Project Management Professional Certification | Ramachandra Achalla – Sucess Story
Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification is more than a certificate for me. It’s truly a great, memorable and emotional journey…
Hello Future PMP’s,
Ramachandra Achalla is a Project Leader at MNC’s with over 11 years of experience in the IT Industry. My Journey began last year, March 2019, with ProThoughts Solutions Hyderabad by my Fantastic Trainer Mr. Arvind Nahata. However, due to personal reasons as well as professional commitments, I have delayed until September. But I can now say that 3 D’s (Dedication Discipline and Determination) have helped me reach this milestone.
I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Arvind Nahata for his suggestions that helped me achieve this goal. 18 March 2020 ….
My experience is shared in the hope that it will be useful to future PMP candidates ….
These are my suggestions and experiences that will help you get PMP Certification.
Why PMP Certification?
With over 11 years of technical experience, it is time to think beyond my technical skills. I want to see myself as a leader and strategic role alongside my technical skills. I gained a good understanding of the project life cycle from Initiating to Closing phases by working with some of the most respected MNC’s.
My goal was to obtain PMP certification to gain a holistic approach as Project Manager. I would be involved in every curve of the project and get the necessary tools and techniques to complete successful projects. I want to grow my career in Research/ Project Management/ Consulting. I am sure that PMP certification will help me accelerate my career.
What is my plan for clearing the PMP Exams
If we don’t know our deadlines, it is a human tendency for us to delay things. You can book the date according to your ability. This is the first step to SUCCESS… Next, create your plan according to your enthusiasm. (Strict Suggestion – Please don’t copy your colleagues’ plans. Your plan is your success.
Your plan should be implemented with sincere effort. Please read PMBOK 06th edition and Rita Mulchay 9th Edition.
After completing a cycle of study, it is time to test your knowledge by taking mock exams. There are many Mock Exams (Free/Paid) ( Strict Suggestion : Prepcast Simulators, Cornelius Fichtner, which includes 7 Mock Exams, cost $ 139. Check with other interested aspirants, and try to share the amount so you can get it. ). Begin giving mock exams at least 10-15 minutes before the actual exam day.
Do not attempt mock exams within two days of the exam. (Strict Suggestion) Take some time off work to review your notes with PMBOK key considerations and Examination Outline Content. There are five phases summary. This is very important. You should finish your review the day before the exam. (Strict Suggestion – Eat dinner at 08:30 and go to bed at 10 pm. Please don’t read anything after 10.
Finally, the SUCCESS DAY is here – PMP Certified
Try to get up at 05:30/06:00 AM on the SUCCESS DAY. Go for a walk in the morning, and take at least 10 to 15 minutes to get some fresh air. Make sure you eat a good breakfast. Choose non-oily foods. We are more likely to feel thirsty if we eat oily foods during exams. (A water bottle is not permitted at the Exam desk. Comfortable clothes are recommended. They won’t allow anything other than ID Proof, Locker Key (where we keep our belongings). They won’t even allow a handkerchief.
Arrive at Exam Centre before 30 minutes (Strict Instruction): Your PMI and Pearson Exam ID, as well as your Government ID, must align. If they don’t, they will not allow you to write exam.
After you have completed the verification, they will take you to the exam room so you can see some desktops. After the exam, they will give you scribbling sheets as well as a marker. They will assign a desktop according to Key locker number. Please read the instructions carefully and complete the survey if you are interested.
Start your exam: 200 questions in 240 minutes. The timer is located in the upper right corner of your screen. A calculator is located in the upper left corner. If you require any assistance, please raise a hand. The invigilator can help you. You can take breaks, but the clock will not stop for you. So plan your time accordingly. Once you are done, click on the ‘End Review’ button and then click on the Submit Button.
Everyone waits for the word “Congratulations” on the screen. The invigilator will respond by raising your hand.