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Friday, 27 April 2007 21:29

PMP Exam Tip: Read the PMI Credentials Handbook.

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My first tip for those of you on the road to the PMP is to read the PMI Credentials Handbook.

The PMI has published a Credentials Handbook, which you can find at the following URL: 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.

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP
Host of The Project Management PrepCast™ -- The First True PMP Podcast


PS. One thing that the handbook does not specifically mention is, that you do not need any PDUs for taking the exam. You will have to collect 60 PDUs for every 3 years after you pass the exam in order to keep your certification. Bonus tip: Once you are a PMP® you can listen for free to The Project Management Podcast™ ( ) and collect 15 category 2-SDL PDUs.

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Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a Project manager, PMP trainer, host of The PM Podcast, creator of the PM Prepcast, PDUCast, public speaker and gummi bear addict.


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