In this blog post, I’m going to share my lessons learned to pass the PMI-RMP Certification Exam with you. I hope that these lessons I learned will motivate and encourage you to go for the PMI-RMP Certification exam once you become a PMP.
I passed my PMP Exam in December-2010. After becoming a PMP, I decided to apply for the PMI-RMP Certification exam and I started collected information and study materials for the exam. Once I was equipped with all information and the study materials, I started my studies. Initially, I used to study two to three hours per week.
In March-2012, I took the date for my PMI-RMP Certification and started to study two to three hours per day.
During my studies, I was focusing more on the concepts instead of practicing questions. I never paid much attention to practice the questions. Though, I have purchased the uCertify exam simulation software to practice sample PMI-RMP exam questions but could not utilize it fully. I have never given any full length simulation test for the PMI-RMP exam.
Anyway, I found the quality of questions of this software was good and near to the real exam.
30 Contact Hours Training Program
I joined the Carl Pritchard Training program to get my 30 contact hours for PMI-RMP Certification Exam. It was a hybrid training course consisting of online support and mp3 audio with three exam preparation books.
Study Materials for PMI-RMP Certification Exam
This is a list of books and other materials that I used for my PMI-RMP Certification Exam preparation.
- Rita’s Risk Management Book
- Abdullah J. Al-Kuwaiti’s Risk Management Book
- Carl Pritchard’s Risk Management Book and MP3
- Risk Management and other Chapters from PMP Exam preparation books
- PMI Practice Standard for Risk Management
- The PMBOK(R) Guide
- uCertify Risk Management Software.
I read each book at least twice.
Along with these books, I also referred few chapters; e.g. Quality, Human Resource, Communications, Risk and Procurement from my PMP Certification Exam preparation Books.
On the Exam Day
On my scheduled exam date, I reached prometric center before 40 minutes. After completing all formalities, I was allowed to enter inside the test room.
About the PMI-RMP Certification Exam
Exam questions were easier than the PMP Certification exam.
Most of the questions were from the Risk Management. A few questions were from Time Management (especially PEART), Procurement, Human Resource, Communications and Quality Management.
I finished my exam in about two and half hours. In the remaining time I reviewed my answers. I took my only break after completing 100 questions to freshen myself.
My Recommendations for PMI-RMP Certification Exam Preparation
Please make sure that you understand following concepts:
- All six processes of Risk Management (from the PMBOK Guide).
- Type of Risks.
- Risk response strategies for positive and negative risks.
- Risk Attitude.
- PEART Analysis.
- Probability Distribution.
- Decision Tree analysis.
- Motivation theories; e.g. Maslow, Herzberg, McGregor and Expectancy theory.
- Contingency reserve versus management reserve.
- Contingency plan versus fallback plan.
- Read the Risk Management Chapter from the PMBOK Guide as many time as you.
These are my entire lessons learned for my PMI-RMP Certification Exam.
Feel free to contact me for any further information.
Thanks & Regards,
M Fahad Usmani, PMP, PMI-RMP
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