If you are asking about this question you might be thinking to do PMP certification. Can I do PMP without experience? NO, actually not. You can’t do PMP without experience. Don’t feel bad as you can’t do PMP if you don’t have experience. But you can gain experience. There are many ways to do so. Check out these methods.
First, let’s understand the reason why PMI sets some requirements for PMP.
PMP (Project Management Professional) is introduced by PMI. This is one of the most renowned certifications in project management. This certification not only gives you a raise in your salary but gives you a good position in the community of professionals. You will be recognized as a Professional Project manager.
What Type Of Work Experience Did You Require For PMP?
For doing PMP certification it is mandatory that you have project management experience. PMI has set certain requirements for PMP. As the certification, is so highly valued so ultimately it must have requirements. The experience varies as per your education.
If you are a bachelor’s degree holder then you need 4500 contact hours but if you are a high school or diploma holder then you need 7500 hours of project management experience.
Project management experience means that you have experience in some project, this may be a small or big project but you have to perform team-leading tasks. These tasks are those tasks that are performed by team leads or some project leading tasks any other tasks will not be considered in project management experience for PMP examination.
The project can be from any domain or of any size. But it’s good if you are leading the tasks because that will count in your project management experience.
How Much Project Management Experience Is Required?
Like I explained earlier also that you need project management experience if you want to fulfill the PMP requirement. But also there is another requirement that you need 35 contact hours to fulfill the requirements. These 35 contact hours is the formal project management training. One classroom instruction is equal to one contact hour.
These contact hours training is provided by many professionals. You can do it online or offline as per your requirement. You can join Bootcamp also to complete 35 contact hours training. This has two benefits one you will get your 35 contact hours and other is that Bootcamp will help you in your exam preparation.
But make sure the content you are getting from your training must fulfill the PMP exam requirements. That is you must get knowledge about the 10 knowledge area of project management. Make sure the training you are getting must contain these 10 knowledge areas.
What Happens If You Don’t Meet The Requirements
If you don’t fulfill the requirements for PMP certification then don’t worry and don’t feel down PMI has some basic level certification for professionals who are having less experience. If you are someone with less experience then you can go for some other certification like CAPM and till then fulfill your PMP requirements.
In this way, you are able to fulfill both PMP requirements and gain a professional certification too.
Over To You
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