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After PMP Exam

Introduction: This is the third part of posts documenting my actual PMP® examination experience. More information on the PMP® examination preparation can be found at my PMP® exam journey here.

From the very moment you see the ‘congratulation’ message on the computer screen of your CBT PMP® Examination, you are a certified PMP® for a period of three years.

You may not be able to check for your status from the PMI website at the moment, however PMI has given the privilege to you to use the PMP® credential from this very moment on. Depending on the timezone of your location, you may get an email titled ‘Congratulations, you have obtained a PMP®‘ in a couple of days (mine was received in 2 days).

PMP congratulation email

The email basically assures you that you are a PMP® now and the credential certificate will be mailed in six to eight weeks. In case you want to also get the PMP® lapel pin (nobody doesn’t, right?) you can order for free (postage included) at the PMI marketplace, which will also be received in six to eight weeks.

PMP Lapel Pin

You can also begin collecting your PDUs from the very moment of passing the examination. If you are also a member of PMI, you will also get another email a moment later advising the resources (mostly free) to gain PDUs on the pmi.org.



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Edward Chung

Edward Chung aspires to become a full-stack web developer and project manager. In the quest to become a more competent professional, Edward studied for and passed the PMP Certification, ITIL v3 Foundation Certification, PMI-ACP Certification and Zend PHP Certification. Edward shares his certification experience and resources here in the hope of helping others who are pursuing these certification exams to achieve exam success.

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  1. Sita Chavali says:

    Hi Edward, I cleared my pmp today and want to thank your website/work for the loads of info it provides – got 4 MP, one P. the free tests and the scores you gave are quite accurate and a good benchmark (well, I just cleared the exam, I am addicted to using the terminology everywhere!). I felt my paper was very situational with few math questions thrown in here and there. CP was there in 4-5 Qs, with one question giving duration and cost of crash , asking to choose which activity to crash (had no idea, took a guess!). Another area was quite a few stakeholders like customer, project team, contractor asking you to make a change – add a feature, change or anticipated risk-related change – what to do next?

    I felt Simplilearn’s free exam was quite close to what my paper had ….quite a lot of situational questions; and would recommend “Andy Crowe’s – The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try” to other aspirants.

    again, thanks for your work!

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