My question is regarding eligibility to apply for PMP exam and audit details:
Among my recent experience I have 2 years of PM employed by IT company (current) and 2 years of working as self-employed consultant for foreign company (past).
If audited - what information my previous client, which was working with me being self-employed private entrepreneur, should be ready to provide? They were generally not aware of any internal procedures and processes which I was following during implementation, but were only providing tasks and receiving result after some time. Internally, I was managing small group of engineers, providing them with tasks, planning workload, clarifying requirements, etc., - well doing all sorts of stuff from all 5 process groups, but I am pretty sure my client was not aware of what I was doing or how the job was done and by whom exactly, they were just receiving result after all. Should I try to contact him and explain that I am applying for PMP exam and that they may contact you so please be aware of how the job was done?
I would recommend that you share the same information that you will submit in your PMP application with your previous client. you can have a call or something with him clarifying the information and guiding him through the activities you were doing during the project. you should also let him know that his approval on the same information might be required if you are audited.
Good Luck !
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My another concern is that the client is located far in foreign country. Now how exactly all this paper based audit process should go? Is it me who sends all the documents for filling and signing to customer, and then he sign them and send back to me in closed envelope? Or does he send anything directly to PMI? And what if those docs are lost along the way?
...frankly speaking all that audit process freaks me out a bit...
Yes it is correct that you can ask a colleague from that time to verify and approve your experience. in the contact relationship use the most appropriate one, in case of colleague or subordinate i think "primary stakeholder" would be a valid choice.
From the PMI FAQ, here is the questions that confirms this:
16. A supervising manager is no longer at the company. How can this project be verified?
The supervising manager can still verify although they are not at the company. If this option is not feasible, a colleague from the project can verify, or a current manager or supervisor, who has intimate knowledge of the project, can verify.
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