Wake-Up America! Series – #2 PMP Certification


POAC Engineering and Technical Affinity Group

The topic will be:

Understanding the PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification

Find out what it takes to make the transition into this growing field.  Learn how to manage “projects” successfully within budget, on schedule, and with a high quality of products or services. Understand the requirements to receive the certification, the application process, the exam, and how to prepare.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 (to be rescheduled)

1:30 PM to 4 PM

POAC Conference Room


  1. Relevance to us – the job seekers
  2. What is PMP?
  3. Requirements toward getting a certification

3.1 Project work experience

3.2 In-class hours

3.3 Examination

4. Go/No-Go decision

5. Meeting class hours requirement

6. Prepare, prepare, prepare

7. Become a PMI member

8. Document your project work experience (excel sheet)

9. Complete online application

10. Await PMI’s approval

11. Pay the fee

12. Schedule examination

13. Take exam and celebrate

14. Incorporate PMP certification in your resume

1.    Relevance to us – the job seekers or those in career transition

-Relevant to those who lead and direct cross-functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget, and scope.

 -This adds to our resume.

-Prepares us for answering interview questions.

-Will open new doors for employment.

Note – Go for PMP not CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)

2.      What is PMP?

-Project Management Professional certification given by PMI (Project Management Institute).

-A hot certification in recent years – the most recognized and respected certification credential in the field of project management.

-DOD demands this.

-DOD contractors and industries are requiring this.

The PMP credential recognizes demonstrated knowledge and skill in leading and directing project teams and in delivering project results within the constraints of schedule, budget and resources.

3.      Requirements toward getting a certification

-To achieve PMP certification, each candidate must satisfy all educational and experiential requirements established by PMI, agree to adhere to a code of professional conduct, and must demonstrate an acceptable and valid level of understanding and knowledge of project management. The PMP certification examination tests this knowledge.

3.1   Project work experience

-Use the Experience Verification Forms to document at least 7,500 hours of experience leading and directing project tasks (4,500 hours if you hold a Bachelor’s degree)

3.2   In-class hours

-Document 35 contact hours of project management education/training. Think of 5-day course, spending ~8 hours each day.

3.3   Examination

-Duration – 4 hours

-Total number of questions – 200 (multiple-choice questions)

-Approximate breakdown of questions:


Initiation                                                            11%

Planning                                                             23%

Executing                                                           27%

Monitoring and Controlling                           21%

Closing                                                                9%

Professional and Social Responsibility         9%


4.      Go/No-Go decision

-You know your background and experience. You decide.

5.      Meeting class hours requirement

-Several organizations – community college, registered education providers, and other

You will learn about 5 Process Groups, 9 PM Knowledge Areas and 42 PM Processes 

6.      Prepare, prepare, prepare

7.      Become a PMI member

8.      Document your project work experience (excel sheet)

9.      Complete online application

10.   Await PMI’s approval

11.   Pay the fee

$405 PMI member

$555 Non-member

12.   Schedule examination

13.   Take exam and celebrate

-Nature of questions is psychometrics – see Wikipedia

-Passing score = 61%

-Think like the PMI during the exam.

-Answer every question even if you have to guess

Unanswered question = an incorrect response.

-You will know at the end of your exam whether you passed. Also you will know your strengths and weaknesses by way of proficiency in each of the six domains – see 3.3.

-Computer-based testing (CBT) is the standard method of administration for PMI examinations.

14.   Incorporate PMP certification in your resume

Reminder: Continuing requirement of having a PMP certification

PMP-certified professionals must demonstrate ongoing professional commitment to the project management field by satisfying PMI continuing requirements program – attend seminars, etc.; earn PDUs (see the PMI website for additional information – Every 3 years earn 60 PDUs).

Comments are welcome.

Thank you.


Ram Bhagat, Ph.D.

(U.S. citizen with “Secret” security clearance)

Fellow of the American Society for Materials International

Responsive, results-oriented and agile – Solving materials problems & developing people

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One Response to Wake-Up America! Series – #2 PMP Certification

  1. R. Bhagat says:

    This should be useful for people engaged in project/program management. PMP certification is required for some positions.

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