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How To Claim Your PDUs?

Once you get PMP® certified, you need to earn a certain number of PDUs in order to maintain your certification credentials. What are PDUs? PDUs or Professional Development Units are a part of PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program which you need to earn every three years once your certification credentials expire. PDUs are one-hour blocks of time that you spend learning, teaching others, or volunteering.You need to gain 60 PDUs to maintain your Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. PMI Talent Triangle™ offers you the opportunity to continue your learning and development process by aligning it with the PDUs which you need to earn to renew your certification credentials. Also, you need to choose between the opportunities and ways provided under education and giving back to the profession to earn these PDUs. Once you earn these PDUs, you need to claim them to earn your PMP® certification.8 steps to claim your Education PDUs It is mandatory for you to submit and claim your PDUs in order to earn your PMP® certification. The most efficient way to record your PDUs is by using CCRS. In order to maintain active certification status, you need to record your PDUs and complete the renewal process. You can claim your PDUs in these 8 easy steps:1. Log in to PMI.org. You need to log in to the PMI website using your login credentials. Once you log in, you need to click on ‘Report PDUs’.2. Course or trainingIn the next landing page, you need to click on ‘Course or Training’ under Education.3. Enter the name of a providerOnce you enter the name of a provider, the system looks for PMI-approved providers within the search. However, you are also allowed to enter a third-party provider’s name into the field.You need to select a provider from the list in order to get pre-approved activity information in the claim form. But if you have taken a course or activity offered by a third-party vendor which is not pre-approved by PMI® for its PDUs, you just need to type the name of the provider into the field and do not select any provider from the list.4. Select a PMI-approved providerOnce you select a PMI-approved provider, CCRS will only return the training or courses that are already associated with that provider.Typing three letters into the Activity field will search for any activity which matches in the CCRS directory. Do not select any activity from the list if you have taken a course or training activity from a third-party vendor, as it will pre-populate the rest of the form with the information from a pre-approved provider and activity. You just simply need to type the activity name into the field.5. Fill the remaining fields on this formIf you have taken training with a PMI® approved provider then you just need to select the dates of the activity. Once you select the provider and activity from the list, the other activity details will be pre-populated into the claim form.You need to complete all the fields to provide the details for the claim is you have taken education activities offered by third-party vendors who are not pre-approved by PMI®.6. Enter or modify the PDUs that align with the PMI Talent Triangle™ You can modify the Talent Triangle™ PDU values for PMI-approved activities that are pre-populated in the claim form is you didn’t stay for the entire activity. You may modify Talent Triangle™ PDUs to values below the maximum limit for the activity.You need to manually enter PDU values under the Technical skill area if you have taken training from any third-party provider. Again, you need to enter PDU values for Leadership and Strategic skill areas manually. If you hold multiple certifications, these PDUs will automatically be shared across all your certifications.7. AgreeIn the next step, you need to click on ‘I agree this claim is accurate’.8. SubmitOnce you agree to the terms, you need to submit your PDU claim. Once you click on the ‘Submit’ button, you will receive a transaction notification which shows multiple Claim IDs for multiple certifications and allows you to print the notification or continue to reporting another claim.Steps to claim ‘Working in the Profession’ PDUsAs a PMI® member, you can earn PDUs for working in the profession in numerous ways. Few of them are as follows:Create new content: You can earn PDUs for maintaining your PMP® certification credentials by writing project management books and articles for professional print or electronic publications. You can also write blogs for your company or organisation, or present a podcast or webinar.Volunteer Service: Provide professional services to an organisation or group outside your employer in order to earn the required PDUs for maintaining your PMP® credentials. This might include any elected offices that you hold for a project management organisation. PMI® offers numerous volunteer opportunities too.Doing your job: You can also claim PDUs by practicing project management professionally. You can maintain your credentials by working as a project manager every day.Follow the below steps to claim your PDUs under ‘Working in the Profession’:Step 1: You need to log in to the PMI® website using your log-in credentials to claim your PDUs for working in the profession and select ‘Report PDUs’ and Cat F for the PDU category and click on ‘Next’. But you will need to ensure the following in order to complete the PDU request:Workplace nameWorkplace addressDate startedDate completedNumber of hours completedFurther, you need to consider the Processes and Knowledge Areas that you use in your practice and be prepared to select each of those.Step 2: If you see your name at the top of the landing page that means, you have successfully logged in.Step 3: In the next step, you need to select ‘Maintain your certification: Earn and report PDUs’ which will appear on the drop-down list once you hover over ‘Certification’. Or, select myPMI.Step 4: The above step will take you to a CCRS landing page where you need to select ‘Category F’ in the PDU category.Step 5: Once you do that, you will land on a complete detail page where you need to select ‘Next’.Step 6: In the next page, you will see that 5 PDUs are already displayed in the blank. You just need to click ‘Next’.Step 7: Now you need to click on ‘Agree’ and then click on ‘Submit’ to claim your 5 PDUs.Step 8: Once you complete the process, check your e-mail for confirmation from PMI®, as you should receive an e-mail from PMI.org indicating that you have successfully submitted your PDU request. This e-mail will be sent to the address which you have provided in your PMI.org profile.Ways to earn PDUsYou need to earn a total of 60 PDUs under the Continuing Certification Requirement (CCR) program. You can earn them by choosing the opportunities provided under:EducationGiving back to the profession.The following opportunities are offered by PMI® in order to earn the required PDUs in order to maintain your PMP® certification credentials:1. Course or TrainingYou can earn PDUs by participating in educational training courses through instructor-led formal education courses or classes held in-person or online. It is a traditional and effective way to learn.2. Organisation MeetingsYou can attend professional meetings organised by Local PMI® chapters and third parties in order to gain the opportunity to learn and also to network as well as earn PDUs.3. Online or Digital MediaYou can customise learning and educational opportunities by choosing self-paced learning conducted online or through varied forms of digital media. This also allows you to earn PDUs to meet the CCR program needs.4. ReadEarn PDUs by reading books, articles, whitepapers, or blogs and stay informed along with supporting your ongoing professional development.5. Informal LearningEven productive interaction with others can help you to earn PDUs in order to maintain your PMP® credential. For example, mentoring sessions or participating in a ‘lunch and learn’ session with your organisation.You can earn the required PDUs for maintaining your PMP® certification credentials by choosing from the following opportunities available under Giving Back to the Profession:1. Work as a practitionerYou get to apply your knowledge and skills in a practical setting each day while you work in a domain area related to your certification. This also allows you to earn PDUs in order to meet the CCR requirements.2.Giving a presentationYou can use this opportunity to earn PDUs by giving a formal presentation to others and share the knowledge that relates to your certification.3. Share knowledgeSharing your domain knowledge to help others learn and grow can also provide you with the opportunity to earn PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification credential. You can either choose to mentor or teach or apply your subject matter knowledge towards activity in order to benefit others with your experience and perspective.PMI®’s CCR ProcessThe following steps are involved in the process of your participation in the CCR program:Step 1Earn a PMI certificationYour CCR cycle begins on the day you pass your PMP® exam and lasts for 3 years.Step 2Participate in professional development activitiesYou need to take part in professional development activities in order to earn PDUs.Step 3Record and report PDUsYou need to submit your PDU claims for your certification through the CCR system (CCRS).Step 4Fulfill CCR requirementsYou need to earn enough PDUs in order to meet the CCR requirements for your certification.Step 5Complete CCR application and pay renewal feeYou’ll receive information from PMI for renewal and provide payment.Step 6CCR Renewal CompleteYou need to follow guidelines in order to continue maintaining your certification.To concludePDUs, clearly, are an integral part of your PMP® certification journey. But you can’t restrict your activities or actions to just earning these PDUs. You need to claim these PDUs to avoid your certification credentials from getting invalid. You need to gain 60 PDUs within a period of three years in order to maintain the validity of your PMP® certification.PMI®’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program supports your ongoing educational and professional development. There are various suggested opportunities and ways under CCR that allows you to earn the required PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification credential. One PDU is worth one hour of your project management training. You need to earn 35 PDUs under education and 25 PDUs under giving back to the profession. As a PMP® certified professional, you can claim your PDUs by visiting PMI®’s website.  
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How To Claim Your PDUs?

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How To Claim Your PDUs?

Once you get PMP® certified, you need to earn a certain number of PDUs in order to maintain your certification credentials. What are PDUs? PDUs or Professional Development Units are a part of PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program which you need to earn every three years once your certification credentials expire. PDUs are one-hour blocks of time that you spend learning, teaching others, or volunteering.

You need to gain 60 PDUs to maintain your Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. PMI Talent Triangle™ offers you the opportunity to continue your learning and development process by aligning it with the PDUs which you need to earn to renew your certification credentials. Also, you need to choose between the opportunities and ways provided under education and giving back to the profession to earn these PDUs. Once you earn these PDUs, you need to claim them to earn your PMP® certification.

8 steps to claim your Education PDUs 

It is mandatory for you to submit and claim your PDUs in order to earn your PMP® certification. The most efficient way to record your PDUs is by using CCRS. In order to maintain active certification status, you need to record your PDUs and complete the renewal process. You can claim your PDUs in these 8 easy steps:

1. Log in to PMI.org. 

You need to log in to the PMI website using your login credentials. Once you log in, you need to click on ‘Report PDUs’.

2. Course or training

In the next landing page, you need to click on ‘Course or Training’ under Education.

3. Enter the name of a provider

Once you enter the name of a provider, the system looks for PMI-approved providers within the search. However, you are also allowed to enter a third-party provider’s name into the field.
You need to select a provider from the list in order to get pre-approved activity information in the claim form. But if you have taken a course or activity offered by a third-party vendor which is not pre-approved by PMI® for its PDUs, you just need to type the name of the provider into the field and do not select any provider from the list.

4. Select a PMI-approved provider

Once you select a PMI-approved provider, CCRS will only return the training or courses that are already associated with that provider.
Typing three letters into the Activity field will search for any activity which matches in the CCRS directory. Do not select any activity from the list if you have taken a course or training activity from a third-party vendor, as it will pre-populate the rest of the form with the information from a pre-approved provider and activity. You just simply need to type the activity name into the field.

5. Fill the remaining fields on this form

  • If you have taken training with a PMI® approved provider then you just need to select the dates of the activity. Once you select the provider and activity from the list, the other activity details will be pre-populated into the claim form.
  • You need to complete all the fields to provide the details for the claim is you have taken education activities offered by third-party vendors who are not pre-approved by PMI®.

6. Enter or modify the PDUs that align with the PMI Talent Triangle™ 

  • You can modify the Talent Triangle™ PDU values for PMI-approved activities that are pre-populated in the claim form is you didn’t stay for the entire activity. You may modify Talent Triangle™ PDUs to values below the maximum limit for the activity.
  • You need to manually enter PDU values under the Technical skill area if you have taken training from any third-party provider. Again, you need to enter PDU values for Leadership and Strategic skill areas manually. If you hold multiple certifications, these PDUs will automatically be shared across all your certifications.

7. Agree

In the next step, you need to click on ‘I agree this claim is accurate’.

8. Submit

Once you agree to the terms, you need to submit your PDU claim. Once you click on the ‘Submit’ button, you will receive a transaction notification which shows multiple Claim IDs for multiple certifications and allows you to print the notification or continue to reporting another claim.

Steps to claim ‘Working in the Profession’ PDUs

As a PMI® member, you can earn PDUs for working in the profession in numerous ways. Few of them are as follows:

  • Create new content: You can earn PDUs for maintaining your PMP® certification credentials by writing project management books and articles for professional print or electronic publications. You can also write blogs for your company or organisation, or present a podcast or webinar.
  • Volunteer Service: Provide professional services to an organisation or group outside your employer in order to earn the required PDUs for maintaining your PMP® credentials. This might include any elected offices that you hold for a project management organisation. PMI® offers numerous volunteer opportunities too.
  • Doing your job: You can also claim PDUs by practicing project management professionally. You can maintain your credentials by working as a project manager every day.

Follow the below steps to claim your PDUs under ‘Working in the Profession’:

Step 1: You need to log in to the PMI® website using your log-in credentials to claim your PDUs for working in the profession and select ‘Report PDUs’ and Cat F for the PDU category and click on ‘Next’. But you will need to ensure the following in order to complete the PDU request:

  • Workplace name
  • Workplace address
  • Date started
  • Date completed
  • Number of hours completed
  • Further, you need to consider the Processes and Knowledge Areas that you use in your practice and be prepared to select each of those.

Step 2: If you see your name at the top of the landing page that means, you have successfully logged in.

Step 3: In the next step, you need to select ‘Maintain your certification: Earn and report PDUs’ which will appear on the drop-down list once you hover over ‘Certification’. Or, select myPMI.
Step 4: The above step will take you to a CCRS landing page where you need to select ‘Category F’ in the PDU category.

Step 5: Once you do that, you will land on a complete detail page where you need to select ‘Next’.

Step 6: In the next page, you will see that 5 PDUs are already displayed in the blank. You just need to click ‘Next’.

Step 7: Now you need to click on ‘Agree’ and then click on ‘Submit’ to claim your 5 PDUs.

Step 8: Once you complete the process, check your e-mail for confirmation from PMI®, as you should receive an e-mail from PMI.org indicating that you have successfully submitted your PDU request. This e-mail will be sent to the address which you have provided in your PMI.org profile.

Ways to earn PDUsWays to earn PDUs in Project Management

You need to earn a total of 60 PDUs under the Continuing Certification Requirement (CCR) program. You can earn them by choosing the opportunities provided under:

  • Education
  • Giving back to the profession.

The following opportunities are offered by PMI® in order to earn the required PDUs in order to maintain your PMP® certification credentials:

1. Course or Training

You can earn PDUs by participating in educational training courses through instructor-led formal education courses or classes held in-person or online. It is a traditional and effective way to learn.

2. Organisation Meetings

You can attend professional meetings organised by Local PMI® chapters and third parties in order to gain the opportunity to learn and also to network as well as earn PDUs.

3. Online or Digital Media

You can customise learning and educational opportunities by choosing self-paced learning conducted online or through varied forms of digital media. This also allows you to earn PDUs to meet the CCR program needs.

4. Read

Earn PDUs by reading books, articles, whitepapers, or blogs and stay informed along with supporting your ongoing professional development.

5. Informal Learning

Even productive interaction with others can help you to earn PDUs in order to maintain your PMP® credential. For example, mentoring sessions or participating in a ‘lunch and learn’ session with your organisation.

You can earn the required PDUs for maintaining your PMP® certification credentials by choosing from the following opportunities available under Giving Back to the Profession:

1. Work as a practitioner

You get to apply your knowledge and skills in a practical setting each day while you work in a domain area related to your certification. This also allows you to earn PDUs in order to meet the CCR requirements.

2.Giving a presentation

You can use this opportunity to earn PDUs by giving a formal presentation to others and share the knowledge that relates to your certification.

3. Share knowledge

Sharing your domain knowledge to help others learn and grow can also provide you with the opportunity to earn PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification credential. You can either choose to mentor or teach or apply your subject matter knowledge towards activity in order to benefit others with your experience and perspective.

PMI®’s CCR Process

The following steps are involved in the process of your participation in the CCR program:

Step 1Earn a PMI certification
Your CCR cycle begins on the day you pass your PMP® exam and lasts for 3 years.

Step 2
Participate in professional development activities
You need to take part in professional development activities in order to earn PDUs.
Step 3

Record and report PDUs
You need to submit your PDU claims for your certification through the CCR system (CCRS).
Step 4Fulfill CCR requirements
You need to earn enough PDUs in order to meet the CCR requirements for your certification.
Step 5Complete CCR application and pay renewal fee
You’ll receive information from PMI for renewal and provide payment.
Step 6CCR Renewal Complete
You need to follow guidelines in order to continue maintaining your certification.

To conclude

PDUs, clearly, are an integral part of your PMP® certification journey. But you can’t restrict your activities or actions to just earning these PDUs. You need to claim these PDUs to avoid your certification credentials from getting invalid. You need to gain 60 PDUs within a period of three years in order to maintain the validity of your PMP® certification.

PMI®’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program supports your ongoing educational and professional development. There are various suggested opportunities and ways under CCR that allows you to earn the required PDUs to maintain your PMP® certification credential. One PDU is worth one hour of your project management training. You need to earn 35 PDUs under education and 25 PDUs under giving back to the profession. As a PMP® certified professional, you can claim your PDUs by visiting PMI®’s website.  

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A project manager should be capable of ensuring that the team focuses on benefits delivery and not just merely completing their project on time and within budget.How do these Qualities Help to Tackle Project Constraints?Before moving forward, let us understand the constraints which a project manager should watch out for. The constraints are:Scope: It defines the needs of the customers as well as the requirements expressed and implied.Time: The customers want their projects to be delivered by an agreed date.Quality: It can be defined as the standard that a project is expected to be delivered.Resources: This denotes the amount of money, budget or resources available for spending on the project.These are not the only constraints in a project. The following are few of the important reasons for failure of the project:Lack of user involvementLong or unrealistic time scalesPoor or no requirementsScope creepNo change control systemPoor testing The suggested qualities collaboratively help a project manager to avoid all these constraints and take ahead the project smoothly. Key TakeawaysCommunication, leadership, and problem-solving skills play a crucial role for an individual to become a good project manager. Moreover, he or she should be a good decision maker for smooth maneuvering of the project journey. Apart from these qualities, you should possess the following attributes in order to be a good project manager:IntegrityEnthusiasmEmpathyCompetenceAbility to delegate tasksStay cool under pressureTeam-building skillsProblem-solving skills.Demand for Project Managers Across the GlobeAccording to the PMI and Anderson Economic Group (AEG) analysis that analyses project-oriented employment opportunity in 11 countries on five continents representing developed or growing economic powers. Project-Related job growth is expected to be 33% collectively. The following chart explains it elaborately:CountriesProject Management Jobs in 2017Expected Project Management Jobs in 2027China34.9 million46 millionIndia14.7 million21.7 millionUnited States6.7 million8.8 millionJapan3.4 million3.8 millionBrazil1.9 million2.4 millionGermany1.9 million2 millionUnited Kingdom1.0 million1.2 millionCanada690,184779,828Australia474,495574,399Saudi Arabia201,127228,077UAE73,35293,861On a concluding noteThere are certain attributes and characteristics that a project manager should possess while deploying various project management tools to keep all aspects of their projects organised. These characteristics make a project manager efficient to approach each project as its own unique entity. Further, with the rising demand for the project managers across the globe, the above-mentioned qualities will surely help you to gain your grip in the fast-paced market scenario. Wish you all the luck for your project management journey!
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A Comprehensive Guide to PMP® Exam Preparation

Are you still trying to figure out a way to start preparing for your PMP® Exam? Fret not! This blog will guide you with some best practices that you should adopt while preparing for your PMP® exam. This will surely help you to successfully clear your PMP® certification exam.Every PMP® certification aspirant differs from one another in terms of experience and expertise. Similarly, every person has got a unique learning habit. Therefore, you should get your own study plan which is based on your personal learning likes and needs. But this doesn’t mean that you should get worried about developing the study plan as you can find a plethora of resources to cater the needs of exam candidates, both online and offline which allows you to come up with a plan which fits your specific needs, style of learning, and individual circumstances.6 best practices for your PMP® Exam preparationUsually, most of the successful PMP® candidates spend long hours preparing for their PMP® certification exam. So, you should make sure that you have plenty of time to prepare for your PMP® exam. You can adopt the following best practices to prepare for your PMP® certification exam:1.Review the PMP® Examination Content OutlinePMP® Examination content outline is an important document which will help you to do well with your PMP® exam. You should go through this document which is published by PMI® to find the following information:Break up of questions as per the Process areasList of skills, tasks, and knowledge which are required as per PMI’s Role Delineation study.Going through this credible document will give you a high-level idea of what all get covered in the PMP® exam. You should go through this once you feel that you have attained a reasonable command on the content covered by PMBOK® Guide or any other study guide which you are referring in order to ensure that you avoid any unwanted surprises while appearing for your PMP® certification exam.2.Take up a formal study course offered by any accredited Registered Education Provider (R.E.P)Project Management Institute (PMI) has approved a few organisations to offer project management training in order to establish a global network of quality education providers to help all the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential aspirants and credential holders.Enrolling yourself in a PMP® training course is one of the best ways to prepare for your certification exam. The reasons are as follows:These courses provide tailor-made PMP study materials and best practices for the PMP exam.They give you a quick start in getting a grasp of various project management concepts, formulae, terminology, and other key inputs which help you to prepare for your PMP exam.You can also get the 35 contact hours certificate by taking up these training courses which is necessary for you to be eligible for the PMP® exam.3.Come up with a study planYou should start treating your PMP® certification as a project and prepare a plan which covers all the activities that would help you to get PMP® certified. But the core element in this plan is to have a well-defined study plan. You should break your study sessions into smaller chunks and prepare a study plan which includes timelines to read PMBOK®, practice mock tests, study various materials etc.4.Review the latest edition of PMBOK® Guide and self-study books published by other reputable training organisationsNo matter whatever reference material you want to study in order to prepare for your PMP® certification exam, the PMPBOK® Guide is the recommended study material for all the PMP® aspirants. The page number 61 of the guide contains a table that shows the relation between 13 Knowledge Areas and 5 Process Groups with 47 processes. It further explains how these are applicable to project management.As a candidate, you should be thorough with this table and draw this table on a piece of paper in 5 minutes while appearing for your exam. The same can be used as a reference in answering the 200 exam questions. Other than the PMBOK® Guide, you can also review other study guides published by R.E.P.s and other reputable training organisations.5.Get ready for your exam by practicing Mock TestsDo you want to check the status of your PMP® certification exam preparation? You can do that by taking PMP mock tests. These can help you to map the gaps in your project management knowledge. You can take a test and review the results to find the areas that you need to work on.Focusing on answering the questions by sitting at a place for four hours is not a piece of cake. Taking full-length mock tests helps you to prepare for such a physically daunting and mentally straining process. However, it is a very important drill for your PMP® certification exam. So, it’s better to take up these mock tests and prepare well for your big day.6.Study groupStudying in a group can prove to be quite helpful while you are preparing for your PMP® certification exam. Catch up with the like-minded PMP® aspirants to know about new tactics and get benefited in other ways by being a part of the study group. Few of the benefits are as follows:Studying in a group is the best escape from the monotony of studying alone.You can surely overcome the areas which you are struggling with.Helping others will also boost your confidence.Sharing project management experiences with others help you to crack the scenario based questions which is the trickiest part of the PMP® certification exam.It further helps you to stay on course and helps you to motivate each other in the group.The biggest advantage of studying in a group is that it forces you to study on a regular basis and makes the preparation activity a part of your routine.Tips and tricks to prepare for your PMP® examYou need to study numerous materials in order to crack your PMP® certification exam. But do you have access to the right books and materials? Every person has his or her own way of learning. The following ways will surely help you to become efficient in your study and get equipped with all the knowledge that you need to crack your PMP® exam:If you have access to the workshops conducted by PMI then that would be a big benefit for you. This will also help you to receive the bundle of 35 credit hours which are necessary to qualify for your PMP® application procedure. Attending a PMP® boot camp gives you access to numerous benefits. Few of them are:1.Review everything which you need to cover on the examEverybody is oblivious about what he or she is going to encounter during the PMP® certification exam. Whatever you will find in the exam is sure to be geared from the PMBOK®. This means you should be thorough with the PMBOK® guidelines to get PMP® certified at one go. But the PMBOK® consists of only 75% of what you will see in the exam. What about the rest? You need to seek for a PMP instructor’s guidance in order to fill the gap in learning to qualify your PMP® certification exam.2.Review how to study for the examAs discussed, the PMBOK® guide is a great resource for your PMP® certification exam. At times, even if the questions are lengthy with a situational circumstance, you need to bring it down to a rule that needs to be comprehended. Further, there are certain focus areas on which you need to invest more of your study time than others. It is always better to seek guidance from a professional rather than guessing what you should study.3.Informal questionsIf you lack the idea of how to implement cost, schedule, or risk structure, then it’s a great opportunity for you to understand it. You should learn to shed light on practical application using fundamental examples.You should change your study methods to prepare well for a continuously evolving exam process like the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam. These days, this exam is based on PMBOK® Guide 6th edition and is a lot harder than it was in the past. The 4 partially correct choices which are provided for all the questions make it even confusing and raise the level of complication for the candidate.The following tricks are surely going to help you in shaping up your exam:Get aligned with the exam dynamics by spending 30 minutes every day on a free exam simulator.Follow the rule of 85%. Keep practicing mock exams until you score at least 85% in all the model exams. This indicates that you are ready to face the PMP® certification exam.Another important trick is to understand the ‘ITTO TRICK Sheet of 49 processes’ which you can find in the PMBOK® guide. This will really prove helpful to you in mapping all the processes inputs, outputs, tools, and techniques.In order to rightly utilize the 12 minutes after the exam, you need to read and memorize the Formula Trick Sheet. You need to print and paste the same on your desk in order to practice it every day because writing this after 4 hours exam will surely help you to track the questions and save significant time.You need to read and memorize the PMPBOK® 6th Edition 49 Process Chart. Print and paste the same on your desk and practice it every day until you can draw the chart within 8 minutes.To wrap it upWhen you begin with your preparation for PMP® certification, you should remember that attaining the PMP® certification shows your commitment to the profession of project management and demonstrates your credibility to earn more as well as raising the value of your resume above the non-certified professionals. Keeping these points in mind will surely help you to avoid getting discouraged during your certification process.You can also learn more about PMP® certification hereThis blog throws light on a few best practices along with some tips and tricks to smoothly proceed with your PMP® journey. It is important for you to set a standard time for your studies other than having a thorough understanding of the PMBOK® guide. So, start clearing your calendar to fit in your daily study time as PMP® needs a lot of thorough studies and is not an easy path to success.
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