PMP Certification

35 Contact Hours for PMP Credential in 6 different ways

By | 2016-08-16T20:53:26+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Readable Blog|

35 Contact Hours for PMP Credential in 6 different ways can be earned. In this article, we would emphasize on the same.

PMI(Project Management Institute) PMP(Project Management Professional) credential has been one of the top most credential towards entering into Management and/or to move up the Corporate ladder. Achievement of PMP requires not just only studying from PMBOK from PMI, it also demands you to acquire 35 Contact Hours of formal education on Project management subject.

Did you know gaining 35 Contact Hours is possible 6 different ways to go apply for PMP credential? Yes, that is absolutely true. 6 different ways to get 35 Contact Hours to achieve PMP includes:

  1. PMI Registered Education Providers (REP’s).
    • Few of the training companies register with PMI are known as PMI REP, who also offer the 35 hours of certificate training.
  2. Courses offered by PMI chapters.
    • PMI has its own extended hands across all major cities across the world called as PMI Chapters, who also offer the 35 hours of certificate training.
  3. Employer or Company provided training.
    • Few of the employers also cater for in-house training workshops which are also considerable for 35 hours of certificate training.
  4. Training Companies or Consultants such as
    • offers unique 3 day training program blended with exam preparation guidance amounting to 35 hours of certificate training.
  5. Distance learning companies with end of course assessment conducted like
    • offers unique online preparation training program towards 35 hours of certificate training.
  6. University programs or College courses.
    • Few of the universities and college programs are valid for their project management course curriculum towards 35 hours of certificate training requirement.

What does not qualify for 35 Contact Hours?

  1. Self-studying from the book without any professional guidance
  2. Participation in office meetings/trainings with no educational certificate
  3. Participation in PMI chapter meetings or conferences or events as such

Difference between Contact Hours and PDU’s:
Many aspirants also have misconception about 35 Contact Hours and 60 PDU(Professional Development Units).

  • For someone attending the PMP exam, would need only 35 Contact Hours. One hour of educational activity is considered as one Contact Hour. Hence, an individual has to accumulate such 35 Contact Hours of learning with professional guidance. Typically the training conducted by professional training companies such as would qualify for Contact Hours.
  • For someone who already is a PMP, would need to maintain their PMP certificate every 3 years by acquiring 60 PDU. These PDU are nothing but 1 hour (of professional education or formal event participation engaging in self-improvement or guided learning) is equivalent to 1 PDU. As such the contact hours are now called PDU for maintenance of your PMP credential once acquired. Once you have acquired PMP, could help you accumulate the required 60 PDU’s every 3 years to maintain your PMP credential.
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PMP Exam Passing Score

By | 2016-08-16T22:19:41+00:00 October 29th, 2015|Readable Blog|

PMP Exam Passing Score is very important to understand for PMP Exam takers. This article emphasizes on the same aspect. Please go on to read more about it.

What is the PMP Exam Passing Score?

Many aspirants going for the PMP (Project Management Professional) Exam often ask this question in my batches and often ask my sales team also during enrollments.

PMI (Project Management Institute) itself has not disclosed any passing score for the PMP exam. PMI had stopped to disclose what is the PMP passing score after 2007 for all PMI Credential exam takers. The overall pass is still based on a score which PMI has in their backdrop.

PMP exam takers get to see an overall pass/fail in the exam results. Along with grading of their performance in 5 PMP Process Group areas, such as Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, Closing and 1 Special area Professional & Social Responsibility.

Grading in these 6 areas results in PMP Exam Passing Score and is depcited as:

  • Proficient – means performance is beyond the average level of knowledge
  • Moderately Proficient – means performance is at the average level of knowledge
  • Below Proficient – means performance is below the average level of knowledge

Is it required that I score all Proficient in all areas to pass exam?

Not required. The way you are graded in either of those areas, does not impact your pass/fail. The pass/fail depends on the overall passing score alone.

PMI in the PMP Handbook has this mentioned on: “how the PMP credential is awarded”:

“The passing score for all PMI exams is determined by sound psychometric analysis. PMI uses subject matter experts from across the globe to help establish a point at which each candidate should pass the exam(s) and the exam point of difficulty. Data that show how candidates actually performed are cross referenced with the subject matter experts to ensure that the point of difficulty on each exam is healthy.”

What strategy must I adopt to beat PMP Exam Passing Score and marks ambiguity and achieve PMP in first attempt?

At, being Project Management SME’s; we observe our workshop participants ace PMP exams in their first attempt in 2 to 3 weeks after the training completion.

Actions we recommend to upcoming PMP participants & PMP exam takers:

  1. Establish a pre-study plan before joining the training itself, so that you are prepared well enough to challenge the trainer.
  2. Participate with full focus on training (in person participation recommended compared to on-line sessions) emphasizing on understanding the PMP exam perspective with relevant required Project management knowledge. PMBOK is often considered to be the best for such knowledge.
  3. Upon completion of the training, perform a detailed revision study to feel confident of all topics.
  4. Take the high quality mock exams such as the one’s given by How many? Typically 5 very high quality mock exams are good if one starts scoring 85% or more. Few participants go up to 10 mock exams to gain their confidence levels.
  5. Identify any gaps in your conceptual understanding based on the Mock exam feedback. Engage with your Trainer to sort out any difference in understanding. Retake mock exams to score definitely 85% or more.
  6. Book your actual PMP Exam.

For any further questions/opinions, please feel free to drop a note or engage with us.

Lead your Career like a Tom Cruise! Take swift direction.

By | 2017-05-17T17:51:00+00:00 June 26th, 2014|Articles, Free Resources, Readable Blog, Roadmaps|

Which project management certification should I go for? There are many certifications available in market for Project management career like PMP, CAPM, PRINCE2, CSM, PMI-ACP and so on.

PMP, CAPM & PRINCE2 primarily focus on Waterfall methodology.

PMP (Project Management Professional provided by PMI) has a great reputation and also readily tells you that you got the required experience, education and also the right exposure to end to end fo Project management. This is considered to be a global certification since almost every industry employees PMP Professionals. Very popular and widely known across HR managers too. Almost for every 100 jobs posted across the world 80-85% will be primarily looking for such certification.

CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management provided by PMI) has also good standing in the market for entry level project rookies. This primarily focuses to ensure only on the knowledge part and does not account on the industry exposure. For entry level, for every 100 jobs posted it is observed to see around 20-30% jobs.

PRINCE2 (provided by OGC, UK) also is a good certification for someone specifically going into Information-communication-technology related projects in UK region. This is more of a limited certification and also easy to attain. Since it is also easy to attain, there are professionals who really fear that they lack PM knowledge and hardship involved in PMP, they prefer this certification. Not so popular across HR managers, unless the business/client demands no-one requests for PRINCE2 certification. For 100 jobs posted there may be 5-10% jobs looking for such certification.

CSM & PMI-ACP focuses primarily on Iterative Methodology(Scrum/Agile).

CSM(Certified Scrum Master provided by ScrumAlliance) as is evident is primarily for individuals considering Scrum/Agile work in their career paths or office. It is primarily for professionals who want to lead Scrum related projects/implement Agile. Though this can be applied across many industries, primarily, it has been observed only IT/Software has been contended for Scrum projects. Accordingly, for 100 jobs posted there may be 40-70% jobs across the world.

PMI-ACP(Agile Certified Practitioner by PMI) is upcoming certification which focusses on certifying individuals who are already leading Scrum/Agile related projects. Again like CSM, this certification also is looked up primarily by IT/Software due to the nature of iterative product development. For 100 jobs posted there may be 20-40% jobs across the world.

Ps: All numbers above are only indicative based on the job portals and is not an exhaustive research oriented figures.

If you have any concern, feel free to think your numbers win.

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PMP Training Events

By | 2016-08-23T13:57:53+00:00 January 3rd, 2014|Articles, Free Resources, PMP, Project Management, Readable Blog|

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