Project Management Skills: Strengthened through Certification

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Mary Pendleton

Director for Consumer Education

 

Today’s job market is tough—and that is not going to change in the foreseeable future. Many professionals with managerial and leadership skills are finding that the experience they have as leaders does not carry the prestige as it once did nor does it always translate into finding that next job. Now, it is no longer acceptable to just have managed projects as part of your leadership role, you need to have achieved the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification as well. With a job market that has more professionals seeking work than there are professional positions to fill, having certification along with experience is essential to carry you to the next level along your career path.

Why is this certification so important and what can it do for you?

Overall, there are more people seeking employment than there are positions available. However, when it comes to professional positions that require specific skill sets and certifications, there are actually more positions open than there are qualified applicants! Now, and for at least the foreseeable future, certifications that validate your skill sets are the key to your career success.

How do you go about securing this certification?

**Simply put, PMP certification is a validation of skills. It means standing out in your field with a set of qualifications that demonstrate your commitment to learning, staying current in your field and keeping up with professional advances. PMP certification is recognized globally.

**When you are certified you are the kind of professional that managers and prospective employers look to with trust and confidence.  This translates into a potential steep hike in salary. On average, PMP’s earn around 17% more than non-certified yet experienced counterparts.

**Businesses today understand the need for this particular group of professionals and support for this close-knit community has never been as broad as it is today. Discussion groups and online communities share tips, share insights about the latest developments and pool their talent and experiences all in an effort to form a strong PMP alliance.

**Achieving a PMP certification is not for the faint of heart.  The exam falls into a mid-range of cost but because of the content can be daunting to the exam taker. This exam tests professionals on all five project management processes—initiating, planning, executing, monitoring & controlling and closing. The professional needs to be aware of all nine knowledge areas of project management, including project scope management, integration management, human resource management, time management, cost management, quality management and procurement management. When it is all said and done, PMP’s have enhanced project management skills and demonstrate top-notch project performance.

How to Become a Certified Project Management Professional

Qualifications

There are three requirements to obtaining the privilege to take the PMP exam through the Project Management Institute (PMI):

  1. Four-year Bachelor’s Degree or its global equivalent
  2. 4500 hours of project management experience in not less than 3 years
  3. 35 hours of project management training
  4. If you do not have a Bachelor’s Degree, you must have a high school diploma and 7500 hours of project management experience and 35 hours of project management training.

Once you are determined to be eligible, become a member of PMI, create your account and fill out the application.

  1. It is not mandatory to become a member to apply but it is to your benefit because of available study and information benefits, as well as substantial savings on exam costs.
  2. Since everything is done online (pmi.org), your eligibility letter should be sent back usually within a week to 10 days after application submission.

If do not yet meet the experience requirements to take the PMP exam, you may take the Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM) exam. This exam does not have any experience hours requirement. TO qualify for the CAPM exam, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. At least a high school diploma (college degree preferred)
  2. 35 hours of project management training

Studying

  1. Study independently (150-200 hours)
  2. Use study prep materials and practice tests (consistent 90% scores mean you are ready to test)

Exam

  1. A predefined number of applicants are selected for physical audit at random.
  2. If you are not required to go through the audit, you will receive an “Authorization to Test” approval email within 3-5 business days.
  3. Exam cost is $405.00 for members or $555.00 for non-members.
  4. Exams are purchased through Project Management Institute.
  5. Instructions for testing are issued through PMI

Testing

  1. Go to the Thomas Prometric website and check exam Seat Availability to see nearest test center and test dates.
  2. Chose the best date that aligns with your study timeline.

Take the exam

  1. 4-hour exam consisting of 200 questions
  2. You will need to score 131 out of 200.
  3. There is no break allowed during the exam so if you take a break, the clock is ticking….

Congratulations! You are on your way to becoming Project Management Professional certified. Not only will it enhance your knowledge in the field but it will demonstrate your credibility in the professional world, lead to better salaries, and make you more secure and valued even during economic downturns.


THIS PROMO ENDS ON DECEMBER 31, 2016 for classes through March 31, 2017!

Call NOW for additional information and registration to 602.386.2054 or 866.399.8287 and ask for Rodger Brubacher, Director for Continuing Education, or email rodger.brubacher@dwwtc.com — Act NOW before all the seats are taken!

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