I am happy to announce that on last June 2011 I obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) credentials which I was waited most and valued most. So here I am as PMP. :D

So I thought of write something after quite some time (better late than never) on Why I chose to become a PMP What I did to prepare for the exam and how long it took me What sections of the exam I felt were especially difficult What I would do differently if I were to take the exam over again And finally, how I believe being a PMP will help me at my current job.

So, why I chose to become a PMP? Honestly, the very first insight towards the PMP has given by one of my good friend. After that I found it quite interesting and becoming a PMP is enabling us to advance our career.

Well I approached my PMP test from a bizarre angle, but it worked as I passed it in a Proficient level. I took my 40 hours of professional learning from “PMS – Kirulapona, Sri Lanka”. Well it was a great help as I’m not a person who is good at remembering books (Trust me remembering book will not help you to get the exam questions right). I only studied PMBOK (skimmed through the book) and PMP Exam Prep (Rita Mulcahy) in detail level. I specifically never looked at any other books. After finish studying the books I did 4 mock exams (where exam questions were offered online were extremely helpful as well) in PMstudy. So I can tell you that you have to do following three steps as must dos before the exam.

1. Read the PMBOK at least once (Skim through the book if you participated to the classes actively)

2. Read PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy

3. 4 mock exams (time it, don’t look at the answers or refer books while doing it, juts note down questions that you think difficult or cannot attend)

Hope this helps to all the people out there who is willing to become PMP certified. Good Luck

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