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Not eligible for the PMP

I want to take the PMP in order to boost my career but, after a fast self-assessment, I discovered that I'm not eligible for the PMP (I lack a couple of thousand experience hours in project management).

I want to know what can I do in this case... I do not want to wait a year or so to take the PMP (I can't afford to wait that long). So, do you think it's possible for me to "doctor" my PM experience a bit to become eligible?

PS: I'm not an unethical person, but I really need to become a PMP as soon as possible.
asked 7 years ago by anonymous

1 Answer

If you're not eligible for the PMP then you're not eligible for the PMP, period!

You will need to wait until you have the necessary experience in order to fulfill the eligibility requirements. Lying is always an option, but by doing so, you will:

- Break PMI's code of ethics
- Lose any chance of holding any PMI certification in case they discover that you're lying (PMI places a lifetime ban on those who lie in their application or cheat during the test, see: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/5973/recourse-after-being-banned-there-similar-certs-available )
- Live in fear all of your life because you can get audited at any time, even after you get the certification
- Feel (for the rest of your life) that you got something that you didn't deserve in the first place

Wait a bit; 1 year is not a lot of time and it can pass quickly. During that  year, you should enhance your project management skills and knowledge (there's always an opportunity for improvement in project management) and prepare yourself for the PMP.
answered 7 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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