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How many years of experience in project management do you need to become a PM?

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I'm working on myself to become a project manager - but I'm wondering how much time it'll take me to get there. How many years of exposure/experience in project management do I need in order to become a PM?

Do you think that my goal (becoming a PM) is achievable in 5 years if I keep involving myself in project management?
asked 8 years ago by anonymous

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It depends.  Some companies like to create what I refer to as the "knighted" project manager.  They hand someone with no experience the PMBOK Guide and a copy of MS Project and tell them to go manage projects.  If your goal is to become a good project manager, then depending on what degree you have and what kind of on the job training you will get from your company, 5 years is reasonable. You may also be eligible to the PMP Exam in that time which would be a demonstration of your attainment of a minimum level of PM experience.
answered 8 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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