(In case you are wondering what is PMP, you can read more about it here.)
For me, earning the PMP certification has been one long journey but also a great learning experience.
STUDYING FOR THE EXAM
It started with me participating in a PMP exam preparation course, supported by my office, back in March 2014. It was a 5-day training program, with one 7-hours long class taking place every weekend, for 5 weeks.
However, in my experience, a 35-hour training program is not enough to prepare you for the PMP exam. Similarly, I did not feel that reading only the PMBOK will be enough for me to pass to exam. Hence, I actually studied Rita Mulcahy’s “PMP Exam Prep 8th Edition” thrice and the PMBOK once, eventually taking the exam in January 2015. And it does seem that the time and intense effort spent on the preparation has paid off as I was able to pass the exam on my first attempt, earning “Proficient” level in 3 categories (Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling) and “Moderately Proficient” level in 2 categories (Initiating & Closing).