Step-by-step PMP Certification Guide 2017 (for PMBOK Guide 5th Ed.)

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Step-by-step PMP Certification Guide 2016 (for PMBOK Guide 5th Ed.)

~ All you need to know about the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification of the Project Management Institute (PMI)

This Complete PMP® Certification and Study Guide is dedicated to the many thousands of PMP® aspirants visiting my blog in the search of the best way to achieve PMP® success.

Your feedback and questions have prompted me to prepare this special PMP® study guide to help all project managers aiming to gain the initials “PMP®” after their titles easier.

It is my humble wish to provide all PMP® aspirants with the most detailed online PMP® certification guide to familiarize themselves with the PMP® application and certification processes and procedures and how to prepare and study well for the actual Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam by the Project Management Institute (PMI) with the ultimate aim to get the Project Management Professional Certification credential.

This PMP® Guide is the fruit of many hours of labours — trying to condense huge amount of information into digestible bits.

It is my gift to all PMP® Certification Aspirants. Wish you PMP® success!

Introduction to this PMP® Guide

Learning all the stuff required for the PMP® exam is already a daunting tasks, let alone understanding all the intricacies of the PMP® certification process as well as handling all the administrative tasks such as the fearful PMP® audit.

It is no wonder why PMP® is often considered one of the most difficult professional certification to achieve.

But this also means that the PMP® certification is one of the most valuable certification owing to the “rigidity” of the certification process.

The information presented by the PMP® Handbook published by the PMI is clear and concise…… yet, reading the PMP® Handbook alone would not lead you navigate easily through the various processes to PMP® success. As an example, what can be counted as “contact hours” or “working experiences”?

Fear not, this PMP® Guide attempts to answer all your questions during your PMP® application and study.

This Complete PMP® Certification and Study Guide will guide you through the PMI PMP® Certification process — from initially understanding what the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification is, successfully completing the PMP® application form (including satisfying the PMP® audit requirements), studying and preparing the actual PMP® examination…… to collecting PDUs to maintain your PMP® credential after you have gotten your PMP® certificate.

This guide will try to answer all the PMP® application and study related questions you might have to free you more time to concentrate on your exam study.

About the Author

This guide is written by Edward Chung, PMP®, PMI-ACP®, ITIL® Foundation.

After going through the PMP® certification process all alone by googling and wasting dozens of hours…… I couldn’t help by thinking that if I could get PMP® certified, the first thing I would do was to write a detailed account of my PMP® experience to help fellow PMP® aspirants to save more time to get to the real study.

This PMP® guide is the second step to re-organize the PMP® process in a more systematic way after answering hundreds of PMP® aspirants with their queries.

Contents of this PMP® Study Guide

  1. The PMP® Certification Process Overview
  2. How Much Time, Effort and Money is Required for the PMP® Credential?
  3. How to Get the Required 35 Hours of PMP® Training Cheap and Easy?
  4. PMP® Study Resources: PMBOK® Guide, PMP® Guide plus Practice Exams
  5. How to Correctly Fill the Online PMP® Application Form?
  6. How to Pass the PMP® Audit Process Smoothly?
  7. Schedule and Take the PMP® Certification Exam
  8. Once You have Passed the PMP® Exam …
  9. What You should Know about PMP® PDU?

These 9 sections are meant to help you navigate through first the PMP® application process and then the PMP® study and exam.

Reading them 1 by 1 and carrying out related actions in sequence will guide you through the PMP® certification process with ease.

After communicating with hundreds of PMP® aspirants, it is found that the most pressing questions they had is not know where to begin the PMP® certification process. Is it to begin with a complete study of the PMBOK® Guide? Or to get the 35 Contact Hours of Project Management? Or to fill in the online PMP® application form?

The following outlines the the recommended sequence leading to PMP® Certification:

  1. Don’t read the PMBOK® Guide on your own, get the 35 Contact Hours of Project Management from a course that help you prepare for the PMP® exam (usually called PMP® prep course), there are lots of choice ranging from face-to-face classroom lecture, online courses and podcast courses.
  2. Purchase/borrow all the required PMP® study materials including the PMBOK® Guide, at least one PMP® reference book and some practice/mock exams
  3. Apply online for the PMP® Certification Exam. You will need to describe your working experience in PMI’s terms and the PMP® prep course you have taken will help you finish the application form easily.
  4. Fix a date for your PMP® exam after you have received confirmation from PMI or passed the audit, if applicable.
  5. Study hard for the PMP® exam with your PMP® study materials. Working on as many as practice exams as possible.
  6. Pass the PMP® exam.
  7. Begin earning PMP® PDUs for your 3-year recertification cycle.

Following the above sequence will allow you to go through the PMP® certification process in the most logical and easiest way.

What’s Next?

Get an overview of the PMP® certification process with the help of an infographic.


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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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8 Responses

  1. Shlomi says:

    There is a typo in the upper box.
    Add “L” to the “This Compete PMP Certification and Study Guide”

  2. Blanche says:

    I’d like to thank you for your commendable effort to walk us through the PMP process and your continuous encouragement to everyone interested. I would like to know if you have any information about PMI’s PBA? Thanks for your time.

  3. Salman Haider says:


    First of all am thankful for your ITIL guide which helped me through the certification exam. Furthermore, please let me know how much time did you take in the pmp prepration through PMP precast. Thanks.

    • Edward Chung says:

      Hi Salman,

      It took me around 60 hours or so to go through all the PM Prepcast lessons (most of which are done during transit time, i.e. taking the metro and walking). As for the overall PMP Exam preparation, it is around 150 hours. Thanks!

  4. mohamed mahran says:


    How to download The Complete PMP Certification and Study Guide (for PMBOK 5)?