PMP Professional Experience History: Tips and Techniques to avoid Application Rejection

Tips and Techniques to Avoid PMP Application Rejection
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Mahendra Gupta

Published on November 24, 2012


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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to guide PMP® aspirants about the professional experience requirements of PMP®. It is a key requirement for PMP® application approval. Misleading information could result in application rejection.

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PMP Qualification Criteria

To be eligible for the PMP® credential, you must meet certain educational and professional experience requirements. Some of the key requirements are as follows.

 

Minimum Experience

All Project Management experience must have been accrued within the last eight consecutive years prior to your application submission.

A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate's degree or global equivalent) AND a minimum of 5 years/60 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 7500 hours were spent leading and directing project tasks

OR

A Four-year degree (bachelor's degree or global equivalent) AND a minimum of three years/35 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 4500 hours were spent leading and directing project tasks.
 

PMP Process Groups

You should have experience in all five process groups across all your project management experience submitted on the application. However, on a single project, you do not need to have experience in all five process groups.

Number of Months of project management experience

For each month in which you worked on multiple, overlapping projects, you can only count the time spent on ONE of those projects toward fulfilling your eligibility requirements.
 

Number of Hours you Led or Directed Project

Consider all the projects you have worked on and identify how many hours you spent on leading and directing the project. For this section of the application, if you worked on multiple projects at a time, all the hours count toward the total.

Problem Statement

A problem many applicants face is recalling the number of hours spent on each stage of the PM process. I know you have enough work experience to satisfy PMI® requirements but you do not remember exact number of hours spent on project management activities.


- Breakdown project efforts as per activities within the Project Management Process Group. Please refer to the references section for a suggested format.

-  Historic Project Plan/Schedule: If you are working for the same organization, this should not be a huge deal. Refer to the organization’s project repository for old project schedules/plans. You should be able to extract detailed effort information as most the projects you have worked on must have followed set effort breakdown calculation.

- If you can’t get hold of project schedules but remember duration of the project and tentative estimates, then it should be enough to help you derive process group-wise efforts.

-  It is not mandatory to gain experience in all the process groups on every project. Most of IT projects at offshore locations are executed offshore. Project Managers are assigned at the end of the Initiation Process.

-  It is not essential to add efforts under each and every activity within process group as some of the activities might not be part of the project as each project is tailored as per project requirement.

- Having the title project manager alone in the project description is not sufficient for PMI® requirements. Please provide detailed project descriptions/deliverables in 500 characters or less for each project. Project deliverables should be a high-level summary of the tasks you led and directed on the project (e.g. Initiating: develop project charter etc. Planning: Scope definition, etc)

- Applications are selected for audit in random order. You could be the unlucky one to be audited. Please make sure you get details about your reporting manager on each project with correct contact details. Inform them in advance to avoid surprise calls from PMI®.

 

 

Project Name

Total

Initiating Process

Hours

Hours

Conduct project selection methods to evaluate the feasibility of new products or services

 

0.00

Identify key stakeholders and perform analysis to gain buy-in and requirements for the success of the project.

 

0.00

Define the scope of the project based on the organization need to meet the customer project expectations.

 

0.00

Develop the project charter and review it with key stakeholders to confirm project scope, risks, issues, assumptions and constraints as well as obtain project charter approval from the project sponsor.

 

0.00

Identify and document high level risks, assumptions and constraints using historical data and expert judgment.

 

0.00

Planning Process

Hours

Hours

Identify key project team members and define roles and responsibilities to create a project organization structure to develop a communication plan.

 

0.00

Create the work breakdown structure with the team to develop the cost, schedule, resource, quality and procurement plans.

 

0.00

Identify project risks to define risk strategies and develop the risk management plan.

 

0.00

Obtain project plan approval from the customer and conduct a kick off meeting with all key stakeholders.

 

0.00

Define and record detail project requirements, constraints and assumptions with the stakeholders to establish the project deliverables.

 

0.00

Develop the change management plan to define how changes will be handled to manage the triple constraints.

 

0.00

Executing Process

Hours

Hours

Manage proactively the resource allocation by ensuring that appropriate resources and tools are assigned to the tasks according to the project plan.

 

0.00

Execute the tasks defined in the project plan in order to achieve the project goals.

 

0.00

Ensure a common understanding and set expectations through communication to align the stakeholders and team members.

 

0.00

Improve team performance by building team cohesiveness, leading, mentoring, training, and motivating in order to facilitate cooperation, ensure project efficiency and boost morale.

 

0.00

Implement a quality management plan to ensure that work is being performed according to required quality standards.

 

0.00

Implement approved changes according to the Change Management Plan.

 

0.00

Obtain project resources in accordance with a procurement plan.

 

0.00

Implement the approved actions and workarounds required to minimize the impact of project risks.

 

0.00

Monitoring and Controlling

Hours

Hours

Measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques.

 

0.00

Verify and manage changes to the project scope, project schedule and project costs as defined in the change management plan.

 

0.00

Monitor the status of all identified risks, identify any new risks, take corrective actions and update the risk response plan.

 

0.00

Ensure the project deliverables conform to quality standards established in the project quality plan.

 

0.00

Closing Process

Hours

Hours

Formalize and obtain final acceptance for the project.

 

0.00

Identify, document and communicate lessons learned.

 

0.00

Archive and retain project records, historical information and documents (e.g., project schedule, project plan, lessons learned, surveys, risk and issues logs etc.) in order to retain organizational knowledge, comply with statutory requirements, and ensure availability of data for potential use in future projects and internal/external audits.

 

0.00

Obtain financial, legal and administrative project closure (e.g., final payments, warranties, contract signoff).

 

0.00

Release all project resources and provide performance feedback.

 

0.00

Create and distribute final project report.

 

0.00

Measure customer satisfaction at the end of the project.

 

0.00

 

 

 

0.00

0.00

0.00

Happy learning! We wish you good luck in your PMP® certification journey!

 

PMP is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc. 

 

About the Author

Mahendra Gupta is a PMP and ISEB certified IT Consultant based in United Kingdom with more than 12+ years of experience in Business System Analysis and IT Project Management of wide range of projects within Banking and Trust Business sector.


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