Important changes to PMP ® and CAPM ® exams in 2013
If you’re New Year’s resolution includes write the PMP® or CAPM® exam in 2013, there are a few things you need to know:
- PMI® just released version 5 of the PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge).
- Since August 1, 2013, the PMP® exam has been based on the new PMBOK® (the CAPM® exam switched after July 1st, 2013)
Before you can write the PMP exam, you must complete the following three steps:
Step 1: Submit your PMP® eligibility criteria to PMI®
Before PMI will let you register to write the PMP® exam, you must first meet PMI’s criteria for being eligible to write the PMP® exam. These include:
- A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.
- A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.
If you do not meet the PMP® eligibility requirements, you may still obtain a CAPM® certification.
The easiest way to submit your application is to do so on-line. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your application — depending on your work experience (you can go back up to 8 years) your application can take as little as a few hours or a number of days to complete.
PMI takes a minimum of 5 business days to approve your application. However, approximately 30% of applications are audited, so WCP recommends submitting your application as soon as possible, because if your application is selected for audit you will require a longer period for the application process.
Step 2: Register to write the PMP® Exam
Once PMI® approves your application you will receive an email confirming that you are eligible to write the PMP® exam, along with a link to the site where you can register for the exam. You have 12 months from the time PMI approves your qualifications, until you write the exam. If you do not write the exam within that time period, you must re-submit your qualifications..
The cost of the exam is $250 for PMI® members and $400 for non-members.
Step 3: Prepare yourself to pass the exam
Even the most experienced and successful project managers will struggle to pass the PMP® exam unless they are properly prepared. To help you prepare, WCP recommends the following courses:
- 3-day PM Essentials: Part 1
Recommended for participants who have not had any prior formal PM training
- 3-day PM Essentials: Part 2
Recommended for participants who have not had advanced PM training
- 3-day PMP Exam Prep
Recommended for anyone intending to writer the PMP® or CAPM® exam
At WCP, our goal is to not only help you write and pass the PMP® (or CAPM®) exams, but to also help you be a better project manager. By taking the appropriate training, not only will you receive the necessary hours of formal training PMI requires for you to be eligible to write the exam, and the knowledge to pass the exam, you will also learn how to properly use the tools and techniques of project management in order to add value to the projects in which you are involved.