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Taking the PMP Exam - Part 1 - Getting Started

The starting point for this journey is the PMI's site. You can get there by going to http://pmi.org. From there it is a short hop to the PMP credential page. PMI is a bit paranoid about their materials, so I can't give you a direct link to the "Certification Handbook" (current version is a pdf file titled: PDC_PMPHandbook.pdf) that you can open or download. This e-book is divided into 5 sections; Eligibility, Examination Information, Policies and Procedures, Credential Terms of Use and finally a section with Credential Application Forms. The last section is optional as the forms are also available through PMI's online credentialing system

The credential process and requirements changed not too long ago, so if you have downloaded this in the past and have an old copy on your disk or in a folder, get rid of it and get yourself a new copy.

Going to take some time to read the e-book and figure out what the next step is, but will be back soon...

  • Taking the PMP Exam - Part 12 - The PMP Examination Specification
  • Taking the PMP Exam - Part 2 - Joining PMI
  • Taking and Passing the PMP Exam Part 16 How I passed the PMP Exam
  • PMP Certification Exam Experience Requirements Spreadsheet
  • Taking the PMP Exam - Part 14 - The Examination Specification
  • Taking the PMP Exam - Appendix A -Exam Guides
  • Taking the PMP Exam - Part 6 - Downloading the PMBOK
  • Taking the PMP Exam - Part 4 - Customer Satisfaction
  • Taking the PMP Exam N*ked - Part 0
  • Taking and Passing the PMP Exam - Part 15 - PMBOK version 4

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    This will be an interesting voyage. For the record, I have my PMP and I was the Director of Membership on a PMI Chapter board for two years so I am somewhat acquainted with the process from my own experiences of getting my PMP as well as helping shepherd a few people through the system.

    One challenge is creating the experience resume portion of the application. It isn't difficult but it is somewhat detailed. You can do it dynamically online but, in my case, I found it useful to get a printout of the data entry pages and then create a spreadsheet to capture all of the information. Once I had captured it in a spreadsheet, it was easier to post it to the web page. I tried to make it somewhat "friendly" so that I could pass the blank form along to others when they were doing their data capture and entry.

    I believe the information requested now is more extensive than in the past so my old spreadsheet probably isn't of much use. However, if you do decide to create a spreadsheet (even a basic version without lots of formatting and dropdown selection boxes), you might want to post it (or a link to it) on your site.

    PMI isn't "paranoid" about their materials but they are certainly protective of their copyrights (and related revenue stream!). You don't have to be a member to get the PMBOK Guide since you can purchase it directly from PMI or from a bookstore.

    (BTW ... some people are quite didactic and *insist* that you refer to the "PMBOK Guide" -- I'm quite happy to let others refer simply to the PMBOK since, in almost every case, they are referring to the Guide and not to the voluminous materials from which the guide is drawn.)

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