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Project Management Institute’s Certification Program

Herman Walter, PMP

VP Administration & Finance

Project Management Institute – Assembly of Chapter Presidents

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Presentation Goals

  • Discuss the three current certification programs available through the Project Management Institute (PMI®) .

  • Discuss the eligibility requirements for each exam.

  • Discuss recertification requirements for the Project Management Professional (PMP®).

  • Review study tips for the PMP® exam.

  • Answer any questions.

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Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM™) Exam

  • Targeted for PM practitioners who are in supporting roles.

    • Assists in evaluation of project control plans.

    • Suggests performance indicators and limits.

    • Assists in refining project requirements, assumptions, and constraints.

    • Supports administrative and financial closure.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Category 1: Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent

    • Minimum of 1,500 hours of project management experience within three-year period prior to the application.

      • Must indicate at least 24 unique (non-overlapping) months of experience.

      • Must identify hours per process area.

    • Minimum of 23 “contact” hours of project management education.

      • Contact hours will be defined later.

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Eligibility Requirements (Cont’d)

  • Category 2: High School Diploma or Equivalent

    • Minimum of 2,500 hours of project management experience within three-year period prior to the application.

      • Must indicate at least 24 unique (non-overlapping) months of experience.

      • Must identify hours per process area.

    • Minimum of 23 “contact” hours of project management education.

      • Contact hours will be defined later.

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Contact Hours

  • Instruction hours in a learning environment that must have been accrued prior to the submission of the application, but there is no time limit.

  • Instruction hours must include content on one to all nine knowledge areas per the PMBOK®Guide.

    • Quality, Scope, Time, Cost, Risk, Procurement, Human Resources, Communications, and Integration.

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University/college academic and continuing education programs.

Courses or programs offered by training companies or consultants.

Courses or programs offered by PMI®components.

Courses or programs offered by PMI® Registered Education Providers (REP).

Courses or programs offered by employer/ company-sponsored programs.

Courses or programs offered by distance-learning companies

Sources of Contact Hours

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CAPM™ Exam Structure

  • Multiple-choice format.

    • 150 questions.

    • Three hours allotted time.

    • Recall level assessment: define terms.

      • Covers the five domains plus Professional Responsibility.

  • Computer-based exam.

    • Given at secure Prometric Testing Center (PTC) sites.

    • Paper exams will be administered outside of North America when there is no PTC site available.

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CAPM™ Exam Fees

  • First Time Sitting for Exam:

    • Eligibility letter is valid for 6 months.

    • $225 US fee for PMI members.

    • $300 US fee for nonmembers.

  • Retaking the Exam

    • Must submit re-examination form within one year of original test date.

      • Reduced fee needs to be paid to retake the exam.

    • Individual has six months to re-take the exam upon issuance of the eligibility letter.

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Maintaining CAPM™ Credential

  • Initial designation is valid for a maximum of five years.

    • Final year is the fifth full calendar year after the year in which the exam was passed.

    • No requirements for continued education.

    • Within five years, individual must apply again for CAPM™ exam and pass it to maintain his/her credential.

  • An individual can take the PMP® certification exam anytime during the five-year period upon meeting eligibility criteria.

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PMP® Certification Exam

  • Targeted for project management practitioners.

  • Is constructed to measure the individual’s application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques that are utilized in the practice of project management.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Category 1: Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent

    • Minimum of 4,500 hours of project management experience within six-year period prior to the application.

      • Must indicate at least 36 unique (non-overlapping) months of experience.

      • Must identify hours per process area.

    • Minimum of 35 “contact” hours of project management education.

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Eligibility Requirements (Cont’d)

  • Category 2: High School Diploma or Equivalent

    • Minimum of 7,500 hours of project management experience within eight-year period prior to the application.

      • Must indicate at least 60 unique (non-overlapping) months of experience.

      • Must identify hours per process area.

    • Minimum of 35 “contact” hours of project management education.

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PMP® Exam Structure

  • Multiple-choice format.

    • 200 questions.

    • Four hours allotted time.

    • Many questions are scenario-based.

      • Covers the five domains plus Professional Responsibility.

  • Computer-based exam.

    • Given at secure Prometric Testing Center (PTC) sites.

    • Paper exams will be administered outside of North America when there is no PTC site available.

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PMP® Exam Fees

  • First Time Sitting for Exam:

    • Eligibility letter is valid for 6 months.

    • $405 US fee for PMI members.

    • $555 US fee for nonmembers.

  • Retaking the Exam

    • Must submit re-examination form within one year of original test date.

      • Reduced fee needs to be paid to retake the exam.

    • Individual has six months to re-take the exam upon issuance of the eligibility letter.

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Maintaining PMP® Credential

  • Certification is valid for three years.

    • Final year is the third full calendar year after the year in which the exam was passed.

  • PMP® must obtain 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) during the three years to maintain his/her credential.

    • Details on the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program will be provided later in this presentation.

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Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) Exam

  • Targeted for project management practitioners in specific industries.

    • Applicant must be PMP® certified.

    • Needs to demonstrate industry-specific knowledge.

  • Credential identifies individual as being knowledgeable in both project management and the specific industries.

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Available CAQ Exams

  • Automotive

    • Scheduled yearly since 1999.

  • Information Technology – Systems

    • First exam will be offered in July 2002.

  • Project Management Office

    • First exam will be offered in July 2002

  • Future Exams

    • Capital Projects, Pharmaceutical, Information Technology - Networks

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a certified PMP®.

  • Must have 1,500 hour of industry-specific experience .

    • Must be over a minimum of a two-year period within the previous four years prior to filling out the application.

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CAQ Exam Structure

  • Multiple-choice format.

    • 75 questions.

    • 2 hours allotted time.

  • Paper and pencil based exam.

    • No computer based testing available.

    • PMI HQ establishes test sites.

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CAQ Exam Fees

  • First Time Sitting for Exam:

    • Eligibility letter contains scheduling information.

    • $100 US fee.

  • Retaking the Exam

    • Must submit re-examination form within one year of original test date.

    • Individual must take the next exam administered.

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Maintaining CAQ Credential

  • CAQ certification is valid for three years.

    • Final year is the third full calendar year after the year in which the exam was passed.

  • 10 of the 60 PDUs required for PMP® recertification must be related to the specific industry that the credential was granted for.

    • Future editions of the CAQ handbooks will have additional information regarding this process, especially for individuals that have more than one CAQ credential.

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Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program

  • The purpose of the CCR program is to:

    • Sustain the PMP® as a global certification credential

    • Enhance the ongoing professional development of PMPs

    • Encourage and recognize individualized learning opportunities

    • Offer a standardized and objective method for attaining and recording professional development activities

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Professional Development Unit

  • One PDU = one hour spent in a planned, structured learning experience or activity.

    • Activities must be related to project management topics.

    • Activities must be consistent with the knowledge areas and processes as outlined in the 2000 edition of the PMBOK®Guide.

  • PDUs can be claimed in 0.25 increments.

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PDU Categories

  • Category 1: Formal Academic Education

    • No limit on amount that can be claimed.

  • Category 2: Professional Activities

    • Covers writing articles, making presentations, or developing a program.

    • PMP® can claim 5 PDUs per year for providing professional project management services to employers or other groups.

    • Can claim a maximum of 15 PDUs over three-year period for “self-directed learning” activities.

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PDU Categories (Continued)

  • Category 3: PMI REP Programs

  • Category 4: Programs from Other Providers

    • PMP® must maintain registration form, certificate or letter of attendance, and a brochure or course materials.

  • Category 5: Service to Professional or Community Organizations

    • Can claim a maximum of 20 PDUs during three-year period.

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PDU Reporting

  • Fax or mail completed Activities Reporting Form to the PMI/CCR Records Department at:

    PMI/CCR

    College of Continuing Education

    1700 Asp Avenue

    Norman, OK 73072-6400 USA

  • Email completed forms to pmirecords@pmi.org.

  • Fill out form and submit online. Form can be found at http://www.pmi.org/certification/ccr/forms.htm.

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PMP® Exam Preparation Tips

  • Know the 2000 edition of the PMBOK®Guide and its definitions.

    • Retype the PMBOK® Guide and paraphrase it in your own words.

    • PMI® administers the exam, not other sources – including your employer. Therefore, go with the answer that reflects the PMI® point of view.

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PMP® Exam Tips (Continued)

  • Use multiple references to prepare for the exam.

  • Take as many practice exams as you can.

    • Be careful: you’ll start to remember answers without knowing why they are correct.

  • Participate in a study group and/or a formal PMP® preparation class.

  • Review incorrect answers and understand why your answer was wrong and why correct answer is correct.

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Recommended References

  • PMP Exam Prep and PM FASTrack CD-ROM by Rita Mulcahy, PMP.

    • Available through the PMI Bookstore (http://www/pmibookstore.org) or http://www.rmcproject.com.

    • PM FASTrack simulates actual computer-based test.

  • Project Manager’s Desk Reference by A.J. Thomas, PMP and Dick Billows, GCA.

    • Available through the Hampton Group’s website: http://www.4pm.com.

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PMP®References (Continued)

  • Available through the PMI Bookstore (http://www.pmibookstore.org) and ESI’s website (http://www.esi-intl.com):

    • Project Management Terms – A Working Glossary by J. LeRoy Ward, PMP.

    • PMP Exam Practice Test and Study Guide by J. LeRoy Ward, PMP.

    • PMP Challenge! By J. LeRoy Ward, PMP and Ginger Levin, D.P.A.

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PMP® References (Continued)

  • Available through the PMI Bookstore and International Institute for Learning’s website (http://www.iil.com):

    • Project Management – A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling by Harold Kernzer, Ph.D.

      • Mixed reaction from people on this book. Some swear by it, others swear at it!

    • Project Management IQ CD-ROM.

      • Simulates actual computer-based test.

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Questions?

Thank You.

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