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Assistance in filling out my PMP Application Form 2 years 2 months ago #4641

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Hi,

I was filling out my application form today and require certain clarifications / assistance in the same. The two broad areas I need assistance in:

1. Correctly classifying the process groups pertaining to my current job role
2. A possible review of my application form (specifically w.r.t. work experience) to ensure validity (permanent ban due to misleading / incorrect information has scared me to not make any unintentional mistakes).

Would this be the appropriate forum for both of the points above? If so, I'll post the details of my queries here.
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Assistance in filling out my PMP Application Form 2 years 2 months ago #4643

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Rahul, you have asked for assistance in some broad areas and I propose some advice that I hope you can apply specifically to your situation because applying for the PMP certification requires individuals to deep dive into their professional experiences to yield the required data needed for approval by the PMI organization.

In the first area, my suggestion is to lay out a block chart on paper, if you wish, with the process groups at the top of the page. On the left side of the page, write the projects you've participated in rows. Underneath each, group, and by each row, brainstorm the work you've done for each project. This will get you started in the right direction of figuring out where your experiences intersect with the PMI accepted standard for process groups.

In the second area, my suggestion is to be absolutely confident in your experiences. I think many people in this forum respect your level of integrity and the seriousness to which you apply to this certification by the way you express your concern about the consequences. Thus, you should not focus so much on the "what if" scenarios that could cause you to be looked at with suspicion. Instead, focus on articulating your experiences in the areas that PMI requests in the application. The way to do this is going by the book, literally. As you fill out your application, cross check each experience by the definitions in the PMBOK v5 of the process groups and knowledge areas. As long as it fits, you should be sure that you're meeting the criteria PMI.org uses in reviewing applications.
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Assistance in filling out my PMP Application Form 2 years 2 months ago #4644

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Thanks Michael! That definitely helps and I'll surely try your suggestion.

I need one clarification though - I'm currently working as a Bid Manager and as such my work involves responding to RFPs. As the PMBOK guide rightly states, each RFP contract is handled as a project in my company. However considering the industry I'm in, our RFP cycles are very short of only 3 week on an average. That would mean a lot of projects over 2 years. Do I have to list them all?! Is there a way I could instead consolidate that information?
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Assistance in filling out my PMP Application Form 2 years 2 months ago #4645

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Rahul, I'd bet you have downloaded the PMP handbook from PMI.org which outlines eligibility requirements for certification and fees, etc. I've attached the handbook to this posting for the good of the readers who may need a copy.

Page 9-10 are the areas to look when trying to figure out what constitutes project experience. So you'd need 4,500 hours and a minimum of 36 months unique non-overlapping project manager experience.

You've described the work you do as very project-oriented and I understand why it might be cumbersome to lay out all that you did if each project is 2-3 weeks long.

Is there any way you can look at grouping projects you worked on as larger efforts within the company's strategy? Also, bear in mind, PMI is seeking "unique" experiences. Each part of the project you work may be the same, but then that type of work could be considered operations, not projects. Think back on the work you did. Were doing something different, were you in charge of most of the efforts for some projects. Capture those differences as unique project experience. Also, don't forget projects you might have run in a local club or local house of worship. Did you organize social/sports club fundraisers or neighborhood holiday parties? PMI doesn't mandate that all your project experience has to be from your place of work? If so, you may document this in your application as long as you have people to reference in the application where it asks who was the manager or person to verify that you participated in the experience.
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Assistance in filling out my PMP Application Form 2 years 2 months ago #4646

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Let me expand a little more with an example. Let's say my company has a product suite containing 3 products - A, B and C.

For the last 24 months, I have been working with this company as a Bid Manager wherein we receive RFPs for our products, some for A, some for B, some for C and some for a combination of the same. Each bid is of a different client and as such as a different project which I manage as the requirements are not the same the deadlines vary albeit averaging out to 3 weeks per RFP.

Now if I have to list each of my project, that'll be at least 15 projects! having similar project activities as my job is to respond to RFPs but they are projects as they are unique (for a client) and temporary.

1. So do I list all 15 projects?
2. One way to group them is by products stating 5 RFP projects for Product A, 5 for B and 5 for C and adding their total hours and dividing them.
3. Or I just state that I work on Bid Management Projects as ONE entry in the form spanning two years with the cumulative hours totalled in?

I wish I had some small project RFP application forms to understand this better.

I hope I was clear in my explanation.
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Assistance in filling out my PMP Application Form 2 years 2 months ago #4647

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Hi Rahul,
Michael makes some great suggestions. I would add that when I completed my application, I used projects from work, projects from volunteer work I did for my professional organization and other volunteer efforts. So as Michael mentioned, the hours do not have to come only from your job. I'd also like to direct you to page 10 of the PMP handbook Michael referenced. It addresses the issues of overlapping projects and how to record them. Hope this helps.

Assistance in filling out my PMP Application Form 2 years 2 months ago #4648

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Hi thanks,

I had posted a reply but I guess it didn't come through.

My follow-up question was that my projects are not overlapping per-say. Our RFP cycles are only 3 weeks long on an average and they are classified as projects for me by definition. Unfortunately going by my PMP application form, that would mean I'd have to list 20 projects considering the time I have been working with this company? Since that's how many RFPs I have worked on so far for different clients asking for various products offered by my company. Was wondering if that's the only way to go or is there a way Bid Managers consolidate their various RFPs projects as a whole for the PMP application.
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Assistance in filling out my PMP Application Form 2 years 2 months ago #4649

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I guess you have to list all your projects
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Assistance in filling out my PMP Application Form 2 years 1 month ago #4665

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As a follow up to my request, I didn't get selected for an audit and PMI cleared my application and has deemed me eligible to take the exam.

For reference of future applicants in a similar dilemma, what I did was summarise all the similar but unique small projects I did in that duration and combined the hours as one work experience entry in the form.
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Assistance in filling out my PMP Application Form 2 years 1 month ago #4674

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Hi Rahul,
Thank you for providing status of your application. So glad you were able to figure out a way to present your project experience. Also, congrats on getting approval of your application and without an audit. Best of luck as you study for and take the exam. Let us know if you have any questions during your exam prep.
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