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The 5 Steps to Achieve PMP® Certification

ADVISORY ARTICLE

Fábio Mourão

Rio de Janiero, Brazil


I believe that everybody can learn from the experiences of others. In this article, I will share how I planned for and studied to pass the PMP® exam. I followed five steps:

  1. Choose your preparatory course. 

You need to search at least three training centers and compare the material, benefits and costs. After that, choose the best cost/benefit for you.

Tip: Make sure that you choose a Registered Education Provider (REP) that is a registered and authorized by the Project Management Institute.

  1. Choose your study material. 

Pay attention when choosing the material. You will have a lot of options of books, courses, blogs and specialized websites that will offer everything about PMP certification. You have to choose (at maximum) three books; otherwise, you will not have time to read them all.

When I studied for the exam, I used:

  • Preparatory course materials, with books and simulation exams
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
  • The PMP Exam Prep textbook by Rita Mulcahy
  • FASTrack PMP Exam simulation software (with over 1,600 questions)

I am sure that the material above is enough to study and pass the exam. You don’t need read all the books and materials that you find on the internet.

Tip: Spending too much time searching for exam materials on the internet will be a waste of time.

  1. Plan your studies. 

You will find people that studied one month, three months, six months and even a year for the exam. You have to find the way that works best for you. In my case, I did the preparatory course, and after three months I took the exam with success.

My planning of study was in seven steps:

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About the Author

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Fábio Mourão

Rio de Janiero, Brazil

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Fábio Mourão, Project Manager & Personal Coach, has worked for over 20 years with IT Projects in small, medium and large companies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in System Analysis, MBA in IT Business Management and Post MBA in Executive Project Management.

Fábio is certified in PMP, PRINCE2, PSM-I, ASF, SFC, MCTS, CI-ASP, COBIT, ITIL V3, ISO20000, ISO27000, CCF, CNE, CI-SCS, GRITC, CCSP, PCC, PDC, HCMP & HCMBOK.

Personal website: http://www.thinkcoaching.com.br/

Linkedin: https://br.linkedin.com/in/fabiomourao

Email: [email protected]