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»  PMP/CAPM Certification Program Overview
 
»   IIBA Certification Program Overview

PMP/CAPM Certification Program Overview

  1. Who needs the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) training?
  2. What does the PMP signify?
  3. How do I receive the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential?

1. Who needs the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) training?

PMP – Project Managers, Sr. Project Managers, Program Managers
CAPM - Project team member, Junior project management practitioner or new to the project management profession, Undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in project management.

2. What does the PMP signify?

The PMP designation following your name tells current and potential employers that you have demonstrated a solid foundation of knowledge from which you can competently practice project management.
To be eligible for a PMP Credential, you must first meet specific educational and project management experience requirements and agree to adhere to a code of professional conduct. The final step to becoming a PMP is passing a rigorous multiple-choice examination designed to objectively assess and measure your ability to apply project management knowledge in the following six domains: initiating the project, planning the project, executing the project, monitoring and controlling the project, closing the project, and professional and social responsibility. This computer-based examination is administered globally with translation aids in 10 languages.

3. How do I receive the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential?

To obtain the PMP or CAPM credential, you must first demonstrate that you are eligible by meeting the following eligibility requirements:

PMP

High school diploma or Associates Degree /global equivalent secondary school diploma; 7,500 hours of project management experience; 60 unique (non-overlapping) months* of project management experience within the eight-year period prior to the application; 35 contact hours of project management education. For candidates with a

Baccalaureate/global equivalent university degree; 4,500 hours of project management experience; 36 unique (non-overlapping) months of project management experience within the eight-year period prior to the application; 35 contact hours of project management education.

* Question: What is meant by “unique (non-overlapping) months”? Do the months of experience have to be consecutive? Answer: When calculating the months and hours of experience, a unique (non-overlapping) month is a month where only one project is counted.

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Background
High school diploma or equivalent*

Project Management Experience
7,500 hours in a position of responsibility leading and directing specific tasks** and 60 months of project management experience

Project Management Education
35 hours

*Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) are only required to have 4,500 hours leading and directing specific tasks and 36 months of project management experience.

**Specific tasks are identified in the PMP examination specification within eight years from the date of application.

CAPM

Either 1,500 hours of work on a project team or 23 contact hours of formal education in project management (one contact hour is equivalent to one actual hour of training or instruction received).

The CAPM is designed for project team members and entry-level project managers, as well as qualified undergraduate and graduate students who want a credential to recognize their value to project team performance.

A CAPM Credential can benefit professionals from all disciplines by demonstrating clear direction to their work and by gaining knowledge of project management processes and terminology.

You can benefit from a CAPM if you are a:
- Project team member;
- Junior project management practitioner or new to the project management profession;
- Undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in project management.

CAPM candidates must first meet specific educational and project management related experience requirements and then pass a comprehensive 150 question computer-based examination.

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Background
High school diploma or equivalent

Project Management Experience / Project Management Education

Either 1,500 hours of work on a project team or 23 hours of formal project management education

Applications

Candidates may apply by completing and submitting an online application. Paper applications can be downloaded and submitted via postal mail - PMP paper application or a CAPM paper application. Please note: Facsimile copies are not accepted by PMI.

Once your application has been processed, if eligible, you will receive an eligibility letter (via e-mail) containing detailed scheduling instructions for either the PMP or CAPM examination.

Test candidates have one (1) year from the date their application is approved and processed to take the examination. This date is printed at the top of the first page of the candidate’s eligibility letter. Candidates may take the exam a maximum of three times within their eligibility period. If they do not pass the exam, candidates must apply again via the re-examination form.

  1. What happens if my eligibility expires and I have not taken the exam?
  2. If I fail the exam, can I take it again? If so, when can I take it? How many times can I take the exam?
  3. How do I complete the application?
  4. What supporting documentation should I send with my application?
  5. How do I schedule to take the PMP or CAPM examination?
  6. How long do I have to take the exam? How many questions are on each exam?

1. What happens if my eligibility expires and I have not taken the exam?

Candidate applications are valid for one (1) year from the date of approval. If a candidate allows their eligibility to lapse, candidates must re-apply.

2. If I fail the exam, can I take it again? If so, when can I take it? How many times can I take the exam?

Yes, Candidates are granted a one-year eligibility window. Candidates have a maximum of three attempts to receive a passing score on the PMP or CAPM examination within the one-year eligibility period. After the third unsuccessful attempt, candidates will have to wait one year before re-applying for the credential and attempting to test again. Candidates must submit a re-examination form before each attempt along with the re-examination fee.

3. How do I complete the application?

To obtain the PMP or CAPM credential, you must first demonstrate that you are eligible by meeting the following eligibility requirements:

4. What supporting documentation should I send with my application?

When submitting an application, you do not need to send documentation. However, PMI does utilize a random audit process to verify candidate applications. If you are selected for a random audit, you will receive notification via e-mail as well as a letter via postal mail with the instructions and forms needed to complete this requirement.

5. How do I schedule to take the PMP or CAPM examination?

The PMP and CAPM credential examinations are offered globally at Prometric Testing Centers during normal business hours Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays.) You cannot schedule your examination appointment until you receive your eligibility notification and have submitted payment. Please refer to Prometric's Web site for more information.

6. How long do I have to take the exam? How many questions are on each exam?

The following table describes the characteristics of each exam:

 
Test Name: PMP
Exam Length: 4 Hours
Total Number of Questions: 200
Total Number of Scored Questions*: 175

Test Name: CAPM
Exam Length: 3 Hours
Total Number of Questions: 150
Total Number of Scored Questions*: 135
  1. What happens after I pass the exam? If I pass the CAPM exam, when can I take the PMP exam? What do I have to do to maintain the credential? How often is the registry updated?
  2. Which is more valuable, the CAPM or the PMP?
  3. What classes should I take to study for my CAPM?
  4. What classes do I need to take to study for my PMP?

1. What happens after I pass the exam? If I pass the CAPM exam, when can I take the PMP exam? What do I have to do to maintain the credential? How often is the registry updated?

After you pass the exam, you may immediately use the credential after your name (for example, John Doe, PMP). You should also be able to locate yourself on PMI’s Online Registry. Please note: It usually takes about 6-8 weeks to receive your PMP package from PMI’s Global Operations Center.

CAPM candidates who pass the exam may use the credential for five (5) years. The credential does not require PDUs or any other activities for renewal. CAPMs may apply for the PMP at any time during the five years. After five years the credential expires, and the candidate can apply to take the CAPM examination to maintain their credential or take the PMP. The full credential fee must be paid for whichever examination the candidate chooses.

PMP candidates who pass the exam may use the credential as long as they comply with the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. The CCR program supports PMPs in developing their professional knowledge and maintaining their credentials by requiring participation in activities during the CCR cycle, which are assigned a PDU value.

A PMP’s initial CCR cycle begins with the date the exam is passed, and ends on 31 December of the third full calendar year after that date. Subsequent CCR cycles are a period of three years, starting on 1 January and ending 31 December of the third year. During each period, the PMP must accrue at least 60 PDUs by the end of the CCR cycle. PDUs are a measuring unit used to quantify learning and professional activities. PMPs can obtain a description of the activities that earn PDUs from the CCR Web site — PMP Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Web site — or the CCR Handbook — PMP Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Handbook.

2. Which is more valuable, the CAPM or the PMP?

The PMP is by far the more widely recognized certification but the CAPM can be used as a progressive stepping stone in obtaining PMP certification, as the CAPM support studying for and obtaining the PMP.

3. What classes should I take to study for my CAPM?

Associate in Project Management Certification Track

 HE537S: Leadership and Communication Skills for Project Managers HC577S: Project Management Fundamentals


4. What classes do I need to take to study for my PMP?

Project Management Professional Certification Track

HE548S: Requirements Management for Project Managers  HE537S: Leadership and Communication Skills for Project Managers HE536S: Project Risk Management HE544S: Cost Estimating for Projects HE547S: Project Procurement Management HE548S: Cost Estimating for Projects HE546S: Managing Project Quality HE539S: Making Decisions Using Earned Value HE538S: Managing Scope, Schedule and Cost HE542S: IT Project Risk Management HC577S: Project Management Fundamentals

 
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IIBA Certification Program Overview


  1. What is a Business Analyst?
  2. What are Benefits of becoming a Certified Business Analysis Professional?
  3. How do I get my CBAP?
1. What is a Business Analyst?

Bbusiness analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies and information systems. The business analyst understands business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements and recommends solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.

The Business Analysis Professional is responsible for identifying the business needs of their clients and stakeholders to help determine solutions to business problems.

The Business Analysis Professional is responsible for requirements development and requirements management. Specifically, the Business Analysis Professional elicits, analyzes, validates and documents business, organizational and/or operational requirements. Solutions are not predetermined by the Business Analysis Professional, but are driven solely by the requirements of the business. Solutions often include a systems development component, but may also consist of process improvement or organizational change. The Business Analysis Professional is a key facilitator within an organization, acting as a bridge between the client, stakeholders and the solution team. Business Analysis is distinct from financial analysis, project management, quality assurance, organizational development, testing, training, and documentation development. However, depending on the organization, a Business Analysis Professional may perform some or all of these related functions.

If you are interested in finding out more, email us at info@theiiba.org

The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge TM is composed of six knowledge areas plus underlying fundamentals. The knowledge areas are: 3. How do I get my CBAP?
The knowledge areas are:
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Requirements Planning & Management
  • Requirements Elicitation
  • Requirements Analysis & Documentation
  • Requirements Communication
  • Solution Assessment and Validation
  • The underlying fundamentals include:
    • Communication Skills
    • Leadership Skills
    • Problem Solving Skills
    • Business Knowledge
    • Information Technology Knowledge
2. What are Benefits of becoming a Certified Business Analysis Professional?

Benefits to the individual from acquiring and maintaining CBAP certification may include:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the skills necessary to be an effective Business Analyst.
  • Validation of your professional level of competence in the principles and practices of business analysis.
  • Participation in a recognized professional group.
  • Recognition of professional competence by professional peers and management.
  • Advanced career potential by creating a separate and distinct career path within the information technology industry and business community.
  • Demonstrated dedication to the Business Analysis profession.
Benefits to the organization resulting from employees acquiring CBAP certification may include:
  • Certified Business Analysis Professionals TM are acknowledged as competent individuals performing a role which is increasingly recognized as a vital component of any successful project.
  • Certified Business Analysis Professionals TM can be identified as individuals with an advanced level of knowledge and qualifications.
  • Certified Business Analysis Professionals TM follow established standards as outlined in the IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge TM.
  • Certified Business Analysis Professionals TM produce reliable, quality results with increased efficiency and consistency.

3. How do I get my CBAP?

Each Certified Business Analysis Professional TM (CBAP) candidate must meet the following requirements to be eligible to sit for the examination:
Work Experience Requirement
Five (5) years (7,500 hours) business analysis work experience in the last ten (10) years engaged in tasks specifically related to the knowledge areas as defined within the BABOK. BA-related work is defined as activities where you apply, or directly help others apply, the BABOK knowledge areas. Acceptable activities include:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the skills necessary to be an effective Business Analyst.
  • Validation of your professional level of competence in the principles and practices of business analysis.
  • Participation in a recognized professional group.
  • Recognition of professional competence by professional peers and management.
  • Advanced career potential by creating a separate and distinct career path within the information technology industry and business community.
  • Demonstrated dedication to the Business Analysis profession.
Benefits to the organization resulting from employees acquiring CBAP certification may include:
  • Hands-on business analysis activities (e.g. requirements gathering, writing requirements documentation, etc.)
  • Coaching or mentoring of business analysts with respect to business analysis activities (e.g. planning the requirements gathering process with the BA, reviewing requirements documents, etc.)
  • Development of an organization’s business analysis methodology and/or best practices
  • Development of business analysis training materials
Activities that do not apply include:
  • Management of business analysts (e.g. resource management, status reporting, performance management, etc.)
  • Teaching of business analysis training courses
  • Selling requirement gathering tools/software
  • Project management of non business analysis activities
  • Testing (e.g. creating and executing test scripts, reporting on testing status)
  • Programming

Education Requirement
High school or equivalent education. This is the minimum educational requirement. Note: there will be no reduction in work experience for post secondary education.

Professional Development Requirement
21 hours of professional development in the last four years. The professional development content must be directly related to business analysis or the underlying fundamentals.

References
Two references from a career manager, business partner, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional TM are required.
Pass a comprehensive final examination based on the IIBA TM Business Analysis Body of Knowledge TM that is designed to objectively assess and measure your Business Analysis knowledge. After you pass the exam and gain certification, you may use the designation of "Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)". 14 If you do not pass the exam, you are allowed to retake the exam once within the one-year period from the date of your exam eligibility letter. However, you must wait 3 months from the date of your last exam before retaking the exam.
The fee to retake the exam is $250 USD (for IIBA TM members) or $375 (for non-members) and must be paid prior to the sitting. If you do not pass the exam within the one-year period you must reapply (and pay full application fees).
The fees. The application fee is $450 USD (for IIBA TM members) or $575 USD (for non-members) payable by check or international money order to the International Institute of Business Analysis TM. The fee pays for the application processing and the initial exam sitting.

Work Experience Section
You must document at least 7,500 hours of BA related work in the last ten years to meet the application requirement. Complete one set of forms per project (2 pages/project). Make additional copies as needed of the work experience forms to include with your application. Resumes are not accepted to complete this requirement. For each project, on each page, identify the project number and the total number of projects (e.g. if you have 5 projects, and are working on the project 3, at the top of the page, identify the pages as Project 3 of 5).

Professional Development Section
Provide professional development activities that are directly related to business fundamentals. You must meet the requirement of 21 hours in the last four years. Professional development activities generally refer to courses and seminars.

Maintaining CBAPT Certification All Certified Business Analysis Professionals TM are required to meet continuing proficiency requirements in order to maintain their designation. Continuing proficiency is one of the important benchmarks of a quality certification program. You will need to apply to have your CBAP TM certification renewed every three years. At this point, we know that any BA related professional development or professional contribution activities will qualify for the renewal process. As well, the Certified Business Analysis Professional TM will be expected to document their ongoing activities to maintain their certification. More specific details on maintaining CBAP's certification will be provided in 2007.

This program has been carefully designed to be in compliance with the International Standards Organization (ISO) 17204 standard for certifying the competence of personnel. IIBAT will be seeking ISO 17024 approval.

Certification candidates are not required to be IIBAT members in order to take the certification examination. This certification program is targeted at intermediate and senior Business Analysts only. Currently, the certification examination is offered in the English language, but other languages will be included in the future. The certification exam will be offered in North America in 2007. The 2007 exam schedule will be announced by end of this year. We will launch international offerings in 2008.

The curriculum path below identifies the courses to take. One of the most popular course sequences is HE551 Principles of Business Analysis, followed by HE555 Crafting High Quality Requirements, followed by HE556 Verifying and Validating the Solution. That combination of courses will most quickly bring you and your colleagues to high degree of competency to address current issues in requirements management and software development.
Business Analysis Certification Track

HE556S: Verifying and Validating the Solution HE551S: Principles of Business Analysis HE555S: Crafting High Quality Requirements HC575S: HP Race to Results Simulation

 
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