Obtaining certification can give you an edge. First, preparing for the exam does increase your knowledge. It is very hard to be just as dedicated to learning without the pressure of an exam. And second, it is also useful to market yourself for projects and job application.
See this article on the benefits of certification.
Here are two articles from projectmanager.com for those of you who are planning to obtain the PMP certification. Remember, obtaining the certification is a project on its own. So use it as an opportunity to practice your skills, and manage this project successfully.
How to Plan Your PMP Study
When I was growing up I was in awe of people who had letters after their name. In my professional field now, it is very common to find people who have post-nominals and you might be going for some too. One of the most common sets of letters that you will find after project managers’ names is ‘PMP®’. This stands for Project Management Professional and it’s a credential that is widely respected.
Because it’s considered prestigious, it is pretty hard work to get. You have to complete a complex application form that covers your experience in the field of project management and there is an exam. If you haven’t taken an exam since you were in school, you’ve probably forgotten how you planned your exam revision – if you were structured in your studies and didn’t take the cram-until-2am-the-night-before approach like me.
Tips for Your PMP Exam
The Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam is rigorous. You can have up to four hours to answer all the 200 questions – that’s a long time to be sat in an exam room, so it helps to have had some preparation prior to turning up at the test center. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the day of your exam.
Michel Dion, PMP, CPA
Founder and Developer of Project-Aria
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