Steps to Becoming a PMP
The Project Management Institute (PMI)® has published a Credentials Handbook (the Handbook), which you can find here. This Credentials Handbook explains everything that you want to know about the process of taking the PMP Exam and becoming PMI® certified project manager . 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 for applying and taking the exam Pass PMP.
In both cases, you must also show that you have had 35 contact hours of project management training. The good news is that all project management related training from your entire life counts. So, if you are 30 years old and you took a 2-day PM class when you were 21 years old then you already have 16 contact hours. (One contact hour is equivalent to one actual hour (60 minutes) of training or instruction received.)
This separate scheduling is necessary because PMI doesn’t perform the test themselves — instead they use Thomson Prometric, a testing company with testing centers around the world. Depending on where you live you may have to travel quite far to take the exam. As a result, you definitely want to schedule this well in advance.
And because the PMBOK® Guide is so “dry”, these third-party products will help you understand what the PMBOK® Guide is trying to say. They will “translate” the concepts, tools, and techniques from the guide and give you examples from everyday PM life to show you what is meant.