Six Ways To Earn 35 Contact Hours For Your PMP Exam

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Obtaining your Project Management Processional (PMP)® Certification is a lot more than reading the PMBOK® Guide, it is also involves completing the PMP® Exam application, which can be a time consuming sometimes confusing process. In completing the education requirements section, you see that you need at least 35 contact hours.

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Six Ways To Earn 35 Contact Hours For Your PMP Exam

  1. 1. Six ways to earn 35 Contact Hours for your PMP® Exam PMI, PMP, CAPM, PgMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP and PMBOK are trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. PMI has not endorsed and did not participate in the development of this publication. PMI does not sponsor this publication and makes no warranty, guarantee or representation, expressed or implied as to the accuracy or content. Every attempt has been made by OSP International LLC to ensure that the information presented in this publication is accurate and can serve as preparation for the PMP certification exam. However, OSP International LLC accepts no legal responsibility for the content herein. This document should be used only as a reference and not as a replacement for officially published material. Using the information from this document does not guarantee that the reader will pass the PMP certification exam. No such guarantees or warranties are implied or expressed by OSP International LLC.
  2. 2. Obtaining your Project Management Processional (PMP)® Certification is a lot more than reading the PMBOK® Guide, it is also involves completing the PMP® Exam application, which can be a time consuming sometimes confusing process. In completing the education requirements section, you see that you need at least 35 contact hours. • What exactly are contact hours? • Why do you need them? • What do you need to do to obtain them? Contact hours are not the same as a Professional Developmental Units (PDUs), you need to have at least 35 contact hours of prior to the completion of your application be eligible to take the PMP® Exam, whereas once you obtain our PMP® Certification, you will need 60 PDUs every three years to maintain the certification. 2
  3. 3. All of the hours you want to use towards contact hours must be in the form of a formal project management training or course work. Approved project management-related topics include project quality, project budget, project risks, project scope, project communications, project procurement, and project integration management. If you have taken training or course work in the past that would count towards the contact hours you need -- even if it was 10, 15, or 20 years ago, it still counts as long as you have the documentation confirming your attendance. There are six categories of providers available from which you can obtain training or course work to meet the 35 contact-hour educational requirement to submit an application to take the PMP® Exam. 3
  4. 4. Category A – PMI Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) Take some training through a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). These courses can be easily located on the Project Management Institute (PMI) website under the “Professional Development” section where you can search for a specific activity or provider based on such requirements as your location, the type of training you are looking for, keywords, and language. Training taken from one of PMIs Registered Education Providers is usually pre-approved to meet PMIs education requirements for contact hours. 4
  5. 5. Category B – PMI Chapters or Communities of Practice • Participate in a training activity provided by one of PMIs many Chapters or Communities of Practice (CoP). • Check out the schedule of your local PMI® Chapter; many offer low cost training opportunities that you can count toward your 35 contact hours. • Attending a PMI® Chapter does not qualify for contact hours unless at least one hour of that meeting is dedicated to a training activity. There are also many PMI® Communities of Practice that offer training opportunities. 5
  6. 6. Category C – Employer / Company– sponsored programs If your employer is providing project management-related training where you are required to demonstrate you have learned the material and there is a quiz at the end, you can claim each hour spent towards project quality, budget, risks, scope, communications, procurement, and integration management as a contact hour. Keep all of the related material just in case PMI® has any questions about this training while reviewing your application. 6
  7. 7. Category D – Training companies or consultants (e.g., training schools) Attending training provided by a training company, school, or consultant that is project management specific can be counted towards the contact hours you need. These are generally organized training events or classes where you are tested both during the training and upon completion. As with other non-preapproved PMI® trainings, make sure you keep the materials and any test scores just in case PMI has any questions while reviewing your application. 7
  8. 8. Category E – Distance-learning companies • Taking a distance learning course is another method for earning your contact hours. • These training courses can typically be conveniently completed from anywhere based on your schedule. • The training is project management specific around the topics of project quality, budget, risks, scope, communications, procurement, a nd integration management and there is an end of-courseassessment. • Make sure you keep a hold of any assessments showing you successfully completed the course just in case PMI ® has any 8 questions while reviewing your application.
  9. 9. Category F – University / College academic and continuing education programs  Academic and continuing education programs provided by a College or University are another good opportunity to obtain contact hours.  These courses will typically have an end-of-course assessment that you can use to prove you have successfully completed the course.  You can only claim the amount of time you spent in the course on project management topics such as project quality, budget, risks, scope, communications, procurement, and integration management. 9
  10. 10. If you have discovered you need a few more contact hours or even all 35, a good place to start would by checking out the PM® PrepCast. PM® PrepCast is a PMI® Registered Education Provider that provides a distance learning course where you can obtain all 35 contact hours by simply watching videos, and these will also help in your PMP® Exam prep. The PM® PrepCast course falls in both Category A and F and is offered by OSP International LLC, a PMI® Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). 10

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