I took a “boot camp” class this week to get ready for the PMP certification exam. Once I pass the four-hour exam I’ll be a Project Management Professional (PMP) and certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI). It wasn’t too long ago when a PMP certification put you ahead of the pack when looking for a job as a Project Manager, but these days it’s basically a requirement. Even with my Master’s Degree in Project Management I’d have a tough time finding a good job as a PM. Certification is necessary at this point.
In order to take the exam, you need to have some education and experience in project management. I have a few years of experience and my Master’s Degree adds to that, but the education requirement involves courses approved by PMI. You need 36 hours of PMI-approved education, and the industry’s answer to that is the “boot camp.” Many, many companies offer intense, four-day courses that go over the body of knowledge (PMBOK) and how to pass the test. I just spent the last four days in class with homework in the evenings. I’m not sure it prepared me for the exam but it’s a requirement. It was an expensive requirement but I really had no choice.
Now it’s time to study! I can complete my application to take the exam as soon as I have the validation number that proves I took the course. Once the application is approved I can take the exam. I have a lot of studying to do first, and I hope to take the exam in early October. Wish me luck!