The Hidden Career: Project Management

Many people have career project management, only they just don’t know it. Perhaps it’s not in their job title or not the main focus of their work. Project management is like water, we are all swimming in it, so we don’t see or recognize it. It is ubiquitous in all job sectors, and transcends lowest to highest levels of any organization. Basically, without project management, our world would be in a state of chaos. The skills of a Project Management Professional, or PMP, can easily documented and certified through the Project Management Institute – PMI. Yet many are unaware of what work experience qualifies them for a PMP Certification.

Not everything people work on is labeled “a project” but can be accepted by PMI. If a person has preformed any of these activities for a period of either 3 or 5 years, they may qualify for PMP Certification:

  • Volunteer activities
  • College projects
  • Military activities
  • Home remodels
  • Landscaping projects
  • Work projects
  • Work activity planning

Why it’s important to examine dislocated workers’ potential for project management certification

The skills of a good project manager are needed in any industry and anywhere work activity takes place. It often goes unnoticed unless a person has project manager in their job title, or PMP at the end of their name.

A certification in Project Management can help dislocated workers earn the money and respect they deserve. Earning a PMP certification can transfer years of work experience into a tangible accreditation that will open more opportunities and higher pay.

Benefits of a PMP® Certi­fication:

  • Earn 18-30% more – in less than 2 weeks!
  • More career and advancement opportunities
  • Captures years of on the job experience
  • Prepares for greater job responsibilities
  • Improves skills and knowledge
  • Builds self con­fidence, beyond a job title while gaining a sense of personal satisfaction
  • PMI serves as an unbiased endorsement of project management knowledge and professional experience
  • Ongoing professional development

It’s important to screen for project management experience, since a person does not have held a “project manager” title, but must have played a significant role in the portion of the project in which he or she was involved and must have led or directed project tasks. It can start with accessing how much of a person’s work experience constitutes project management.

Below is some information to determine if a person is eligible for taking the PMP exam, and the costs involved.

Basic Requirements for Taking the PMP Exam:

  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience. Of those three years of project management experience, 4,500 hours should have been spent leading and directing projects. 35 hours of project management education are also required.
  • In the absence of a four-year degree, a secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) is required, along with at least five years of project management experience. Of those five years of project management experience, 7,500 hours should have been spent leading and directing projects. 35 hours of project management education are also required.

Project management experience hours refer to the number of hours an applicant has spent leading and directing project management-related tasks. The applicant does not have to have been a project manager but must have played a significant role in the portion of the project in which he or she was involved and must have led or directed project tasks. The applicant could have been a team lead, functional lead, technical lead, project sponsor, meeting facilitator or subject matter expert. Applicants also need experience in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and closing a project—what the PMI defines as its five “process groups.”

Also, the applicant must have accrued his or her project management experience hours within the last eight years. The online application for the PMP exam provides a limited amount of space (500 characters) in which to describe the project management tasks the applicant led or directed for each project.

Costs:

The computer based examination for PMP Certification is $405 for membership holders. For non-members, the exam fee is $555. The difference of $150 is enough to pay the first year of the PMI membership fee. PMI allows PMP Certification aspirants to take up to 3 PMP Exams in one year, and each exam retake (PMP re-examination or re-exam) costs an additional $275 (for PMI members) / $375 (for non-members).

UltiMentors PMP exam prep training course exceeds the required 35 hours of education and offers a free mock exam. It is listed and approved in Career Bridge of Washington State. The regular price of $1895 comes with a $300 discount for all transitioning and unemployed workers, vets and military – $1595. Designed to fully prepare students for the PMP exam, this course focuses on standards set by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Curriculum includes project quality, scope, time, cost, human resources, communications, risk, procurement, integration management, and PMP certification exam preparation. Course meets PMI formal education requirements.

UltiMentors PMP Exam Course Bonuses:

  • 5th day Mock Exam, grading and feedback
  • $300 discount for all transitioning and unemployed workers, vets and military
  • Available online anywhere
  • Approved in Career Bridge of Washington State
  • Success Rate—99%
  • 40 PMI Approved Contact Hours — 8 hours more than the competitor’s 32 hours, and PMBOK requirement
  • Includes 1 year subscription to Ultimate PM: The Project Management Power Tool
  • Expert PMP Trainer (30+ Years’ Experience)
  • Not only pass the test, become a better Project Manager