass guarantee. PMI uses psychometric analysis to weight and adjust the test scoring so that only a reported 62-72% of all test takers pass. By all accounts, the bulk of failures come from self-study candidates. Where pass rates are estimated, only 40-50% of self-study test takers pass on their first attempt. Self-study and recorded approaches are the absolute worst method. How do you ask a recording or book a question? If you want to pass, take a live class! Whether live in person or live online, in a live class you can actually interact with the instructor and ask questions.

Second, the steps to certification:

  • The path to CAPM certification may take as few as 7 days and PMP certification may take as few as 10 days. More likely both will take two to four weeks.
  • CAPM certification requires taking and passing a 150 question multiple choice certification exam spanning three hours and covering the knowledge content of the PMBOK® Guide, 5th edition.
  • PMP certification requires taking and passing a 200 question multiple choice certification exam spanning four hours and covering not only the knowledge content of the PMBOK® Guide, 5th edition, but also significant additional knowledge content not in the PMBOK® Guide and situational questions that require you understand how and when to use the practices promoted in the PMBOK® Guide.

The basic steps to getting CAPM certification:

  1. Find and sign up for a class. A LIVE in person or LIVE online class, not recorded, not self-study, etc.
  2. If possible, begin some self-study before arriving in class. Do this by joining PMI and downloading the PMBOK© Guide, which is free once you have paid for membership. Begin reviewing the PMBOK© Guide, both a high-level read (e.g., heading, first sentence of each paragraph, review of serial lists in the paragraph or bullet lists) and a detailed word-for-word read. If you prefer a printed copy, either print the downloaded version or purchase a copy (Amazon is currently the cheapest sourceProject Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK Guide. Why Get PMP Certified?).
  3. Take the class.
  4. Once class ends, submit your application. (Unless you already have pre-qualifying contact hours, you cannot submit your application to PMI until the class is complete.)
  5. Within 24 hours after you submit your application, PMI should issue approval. If you are audited, you might be delayed 7-14 days. It is reported that up to 10% of credential applicants are automatically audited.
  6. Meanwhile, after the class and while waiting to schedule your exam, continue study, mostly practice tests and follow-up on areas where you have questions or are scoring poorly.
  7. Schedule your exam (once you are consistently getting 80% or better on practice exams). Prometric lets you pick a date 3 days into the future. Thus, you might take your exam roughly 4-5 days after you finish your class.
  8. Target taking the exam within two weeks after the class. Don’t stretch it out as the longer you do, the higher the risk that you will be sidetracked with life.
 

Project Weavers teaches project management and PMP certification exam prep classes. Why Get PMP Certified?The basic steps to PMP certification:

  1. Find and sign up for a class. We offer 100% live instruction, which is the absolute best approach. Our classes earn 35 eligible contact hours. PMI accepts instruction from their Registered Education Providers (one of PMI’s several marketing programs), from PMI chapters or communities of practice, employer/company-sponsored programs, training companies or consultants (e.g., training schools), distance-learning companies, including an end-of-course assessment, and university/college academic and continuing education programs. See page 11 in the PMI Handbook. Your best approach is a LIVE in person or LIVE online class, not a recorded course, not self-study, etc. Where statistics are available, the reported pass rate for other than live classes is 50% or less.
  2. If possible, begin some self-study before arriving in class. Do this by joining PMI and downloading the PMBOK© Guide, which is free once you have paid for membership. Begin reviewing the PMBOK© Guide, both a high-level read (e.g., heading, first sentence of each paragraph, review of serial lists in the paragraph or bullet lists) and a detailed word-for-word read. If you prefer a printed copy, either print the downloaded version or purchase a copy (Amazon is currently the cheapest sourceWhy Get PMP Certified?). The PMBOK© Guide is included in our in-person classes.
  3. Take the class. Participate!
  4. Once class ends, submit your application. (Unless you already have pre-qualifying contact hours, you cannot submit your application to PMI until the class is complete.)
  5. About 3-5 days after you submit your application, PMI should issue approval. If you are audited, you might be delayed 7-14 days. It is reported that up to 10% of credential applicants are automatically audited.
  6. Meanwhile, after the class and while waiting to schedule your exam, continue study, mostly practice tests and follow-up on areas where you have questions or are scoring poorly.
  7. Schedule your exam (once you are consistently getting 80% or better on practice exams). Prometric lets you pick a date 3 days into the future. Thus, you might take your exam roughly 7-10 days after you finish your class.
  8. Target taking the exam in the 7-21 day period after the class. Don’t stretch it out as the longer you do, the higher the risk that you will be sidetracked with life.

Note: Students with a pre-qualifying course may be tempted to schedule the exam the day after class ends. Do NOT do this! Even while some companies actively market the next-day exam approach, others, like us, strongly urge otherwise. In our experience, over half of our students attempting this fail the exam on their first attempt. You need time to finish the class, to catch your breadth, and absorb the content. Thus, please give yourself at least 3-5 days following your class before taking the exam.

 

The costs for certification:

  • CAPM certification costs between $659 and $1,499 for our training class and PMI will charge you $10 for an initial application fee, $129 for annual membership, $25-35 for optional chapter membership, and $225 for the CAPM credential exam fee. (Read more in the CAPM Handbook)
  • PMP certification costs include our 100% live training class ($1,399 to $1,899) and PMI costs: $10 for an initial application fee, $129 for annual membership, $25-35 for optional chapter membership, and $405 for the PMP credential exam fee. (Read more in the PMP Handbook)

  1. Determine your qualification to seek CAPM and PMP certification. If you have questions, please chat, email, or call us!
  2. Find a live in-person or online class that fits your study style and schedule. Project Weavers offers in-person classes in over 100 cities around the US and live online classes from anywhere you might get an Internet connection.

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