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How to become a PMI member in easy to follow steps

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How to become a member of PMI.


I have been asked many times on the steps to becoming a member and benefits of membership of PMI.Please find below the help needed in pictures and text.

Any confusions please visit www.pmi.org for more indepth information.


 become a member



Benefits of Membership

As a PMI member, you get a host of benefits designed to support your career growth and your success, including:

• Exclusive, members-only resources and information on PMI.org

• Access to PMI's PathPro® tool that features a career framework— use it to assess your skills and prepare to move ahead

• A digital edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge(PMBOK® Guide) that you can download to your computer

• Knowledge sharing and networking opportunities through PMI chapters and communities of practice

• Online access to business and project management books and articles in eReads & Reference

• Articles on the Knowledge Shelf, written by your peers and reviewed by a panel …

Our informal PMI Abuja Residents meeting!

Today is the 4th of December and am looking forward to meeting with other PMI members and certificants in my locality Abuja,Nigeria.I had earlier published the details on this blog.

we are looking to foster our own local chapter and network with our colleagues.The noble aim is to "rebrand the nigerian project".

I will post a feedback of our resolve ASAP.

Why is Planning Important?

One of the most important aspect of developing strong ways of winning is the planning.

Noted author Mark Twain hit it on the head when he said, "The Secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable ones ? then starting on the first one."


Why is Planning Important?

Planning is leveraged time. 20 minutes of planning per day can improve your productivity immensely.
Affording yourself time to plan will pay off in the future. You'll make sure that you are staying on track with your goals and you can ensure that you become more task oriented.
By simply taking 10-20 minutes to go through what your objectives or outcomes are, you will be more likely to achieve them and not get sidetracked which is quite easy to do especially when working online.
Planning provides the framework for informed decision making.
By planning what you are going to do you will be establishing a framework and…

Low Cost PMP Exam Preparation Materials

In previous posts i listed some places to get free or low cost sample questions for your PMP or CAPM Exam preparation.Just to help those that don't know where to go for free or sample exam questions here is some more.

www.headfirstlabs.com/ PMP/
http://www.preparepm.com/
http://www.ajithn.com
http://www.aesscon.com/school
http://www.flashcardexchange.com/flashcards/list/287102

http://www.transcender.com/demos/
http://www.pmpbest.com/lifecycle/

http://www.pmi.org/info/PDC_SampleQuestionsandAnswers.pdf
http://www.pmtests. com/packs.php
http://certcities.com/editorial/features/story.asp?EditorialsID=95
http://certification.about.com/od/projectmanagement/a/pmp_test_whiz.htm
http://www.tutorialspoint.com/pmp-exams/pmp_mock_exams.htm

http://www.crosswindpm.com/testuser.aspx?testid=203
http://www.examcram2.com/practice_exams/exam.asp?p=170359&rl=1
http://www.preparepm.com/mock1.html
http://www.star-pm.com
http://www.pmconnection.com/modules.php?name=Web_Links&l_op=viewlink&ci…

Are certified PMPs in high demand?

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Someone rightfully asked the other day about the level of demand that PMP certified persons get in the job market today.Certified PMPs or CAPMs are in high demand.Remember its a prestigious international certification and is highly recommended by the global community.Even in these days of economic downturn a project manager is really sort after as an expert that can help bring in projects on time,on budget and on schedule while achieving the business goals and objective for carrying out the project in the first place

There is even a shortage of them currently.World over certified persons in the various areas like Programme Management professional,Risk management professional,scheduling professional and the certified associate in project management are all increasing in the September 2009 edition of PMI Today the totl number of PMPs worldwide is 360,662 for CAPMs is 9,126.Projects are brought in more successfully when a certified person with the experience and skills is at the helm of…

ATTENTION: Abuja Residents Certified in PMP and CAPM Meeting!!!

Are you a certifed PMP or CAPM etc from the prestigious Project Management Institute(PMI) U.S.A

You are hereby invited to attend our first informal meeting-

Date: 4th December 2009


Venue: HOTPOT BEFS PLAZA,21 AJOSE ADEOGUN STREET PLOT 425 OPPOSITE MFM H/Q UTAKO DISTRICT ABUJA


Time: 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm (2 hours)


The proposed agenda for the meeting is;


1. Introductions

2. Setting up PMI Abuja Chapter 2010 way forward

3.How to curb unqualified PMP and CAPM Trainers

4. Any other business

5. Informal Networking



Please visit http://ritetracpm.blogspot.com for more details on our meeting.

Important Notice :Whilst we look forward to seeing you, please take time out to confirm your attendance by responding to this advert; this is important to help us make adequate plans.

Looking to get a PMP Certification then visit www.ritetracconsult.com.ng if in Nigeria but outside Nigeria consider our Multimedia Virtual Project Management classes more information hereMultimedia Virtual PMP Training

Project Implementation in Nigeria West Africa

I want to get comments on how projects are carried out in Nigeria,West Africa.

Anyone that has been on any Mega Project can give us feedbacks in the comments section.I look forward to hearing from you.

Review of www.projectmanagementcrossing.com

Most people never learn how to look for a job you may be looking for a job in the wrong way.

Today am going to be reviewing -www.projectmanagementcrossing.com is a website i believe every project manager should take a look at for job markets that are international.Their databases are constantly updated with the jobs you can't easily see in your sphere of contacts.

If you are currently in a job search you are probably missing and never aware of at least 95% of the project management jobs you are qualified for. You never even know they are there. Not only do you not apply to them ... you never even become aware of them. You never become aware of them due to the fact that they are in places you could possibly never find them.

Even if you had weeks to sit in front of a computer ...

Jobs Are Scattered in So Many Different Places That it Would Be Impossible for You to Find Them Even if You Tried.
Where are all the project management jobs? They are in an incredible number of places ... s…

November 2009 Professional Project Management Management Training Session

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Ritetrac Consulting Nigeria Limited is a company that provides Project
Management Training and Consultancy to both individuals,small
businesses to medium sized businesses and also those in the public
sector.

Duration: four day training from 26th,27th,28th and 29th of November,2009

Venue:HOTPOT BEFS PLAZA,,21 AJOSE ADEOGUN STREET PLOT 425 OPPOSITE MFM
H/Q UTAKO DISTRICT ABUJA

Time:9am-6pm Daily,11.00am-7.00pm for Sunday Class

Objectives:
It is designed to provide Project Management practitioners, Brand
Managers, Project Consultants, Senior Executive Officers and Business
Development Managers with relevant knowledge to augment their project
management skills. Come and learn in a fun and inspiring way.

Participants will also achieve the following benefits:-
• Increase proficiency and competence in project management
• Bring participants up to date on the current practices and
terminologies in project management
• Give participants the opportunity to appreciate project management
at the global level thro…

What causes project failures and what are the solutions?

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If you ask me about the major cause of project failures i would list the following.




1.Project Requirements not being properly defined-Engage a project manager ahead of time after the project charter has been signed so that the requirements for the project to be successful are gathered on time
2.Not having the project fund released on time-engage your project sponsor through a project champion so that your funds are released on time to do the project work.
3.Not having a competent team that have the necessary skills for the project work-Train all your human resources that are weak or need brushing up to have a top notch team that will carry out the work faster and efficiently
4.Not having a competent project manager-make sure the project manager has the education at least a certification to enable the project manager ride the murky waves of the projects lifecycle with a good handle on what to do and when to do it
5.Not having a project champion from your clients end-using your interper…

Project Management Professional Jobs Listings

Jobs are a bit tough these days to search for.But for Project Management Professionals that is not the case.I have compiled a list of potential opportunities for both International PMs and also those with me in my home country Nigeria.I will continue to post this continually on this blog to help the ever growing world of potential and current project managers.

International online project management jobs portal-please visit
http://www.projectmanagementcrossing.com for various excellent job listings

Project Management Professional Jobs In Nigeria -Nigeria is a hot spot for Projects. Project Management Professionals are also in high demand to bring these projects in on schedule and on budget while meeting strategic objectives of their organizations.
We are working round the clock here to meet the Millennium Development Goals 2020.

Some Local Job Listings we have includes the following:
Advert 1-Lagos State Government-Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project (LMDGP)-This job …

Professional Project Management Training

Ritetrac Consulting Nigeria Limited is a company that provides Project Management Training and Consultancy to both small businesses to medium sized businesses and also those in the public sector.

Duration: four day training from November 28-29th and 5th-6th of December, 2009

Venue:HOTPOT BEFS PLAZA,,21 AJOSE ADEOGUN STREET PLOT 425 OPPOSITE MFM H/Q UTAKO DISTRICT ABUJA

Time:9am-6pm Daily for Saturday Classes,11.00am-7.00pm Sunday Classes

Objectives:
It is designed to provide Project Management practitioners, Brand Managers, Project Consultants, Senior Executive Officers and Business Development Managers with relevant knowledge to augment their project management skills. Come and learn in a fun and inspiring way.

Participants will also achieve the following benefits:-
• Increase proficiency and competence in project management
• Bring participants up to date on the current practices and terminologies in project management
• Give participants the opportunity to appreciate project management at t…

All you need to know about the PMP Exams!!

Someone asked me the other day about details on the PMP Exam Certifications.I decided to share this writeup with my fellow nairalanders on www.nairaland.com.

What is PMP certification and why get it?

PMP stands for Project Management Professional. PMP certification is offered by PMI (Project Management Institute) and those that obtain this certification demonstrate a proficient level of project management leadership skills. PMP certification is widely recognized by major companies and government agencies worldwide as the standard qualification for the role of project managers resulting in certificate holders commanding higher salaries than the others. According to the PMI website, as of May 2009, there are more than a quarter million certified professionals around the world. Many companies require their project managers to hold this certification and is growing in popularity every day. It is instrumental to getting major project especially public sector projects for some companies

Ten…

The Value of a Credential

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Value of a Credential



The credentials bouquet by PMI -Project Management Institute are outlined below

CAPM -Certified Associate in Project Management
PMI-SP -Project Management Institute-Scheduling Professional
PMI-RMP -Project Management Institute Risk Management Profesional
PMP -Project Management Professional
PgMP -Program Management Professional

For organizations, the most significant benefit of PMI credentials is that it allows them to assemble project teams of credential holders and reap many rewards, ranging from improved processes and results to employee retention.

For individuals who obtain and maintain PMI credentials, you not only get recognized for your skills and knowledge during the vigorous credentialing process, but also show your dedication to the profession and professional development.

Even the family of credentials undergoes a vigorous process of development and maintenance that is recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

For more det…

Free PMP Exam Simulator Online Part 2

Here are some Free PMP Exam Simulators:

www.PMstudy.com

http://www.myzips.com/software/Whizlabs-PMP-Exam-Simulator.phtml

http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Business/Educational_Tools/ProjectioPM_PMP_Exam_Simulator.html

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Home-Education/PMP-Exam-Simulator.shtml

http://www.tipdownload.com/PMI-PMP-Exam-Simulator_72233

Some are Free and some allow you a trial period before you purchase the full product.

Looking to get a PMP Certification then visit www.ritetracconsult.com.ng if in Nigeria but outside Nigeria consider our Multimedia Virtual Project Management classes more information hereMultimedia Virtual PMP Training

Free PMP Exam Simulator Online

PMP Exam simulators usually cost an arm and a leg but today i have on offer a free PMP Exam simulator for you.This is used best when you have completed your training and you want to test your knowledge.it has 100% coverage of the exam questions.

Check it out here -http://www.headfirstlabs.com/PMP/pmp_exam/v1/quiz.html


Looking to get a PMP Certification then visit www.ritetracconsult.com.ng if in Nigeria but outside Nigeria consider our Multimedia Virtual Project Management classes more information hereMultimedia Virtual PMP Training

PMBOK 4th Edition

Follow this link to acquire the latest edition of the PMBOK 4TH Edition.About the PMBOK its the standard book considered as the best for Project Management Literature from PMI.

The Fourth Edition continues to reflect the evolving knowledge within the profession of project management. Like previous editions it represents generally recognized good practice in the profession. The PMBOK®Guide—Fourth Edition continues the tradition of excellence in project management with a standard that is easy to understand and implement


http://www.pmi.org/Resources/Pages/Library-of-PMI-Global-Standards-projects.aspx

Looking to get a PMP Certification then visit www.ritetracconsult.com.ng if in Nigeria but outside Nigeria consider our Multimedia Virtual Project Management classes more information hereMultimedia Virtual PMP Training

Take your Job Search Online

In case you are on a job search in these days of recession,I encourage you not to loss hope but to perserve in your search.Every day on Quest means Business on CNN,I see loads of people pounding the pavements all in search of a job.Apart from a physical search,an online search can reduce the hours spent moving up and down.
Here is a list of sites to see for your job search.God's Grace and Favour in your search.

www.projectmanagementcrossing.com
Largest Databank of Project Management Jobs worldwide

CWJobs
CWJobs.co.uk is the largest and longest running specialist IT recruitment website, serving permanent & contract IT jobseekers throughout the UK.

ITvacancies.com
ITvacancies.com is the leading one stop job board for all IT recruiters and IT organisations looking to find UK based IT professionals.

Jobserve
JobServe formed in 1993 as the world's first online recruitment service and their passion for innovation has ensured that the company is still at the forefront in this fa…

The Value of Project Management

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Some one rightfully asked me the other day of the value that project management can add to their organization and as an individual wanting to go into the profession.For many people, the idea of a structured process represents change, which is often unwelcome; and it is thought to be overly burdensome and even costly. In reality, successful project management offers important benefits to ensure goals are effectively accomplished for the benefit of the organization.

Some of these values that PM brings to the table includes:
Establishes accountability -Project status reports track progess on deliverables,ensuring project stays on track and on schedule.Manages Risk -potential risks or threats to the success of the project are identified early and manged accordingly by putting necessary risk mitigating processes in place
Mitigates Cost -most projects major issues are that costs are always overiden,but this can be corrected by using techiques and tools to manage cost variances
Prevents Scope Cr…

Some Sample PMP Exam Questions

Question 1 Your project isn't going well. You have just left your managers office with a very bad feeling in your stomach. She was ranting about the project team and starting to point fingers in every direction trying to put blame on others. This is an example of: Noise in the communication The Expectancy Theory Politics A Theory X manager Answer 1 D.) A Theory X manager The Theory X manager tends to believe that everything must end in blaming someone. He or she thinks all prospective employees are only out for themselves. Usually these managers feel the sole purpose of the employees interest in the job is money. They will blame the person first in most situations, without questioning whether it may be the system, policy, or lack of training that deserves the blame. Question 2 If CPI = 1 how much is the Cost Performance Index? 1 -1 0 Cannot be determined Answer 2 A.) 1 CPI is the abbreviation of Cost Performance Index. Therefore, if CPI = 1, the Cost Performance Index is also = 1 …

6 Reasons to become Certified as a PMP or CAPM!!

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6 Reasons to become certified as a PMP or CAPM

Project Management Training /Certification will help you successfully manage teams across organizational and global boundaries maintaining accountability, transparency,documentation and communication on your projects. Project Management Training will help you develop team building skills and greater levels of team cohesion to successfully deliver your projectsMaturity for your organization is achievedYou automatically become a more valued player in your organization earn higher incomesYou will be able to develop more accurate schedules to help you deliver on time and within budgetsIncreased Client Confidence  Looking to get a PMP Certification then visit www.ritetracconsult.com.ng if in Nigeria but outside Nigeria consider our Multimedia Virtual Project Management classes more information hereMultimedia Virtual PMP Training

Free PMP/CAPM Seminar!! Update

The Time Slot for the free seminar is now 10am-12noon and 1-3pm.This is due to the clean up exercise holding in Abuja on the 26th of September. We apologise for any inconviences.Thanks

Free PMP/CAPM Seminar!!

Ritetrac Consulting Nigeria Ltd. RC 728132Invites YOU to their FREE PMP/CAPM SEMINAR!!!DATE-26TH SEPTEMBER 2009TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE- 9-11AM OR 12-2PMVENUE -HOTPOTBEFSPLAZA,,21 AJOSE ADEOGUN STREET PLOT 425 OPPOSITE MFM H/Q UTAKO DISTRICT ABUJAPROGRAM OF EVENTS -*CAPM/PMP CERTIFICATION OVERVIEW*THE VALUE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT*OUR EXAM PREPARATION APPROACH*INTERACTIVE SESSIONTO RESERVE YOUR SEATS CALL US ON 08037090474,092900472OR EMAIL US ON ritetracconsulting@gmail.comLimited Spaces Available!! Hurry and Register Today!!Bonus -10% Discount for attendees that enroll in our training program before the end of October 2009

Hello and welcome to our blog!!

Our blog is all about the PMP-Project Management Professional certification and CAPM-Certificate Associate in Project Management certifications provided by PMI-Project Management Institute.

I wish to use my blog to achieve mentoring and help for aspiring persons that may want to become certified and also Project managers in general.To learn more about PMI.Visit www.pmi.org

I will want to leave a legacy that will help many in the journey their certifications and how to maintain your right standing manyyears down the line.Please participate with me and leave your candid thoughts on any post.

Looking to get a PMP Certification then visit www.ritetracconsult.com.ng if in Nigeria but outside Nigeria consider our Multimedia Virtual Project Management classes more information hereMultimedia Virtual PMP Training

Do have a great week.
Ojiugo Ajunwa MBA,PMP