PMP certification exam is launched by PMI, Project Management Institute in 206 countries in the world. It is the most authoritative and valuable project management certification in the field of project management targeting individuals. PMP certification can add radiance to the resumes of project management talents. It is highly welcomed and recognized by domestic famous enterprises. Holding the certificate means that you have acquired high-quality knowledge and skills of project management. It is a certificate as famous as MBA and MPA.
The major exam content of PMP comes from PMBOK, the exam textbook. The content of PMBOK includes ten major knowledge domains of project management and five project process groups. With the release of PMBOK 7th edition, the content of the PMP exam has also changed.
The five process groups are divided into initial, plan, execution, monitor, and closing while the ten major knowledge domains are project integration management, scope management, time management, cost management, quality management, human resources management, communication management, risk management, procurement management and stakeholder management.
Of course, the five process groups are the key knowledge. The project establishment takes up 13% of the exam content. It includes the methods of choosing projects, the definition of scope, project risk record, assumptions and limits, confirms and execution, stakeholders analysis, the project charter and its approval.
The knowledge of finishing a project and making a feasible plan takes up 24% of the exam content. It includes definition and record of needs, limits and assumptions, assignment of jobs within the project group, the work deconstruction, management plan change, tasks and risk management strategy, plan approval and initial meeting.
The content of coordination between human resources and other resources to carry the plan occupies 30%. Candidates should learn how to carry the project tasks, how to achieve consensus and build up expectations, to conduct project resources procurement, manage resources allotment, conduct quality management plan, approve changes and other actions to improve performance of the whole team.
Besides, the content regarding the realization of project targets through supervision and measurement of project progress takes up 25% of PMI PMP exam. Candidates should know how to measure project performance, manage project changes and to monitor all risks to make sure that the final outcome meets the quality requirement.
Finally, the acceptance of the project takes up 8% of the new PMP exam, which includes the final acceptance of the project, financial, legal and political closing, and project resources releasing. At this stage, candidates should also learn to record and communicate experience, write down and assign the ultimate project report, archive all records, and evaluate clients’ satisfaction.
As you can see from the above exam content, to thoroughly understand the PMBOK is very important. If you do not have adequate time and did not read books for a long time, it is suggested to join in a SPOTO professional institution to receive formal and systematic PMP certification training. To pass the exam is not that difficult, the key lies in the proper arrangement of time. Apart from the benefits the certificate brings to you, you can also learn a lot during the process of taking the PMP exam prep.