Presentation on theme: "1 PMP & CAPM Information. 2 Is PMI Certification For You? Personal desire to achieve high standards of excellence Significant Project Management experience."— Presentation transcript:
2 Is PMI Certification For You? Personal desire to achieve high standards of excellence Significant Project Management experience Desire/time to study outside of class Some $$$.$$ to spend to get the job done
3 What Is PMI Certification? “The purpose and goal of (PMI’s) certification program is the development, maintenance, evaluation, promotion, and administration of a rigorous, examination-based, professional certification credential of the highest caliber.”
4 What is PMI? International Professional Organization Sets Professional Standards(PMBOK ® ) Endorsed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Founded in 1969 100,000 members (2003) Certifications: PMP & CAPM To learn more, visit… www.pmi.orgwww.pmi.org or www.austinpmi.org
5 What is the PMBOK Guide? Project Management Body of Knowledge Sum of knowledge within the profession of project management ANSI Standard Practitioners and academics apply/advance it “Generally accepted” Dynamic – PMBOK 4th Edition
6 Certification Eligibility Application Options (PMP) Candidates applying for certification must satisfy the educational and experiential requirements for one of the following categories: Category 1 (4 yr degree) Category 2 (H.S. diploma)
7 Required Supporting Documentation 1. Proof of educational background 2. Experience Verification forms (See handbook) 3. Proof of contact hours of project management training (e.g., Certificates) Also see checklist on page 10 of the handbook
8 Certification Examination Application Process Credentials for educational background Experience Verification Form(s) (4,500 or 7,500 hours of Project Management Experience) Completed Examination Application PM Training Verification (35 hours for PMP)
9 Category 1 Criteria (PMP) At the time of application, the candidate: 1. Holds a baccalaureate or equivalent university degree, and 2. Has a minimum of 4500 hours of project management experience within the five process groups (3 years of PM experience within the last 6 years) 3. 35 hours of Project Management training (Must coincide with Knowledge Areas)
10 Experience Verification Forms ( See PMI Certification Handbooks For PMP) The Experience Verification form is used by candidates to properly document and report project management experience One Experience Verification form must be submitted for each project within the eligible timeframe On the form, candidates must indicate the number of hours worked in each of the five process areas
11 Project Management Process Areas Project management process experience is organized into one or more of the following process areas: Initiating Planning Executing Monitoring & Controlling Closing
12 Category 2 Criteria At the time of application, the candidate: 1. Does not hold a baccalaureate or equivalent university degree but holds a high school diploma or equivalent secondary school credential, and 2. Has a minimum of 7500 hours of project management experience within the five process groups (5 years of PM experience within the last 8 years) 3. 35 hours of Project Management training (Must coincide with Knowledge Areas)
14 Requirements for CAPM 23 hours of formal Project Management training. OR 1,500 hours of Project Management Team Experience. Certification is good for 5 years.
15 What Is A Project? A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service. It is done for a purpose and has interrelated activities An operation (work) refers to work that is ongoing and repetitive
25 Eligibility Notification A PMP Examination Eligibility Letter will be emailed to qualifying candidates upon receipt of application. Candidates must take the Certification Examination by the expiration date shown on the Eligibility Letter. (Typically, 12 months.)
26 Any questions concerning the PMP Certification Examination Applications can be directed to the Certification Department at the Project Management Institute 610-356-4600 Questions?
27 The Exam TOUGH! CBT (15 minute tutorial) Prometric Testing Centers 200 Multiple Choice Questions Randomly selected from a pool of 1000+ Pass/Fail (You need about 106 to pass) www.pmi.org/certification/info/examcontent. htm 4 Hours
28 The PMP Exam Initiation178.5% Planning4723.5% Execution4723.5% Controlling4623.0% Closing147.0% Professional Responsibility2914.5%
30 Exam Tactics / Strategy Real world experience can help/hurt you Your “right answer” vs. PMI’s “right answer” YOU MUST THINK LIKE PMI! Know the knowledge areas, processes (including order), and inputs, tools and techniques, outputs Understand core processes and facilitating processes This is a project. What’s your completion date?
31 Taking The Exam (Suggestions) Answer questions you are 100% sure of Mark questions you are unsure of Take at least one break Review your answers Use the entire four hours
32 Exam Tactics / Strategy (During the 15 minute tutorial time…) Write down all formulas Write down the processes by knowledge area Read each question twice Try to first answer the question without looking at the four answers Read all four answers - then decide
33 Exam Tactics / Strategy Real time experience can help/hurt you Your “right answer” vs. PMI’s “right answer” Know the knowledge areas, their processes (including order), and inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs Understand core processes and facilitating processes
34 Exam Tactics / Strategy Memorization is absolutely required, but memorization is not enough It’s not enough to know the answer, you have to know why it’s the correct answer “Rule of 3” Know the material cold The “48 hour cram”
Knowledge Areas Project Management Process Groups InitiatingPlanningExecuting Monitoring and ControllingClosing 4. Project Integration Management 4.1 Develop Charter 4.2 Develop Project Management Plan 4.3 Direct and Manage Project Execution 4.4 Monitor and Control Project Work 4.5 Integrated Change Control 4.6 Close Project or Phases 5. Project Scope Management 5.1 Collect Requirements 5.2 Define Scope 5.3 Create WBS 5.4 Verify Scope 5.5 Control Scope 6. Project Time Management 6.1 Define Activities 6.2 Sequence Activities 6.2 Estimate Activity Resources 6.4 Estimate Activity Durations 6.5 Develop Schedule 6.6 Control Schedule 7. Project Cost Management 7.1 Estimate Costs 7.2 Determine Budget 7.3 Control Costs 8. Project Quality Management 8.1 Plan Quality 8.2 Perform Quality Assurance 8.3 Perform Quality Control 9. Project Human Resource Management 9.1 Develop Human Resource 9.2 Acquire Project Team 9.3 Develop Project Team 9.4 Manage Project Team 10. Project Communications Management 10.1 Identify Stakeholders 10.2 Plan Communications 10.3 Distribute Information 10.4 Manage Stakeholder Expectations 10.5 Report Performance 11. Project Risk Management 11.1 Plan Risk Management 11.2 Identify Risks 11.3 Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis 11.4 Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis 11.5Plan Risk Responses 11.6 Monitor and Control Risks 12. Project Procurement Management 12.1 Plan Procurement12.2 Conduct Procurement12.3 Administer Procurement 12.4 Close Procurement
36 Questions On The Exam Knowledge, Application, Analysis You must know how to apply the information you have learned. Emphasis is on “process” (i.e. the Project Management Life Cycle) 10-15 questions are likely on the PMBOK processes / ITTO
37 Questions On The Exam Situational 50-75 questions e.g. “What would/should you do in this situation?” Network diagrams often have more than one question 4-8 formula-type questions 5-8 Earned Value (EV) questions Extraneous information Blue sky questions/distracters (Say what?) Half answers Always choose the BEST answer
38 Taking The Exam Watch For Key Words! (Often italicized) For example: first, last, next, best, never, always, except, not, most likely, less likely, primary, initial, most, etc.
39 Taking The Exam (Suggestions) Use the entire four hours You will know if you passed immediately—just scroll down a bit Ensure you get verification that you passed from the test center attendant
40 Go For It! (But have a plan…) Decide ASAP when you will become a PMP Schedule your exam Study 2-4 days solid prior to taking the exam Take the night before the exam off Prayer can’t hurt Pass the exam
41 Getting Ready For Exam Day Schedule your exam date with Thompson Prometric THOMSON PROMETRIC TEST CENTER 1931 EAST BEN WHITE BLVD SUITE 900A Phone: 512.441.1978 Site Code: 0010 www.prometric.com Bring your PMI authorization letter and two forms of ID to the Prometric Testing Center Plan to take at least one break You will get scrap paper, pencils, basic calculator