The business world irrespective of the sector and industry are moving in a very organized and systematic manner. Works are undertaken as projects, hence increasing the role of project management professionals. PMI-Scheduling Professional is one such certification that is highly sought for by both individuals and organizations. It being a globally recognized certification is fast emerging as a preferred choice in various industries. The certification is being hailed as a solution for an increasing role of project management. The certification caters to the demands of growth, diversity and complexity in the role of project management professionals. A PMI-SP professional emerges as a specialist in project scheduling for it develops core potentials in the specific field. The certification is recommended for professionals looking forward to validate their technical skills and experiences in the field of project management. The certification allows showcasing expertise in the field of project scheduling.
As in the case of other certifications, the first step is to procure the application form, duly fill it and submit it with the given time frame of 90 days. A candidate can opt for submitting the form and appearing for the test online or a paper based test. Paper- based tests are reserved for those that live 186.5 miles of greater away from the nearest testing center.
Candidates are required to answer a total of 170 questions, out of which 150 are to be marked while 20 are pretest questions. The pretest questions have no impact on the total scores of a candidate. Every candidate is required to attend a 15 minute tutorial and a survey before proceeding with the exam. The examination questions have to be answered in a total of 210 minutes (3hrs, 30 mins.)
To be eligible for sitting for the certification exam a candidate, the prerequisites can be discussed under two levels:
It is important that all experience must have been accrued in the last five years just before applying for the certification exam.
The certification aims at testing a candidate's ability and understanding of project management skills and principles. The certification is specifically designed to assess a candidate's:
The qualification is a highly sought for certification amongst project management professionals. Professionals benefit in terms of better opportunities in terms of responsibilities and remuneration. The candidate becomes more capable as the skills acquired are globally recognized and used.
The organizations benefit as they have specialized professionals responsible for planning, executing and organizing the projects to be delivered within strict deadlines and budget constraints. Organizations benefit as organizations objectives are better aligned with project objectives.
My total work experience accounts for 15 years out of which the last ten have been in the construction industry. I thoroughly enjoy this industry. I get extremely excited as a building starts taking shape. The construction industry is a highly project oriented industry. Scheduling of projects is a very crucial performance factor in this industry. It is important that projects be delivered in time and within the specified budget. I decided to get a professional certification in the field of project scheduling. A self paced study program, the work experience and the knowledge that I have gained all along and this certification have helped me pitch myself in the right manner for right job
Chris Bait, Senior Scheduling Manager, GrandCity Constructions
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