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Project Management Institute’s Certification Program. Herman Walter, PMP VP Administration & Finance Project Management Institute – Assembly of Chapter Presidents. Presentation Goals.

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project management institute s certification program

Project Management Institute’s Certification Program

Herman Walter, PMP

VP Administration & Finance

Project Management Institute – Assembly of Chapter Presidents

Revised 16 May 2002

presentation goals
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
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
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
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
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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sources of contact hours
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 [email protected]
  • 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
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
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
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
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

Questions?

Thank You.

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