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Q. What is project management?

Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.

Source: PMI®

Q. Is the PMP® exam difficult?

The PMP® exam is an in-depth and challenging exam. It covers a broad spectrum of project management topics and goes beyond the basics covered in other entry level exams. While it is difficult, it certainly isn't out of reach. With good study habits and the right resources, you can pass the PMP® exam with flying colors.

Q. Is the PMP® valuable?

In most cases, your earning potential will increase significantly once you can put “PMP®” after your name– in fact, a recent PMI® project management salary survey indicated that certified project managers make an average of 20 percent more than their non-certified counterparts.

Q. Can you pass the PMP® in 30 days?

Preparing for the PMP® exam will take daily dedication to studying and understanding the material. But remember! You can do anything for 30 days. What follows are key steps, processes and resources that — along with your dedication — will allow you to prepare for and pass the PMP® exam in 30 days (or less).

Q. How long should you study for the PMP®?

Most guides, courses and training providers recommend that studying may take from 60 to 120 hours. Calculating an average of 3-hour study sessions, this adds up to 1 full month if you study at least 5 times a week (60 hours), and up to 2 - 3 months.  

Q. Is PMBOK® enough to pass PMP®?

The PMBOK® Guide is an important resource, but it is not sufficient to prepare you for the PMP® exam. You will need some additional study resources for your preparation. The materials should include a good PMP® exam reference book, some practice questions, and the PMP® Exam Preparation Tool.

Q. What's next after PMP®?

Some programs that you should be looking at include the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®), PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP®), PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP®), PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA®), and Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP®) certifications.