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Project Management FAQ

What is PMI?

PMI is the world’s largest Project Management member association, representing more than half a million Project Managers in over 185 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, PMI advances the profession of Project Management by developing global standards and credentials, creating collaborative communities, and conducting and publishing academic research.

  • More than 450,000 members and credential holders in 171 countries
  • 11 Global Standards provide a common framework and language for projects across industries and regions
  • 5 specialized credentials based on both knowledge and work experience
  • Research
  • Accreditation of academic programs, registration of other training provider (REPs)

How many credentials that PMI currently provide and which one is right for you.

There are 5 credentials. You can apply for any certification that matches your qualifications, and no certification serves as a prerequisite for another.

Please click here to find out which certification is right for you

Why should I earn certification from PM?

Certification is an important step in career development and recognizes qualifed and competent individuals. Here are five reasons why project management practitioners become PMI-certified.

  1. PMI credentials recognize your project management knowledge, skills and abilities. PMI serves as an unbiased endorsement of your project management knowledge and professional experience on a global level.
  2. PMI credentials reflect achievement. Our credentials show that you have demonstrated excellence in the field by meeting standard requirements established by global project management practitioners.
  3. PMI credentials can lead to greater earnings. Many credential holders experience salary increases because of their certification status.
  4. PMI credentials can lead to career opportunities and advancement.
  5. PMI credentials allow for greater recognition from employers. PMI credential holders gain increased recognition from employers for taking the extra step in professional development.

Do you know where I can take PMP exam in Bangkok?

PMI outsources Prometric Test Center to organize their Computer Based Test (CBT). The Test Center is located in 6th Floor Maneeya Center on Ratchaprason Square.The most convenient way to come here is to take the BTS Skytrain and get off at Chitlom Station. Then walk along the skybridge following the sign to Maneeya Building. The BTS skybridge links with 3rd floor of the building. To get to the test center, take the elevator to the 6th floor.

What is project management?

Project Management is the strategic competency that enables organizations to deliver expected benefits and value in order to achieve strategic goals, realize business opportunities. We do this through effective planning, organization, and risk mitigation. Projects are intended to be temporary and to deliver a unique product or service. Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities that help ensure the project will be successful in delivering its intended result. Project management includes stuff like knowing how to define the necessary work, manage to a schedule and budget, deal with problems, direct teams, collaborate with everyone who has a stake in the project, and most importantly, communicate effectively up, down, across and outside the organization.

How do practitioners of Project Management accomplish their objectives?

Practitioners of Project Management align envisioned results to an organization’s key initiatives. PMI-affiliated practitioners meet goals on time, on budget, and within scope.

What is the impact of Project Management?

Project Management has a positive influence on organizational results and society. By producing outcomes like higher project success rates and new efficiencies, Project Management also builds the trust of our stakeholders.

What is PMI? PMI is the world’s largest Project Management member association, representing more than half a million Project Managers in over 185 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, PMI advances the profession of Project Management by developing global standards and credentials, creating collaborative communities, and conducting and publishing academic research.

What do project managers do? What key skills do they possess?

A project manager plans, executes and closes projects. Successful project managers utilize a combination of technical, personal, business and leadership skills to effectively manage projects.

In order to analyze situations and respond appropriately project managers need a balance of:

  • Knowledge – science of project management
  • Performance – what the PM accomplishes while applying PM knowledge
  • Personal – how the PM behaves: Attitude, Personality and leadership traits and Interpersonal skills

Specialized training provides you with the ability to decide which project management tools and techniques to use given the status, climate and environment of the project.

Why should my organization invest in project management training?

Effectively trained project managers and project team members enable an organization to speak a consistent language and build repeatable processes to achieve project successes. This means you don’t have to start from scratch every time you begin a new project and that more time can be spent on producing deliverables versus inventing the project process itself. Project management training is not only a commitment to your employees’ professional development, but also a differentiator, a signal to your clients that discipline and methodology are core competencies of the organization. Two other significant benefits to investing in project management training:

  1. A decrease in failed projects — it is a well-known fact that more projects succeed (finish and deliver) when there is a definite methodology and a project manager at the helm.
  2. Efficiency through improved communications — project management training underscores the importance of clear and continuous communications to keep all stakeholders well informed. It also provides a repository of lessons learned and artifacts that make your organization smarter when they launch the next effort.

What is the career path for a project manager?

According to the Project Management Institute®, project management skills, which include the ability to effectively execute projects and manage project risk, will be some of the most sought after skills over the next five years.

More and more organizations have a defined career path for project managers, meaning there is an official title, grade and salary range for this role. Often, folks start down the project management path because they are super motivated team members who are good communicators, demonstrate a willingness to be accountable, and have superior organization skills.

A typical progression for a project professional may look something like this:

  • Team Leader — responsible for a part of a project, often managing experts in a defined track
  • Project Manager — can handle the simpler, less complex projects, meaning small budget and cross-functional team
  • Senior Project Manager — can manage higher risk, more complex efforts. Large budgets and significant organizational interfaces
  • Program Manager — oversees a mix of operation and project activity for a specific business or technical program; responsible for creating a healthy project environment to achieve business strategy; often manages other project managers

It is not just project managers who are running projects. Here are some other job titles who often share responsibility to run projects:

  • Technical lead
  • Product manager
  • Business analyst
  • Business manager
  • General manager
  • Event coordinator
  • Producer
  • Solution architect
  • General contractor
  • Program manager

What is the difference between a project manager and a business analyst?

Often a project manager has to wear the hat of a business analyst and vice-versa. As a project manager, your primary responsibility is to plan and execute the entire project, integrating all of its subcomponents. As a business analyst, your primary responsibility is to understand and articulate the true requirements of the project to ensure the business solution really does achieve its stated objectives. When wearing the project manager hat, you are looking at the overall process a good deal of time and making sure roadblocks are removed. This often feels more like juggling and multitasking, with a horizontal viewpoint. When wearing the business analyst hat you are focused, digging into the details of a process, and spending the time to properly document requirements. This feels more like concentration and immersion, with a vertical viewpoint. Both roles depend on having good tools, excellent meeting facilitation skills, and strong business relationships. Keep in mind, a project manager who is also responsible for requirements will be severely impacted for time especially during the project startup phases.

What are some interview tips for a project management position?

Companies are generally concerned about two things:

  1. Are you a good fit for the culture?
  2. Is your experience a good match for the position?

In terms of fit, be prepared to describe the types of projects you like to work on and why. What is it about this company or opportunity that matches your career goals? Look out for questions that seek to understand whether you can remain cool under pressure and have examples of difficult situations that you’ve managed successfully; also, prepare questions that will help you ascertain the influence of your new boss and the level of support for project management in the organization. Does this culture make sense for you?

In terms of experience, know your particular value-add and have that elevator speech ready. How does your past experience prepare you for this next challenge? Do you have specific stories that demonstrate your leadership, organizational, and negotiation skills? Did you have to give some tough feedback to a team member, manage a conflict or help two departments agree on a common approach? Make sure you can describe why something failed and what lessons were learned and then used to improve the next time.

As a project manager, you are continually learning and adapting, and that is what you want to get across in an interview.

What is our classroom experience like?

It is a highly interactive environment where professionals work together as teams or in pairs to apply newly learned techniques. An instructor is there to provide feedback and expert guidance. The classes are very “hands on” with lots of activities to engage in learning. It is more than just lecture, as everyone contributes to learning. Examples of the class experience include: slides, a participant guide, , group exercises, case study project work, facilitated discussions, and information sharing amongst students.

Why should my organization invest in project management training?

Effectively trained project managers and project team members enable an organization to speak a consistent language and build repeatable processes to achieve project successes. This means you don’t have to start from scratch every time you begin a new project and that more time can be spent on producing deliverables versus inventing the project process itself. Project management training is not only a commitment to your employees’ professional development, but also a differentiator, a signal to your clients that discipline and methodology are core competencies of the organization. Two other significant benefits to investing in project management training:

  1. A decrease in failed projects — it is a well-known fact that more projects succeed (finish and deliver) when there is a definite methodology and a project manager at the helm.
  2. Efficiency through improved communications — project management training underscores the importance of clear and continuous communications to keep all stakeholders well informed. It also provides a repository of lessons learned and artifacts that make your organization smarter when they launch the next effort.

What are the benefits of establishing a Project Management Office (PMO) within my organization?

Organizations implement a Project Management Office (PMO) to ensure more successful completions of projects. The main responsibilities in a PMO include: project monitoring, project reporting, and training in project management skills. Other benefits of establishing a PMO include:

  • Reusable tools from a central location (like templates, agendas, lessons learned)
  • Dashboard reporting of projects across the portfolio including:
    • traffic light indicators of troubled projects
    • summarized views of resource allocation
    • alignment of projects to organization strategy
    • major milestone indicators
  • Coaching and professional development for project managers and team members
  • A consistent language and methodology to get projects done on time, within budget and consistent with stated requirements

How can completing a certificate program from PSI Solutions in project management help my career? How does it look to organizations?

A professional certificate in project management proves that you are serious about your professional development. As PSI Solutions are an Education Affiliate of Corporate Education Group (CEG) for Thailand. A certificate from PSI Solutions shows the world that you have carefully chosen one of the leading training organizations in the country to help advance your career. Organizations have long respected our certificates because they know that the quality of instruction and the quality of the course content are second to none. As a Registered Education Provider with the Project Management Institute® (PMI ®), our courses count toward earning or maintaining your professional certifications granted by those organizations.

What is PMP® Certification? How do I obtain it? How do I maintain it?

To qualify for the PMP® credential, you must complete an application process which documents your experience leading and directing project tasks. There are two categories of qualifying experience. Category one assumes a bachelor’s degree and 4500 hours (36 months) experience in the last six years. Category two assumes a high school diploma and 7500 hours (60 months) experience within the last eight years. You must document this experience either online or via paper verification forms. The application process also requires that you document 35 contact hours of training in project management. You can document all hours regardless of when they were accrued as long as the course work was completed at the time of application. You must also agree to follow a code of professional conduct. Once submitted, PMI® has up to five days to approve your application. If approved, you’ll receive an acceptance letter with details on how to schedule the test.

PMI® suggests that you schedule your test at least six weeks in advance of your preferred test date and at least three months before the expiration of your one-year eligibility period. This timing is important, as many folks schedule a PMP® prep class as part of their study program to help them target any weak areas that need shoring up before the test date.

The PMP® Exam is given in a testing center in a computer-based format. The exam is 200 multiple choice questions and is 4 hours long. There are 25 pre-test questions, so you must get 106 (61%) out of 175 questions to pass. You may take the examination up to three times within this one year eligibility period should you not pass on the first attempt.

The certification cycle is 3 (three) years and begins the day you pass the exam. You must earn professional development units (PDUs) to maintain your credential. PMP credential requires 60 PDUs per three year cycle. Typically, you earn one PDU for one hour (60 minutes) spent in a planned, structured professional development activity. PDUs are organized in five categories:

  1. Formal Academic Education
  2. Professional Activities and Professional Learning
  3. Courses offered by PMI® Registered Education Providers
  4. Courses offered by other education providers
  5. Volunteer service to professional or community organizations

You must fill out activity reporting forms to track PDUs. PMI®’s web site can help you log and keep track of our continuing certification requirements online. For full details regarding the PMP® certification process, please visit PMI®’s website.

What is A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® ) Guide)?

The Project Management Institute®’s A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge® (PMBOK® Guide) is a widely accepted statement of the sum of knowledge within the profession of project management. The purpose of the PMBOK® Guide is to identify the subset of A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge® that is generally recognized by project managers as good practice in the profession. The PMBOK® Guide includes knowledge of proven, traditional practices which are widely applied and is used to help practitioners recognize the general process of project management practice and the associated inputs and outputs. There are nine key Knowledge Areas covering integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk and procurement all of which include inputs, tools and techniques and outputs for each of its key processes.

What is a benefit and good reason to gain PMI CERTIFICATION?

PMP certification is recognized globally

By passing PMP certification testing requirements, individuals prove that they have the skills necessary to execute projects on time and within budget. Given the rigorous and comprehensive PMP certification testing requirements, PMP certification has become the project management profession’s most globally recognized and respected certification credential.

Requirements for PMP certification

To be considered for PMP certification, candidates must first meet specific education and experience requirements and agree to meet PMI’s strict code of professional ethics. The final step to receiving PMP certification is to pass a multiple-choice examination designed to measure project management knowledge. PMP certification exam questions are created by other professionals who already have achieved PMP certification. Those who receive PMP certification must continue to demonstrate ongoing project management expertise by completing continuing education requirements that supplement PMP certification.

How will the PMP® Certification help make me successful?

The PMP® Certification represents an investment in yourself, your career and your marketability. The PMP® credential is recognized and highly regarded throughout the world by employers and peers. PMP® Certification is a widely accepted standard demonstrating a professional level of competence in project management. Many employers seek candidates with PMP® Certification, as they realize that the individual’s skill in project management has been tested formally. The PMP® is an internationally- recognized certification that communicates your ability to define processes for managing projects that will meet the defined scope within budget and required time frames. According to research on Payscale.com, individuals with PMP® Certifications can command higher salaries, and the PMP® credential is one of the top IT certifications that people seek. Attaining your PMP® Credential is a great achievement and confidence boost, as well, and it demonstrates a commitment to the profession of project management.

What is the CAPM® Certification and how does it differ from the PMP® Certification?

The Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM®) is designed for project team members and entry-level project managers, as well as qualified undergraduate and graduate students who want a credential to communicate their value in project team performance. Candidates can demonstrate responsibility for individual project tasks in their area of expertise. To qualify for the CAPM®, you need a high school diploma or global equivalent, plus either 1500 hours experience or 23 hours of project management education. The exam is 3 hours and 150 questions. The credential maintenance cycle is 5 years with a re-exam required for re certification. For full details regarding the CAPM® certification process, please visit PMI®’s website.

How will PSI Solutions help you in obtaining PMP certification?

PSI Solutions assists students in obtaining PMP certification by helping them prepare for the PMP exam. PSIS ’s “Preparing For the PMP Exam” helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses through an understanding of the nine technical skills needed for successful project management. These skills, identified by PMI and incorporated in its Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), include the ability to manage project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk and procurement.

Advantages of PMP certification

Obtaining PMP certification will give you the project management skills to excel at your company. These skills will make you a more productive and valued contributor to current and future employers. Consider enhancing your project management skills and marketability by working toward your PMP certification.

PSI Solution is Registered Educational Provider for PMI, USA (PMI REP Global)

Can I become a PMI Member?

  • Yes, you can. Annual startup Fees for Individual Membership is: $129.00 and for renewal it is $119.00

What are the benefits of becoming a PMI Member?

  • Becoming a member of PMI gives you access to various information on the PMI Website, including access to the softcopy of “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)”
  • If you are a PMI member you also get discounts on the various examinations certified by PMI. Other benefits are listed on the PMI Website

What is the PMP examination fee?

  • The fees for Computer-based Testing is $405.00 (US), if you are a member else $555.00 if you are not a member

Is there any information available about the whole process of application and examination?

What is the exam pattern look like?

PMP Exam is consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. 25 of 200 are considered pre-test questions and do not counts towards final score Effective and legitimate way to test validity of future examination questions.

  • Four hours times are allowed for completion and preceded by by a 15-minute computer tutorial.
  • Exam preceded by a 15 minute tutorial which is not included as part of allotted exam time
  • Must score 106 out of 175 to pass

What are the details of the percentage of questions that are contained in each process group?

  • The percentage of questions in each of the performance domains are as follows:
    • 11%Initiation:
    • 23%Planning:
    • 27%Executing:
    • 21%Monitoring and Controlling:
    • 9%Closing:
    • 9%Professional and Social Responsibility:

What are the steps to obtaining the PMP credential?

  • There are three main steps
    • You need to complete the application and submit it online at PMI website.
    • Making the payment (Payment is processed after PMI notifies you that your application has been approved)
    • Schedule your exam (Once the payment is processed, you can proceed to schedule your exam date through Prometric )

What are the different test options?

  • Computer-based test (CBT) and paper-based test (PBT). In Bangkok, only Computer-based test is provided.

Where do I fill in the online application form?

  • Access the PMI website (www.pmi.org), then look for ‘get certified’ link on the left side of the home page or ‘obtaining a credential’ link under ‘Career development’. Within that page go to the ‘Project Management Professional (PMP®)’ link and click on ‘get certified now’ link.
  • You need to register on the site to get the online application form. The registration is free.

What should be my experience to apply for PMP Certification?

  • At the time of the application, you must meet the following requirements:
    • If you hold a Bachelor Degree
      • 4,500 hours of PM experience
      • 36 non-overlapping (unique) months of PM experience
      • Above must be within 6 years prior to application
      • 35 contact hours of PM education
    • If you hold a High SchoolDiploma
      • 7,500 hours of PM experience
      • 72 non-overlapping (unique) months of PM experience
      • Above must be within 8 years prior to application
      • 35 contact hours of PM education through

What is Audit?

  • PMI routinely conduct audits of candidate applications. The audit process is primarily random, and note that once you submit the application, you have agreed to comply with PMI’s audit terms.

What will happen in an Audit?

  • During an audit, candidates will be asked to submit supporting documentation. This could be copies of your educational certificates, signatures of your manager(s) from the project(s) which you have mentioned on the Experience Verification Forms and copies of certificate from the training institute to meet the required 35 contact hours of project management education.

What if I fail to meet the Audit requirements?

  • If you fail to meet audit requirements, you will receive a refund less a processing fee of $100 [US]. But those who fail an audit after attaining the credential are not entitled to a refund.

How will I know my Results and Score Report?

  • Once you complete the computer-based exam, you will receive a printed copy of your results. In addition, you may access your test results via PMI’s web-based Certification System 5-7 days after the exam date.

What if I don’t pass, how will I appear for Re-Examination?

  • In an unfortunate event, you do not pass the exam on the first attempt you may re-test up to twice within your one-year eligibility period. You can do this by submitting a completed re-examination form and paying the re-examination fee.
  • If you are not successful in all the three attempts, then you have to wait one year from the date of your last test before re-applying for the PMP credential

What should I carry with me when I go to the Exam Center?

  • In order to be admitted into the testing center, you must take government-issued identification that has both a photograph and a signature. Your identification must match your name exactly as it appears on the electronic authorization to test (ATT) letter.

Once I am certified PMP, what do I do next?

  • Once you are certified, you need to work on Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program where you need to earn 60 PDUs over 3 years (1 PDU = 1 hr)
  • You can earn these through attending PM Training & Other Development Programs, Conducting PM related trainings, Managing projects (5 PDUs / Year), etc.

When will I receive exam result and report

On CBT Examination, Results appear once the applicant indicates that the CBT exam is complete and includes:

  • Pass/Fail status
  • Diagnostic performance for each domain
  • Results can be accessed 10 days after exam using the online certification system

What are the details of the percentage of questions that contained in each process group?

The percentage of questions in each of the performance domains are as follows:

  • 13%Initiation:
  • 24%Planning:
  • 30%Executing:
  • 25%Monitoring and Controlling:
  • 8%Closing:

Total 100%

Updated date: 09/1/2011

Once I am certified PMP, What do I do next?

  • Once you are certified, you need to maintain your PMP® credential through the CCR program by Accruing and reporting 60 professional development units (PDUs) during each three-year certification cycle
  • Paying a renewal fee
  • Agreeing to adhere to the PMI® Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Educational

    1. Courses offered by PMI’s R.E.P.s or chapters and communities
    2. Continuing education
    3. Self-directed learning

Giving Back to the Profession

  1. Creating new project management knowledge
  2. Volunteer service
  3. Work as a professional in project management