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Hi all,
I need to know some information about the PMP certification because i'm thinking to take it (my total experience is 6 years , now I'm junior project manager )

- How can i know i'm eligible to take this certification or not ?
- What are the prerequisites for the PMP certification ?
- Is there any recommend materials to study from it ?
- What is the exam fees ?
- Is the PMP certification got an expiration date ?
 
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You can find all answers from www.pmi.org.

How many years of your experience as project manager?
PMP requires applicants to have at least 3 years of experience (as project manager).
 
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actually i'm less then 1 year as a project manager , this means that i'm not eligible to take this certification or it's only a recommendation ?
 
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They have another program called CAPM for those without the full experience.

The PMP audits some people to verify with references that you have the required number of years experience, so yes the experience is a requirement for PMP.
 
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Originally posted by Marc Peabody:
They have another program called CAPM for those without the full experience.

The PMP audits some people to verify with references that you have the required number of years experience, so yes the experience is a requirement for PMP.



So is it useful to take CAPM or wait to gain the minimum years of experience for PMP certification ? so any recommended books for CAPM ?
 
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Originally posted by Sherif Shehab:


So is it useful to take CAPM or wait to gain the minimum years of experience for PMP certification ? so any recommended books for CAPM ?



If you would like to advance your career in project management field, I recommend to wait and take PMP.

CAPM is not for a project manager, and as I know right now CAPM is not recognizable much.

CAPM exam scope is within PMBOK 3rd ed. (PMBOK is stand for Project Management Body Of Knowledge - a document from PMI).
But you will find out that reading PMBOK is very boring, so I recommend to use the same resources as PMP but focus only contents in PMBOK.
 
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Ok, About the CAPM what do you think about this book "all in one CAPM " ? any recommended book for this certification ?
 
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I would look for any books written by Rita Mulcahy... I have found her books quite useful in my preparation for PMP. Her books are clear and concise.

When are you planning to take the exam?

Good Luck!!!
 
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i think i will take the exam on May or June
 
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PMP - Exam Eligibility:

Applicants must have 35 hours of specific Project Management Education.

With a Bachelor's Degree (or the Global equivalent): Applicants must have a minimum 4500 hours of Professional Project Management experience

High School Diploma, Associates Degree (or the Global equivalent): Applicants must have a minimum 7500 hours of Professional Project Management experience.

Exam Format:
200 Multiple choice questions ( Including 25 Pretest questions )
Exam Fee:
$405 (PMI Members), $555 (Non Members)
Exam Duration:
4 Hours
PMP Item references
Most of the questions reference the PMI A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (the PMBOK )
 
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There are eligibilities you must have before taking PMP;

A candidate needs to obtain Secondary Degree (High School Diploma, Associate's Degree, or globally comparable) with at least 5 years of Project Management and 7,500 hours handling project and 35 hours of Project Management Education.
Alternately, the learner must possess a 4-year degree (Bachelor's Degree or globally comparable) and at least 3 years of Project Management experience, including 4,500 hours in leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of Project Management Education.
The top 5 reference materials which are often preferred by aspirants of PMP Certification are as follows.
1. Head First PMP - Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene
Written by two great project managers, this book stands out from the regular prep books of the PMP Exam as it offers a visual format of the project management concepts. This assists aspirants to easily understand the concepts and apply them while attempting the PMP Exam. The book consists of various practical exercises like puzzles, games, and problems aiding aspirants to easily crack the exam.
2. PMP Exam Prep - Rita Mulcahy
This exam prep book is suggested by several certified project managers. The author explains the processes involved in project management whilst preparing aspirants for the exam and real-life situations. The book emphasizes on the roles and responsibilities to be carried out by a project manager along with various other topics. The book was originally introduced in the 1990s, however, several versions of the book have been released over the years to accommodate the latest practices of the project management field.
3. PMP Exam Prep Simplified – Andrew Ramdayal
The author possesses expertise in project management field and IT security. The book presents the topics and concepts in an easy-to-understand format helping aspirants to break down the complex terminologies involved in the field. Consisting of various exam-like questions, this exam prep book covers all the topics covered in the PMBOK Guide – 6th edition, mock exam, and dedicated sections for complex topics.
4. All-in-one PMP Exam Prep Kit – Darron L. Clark, PMP
Darron offers a comprehensive study material kit for aspirants taking up the PMP Exam. The book covers all the knowledge areas and processes of project management. Consisting of over 1000 questions with answers and explanations, mock exams, and ready-to-access project templates, this book is referred by several project managers who aspire to become Project Management Professionals.
5. The PMP Exam – Andy Crowe
With 25 years of experience in managing projects, Andy Crowe has inked ‘The PMP Exam: How To Pass on Your First Try’ study material by aligning it with the latest edition of the PMBOK Guide. The book covers various process groups and knowledge areas of project management. Along with the concepts, the book also specifies the roles carried out by a project manager. Towards the end of the book, aspirants can try the questions, quizzes, and a mock exam which will assist in acing the exam.

Validity:
Once you complete the training and pass the PMP examination, you’ll need to fulfill the PMP and PDU requirements to maintain your credentials. Your certification holds three years of validity, if you fail to earn PDUs your credential will be suspended on the third anniversary of passing the exam. Earning 60 PDUs is not easy as it seems, you need to figure out the plan for what and how you will be attaining your PDUs over the three-year time to maintain the credential.
PMP Certification Exam fee:
Being the real PMP Certification cost, the price for this is fixed. It costs $555 for non-members of the PMI and $405 for PMI members. If you wish to be PMI member at the time of your PMP application, the fee of $555 will cover your exam and your PMI membership fee.

Preparing for PMP Exam is not easy. Referring to various study materials only accounts for half preparation of the exam. The rest half of the preparation phase includes the PMP Training. To meet the eligibility criteria, aspirants must enroll for formal training of project management education. PMP Training sessions provide aspirants with in-depth understanding of various concepts and terminologies of managing projects based on the latest practices of the industry through highly experienced trainers. Hence, attending the training course and referring to the exam prep books helps aspirants of PMP to ace the exam in their first attempt.
 
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