Read the PMP Credentials Handbook
The PMI has published a Credentials Handbook, which you can find at the following URL: http://www.pmi.org/PDF/pdc_pmphandbook.pdf. The Credentials Handbook explains everything that you want to know about the process of taking the PMP® exam and becoming PMP® certified. It discusses the following topics and questions:
- Eligibility: Who can take the exam? How much project management experience do I need? What are these 35 contact hour all about?
- Examination Information: What is the format of the exam? How much does it cost? How do I get my score? What about re-examinations? Can people with handicaps take the exam?
- Taking the exam: What form of ID do I have to bring to the exam? What if I have to cancel? Can I appeal if I fail?
- After the exam: How do I keep my certification active? What is the professional conduct, that I have to follow? Can I tell others, what the exam was like?
Reading this handbook takes about 20 minutes and it should be the first 20 minutes on your journey to becoming a certified PMP®. It will answer most of your questions about the procedures of applying and taking the exam.
One thing that many people misunderstand is the fact that you do no need PDUs to take the PMP exam. You need Contact Hours. There is a big difference: You need 60 PDUs every 3 years after you pass the PMP exam and only PMI Registered Education Providers can give you these PDUs. You need 35 Contact Hours before you take the exam and you can receive these 35 hours from various sources. The easiest way to get them is by listening to The Project Management PrepCast™ on your MP3 player. Click here to learn more…
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP
Host of The Project Management PrepCast™ — The First True PMP® Podcast