I passed my PMP Exam! (Essential Info You Need to Know About PMP)

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Finally, I PASSED my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification last friday!! I’m proud of this achievement for passing this certification test and now I can be more confident about my competency as a project manager. Admittedly, I’m scared that I might fail because it’s been a while since I studied for any exam. The last was 10 years ago for the B.S. Electronics and Communications Engineering Board (imagine that). Also, I only studied for one week which includes a vacation leave one day before the exam. All my practice tests were a failure and I was afraid to pay the cost of the exam (which is the agreement we have in our company).

Essential Information You Need to Know About the PMP certification:

What is PMP and PMI?
PMP stands for Project Management Professional and this is the globally recognized competency standard for all Project Managers.  

PMI stands for Project Management Institute which is the governing body for the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the official organization for Project Management professionals worldwide.

Most multinational companies and business process outsourcing companies recognized the need for PMPs to be part of the team to manage projects specially in a highly competitive and matrix organization. 

What does it take to become a PMP?

In order to become a certified Project Management Professional, you should hold a bachelor’s degree and 4,500 hours of PM experience in the five process group namely:  Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling, & Closing.

Also, a 35 hours of classroom training relate to project management is required . 

You have to apply for the test and show the relevant supporting documentation for the above qualification.

Finally, you have to pass the 200 multiple-choice questions PMP exam in 4 hours. Out of the 200 questions, 25 questions are considered pre-test which will not impact the overall result of the test.

You will receive a pass or fail result after the test. 

How much is the PMP investment?

PMI membership costs $129 annually.

Certification fee for the PMP computer based test would be $555 for non PMI members and $405 for members.

You must maintain continuing certification requirements consisting of 60 Professional Development Units (PDU). Usually, one PDU is earned for every one hour spent in a planned, structured learning experience or activity.

What are the effective ways to review for the exam?

I’ve written an extensive article on this topic:Roadmap to becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)! 

Let me know if you need more information about PMP.

Anton
Engr. Jose Antonio Diaz, PMP

15 thoughts on “I passed my PMP Exam! (Essential Info You Need to Know About PMP)

  1. Hi Anton,
    Congratulations on your PMP!!!!
    Can you give me some advise? where did you take your 35 hrs requirement review in the Phils? Where did you take your exam?
    Kindly email me for the informations. I’m currently working in Ethiopia right now.
    Thanks.

  2. Oliver,
    Actually I took my review or study from a Singapore company that provides it in Singapore. We invited them to do one in manila for our company. I don’t know if anybody from Manila is giving such review and accredited at such. I heard Ateneo is giving one but not confirmed.
    I took the test in the prometric testing center in Ateneo Prof school in Dela costa, Makati. Let me know if you need directions or more idea on where this is.
    Ethiopia!? what are you doing there?
    Anton

  3. Hi Oliver/Anton,
    I was trying to search for a review center here in Manila when I saw your entries dated 2005. If Oliver is stil interested, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Center for Continuing Education offers a PMP Review Course on a yearly basis. However, it has already started last July 4th.
    You can ask them if you are interested in the review course.

  4. First, Congrats on passing your PMP exam. I passed in ’04 and it was hard enough then but with the new requirements I know it’s got be that much harder.
    Second, I wanted to let you know someone pulled your PDF of your exam score and is posting it as their own. I’m going to tell him to take it down as well but since he stole it from you, I thought you’d want to know.
    The URL is http://www.thereleewashington.com/accomplishments.html

    1. HI Sir,
      I’ve been working as an implementation analyst since 2014. Project Management has always been the career path that I want to take. Is PM good for the career that I have right now? Do I need to take a master’s to be able to prepare for the certification?

  5. Hi Engr. Anton!I know the topic is “so yesterday” but i just want to ask how you completed the application form for PMP? i’m interested in taking the exam and can’t start off since i’m stuck accomplishing the experience verification form. And if you’d be very kind, where do i get the Rita Mulcahy book? I’ve been scouting all the bookstores for that book but to no avail.Thanks!
    p.s. your pictures in bolinao are very enticing!Might try to visit the place within the year.

  6. Project Management Professional certification, or PMP certification, was established by the Project Management Institute (PMI). It is one of the most valued, respected, and widely known credentials in project management…

  7. This type of certification appeals to professionals that either want or already have the responsibility of efficiently managing projects through their completion. Of course, the projects must meet or exceed expectations, be delivered in a timely manner, within budget, and within resources.

  8. This type of certification appeals to professionals that either want or already have the responsibility of efficiently managing projects through their completion. Of course, the projects must meet or exceed expectations, be delivered in a timely manner, within budget, and within resources.

  9. Hi Oliver,
    I paided for my exam and I have taken some prep courses, but I am scared of taking it. What do you recommand? Please give me some advise.
    Thank you,

  10. Hello Anton. I’m a newbie, a dreamer of becoming a PMP someday (although I’m giving myself 2 years from today in getting it accomplished). Are you able to give me run through of requirements (from Step 1 to 10) for me to make this dream happen? Would highly appreciate your help. You can email me at monaflorelian@gmail.com. God bless!

  11. HI Sir,
    I’ve been working as an implementation analyst since 2014. Project Management has always been the career path that I want to take. Is PM good for the career that I have right now? Do I need to take a master’s to be able to prepare for the certification?

  12. Hello Sir Anton,

    Glad to have read your post. I am an analyst and part of my role is project management. This year or maybe 2022, I would like to try getting PMP certified. Would you be so kind to guide me on the requirements? I know you listed them already but I am still not sure if I already have them. Please send me email. Thanks so much in advance for your time and understanding.

    Thanks,
    Juhn

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