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How to prepare for your PMP examination


Project Management Professional (PMP) is a renowned project management credential administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the USA. Due to the global acceptance of this credential, it is obviously a highly demanded one. In order to become a PMP, a candidate must demonstrate real projects experience and have to pass the challenging PMP exam 

Many organizations have made the PMP qualification an important requirement for jobs in the project management domain. Also, it is interesting to note that this certification has acceptance and reach across a wide range of industries. Regardless of which industry you are working in, a PMP Certification is a treasured milestone in the resume of a project professional  

Project Management Institute (PMI) which was founded in 1969, delivers value to millions of professionals working around the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education, and research. PMI continually learns more about what drives successful project outcomes through their research and they share those drivers with the project management community

PMP is the flagship certification from PMI. You can find PMP's leading projects in nearly every country and is unlike other certifications that focus on a particular geography or domain. The PMP is truly global.

Requirements for PMP Certification

To earn your Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, you need to meet the experience and education requirements and pass the PMP examination, a 180-question, multiple-choice test

  •  A four-year degree
  •  36 months leading projects
  •  35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM Certification

         — OR —

  •  A high school diploma or an associate’s degree (or global equivalent)
  •  60 months leading projects
  •  35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM Certification

How to Prepare for the PMP Exam?

Here we are sharing with you some important tips that you may actively consider as you prepare to pass your PMP. Please note the below points 

  • Have a Study Plan
  • Using PMBOK Guide and Other Study Materials
  •  Practice Mock Tests to Get Ready for the Exam
  • Join a PMP Certification Training Program
  • Join a PMP Certification Training Program

Enroll yourself in a PMP training program. Make sure that the program is offering you the training based on the latest PMI Examination Content Outline. The trainer should be a PMP in good standing with PMI with relevant industry experience in order to ensure that you get the most pertinent project management knowledge in line with the PMI set requirements. Such training will not only enable you to pass the exam, it will also give you a lot of practical outlooks on how to manage real-world projects. Also, we recommend that you ensure that you get post-training supports from the provider/trainer which is also vital for your exam prep 

  •  Using PMBOK Guide and Other Study Materials 

PMBOKGuide (Project management Body of Knowledge) published by PMI is an important reference for your PMP exam prep. However, please note that the PMP exam is not based on the PMBOK Guide alone. PMBOK Guide is just one of the references out of many which PMI has outlined on their website. A good training program should enable you to provide the contents that will efficiently enable you to cover the examination content outline topics to ace the PMP exam. Currently, PMI has released the PMBOK 7. However, PMBOK 6 is still a major reference for the PMP exam  

  • Have a Study Plan

A PMP training program typically takes a duration of 35 hours. These training from renowned institutes may be taken online or offline according to the PMP aspirants’ convenience and preferences. Once you have completed the training, we recommend that you take the exam within 2 to 3 months. Having a target date for the exam is extremely important and you need to work towards your target. Give yourself one month time to review all the topics which were covered in your training and then you may check your knowledge by practicing mock exams 

  •  Practice Mock Tests to Get Ready for the Exam

Mock tests are a good indicator to understand your level of knowledge and expertise on the subject. It will enable you to identify the gaps in your PMP knowledge. The mock exams should be taken in an exam-like environment. This will really set up the stage for your actual exam and you will find yourself growing in confidence as you take more and more mock exams. This is a secret success recipe for your PMP exam   

To Conclude

We believe that the above tips can be instrumental for your PMP success. Please feel free to contact us to further discuss with you on how we can support you for your PMP exam success which can eventually lead to your career growth and development   

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Muhamad Thasveer Arafath is an engineer with a post-graduation MBA who possesses 20+ years of industry work experience in Project Management. To name a few of his area expertise, he has worked in various multi-million construction/development projects and programs in the UAE concerning project planning, project controls, project advisory/valuations, as a project lead, etc. 

Muhamad is currently a project management consultant and trainer specializing in Project Management Institute (PMI) certifications. He has now completed training for  65+  batches for various PMI certifications, holding an excellent passing rate among his training participants. 

He holds eight certifications from PMI and is an Award winner from the PMI UAE Chapter in 2019/2020 for being the member with the highest number of PMI certifications in UAE. He is certified from PMI in PfMP, PgMP, PMP, RMP, SP, SP, PBA and CAPM. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Valuers (FIIV).

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