For the PMP® Exam application, you need to have 36 or 60 non-overlapping months of management experience. The difference in hours relates to whether you have a university degree or not.
So what is 'project management experience'?
Think of the tasks and work that a project manager would do when the project management 'hat'. The tasks are tasks found either in the PMBoK Guide®or the PMP Exam Outline.
The words do not have to precisely match. For example, PMBoK uses the document name 'Project Management Plan' -- but perhaps you just refer to it as a 'Project Plan' - that's ok 👍
- Directed a team in executing the plan
- Developed the project budget
- Analyzed stakeholders
- Created the project schedule
- Reported progress
- Collected lessons learned
- Assembled the project plan
👎 While you can identify the work deliverables of the project, it is best you don't include tasks that you completed that were not project management (i.e. I created the designs)
What if you're on a project but were a team member or assisting the project manager?
That does not count. You need to have actually done these types of tasks yourself. You should not document things like 'I helped to create the project plan' or 'The project plan was created'. It must be tasks you personally completed.
Remember though -- your position title does not need to have been project manager!
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