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  1. 1. THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (PMI) The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a worldwide organisation of nearly 250,000 professionals. PMI is a non-commercial organisation owned by the membership of PMI and is dedicated to advancing the profession of Project Management. PMI offers many membership advantages, please refer to http://www.pmi.org and http://www.pmi.org.nz for further information and details on the PMI. The Auckland Branch  Holds a regular meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 5.30pm for a 6:00pm start. This includes a one hour presentation on a Project Management topic. These are always interesting and the project managers find that they learn a lot from these sessions.  Runs regular professional development and leadership courses. PMI members get a discount on these courses.  Organises study groups for PMI members.  Provides a Mentoring program.  Many other benefits. Please see the PMI New Zealand Chapter web site for further details. http://www.pmi.org.nz MEMBERSHIP Membership costs are in US$. Application Cost Membership Cost NZ Chapter Total First Year $10 $119 $30 $159 Following Years - $119 $30 $149 You do not have to be a member of PMI to take the PMI qualifications but it is strongly advised that you are as membership gives you many benefits for the same overall costs. JOINING THE PMI ONLINE Becoming a member of the PMI involves an on-line application form which is available from https://secure.pmi.org/memberapp/code/join.asp.
  2. 2. Once You Become a Member • You are emailed your membership number. This allows you to log onto the PMI site. • You are mailed a welcome pack which includes your certificate of membership and the PMBOK Guide CD. The PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) The prime PMI document and a key element of project management studies is the PMBOK Guide. This is a comprehensive guide to project management that: • Covers 9 Project Management Knowledge areas • Covers 44 Project Management process • Is 400 pages long • CD comes with the membership pack • Is the basis for PMI studies This is provided to you in electronic form (PDF) when you join the PMI (it is sent to you in your Welcome Pack on CD and is available as a download from the members’ page of the PMI website). The electronic version is adequate for study although most people prefer to purchase a printed copy. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS PMI currently offers three professional qualifications: • The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) • The Project Management Professional (PMP) • The Program Management Professional (PgMP) The PMP qualifications have excellence acceptance in New Zealand while the newer CAPM qualification is rapidly gaining good acceptance. For full details of the available certifications, please see the Certifications page on the PMI web site which is available at http://www.pmi.org/CareerDevelopment/Pages/Our-Credentials.aspx
  3. 3. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) • In late 2003 PMI began offering an additional certification called the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). • The exam for the CAPM™ is easier than the PMP® exam, requires less experience to qualify to take it, but covers the same topics as the PMP® exam. Pass Mark is currently 69%. • All questions are “knowledge questions” which are taken directly from the PMBOK Guide. General PM PM Experience Number of Exam Category Education Education Experience Within Last Questions Length High School One - 1500 hours 3 Years 150 3 hours graduate High School 23 contact Two - 3 years 150 3 hours graduate hours Costs US$ Member Initial $225 Re-examination $150 Non Member Initial $300 Re-examination $200 For further details on eligibility criteria, please refer to the CAPM Credentials Handbook available from http://www.pmi.org/PDF/pdc_capmhandbook.pdf Project Management Professional (PMP) • PMP has significant experience qualification requirements. The experience hours should be in a PM leadership role. • The exam for PMP is much harder than CAPM, but it covers the same topics as the CAPM exam. • Pass Mark is currently 62% • Questions can be “interpretive” and cover general project management knowledge as well as topics in the PMBOK Guide. General PM PM Experience Number of Exam Category Education Education Experience Within Last Questions Length Bachelors 35 Contact One 4,500 Hours 6 Years 200 4 hours Degree Hours High School 35 contact Two 7,500 Hours 8 years 200 4 hours graduate hours Costs US$ Member Initial $405 Re-examination $275 Non Member Initial $555 Re-examination $375 For further details on eligibility criteria, please refer to the PMP Credentials Handbook available from http://www.pmi.org/PDF/pdc_pmphandbook.pdf
  4. 4. Program Management Professional (PgMP) • PgMP has significant experience qualification requirements as both a Project Manager and a Program Manager. • The certification has 3 evaluation processes, an initial Panel Review of your experience, followed by a multi-choice examination and finally a Multi-rater assessment. Category General Project Program Number of Exam Length Education Experience Experience Questions One Bachelors 4 years 6,000 4 years 6,000 170 4 hours Degree hrs hrs Two High School 4 years 6,000 7 years 10,500 170 4 hours graduate hours hrs Costs US$ Member Initial $1,500 Re-examination $500 Non Member Initial $1,800 Re-examination $600 For further details on eligibility criteria, please refer to the PgMP Credentials Handbook available from http://www.pmi.org/PDF/pdc_pgmphandbook.pdf Which Qualification? Only complete the PMP qualification if you are an experienced project manager. The CAPM qualification is the ideal qualification if you want to know more about project management and is a perfect stepping stone to the PMP qualification. You apply on line for both qualifications. The exams can be booked and taken online at an Auckland exam centre (currently the exams can be booked for any Tuesday of the week). Ongoing Qualifications The CAPM qualification, once gained, is held for five years. After five years you can either re-sit the CAPM exam or go on and sit the PMP exam (if you qualify through experience). On the other hand, in order to retain the PMP qualification, the holder must complete 60 PDUs (Professional Development Units) every three years. This is the equivalent of 60 hours of PM training. Study Options • Study Groups – These are free to PMI members. These groups are organised by the local branch and are mentored by experienced PMP qualified project managers • Online study - US$200 - $US800, two examples are on www.pmi.org and www.pmstudy.com • Self Study – books from the PMI Bookshop (discounts for PMI members) or from www.amazon.com • A professionally run ‘Crash’ course – The typical cost is US$2,750 and details of these courses can be found on the Internet, using a Google search on “PMP Study”. The following are PMI
  5. 5. Registered Educational Providers, operating in New Zealand. There are also other providers who offer non certified courses. • Project Plus: www.projectplus.co.nz, Britta Fraser, +64 4 495 9100 britta@projectplus.co.nz • ESI: www.esi-au.com, Tanya Belfield (Business Development Manager): +64 4 473 6172 tbelfield@esi-au.com • Fact: www.fact.co.nz, Dianne Bussey, +64 9 832 0900, dbussey@fact.co.nz • Priority Management www.prioritymanagement.com David Callaway, Alan Calderwood, (64) 9 360 3287, trng@prioritymgmt.co.nz • Management Concepts www.managementconcepts-ap.com Don Nolan +64 9 480 0377, Don.Nolan@Managementconcepts-ap.com How do I become PMP or CAPM certified? 1. Join PMI as a member. Do this online from http://www.pmi.org. The welcome pack from PMI will contain the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide on a CD-ROM. 2. Decide on your method of study (see PMP and CAPM Study Notes.pdf). This could be by self- study, through a formal course, on-line study, or with help from a PMI Auckland Branch Study Group. 3. Read the PMBOK Guide and study, study, study. If you are doing this through a study group it takes approximately 15 weeks to complete the study group process. 4. Once you are prepared for the exam, submit your examination application online from the PMI website. PMI will advise you if your application has been accepted or not. 5. Once your application has been accepted, PMI will advise you how to schedule the exam. In Auckland you can sit the exam at an online centre, at other locations, such as Wellington you must sit the paper based version.
  6. 6. AUCKLAND STUDY GROUPS The Auckland Branch of PMINZ coordinates study groups to assist you in preparing for the PMP and CAPM certification examinations. At this stage, the Auckland Branch does not provide any study group support for those people who which to which to obtain the Program Management Professional Certification (PgMP). The objectives of the study groups are to: 1. Help to prepare you for the exams by guiding you through the knowledge areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guide; 2. Provide a support mechanism as you prepare for the exam; 3. Guide you through the exam process; 4. Provide answers to questions or concerns you have relating to the exam; 5. Provide networking opportunities with other people looking to obtain PMI certifications; 6. Enhance your Project Management skills and your knowledge of the PMBOK (you can attend a study group without the need to sit an exam) The study groups are self-driven groups which require a serious commitment to study. The involvement of each person in the group encourages the sharing of experiences and mutual support in preparing for the exam. Study group sessions are held regularly in Auckland at a number of locations. PMPs facilitate each of the sessions and each session includes the presentation of a knowledge area and the answering of mock exam questions. It is important to note that the study groups are not classroom style training sessions. The study group facilitators are there to facilitate and provide guidance and assistance only. What does the Study Group Cost? The Auckland Branch of PMINZ does not charge for you to attend a study group. However, you must be a member of the PMI and have joined the New Zealand Chapter. Additionally you will need to purchase study materials. Study Materials Study group participants are responsible for purchasing their own study materials, books and software (if they wish to use exam preparation software). The required study materials are as follows and can all be purchased from Amazon.com or direct from the publishers. 1. “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Third Edition (PMBOK Guide)”. This is provided to you in electronic form (PDF) when you join the PMI (it is sent to you in your Welcome Pack on CD and is available as a download from the members’ page of the
  7. 7. PMI website). The electronic version is adequate for study although most people prefer to purchase a printed copy. 2. For CAPM participants, “CAPM® Exam Prep - Premier Edition” by Rita Mulcahy. 3. For PMP participants, “PMP® Exam Prep - 5th Edition” by Rita Mulcahy. 4. Optionally you may like to purchase “Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling (Ninth Edition)” by Harold Kerzner. This book is useful, but is not required for the study groups. Although not required, there are many exam simulators on the market which may help in your exam preparation. As a prospective PMP you sign up to a Code of Ethics and you must respect all laws including those of copyright and NOT photocopy books and other copyrighted material. . Study Time and commitment You need to be prepared to commit 5-10 hours per week for the duration of the study group to prepare for each study group session followed by 10-15 hours per week for the weeks leading up to the exam. Most people have found that they will commit 150+ hours preparing to sit the exam. What is the format of a Study Group The proposed schedule for a study group in 2008 consists of an introductory session followed by 13 study group sessions covering each of the PMBOK chapters followed by 2 review sessions. The outline is as follows, however each study group may tailor this schedule: Week Session Session Topic PMBOK Chapter 1 Introductory Meeting 2 Break to allow purchase of study materials 3 1 Foundation and Framework and Mock Exam Chapters 1-3 4 2 Integration Management Chapter 4 5 3 Scope Management Chapter 5 6 4 Time Management Chapter 6 7 5 Cost Management Chapter 7 8 6 Quality Management Chapter 8 9 Break week 10 7 Human Resource Management Chapter 9 11 8 Communication Management Chapter 10 12 9 Risk Management Chapter 11 13 10 Procurement Management Chapter 12 14 11 Professional and Social Responsibility 15 12 Integration Management Chapter 4 16 13 How to set the Exam and a Mock Exam 17 Break week 18 14 Review Session #1 19 15 Review Session #2
  8. 8. Each session covers a topic of the PMBOK and includes a presentation on the topic by one or more members of the group, questions and answers, and mock exam questions which are discussed as a group. Each session typically runs for between 1-2 hours with the review sessions running for 3-4 hours. When are the study groups? The first study group for 2008 is expected to start late February. How to I join? If you have any further questions relating to the certifications, or wish to register for a study group, please contact the Professional Development Coordinators of the Auckland Branch Trevor Leybourne on 021 713 087 e-mail: auckland.profdev1@pmi.org.nz or; Clinton Arnold on 021 390 335 e-mail: auckland.profdev2@pmi.org.nz DISCLAIMER THIS DOCUMENT IS NOT AN OFFICIAL PMI DOCUMENT AND IS ISSUED FOR GUIDANCE ONLY BY THE PMI AUCKLAND ST BRANCH. THIS DOCUMENT WAS LAST UPDATED JANUARY 31 2008. PMINZ DOES NOT OFFER ANY GUARANTEE OR ASSURANCE THAT PARTICIPATION IN A STUDY GROUP WILL LEAD TO PASSING THE EXAM. EACH STUDY GROUP PARTICIPANT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE THEIR OWN STUDY AND APPLICATION TO SIT AN EXAM.