Debunking Eligibility Myths of the PMP Exam
PMP Exam. Most people who are looking into becoming a
PMP have a high school diploma, but question the experience needed. Because of the uncertainty, many myths start to generate into why someone should not be eligible. I hope to demystify some of the concerns and give truth to why someone has eligibility to take the
PMP Handbook. Eligibility consists of education, experience, and 35 contact hours. Page 8 of the PMP Handbook states that there must be education and experience background, per below:
Project Management Experience
*Leading and directing the project as identified with the tasks, knowledge, and skills specific in the Project Management Professional Examination Content Outline.
More direction is given on page 7 of the PMP Handbook through â€œRole Delineation (Job Analysis)â€, per below
Candidates for the PMP credential:
- Perform their duties under general supervision and are responsible for all aspects of the project for the life of the project
- Lead and direct cross-functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget, and scope
- Demonstrate sufficient knowledge and experience to appropriately apply a methodology to projects that have reasonably well-defined requirements and deliverables
Myth #1: My job title is not â€œProject Managerâ€
It makes no difference what the title is in your experience to apply for the PMP Exam.What does matter is the understanding how the role that you play in projects affects a deliverable. In fact, the application will ask which of the following roles your experience is in:
- Project Contributor
- Project Leader
- Project Manager
PMI does not expect everyone to have the title of â€œProject Managerâ€.
Myth #2: I have not worked on â€œprojectsâ€.
Let us keep in mind, the definition of a project is â€œa temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or resultâ€ (PMBOK Guide-5th Edition, pg 553).
project management. A functional company is a structured environment filled with a pyramid of managers and directors. This type of environment is built on efficiency and system mechanics, so an employee might often see the same type of work on a daily basis.
Are they still working on projects?
Registered Education Provider (REP). Often, REPs will provide the contact hours for exorbitant fees. A great way that many people have found to meet the contact hour requirement is by attaining the knowledge through
GreyCampus (REP ID 3871). See this link to find out about it and get started.
PMP certification will open doors to opportunities that could be more exciting and adventurous.
Author – Gregory Morrow