Whoa, 2016 was a doozy! Many aspirants of the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification we spoke to throughout the year had a hard time making the PMP® certification exam a priority, as 2016 brought a lot of challenges and changes. Now that 2017 is here, it’s time to press the reset button and make this YOUR year. As you begin to tackle the New Year ask yourself, “What are my goals for 2017, and what in the past has been holding me back from obtaining those goals?” Many times it’s as simple as just needing some guidance, a step-by-step plan you can easily follow.
Well fear no more, because in Velociteach’s very first Savvy PM blog post of 2017, we’re going to walk you through the process of obtaining your PMP certification one step at a time! For those of you who are still unsure about the benefits of earning your PMP certification, check out our recent “The Value of PMP certification” video here.
The first step in obtaining your PMP certification is very simple, however we often find it the hardest commitment for students. You must set a timeframe for obtaining your PMP certification! Your time commitment will vary depending on the type of exam prep method you choose. When choosing to attend an instructor-led PMP exam prep course, we suggest 4-6 weeks to begin your self-study, attend your class, and pass your exam. If you choose a self-paced online course, chances are you’ll need more time so allow yourself anywhere from 3-6 months to prepare.
Here is what a former Velociteach student recently told us the biggest piece of advice he would give to PMP aspirants is: Cross check what else is going on with your life during your PMP exam prep timeframe and be sure to include actually sitting for the PMP exam in your timeframe. Many students jump head-first into a class without considering the weeks leading up to or after the class then life happens and they fall off track. Make sure you are able to dedicate 4-6 weeks to making the PMP exam your priority – that means lots of studying!
Do your research! Check out different types of PMP exam prep boot camps and online courses to find the best fit for you. Just be sure your education provider is registered with PMI! Also, note the benefits of your course. Do they provide you with pre/post class support? What’s included with your instructor-led PMP prep course? Does the online PMP course come with mock exams? How many? What about PMP exam application assistance? Do the dates work with your timeframe?
Prior to attending your PMP boot camp or beginning your online PMP prep course, you should be conducting some self-study. We suggest following these simple self-study steps prior to sitting for your PMP exam prep course:
Your PMP exam prep boot camp has begun! During the next four days, you will plunge head first into the PMBOK® Guide and Project Management language. While attending your boot camp, be sure to complete all homework assignments and hold yourself accountable for preparing in class as well as outside of class. Even better, buddy up with a fellow classmate to hold each other accountable!
Taking an online course? Be sure to set aside a certain amount of time per week to dedicate to your course. Whether it’s knocking out one lesson a day during your lunch break or spending a couple hours in the evening in InSite, the goal is to get yourself prepared by your goal exam date.
All right, you’ve completed your self-study, attended your course, and your PMP exam application has been accepted – ow the time is finally here to sit for the PMP exam. Don’t panic! Here are a couple tips to help you out:
Congratulations, you did it! You made becoming a PMP certification holder your top priority, you stuck to your timeframe, you committed to a class, you studied, completed your course, took the exam, and now you have “PMP” next to your name. What a great feeling, huh?
Now is the time to make the scenario above a reality. Become a part of one of the fastest growing industries globally and make 2017 YOUR year. Let Velociteach help you achieve your 2017 goals today!