I have recently passed my Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) – (July 2011). In this article will explain how I went about applying for the examination, how I studied, the books I used and what I believed helped me pass the PMP Certification.
When starting out in Project Management there are two immediate priorities on one’s radar.
1. To gain as much on the job experience as possible
2. To obtain professional qualifications which will aid in development
Professional qualifications go hand in hand with the experience you will gain whilst in a project role. Most likely, these qualifications will act as a prerequisite into the job itself and will offer a structured, consistent framework, from which you can manage projects of any size.
For individuals wishing to build their project knowledge from scratch, the APM Introductory Certificate Qualification offers solid grounding in terms of understanding the project lifecycle, roles, responsibilities and logical checkpoints. The information presented is simplistic and easy to pick up, even if you have had no prior knowledge or experience within a project environment.
We are often asked the question by potential students “Will PRINCE2 training enhance my project management career prospects?” There is a very simple answer to this – Yes!
Most people considering PRINCE2 qualifications do so for career and/or personal development reasons. In the current economic climate, this is often driven by a change of job or career direction, sometimes not by choice. There is strong evidence that indicates that having up to date PRINCE2 qualifications could be the difference between being selected for a new position, whether you have years of project management experience or not. It could, in certain cases, be the difference between selected to stay in your current position or being released.
I decided to put together some information on the training and certification available for Project Managers.
The following gives some idea of approximate cost and the length of training, perhaps therefore the time needed out of your schedule.