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Teacher Wanting to Move to Project Management

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I am a high school teacher wanting to change careers - do my hours on multiple projects teaching classes, leading employee development, etc count toward my PMP certification hours?
asked 7 years ago by anonymous edited 7 years ago by MaplePM

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First, I suggest you reflect on the definition of a project.  It is a temporary endeavor to create new products or services.  The project has a beginning and an end.  Creating a new curriculum is certainly a project.  Delivering the same curriculum over and over is an operational task.  On the other hand, offering individualized and differentiated instruction might be classified as a project.  I'm not trying to answer anything, just set down some guidelines for you to reflect on and frame how you will approach this.

Next, you will need to reflect on whether you are meeting the other criteria for the PMP exam.  You must be leading or directing project tasks.  As a teacher, you are definitely a leader and you will need to determine if you are leading or directing project tasks.

PMI has also done a role delineation study that shows exactly what leading and directing projects means:

- Candidates perform their duties under general supervision and are responsible for the project for the life of the project.
- Candidates lead and direct cross functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget, and scope.
- Candidates demonstrate sufficient knowledge and expertise to appropriately apply a methodology to projects that have reasonably well-defined requirements and deliverables.

So my answer is, it depends.  You will need to reflect further on the context and also see if the work you are doing is going to increase your project management knowledge in the 9 knowledge areas to a point where you can pass the exam. You may want to explore other answers in this section: http://projectmanagementquestions.com/tag/pmp-eligibility .

Finally, I would encourage you to visit http://www.pmief.org .  The PMI Educational Foundation offers training scholarships for educators that want to learn more about project management and also offers a curriculum you can offer in your school.
answered 7 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points) edited 7 years ago by MaplePM

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