Whew! I'm finally scheduled to take the PMP exam at the end of February.
Initially I thought I just showed up at the test site, paid a fee and took the test. Au contraire!
Admittedly, I have a deadline. I want to take the test before it's revised and I'm playing catch-up. But be aware that scheduling the test is a bit more complicated. It was further complicated by the help desk at PMI telling me I didn't need to do anything to provide the information on education units unless I was audited. That's not the case.
So, here's what I had to do:
- Gather all the information outlined in the PMP exam information. It would have taken a whole lot longer if I hadn't had things together:
Go to the PMI site and log in (or don't if you're not a member)…
Contact information I assume everyone has off the top of their heads, as I did
Education attained - not only the highest degree and institution, I needed the address of that institution
Domain experience - this was really hard for me as a consultant as I typically run multiple projects concurrently at different companies, all under the auspices of my own consulting firm. Sometimes I sub-contract. Typically I run all phases of any project; sometimes I'm teaching; sometimes I'm coaching. The moral of the story is to be ready with the hours per phase. I can back up the hours per project with billing, but the hours per phase is a little different. I do know, however, which projects needed what percentage of work in various phases so I was able to be pretty accurate.
The education - jeez! I ran through a program with 1 and 2 hour sessions, so I had to enter every one of them - the company, the name, the hours, etc.. There were just under 30 sessions, but it stopped having me enter data after the application requirement was met.
I submitted the application. The instructions said a response would come in 5 business days. It came in 4 days.
Before scheduling the exam, I had to pay the fee. That sets me up for a year. I also had to grab my driver's license to be sure the information I entered for testing matched exactly.
I waited (briefly) to get the confirmation and the all-important confirmation number
There are exam locations in my area (Silicon Valley), so next up was to pick a center and schedule the exam using the confirmation number. That autofilled most of the information.
I got an email response (plus printed the receipt) with all the information.
- Contact information — email, address, phone number
- Education attained — school attended, level of education attained, degree date
- Domain experience — details of the projects, programs, portfolios you’ve worked on including qualifying hours, dates of employment, role, organization details, reference, and experience summary
- Domain education — names of courses completed, institutions attended, dates, qualifying hours
I do know that the rules at the test center are pretty strict. You can't bring anything in the room with you - if you choose to wear a sweater, for some reason IT CAN'T COME OFF. I have no idea why that would be, but I find it pretty irritating - a 4 hour test in god knows what temperature and I'm not allowed to be comfortable? Apparently you can take a break for food or water. The instructions say that scratch paper and 2 pencils or a whiteboard and markers will be supplied; if you need more paper they take away what you have.
Now I'm off to study and take practice tests. Wish me luck!