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Meeting PMP Eligibility Requirements

Process Group Activities GraphWhen I was completing my PMP application, back in 2006, I recall reading the eligibility requirements and asking myself where I had the greatest gaps in my project management experience.  PMI did a good job of listing the process groups and activity “buckets” in which I could associate my time.  To visualize my strengths and weaknesses, I identified each activity provided by PMI as a process group subcategory and then associated project hours within a spreadsheet.  Though PMI had a requirement that I document experience in each of the process groups,  I had a personal requirement that I improve where my skills were lacking.

This post isn’t about my strengths or weaknesses, though you could assume by the graph that it would be Initiating and Closing.  It is about my identifying my experience gaps and helping you identify yours (in the eyes of PMI).  If you’re a PMP or an aspiring PMP, take a look at the attached.

Step 1: Review the Process Group Activities PDF.  It will define the subcategories.

Process Group Activities PDF

Step 2: Associate subcategory hours on a project basis.  The formulas are already in the worksheet.  All you need to do is add your hours to the Project Data sheet.

MS ExcelActivity Breakdown By Process Group

Step 3: Review the Graph on the tab titled “Graph”.  If you don’t identify your strengths and weaknesses from the data sheet, you will certainly see them in the graph.

Best Regards,

Derek

About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of Enterprise Engagements at LeadingAgile. I'm super focused on results. But I also take the hand waving out of organizational transformations. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

5 Responses to “Meeting PMP Eligibility Requirements”

  1. November 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Derek,

    This is indeed a good article on assessing your strengths and weaknesses in performing activities included in different process groups.

    I would invite the visitors to visit my blog (http://wannabeapmp.blogspot.com) to access comprehensive information on the eligibility conditions and other details relevant to PMP exam.

    Best Regards,
    Raja

  2. November 9, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Derek,

    This is indeed a good article on assessing your strengths and weaknesses in performing activities included in different process groups.

    I would invite the visitors to visit my blog (http://wannabeapmp.blogspot.com) to access comprehensive information on the eligibility conditions and other details relevant to PMP exam.

    Best Regards,
    Raja

  3. Anonymous
    December 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Raj, I can put you in contact with a PMI chapter, but I don’t know any REPs

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