Why you want to do PMP Certification?
The clear answer to this question is important because reason will give boost in your PMP preparation. For most of the preparing candidates the purpose of the PMP certification is career growth. I suggest candidates to write in clear and bold sentence how PMP certification can help your career growth and put it in front of where they spend most of their time.
Consider PMP Certification a Critical project
You have to consider PMP certification as a critical project. As each project has a definite start and end date you also have to decide start and end date for your PMP certification project.
Do More Research
Now here use your favorite internet search engine and search for the information related to PMP certification. I generally suggest candidates to go through the PMP official handbook first. Join various Google, Yahoo and other PMP certification related social groups to gather the information. In the social group participate, ask, read lesson learned from various passed/failed candidates. Read what most of the candidates suggesting to read and how to proceed for your preparation etc.
Get the stuff
Now collect the material for the preparation. Like the reference book, any preparation software, exam engine etc. BUT be careful at this stage. We are in the information age where we can get lots of stuff for PMP. Do not refer multiple reference books or software for your PMP preparation but stick to few. I still remember one of my relative took two years to pass the PMP exam and from the two years he took 18 months to decide what book to refer.
Note: Please respect copyright. Do not simply ask for the PMP related stuff in social group or do not just download it free. If you are doing this then you are violating PMI code of ethics and professional conduct.
Give a kick-start to your study
Now you have clearly defined why PMP certification is important for you. You also know the probable month to take the PMP certification exam. Start your study now with the reference book. Yes this is what I suggest because I still remember when I started my study directly from the PMBOK3 then I had to struggle to keep my pace as I found it bit dry so my other study partners.
Obtain 35 PMI contact hours
When you have gone through the reference book once you can now join PMP training to obtain 35 contact hours which is mandatory requirement to take the PMP certification exam. Typically candidates join 4 days classroom/Live online training to get this certificate however there are another way of training to get this. Do not just attend training to get the 35 contact hours certificate but try to obtain knowledge as much as possible. To do that you need to participate actively in the classes/sessions and that's the reason I have suggested reading the reference book at least once before attending the training.
Schedule PMP Certification Exam
As you have all the required stuff now therefore don't delay and go ahead and complete all the required formalities to schedule your PMP exam. Why scheduling the exam is important at this early stage? I have seen most of the candidates start taking PMP certification exam very seriously after making the payment and when they know their exam date. As they became serious therefore they have put their real effort in the PMP certification exam preparation too. And this will always help in your preparation when you know you have exam on a particular day. I remember my college days when we used to hang around for months but when the exam date was announced then finding us was difficult as we all were busy in our exam preparation for our exam. And probably this is how most of us behave.
How to prepare for the exam?
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