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  PMP Re-Certification: Do what good Project Managers do

Maintaining your PMP credentials is not as hard as most people think, as long as you plan it well. Treat your re-certification as a Project. Follow the same processes that you do on your projects - Initiate, Plan, Execute, Monitor and Control, Close.

Let's consider a few aspects of PMI's Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program:
  • Earn 60 PDUs in a Certification Cycle (3 years): A Certification Cycle is 3 years in duration. As per the new PMI guidelines, the certification cycle ends exactly 3 years from the date you certify (or recertify). To know more about the recent changes to the Certification Cycle, click here. 60 PDUs in three years breaks down into an average of 20 PDUs per year. This breaks down into 20 PDUs every year. My advice is to plan early and start accumulating PDUs as early in your Certification Cycle as possible.
  • Know the Categories of PDUs: There are five categories under which you can earn PDUs. Those categories include:
    • Category 1: Formal Academic Education
    • Category 2: Professional Activities and Self-Directed Learning
    • Category 3: Courses offered by PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.) or Components
    • Category 4: Courses Offered by Other Education Providers
    • Category 5: Volunteer Service to Professional or Community Organizations
  • Maintain a Record of your PDUs: PMI randomly selects a small percentage of re-certification applications for auditing. If your application is selected for an audit, you need to produce evidence of all the PDUs that you reported. Therefore, you should maintain a folder of all PDU certificates or other documentation, which validates your claim. It is best to maintain this folder along the way.
  • Report your PDUs to PMI: PMI provides an Online application to report and track your PDUs. Though PMI does not mandate the frequency of reporting the PDUs within a Certification Cycle, it is in your best interest to report them periodically to keep track of your progress and avoid forgetting to report them altogether.
  • Carry over excess PDUs to next Certification Cycle: Yes, you can carry over upto 20 PDUs earned in the last (third) year of your Certification Cycle over to the next cycle. For example, if you have earned 50 PDUs in the first 2 years of your Certification Cycle and you earn 30 PDUs in the third year, 20 of your 30 PDUs (earned in the third year) can be carried over to the next Certification Cycle.
  • Review CCR Handbook: Last, but not the least, review the CCR Handbook for a deeper insight into PMI's CCR Program.
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  Collection of articles on the Value of PMP Certification

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  PMP Sample Questions: 7000+ Best Free Questions for PMP Certification [PMBOK 5]

PMP Certification Sample Questions - 7000+ Best Free Sample Questions based on PMBOK Guide 5th Edition PMP Exam Sample Questions - Free and Paid: The PMP certification exam is a 4 hour, 200 question marathon. Practicing sample exam questions is a key to passing the PMP exam. If you are preparing for the PMP exam, I recommend that you attempt at least 2500 sample questions before you go for the real thing. Moreover, you must attempt at least 3 full-length sample exams. This will condition your mind and body for the marathon that the PMP exam is. Here's a list of more than 7000 best free sample questions based on PMBOK Guide, 5th Ed for the PMP certification exam from more than 60 sources around the web.
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  PMP Certification Exam Online Forums

PMP Exam Prep Online Forums
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PMP Forums: If you are preparing for PMP or CAPM Certification, it's very important that you join at least two or three forums that deal with these topics. Spend a few minutes everyday and participate actively in the discussions. Pay special attention to lessons learned posts by successful candidates. I've listed a few good forums here that you might want to consider. Disclosure: I have no affiliation with any of these forums except for the first one in the list.




PMP Exam Online Forums
If you know of other good forums that are not listed here, do let me know.
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  PMP Certification Exam Lessons Learned

PMP Certification Exam Lessons Learned Here's a collection of interesting and useful lessons learned posts from the people who successfully passed the PMP exam, and took the time to share them with fellow Project Managers who aspire to be PMPs.
Selected Lessons Learned My Lessons Learned Last Update: Feb 21, 2016
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  PMP Certification Resources: Online Training Courses, PDU's, Exam Questions, Books and Apps

A simple Google search on "PMP Certification" returns more than half a million articles. To filter out the best resources from the vast ocean of information is a daunting task for anyone setting out to achieve PMP credentials. I've gone through this process the hard-way and I know that it takes several weeks or even months of rummaging through all the information, before one can actually start the exam preparation.

With this article, I aim to help PMP aspirants jump-start their exam preparation and provide them a reliable source for all the resources required to pass the PMP exam.

Step-by-step Guide to PMP

How to Become a PMP in 6 Steps


Free Mock Exams, Sample Questions and Test Simulators

PMP Courses that qualify for *35 Contact Hours / PDU*
  • Project Management PrepCast for PMBOK Fifth Edition (Video Podcast) - USD 179.99
    The new PM PrepCast™ is the first and only 35 hour long PMP® Video Workshop. It comes with 100% Money-back guarantee. In my opinion, this is the best way to earn 35 Contact Hours, which you need to qualify for the PMP Exam. I have tried this personally and highly recommend it. Read my complete review here.
  • BrainBOK - PMP and CAPM Exam Prep Simplified! - USD 99.99
    BrainBOK is an online application designed to help project managers achieve PMP and CAPM certifications more efficiently. With a collection of tools such as ITTO Explorer, exam simulator, flashcards, quizzes and more, it's the Swiss-army knife of PMP and CAPM exam preparation. It is the best tool to get your head around the ITTOs, and has the best collection of flashcards for the PMP and CAPM exams. You simply cannot go wrong with this tool.
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Top PMP Exam Prep Books with Reviews
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 5th Edition (PMBOK Guide) - by Project Management Institute (PMI)
    A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 5th Ed (PMBOK Guide) is a project management guide, and an internationally recognized standard that provides the fundamentals of project management as they apply to a wide range of projects, including construction, software, engineering, automotive, etc. It is the "official" Project Management guide published by PMI. PMP Exam is based on the 5th edition of this guide. It is the 'bible' of Project Management and a must-have for all PMPs and PMP aspirants.

  • PMP Exam Prep, 8th Edition UPDATED - by Rita Mulcahy
    PMP Exam Prep, 8th Edition UPDATED is arguably the most popular book for PMP Exam preparation. I've personally used it and highly recommend it for all PMP aspirants. In one of the surveys we conducted in the past, more than 60% respondents recommended this book for PMP exam preparation. Read 10 Reasons to Buy Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep Book for more details.

  • Head First PMP: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam
    If you want to learn the fun way, Head First PMP may be right for you. This book takes a radical approach of teaching and uses lots and lots of visual cues to present the material. I did not purchase this book for my preparation, but I had a chance to read this book and compare it with Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep. Read Head First PMP vs. Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep for more details.

  • The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try - by Andy Crowe
    The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try is the 3rd most popular PMP exam prep guide after Rita Mulcahy and HeadFirst's book. I've NOT read the book but have read some good reviews. It has also received excellent ratings on Amazon. People who took the exam said that the questions in this book were probably the closest to the real exam. The book includes one full length practice exam, but as a bonus, it provides online access to an additional full-length practice exam for 1 week.

  • PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, Includes Audio CD - by Kim Heldman
    Prepare for the latest PMP certification exam with this new edition of the Kim Heldman's PMP Exam Study Guide, which covers all essential procedures and concepts from PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition. The book also prepares you for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) exam. Companion CD-ROM features a test engine of practice questions, electronic flashcards, and two hours of audio. The bonus material makes it a really good value for money.

  • EdWel - PMP Exam Prep Book (FREE)

    Edwel's Guide is probably the best FREE PMP exam prep guide that you can find. It is a complete study guide with 300 sample questions and tons of exercises throughout the book.

Exam Simulators
  • PM Exam Simulator - 1800 Questions (online)
    PM Exam Simulator is a new PMP exam simulator from the publisher of the famous PM Prepcast. It consists of 9 full length 200-question exams including one exam for ITTO questions. It has the good simulator engine and the quality of questions is also among the better ones that I've tested. The price is $99.99 for 3 month unlimited 24x7 access. It comes with a 2-week money back guarantee. Apart from this, the publisher also offers a free 3-day trial account for you to feel extremely assured with your purchase.

  • Simplilearn PMP Exams - 1000 Questions (online)
    Simplilearn is another good PMP exam simulator. It comes with a free 200-question full-length exam for you to evaluate the program before purchasing it. If you are satisfied, you can purchase 1/2/3/4 additional full-length exams at $10-$15 each. They have posted several student testimonials on their site, and interestingly, all testimonials are linked to the real LinkedIn profile of the students. That's neat. Overall, Simplilearn is a good value for money.

More Exam Preparation Resources
  • PMP Formula Study Guide
    PMP Formula Study Guide is a reasonably priced, unique product that addresses a very crucial aspect of PMP exam - the formulas. It includes 100+ formula-related sample questions. The real value comes from having all the accurate (formula related) information, from an authentic source, in a neat little package. It pretty much covers all the formulas that you need to know for the exam and can save you tens of hours of valuable time. Read my complete review here.

  • Q & As for the PMBOK Guide - by Frank T.
    This book is entirely based on the contents of the PMBOK Guide. It has 200 questions. It's an invaluable tool to test your knowledge on the terms, concepts, process inputs, outputs, tools and techiques (ITTO) from the PMBOK. The previous edition of this book, which is based on PMBOK 3rd ed., is available for free on Books24x7 with PMI membership. The latest edition should also be available on Books24x7 soon.

PMP Certification FAQs

100+ FAQ about PMP Certification


iPhone /iPad Apps These are some of the noteworthy apps for iPhone / iPad on the Apple App Store:
  • PMPocket
  • PMP Exam Prep Questions by Global Knowledge
  • PMP Exam Trainer
Android Apps These are some of the noteworthy apps for Android:
Official PMI Documents PMP Application Links & Documents PMP Exam Online Forums Good Study Notes & Tips Selected Lessons Learned Articles on the Value of PMP Certification Other Free Resources Please help me keep this page up to date. If you find a broken link or if you are familiar with other useful resources which are not listed here, please let me know by posting your comments below. With your feedback and contribution, I hope to build a comprehensive knowledge base of PMP Exam resources for all PMP aspirants.

Thanks for reading, and your support.

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  Daily Nuggets Archive

PMP Exam preparation requires a wide range of knowledge, beyond the scope of popular PMP Exam Prep books. Internet has tons of resources to help you with your preparation but the challenge is to filter and get to the most important, relevant and accurate information. That's exactly where I help you. I come across several useful resources everyday. I review them thoroughly and hand-pick the best resources, which I think will help PMP aspirants with their preparation. Occasionally, I also share free PDU resources that help certified PMPs (like me) meet PMI's Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) and maintain their certification.

Note on Oct 04, 2009: Today the number of resources in the Daily Nuggets section has touched 200! When I started this section on Mar 19, 2009, I didn't think I could carry this on for more than 2 month. This is the section of my blog that requires the most maintenance. It reminds of the quotation from Walter Elliot - "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other".


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  Tons of Free PMP Resources on Scribd.com

There are tons of (free) exam question banks and other resources on Scribd.com. Though I wasn't aware of this site when I was preparing for my exam in 2007, I think it would be useful for PMP aspirants. A quick search for "PMP" and "PMP Books" revealed several useful resources.
Give it a shot:

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  Singapore PMI Chapter Membership Renewal Gift

Do you know that if you renew Singapore PMI chapter membership (USD 40 per annum), you are eligible for a free gift?

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  Review of Whizlabs PMP Exam Simulator Software

UPDATE: This product has been discontinued by Whizlabs. Read this post.

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