Every day, the requirements of business areas need the support of The Project Management area to deliver projects in different areas (Financial, Production, Business Processes, Construction, Educational, etc)

The PMP Certification (PMI Project Management Professional), is desired every day by Project Managers, but a common question is: “Is The Certification really important to Project Managers?”.

Created by PMI (Project Management Instituite) in 1984, the certification recognized Project Managers in Good Manners to deliver projects. But it’s not an easy process. The process to approve on a test is dinamic because the test verifies whether you have the knowledge more than the graduation or free courses of project management.

PMP Professionals receive more than other professionals, but it’s not the main motivation to apply for this test. The second point is: PMP Professionals are more visible in the organization.

What’s the importance of the certification? (Some interesting facts)

  • According to PMI e-link – Newsletter (10/31/15), the total number of PMP Certificates in the world are 678.619.
  • Project Management Survey shows that PMP-Certificated Project Managers gain 19% more)
  • Until 2020 we’ll need more than 13 million Project Managers in the world.
  • The Certification can help you find new opportunities
  • You’ll attend a hard level test of Project Management
  • The PMP Certification is in top 10 of the most important exams of the world

What are the requeriments to apply for the PMP exam?

Category 1:
– Four-year degree
– 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
– 35 hours of project management education

Category 2:
– Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
– 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
– 35 hours of project management education

How should I be prepared to apply for the PMP exam?

  1. Create the Project “My PMP Certification” (Yes! The certification must be a Project to you!)
  2. Create your Personal Study Plan (A Spreadsheet with Topics | Plan Hours to Study | Real Hours of Study)
  3. Try to study every day (at least 1 hour)
  4. Do your follow up every day (Hours Plan x Hours Real)
  5. Create points of review (Cards, Postit, Songs, etc)
  6. Make a lot of questions (Mockups)
  7. Try to follow a Preparation Book only  (You should read PMBOK + A Preparation Book. Eg: Rita Mulcahy)
  8. Separate more than 200 hours of selfstudy

Should I take a preparation course?

Yes, I recomend that you contract a PMP course (but it’s not an obligation). A good way to get your certification is studying in groups and during the classes the teacher will share good tips to you.

Besides that, when you attend a course, you can count on your colleges (Everyone has the same objective).

The “Exam Day”

I like to say that “The Exam is like Running”, you need to control your body and head: Sleep well before the exam. Take pauses during the exam and get some water.

When you start the exam, you don’t read any notes, take care with the exam instructions. If you cheat during the exam, your test will be canceled (Pay attention in Ethics Code)

Will PMP Certification make me a better Project Manager?

The PMP Certification is like a seal of quality and proves that you attended a hard exam and knew how to use the best pratice of Project Management Areas.

During the exam preparation, you’ll have the opportunity to be a better Project Manager, try to delivery your projects with a good quality and attend the stakeholders expectation.

The opportunity to learn is the best reason to obtain the PMP Certification!

Rodrigo Silva, PMP

PMI Volunteer