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  • What is PMP?

Project Management Professional (abbreviation of PMP) is a credential offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The credential is obtained by documenting your work experience in project management, completing 35 hours of project management related training, and scoring at least 61% on a written, multiple choice examination. PMP exams administered on or before June 30, 2009 will be based on "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge - or PMBOK," the Third Edition. After June 30, PMP certification exams will be based on "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge" the Fourth Edition of which was published in December 2008.

The Project Management Framework (based on PMBOK Third Edition) embodies a project life cycle and five major project management process areas (encompassing a total of 44 processes). Mapped to these five process areas (Initiate, Plan, Execute, Monitor and Control, and Close) are nine areas of project management knowledge: Integrated Project Management, Scope Project Management, Time Project Management, Cost Project Management, Quality Project Management, Human Resource Project Management, Communications Project Management, Risk Project Management and Procurement Project Management. The nine knowledge areas share common inputs, tools and techniques and outputs, and make facilitates PMP professionals in developing and practicing specialization in one or more of the areas. For example, a PMP may specialize in Quality Planning, Quality Assurance, and Quality Control - the three processes that make up the Quality Project Management process area.


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  • How long is the exam ? Is it a computer base ?

The exam is 4 hours, 200 multiple questions , computer base

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  • What is the distribution of questions for the exam ?

The 2007 PMP exam has the following distribution across topics

  • Project Initiation 11%
  • Project Planning 23%
  • Project Execution 27%
  • Project Monitoring and Control 21%
  • Project Closure 9%
  • Code of conduct 9%

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  • Do you guarantee that I will pass the exam?

Even though there is some advertising that give the illusion of a guarantee even using the word, read carefully what is Guarantee. The fact is No one can guarantee a pass, or should, make such a guarantee. In order to pass the PMP, you must master the discipline and quality study habits needed to meet the challenges of the exam. However, with the knowledge and skills acquired through the workshops and practice exams, and the implementation of the tools and techniques of your personalized study plan created for you over the length of the course, you have a very high degree of passing the exam.

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  • What is the passing score for the PMP exam?

As of November 30, 2005, the passing score for the PMP exam is 61 percent. It is not required to pass all six Performance Domains of the exam. The exam consists of 200 total questions, and candidates must answer 106 questions correctly from a total of 175 scorable questions. The other 25 questions are pretest items, which are not scored. PMI uses pretest questions to determine their performance prior to counting them towards a candidate’s score.

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  • After the training , do i need to study or im ready for the exam?

Do not get fool by some vendor advertising , it takes from the time you start the training to the time you are confident enough to pass the exam , on average 100 hours of study

depending your level of understanding. When you do the class with us you spend around 40 hours ( including exam simulation) so you need to budget on average 60 hours of study after. Of course some of our trainees did it right after the class and pass it but it is more prudent to plan for the hours and improve on it!

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  • What are the professional credentials of instructors ?

All PTC instructors are PMP® certified, possess an Cachelor degree or MBA, some are certified as CVM, VMP, and all have at least 15 years of real world experience in project,
program, and/or strategic management. All PTC instructors go through a Instructor Certification process that spans 8 days of class instruction. Collectively, they have helped 400+ students pass PMP® exam. Our instructors also are involved in the PMI communities to continuously developed new standards such as OPM3 and improve PMP® examination.

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  • Do you register and schedule me for the PMP exam ?

No the application process is done by you online. We will provide you informations during the class on how to apply and the entire process to go through the exam.

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  • How many students are in each class ?

Max 20 , preferably 15 . Because we do team exercise and debriefing we need to keep the class at this level maximum.

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  • Is the PMP exam fees included in the course fee ?

No. You may have to budget an additional $US500 to $US600 towards PMP Exam course fee. Updated information on this can be found at PMI website at www.PMI.org.

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  • How is your course differ from others on the market ?

Our courses have been developed and are delivered by experience project manager professionals who are active in managing projects. We developed our training first to train people who will work on our team the next week so it has to be very practical and applicable immediately after. To do so we use, many workshop, role play and actual project case study in progress or just finish to our discussions. Finally, your chance of passing the exam without having to spend huge amount of study is pretty good with us. During the class we do and debrief more than 500 questions so you get familiar with the style.

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  • How can i get PDU , what activities qualify for PDU ?

There is many categories that you can use to claim your PDU. Copy and paste in your browser the following link for detail explanation.


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  • What happen if i cant cumulate 60 PDU ?

PMP®s who do not complete the Continuing Certification Requirements by the expiration date of their certification will be placed on suspended certification status. Suspended certification status indicates that the individual may not use the PMP® credential or certification mark, nor identify or represent them self as a PMP® or otherwise certified by PMI® until the overdue requirements are accomplished within a maximum of one year beyond their official expiration date. The suspension period consists of the calendar year following the expiration of the certification cycle. The date of a PMP®s next CCR cycle will not change after reinstatement to active status from suspension. (The suspension period overlaps the time frame of their next cycle.) A PMP® who does not meet the overdue requirements within the suspension period will lose their PMP® certification. After losing the designation due to failure in completing the CCR program an individual must start the entire certification process over including applying
for and taking the PMP® examination, to regain the certification.

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  • Is there any restrictions on the method i get my PDU?

PDU Credit Distribution
There are no minimum requirements for the number of PDUs earned in any specific category. PMPs may accomplish their PDUs through any combination of the various categories with
the following restrictions: Self-directed Learning activities (Category 2 - SDL) are limited to a maximum of 15 PDUs per CCR cycle; Category 5 activities are limited to 20 PDUs per CCR cycle.

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  • How do i report my PDU ?

Reporting PDU Activities
PMP®s are responsible for reporting qualifying activities as they occur. They should make copies of the PMI® Continuing Certification Requirements Activity Reporting Form, enter the
required information, and fax or mail the completed form (only the form) to the PMI®/CCR Records Office. CCR Activity Reporting Forms may also be submitted using the online Activity Reporting Form found in the certification area of the PMI® Web site. To confirm posting of claims, PMP®s may view their PDU transcripts online via the PMI® Web site (www.pmi.org). Allow up to three weeks for claims to be process and listed in the online transcript.

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  • What is a PDU ?

The PDU is the measuring unit used to quantify approved learning and professional service activities. Typically, one PDU is earned for every one hour spent in a planned, structured learning experience or activity. Fractions of PDUs may be reported in 0.25 increments following one full hour.

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  • How many PDU must i get to maintain my certification ?

PMP® s must accrue a minimum of 60 Professional development units (PDUs) during each CCR cycle, return the Application for Certification Renewal, (or renew online using the Certification System) and comply with the PMI® Code of Professional Conduct to maintain their certification status.

A CCR for a PMP® s first cycle begins on the date he or she successfully complete the certification examination and ends on December 31st of the third full calendar year following the year of their examination. For example: an examination date of 31 July 2004 results in an expiration date of 31 December 2007.

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