Debunking Eligibility Myths of the PMP Exam
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 “Role Delineation (Job Analysis)”, 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 “Project Manager”
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 “Project Manager”.
Myth #2: I have not worked on “projects”.
Let us keep in mind, the definition of a project is “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result” (PMBOK Guide-5th Edition, pg 553).
Author - Gregory Morrow