Student Profile: Dave Warnick CIA, PMP
I graduated with an BS in Accounting, worked in Public Accounting 2 years and Internal Audit 8 years obtaining my certified internal audit designation CIA. Internal Audit exposed me to our entire organization. As such, I began being placed on larger and more strategic projects.
Over the last 15 years my job was supervising a business systems team where I facilitated many projects. I often thought about obtaining my PMP. This past year our Health Insurance Plan merged with a much larger Insurance Plan. Prior to the merger I thought it would be a great time to upgrade my resume and obtain my PMP to go along with my CIA.
Thanks to the PM PrepCast I had it prior to becoming part of the new company.
I initially purchased a study guide from e-bay and began reading through the chapters. Although informative, I believed I needed more structure and insight from a professional instructor. That is when I discovered the PM PrepCast.
I utilized index cards to capture both the PMP formulas, theories and other key lists discussed during the PM PrepCast. During the last week I did the following:
- Drove to the Test Site and confirmed my reservation with the proctors;
- Reviewed my index study cards;
- Practiced writing out the 47 processes. I did this using a matrix of the 5 Domains down the left side, the 10 Knowledge Areas across the top. I memorized how many processes were in each Knowledge Area column and Domain rows which help me memorize which processes resided.
- Finally, I practiced a brain dump. When I entered the exam I was able to write out most of the Earned Value/other formulas as well as many of the lists and processes.
Dave Warnick CIA, PMP