General Questions

Chapter website URL is www.pmipunechapter.org currently chapter web site has basic features; along with the website, we have presence in social media as well

For PMI Membership:
Please complete a membership application at:
http://www.pmi.org/GetInvolved/Pages/The-Benefits-and-Types-of-Membership.aspx

For PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter membership:
When you fill PMI Membership form, it also asks you to add local chapter, under Components (Chapters, SIGs, Colleges) section, Click on “Add Chapter” button and add “PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter”.

If you are already PMI Member and want to add PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter, then please login to member area,
URL : http://www.pmi.org/Pages/default.aspx After login, visit this URL :http://www.pmi.org/Marketplace/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00100130700 And then click on “Add to Cart” button, next click on “Checkout” button.

If above URL is not working then after login to PMI site, go to “Marketplace” tab on the top right, Click on “Membership” link on the left pane, click on “Chapter”, click on “Asia Pacific”, click on “India”, scroll down to see “Pune-Deccan India Chapter”, click on “View details”, click on “Add to Cart” button., next click on “Checkout” button.

Currently PMI Membership fee is $119 & PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter membership fee is $10.

For more details check PMI Membership benefits here:
http://www.pmi.org/GetInvolved/Pages/The-Benefits-and-Types-of-Membership.aspx

Quoted from PMI site:

Services:

Complimentary Publications
As a member of PMI, you will enjoy complimentary subscriptions to:

PMI Components
Deepen your involvement in and understanding of the profession by joining PMI Member Groups. These provide additional networking opportunities, specific content programs, publications and more. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK? Guide) on CD-Rom & PMI Standards
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  • PMI Standards leads this charge, providing additional publications at no charge in the Members Areaand thePMI Member Community.
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Log in to the Members Areato manage your membership and access important documents available exclusively to members like yourself.

PMI Member Community
  • Interact with other members through online discussions and surveys. You can gain valuable information by sharing files and news items via the PMI Member Community.
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Yes, the benefits are mentioned below.
Our Chapter is The FASTEST growing Chapter in Asia Region and we are glad to inform you that it's also The Winner of 2007 PMI® Component Award for Component of the Year (Chapter Category II) in the world.

Our Chapter events are also covered in PMI Today. Our chapter membership fee is $10 ONLY. In return you get minimum Rs. 1550/- (approx $40) for being a chapter member. So you pay $10 and what you get it is minimum $40 in return.
If you decide to join the Chapter, the benefits are not just monetary, there are other benefits which money can't buy. Here are the details of the money the Chapter has given back to its registered / paid members.

  • Year 2006 (Total saving approx Rs. 27,605/- / approx $708 )
    - On Target 2007 Conference fee was Rs. 1000/- for public whereas for chapter member fee was Rs. 500/- ONLY. Saving of Rs. 500/-
    - A paid member was given a product of value $695 ABSOLUTELY FREE
  • Year 2007(Total saving Rs. 1550/- / approx $40 )
    - Chapter T-Shirt price was Rs. 300/- for pubic whereas for chapter members it was Rs. 250/-. Saving Rs. 50/-
    - Chapter PMP Preparatory workshop fee is Rs. 14,000/- for public whereas for chapter member fee is Rs. 13,000/-. Saving of Rs. 1,000/-
    - On Target 2008 Registration fee is Rs. 1500/- whereas for chapter member fee is Rs. 1000/-. Saving of Rs. 500/-

Chapter Member Benefits

  • Associate with more than 8000 local project management professionals.
  • Attend monthly opportunities to network and listen to interesting speakers discuss cutting edge project management topics FREE.
  • Receive quarterly Newsletter “On Target” containing local Chapter and project management information FREE.
  • Receive FREE / Discounted products by our sponsors. Recently, a paid member was given a product of value $695 ABSOLUTELY FREE
  • Get Rs. 1,000/- discount on PMP Preparatory workshop
  • Get Rs. 500/- discount on the “On Target” / special day long seminars.
  • Get assistance for PMP certification from PMP certified and working professionals.
  • Learn about the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
  • Build relationships with Ambassadors who provide an interface between the Chapter members, Local, Private, and Public Sector Organizations.
  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) only for chapter registered members.
  • Chapter members get the privilege to elect Board Of VPs and thus can provide a direction for the chapter, others can't vote.
  • Practising PMPs can earn 1 to 2 PDUs by attending seminar.
  • Practising PMPs can earn 5 PDUs by delivering presentation in monthly seminar.
  • Practising PMPs can earn 1 to 3 PDUs if your article published in Chapter Newsletter
  • Practising PMPs can earn upto 5 PDUs by volunteering to chapter activities.
For more details refer chapter Brochure.

There is an option of filling membership application hardcopy and sending by post to PMI.

Asia Pacific Applicants Return Completed Form with U.S. Dollar Payment to:


Project Management Institute, Asia Pacific Service Centre
73 Bukit Timah Road, #03-01 Rex House
Singapore 229832
Or fax to: +65 6336 2263
METHOD OF PAYMENT: Payment must accompany application. Purchase Orders are not accepted.

We accept checks or money orders made payable to PMI in euro or U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank, bank transfers or the following credit cards:
VISA | MasterCard | American Express | Diners Club | Discover
Card Number _________________________________
Exp. Date _______ /_______
Signature ____________________________________

Do not send cash

Please remit total payment in one currency, U.S. dollar or Euro.
PMI is an individual membership organization. All membership fees are nonrefundable,
nontransferable and subject to change.

Payment can be done by sending checks / money order in US dollar.
You can download soft copy of membership application form from chapter website
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/pmi-pune-chapter/ under Files / Membership / GMC_MembershipApplication.pdf
Please take printout of it or you can take original hard copy of membership application form from chapter office at address below :
Office No. 5, Achyut Prasad, Phatak Baug,
Near Tech Mahindra, CTS No. 11/1, Plot No. 9/1,
Erandawane, Pune, Maharashtra 411016, India
Telephone : +91-9922909060

  • We have seminars on every 2nd Saturday. Apart from this we do also have seminar with our seminar partners like CSI & QAI. Venue is not fixed, it would be declared in seminar invitation.

  • We have strong base of 9000+ members and it's growing rapidly. In members we have people right from Project Managers to CEOs, though chapter is at Pune India, we do have few members across continents. It's been told to us that we are fastest growing chapter in the region.

Yes, there are many things available for sponsorship, contact our Marketing & Communications VP, marketing@pmipunechapter.org

PDUs Related

A Professional Development Unit (PDU) is the measuring unit used to quantify approved learning and professional service activities related to project management. One (1) PDU is earned for every one hour spent in a planned, structured learning experience or activity. Fractions of PDUs may be reported as .25 increments following one full hour.

You will get PDU letter from our Marketing & Communication VP, after receiving the letter, to claim PDUs.
Step 1:
Visit http://tel.occe.ou.edu/pmi/PMI_Member/PDUlogin.php3. It will show you screen as below :
PMP Activity report

  • PMI ID Number: This individual identification number is assigned to record a PMP's information with PMI. The PMI identification number is required when a PMP reports PDU activity. Individuals who do not know their PMI identification number should contact PMI Customer Service (+1 610- 356-4600 or pmihq@pmi.org) and have their PMP number (see below) available. PMPs who are also PMI members have been given their PMI identification number as their membership number.
  • PMP Cert Number: This unique number is located on each individual's PMP certificate. It is listed as the "Certification Number" and is used to identify individual certifications.
  • Password: Enter the first four characters of your last name / surname.
    Select “PMI PDU Self Report Form” option button to report PDUs. “PMI Transcript” option button is to view reported PDUs.
Step 2:
After login you will see screen as below.
PMP Activity report
Select option as shown above (Category 2sdl: Self-directed Learning) and click on Continue.
Step 3:
It will show you following screen
PMP Activity report
Enter information as shown in sample above.
Step 4:
Bottom part of the screen is below.
PMP Activity report
List the human and/or material resources used to accomplish the purposes of your activity and the hours involved with them specific to the learning task. Total Number of PDUs: (Formula: 1 hour of self-directed learning equals 1 PDU) Insert PDU total from this work sheet in item #5 of PMP activity report.

PMI Pune-Deccan India chapter organizes seminars on second Saturday of each month. All the PMP attendees in these seminars receive PDU letter from Programs VP based on the actual duration of the seminar (excluding time for chapter introduction and other announcements). The attendees are expected to sign the attendance sheet and based on it, Pune chapter awards PDU letters. Based on these letters, PMPs can claim PDUs online.
Step 1:
Visit http://tel.occe.ou.edu/pmi/PMI_Member/PDUlogin.php3. The screen shot is included above. Select following PDU category: “Category 3: Registered Education Provider program/PMI Component Event”.
Step 2:
This screen displays 3 options. Select Option 3: “Search by the R.E.P. Number/PMI Component ID Number”. Enter following provider id: C307 and click: “Get Programs for this provider”.
Step 3:
Click “1 to 2 PDU Event” button on “Category 3 Claim: course details” screen.
Step 4:
On “PDU Activity Report” page, provide all the required details. You will find the details (like event title, date, PDUs earned etc) in the PDU letter email.
Specify whether course objectives were met and click the “I Agree” check box and click on “Preview” button.
Step 5:
Check all the details on “Submission Page”, go back to previous page if required and once finalized, click “Finalize submission” button and subsequent confirmation alert. This will register your PDU claim.

  • PDU claim is verified by PMI and then the PDUs are updated in the PDU Transcript summary, the PDUs are not reflected immediately. It may take usually 1 week for the claim to reflect. Do not submit multiple claims for same event. The online “Transcript of Continuing Education Activities” can be viewed from member's area.
  • PMPs may submit PDU claims up to twelve months after the expiration date of the cycle in which the activities were completed. This applies to credits needed for the minimum requirements of the cycle and any transferable credits earned in the cycle. Note: All of the required PDUs must be completed and reported no later than the cycle expiration date to avoid suspension.
  • PDU transcript is only intended for Project Management Institute (PMI) use. It is not intended for any other academic/development evaluation as the items it contains are based on participant submissions.

  • PDU Letter would be sent to all the seminar attendees by the Programs VP. The letter would be sent only to the PMPs who sign the attendance sheet provided at the seminar. If you do not receive the PDU letter within 1 week after the seminar, you can contact Programs VP: rsudame@ptc.com. We request all the attendees to provide the updated contact information so that the PDU letters can be received properly.

  • If you are interested in presenting a seminar at PMI Pune or if you would like to recommend someone for presenting a seminar, you can contact Programs VP: rsudame@ptc.com.
  • All the queries regarding seminar, PDUs, suggestions/feedback about the seminar topic and speaker can be sent to Programs VP.

  • No. The PDUs awarded for attending the seminar are for current PMPs only and cannot be used by people appearing for PMP exam (as a part of 35 hours training requirement). People appearing the PMP exam need to undergo specific hours of training from REP (Registered Educational Provider).

PMP/CAPM Examination Related

Yes, check the yahoo group's
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/PMI_Pune_Exam_Forum/
FILES section, it has folder: PMP Certification Material

Prepare to wait for at least 3 weeks plus the mailing time from PMI to your country and city.

Yes, because the confirmation letter contains a confirmation number, which will be required to schedule the test.

from www.pmi.org: (current as at October 2003 – for updated info, click www.pmi.org)

  • Project Management Professional (PMP®)
  • Initial Certification Fee – member of PMI in good standing ($405.00)
  • Initial Certification Fee – non-member of PMI ($555.00)
  • Re-Examination Fee – member of PMI in good standing ($275.00)
  • Re-Examination Fee – non-member of PMI ($375.00)
  • Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ®)
  • Examination and Re-examination Fee ($100.00)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM™)
  • Initial Certification Fee – member of PMI in good standing ($225.00)
  • Initial Certification Fee – non-member of PMI ($300.00)
  • Re-Examination Fee – member of PMI in good standing ($150.00)
  • Re-Examination Fee – non-member of PMI ($220.00)

  • Yes, the difference in the exam fee covers up for the membership fee and the membership gives you some benefits too. Check PMI Membership benefits here:
    http://www.pmi.org/info/GMC_MembershipOverview.asp
  • As a new PMI member, you will pay $129.00 (made up of $119.00 PMI membership and $10.00 "New Member Application Fee"). You will also need to pay $10.00 for PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter membership.
  • Now, the PMP exam costs $555.00 if you are not a member and $405.00 if you are a member. The difference is $150.00 which right there covers your membership expense. Now begin to factor in the free publications, discounts on courses, and books and so on for being a member. There is no question that being a member of PMI BEFORE you take the exam is all advantage and no disadvantage.

  • Many receive e-mail confirmation of their eligibility within 1 day. Compared to the mail registration, this is almost instant

  • You must take your certification test within 12 months of confirmation of eligibility. PDUs cannot be accumulated until after certification.

  • It depends on how well you already know the subjects for certification. Approx 100 to 200 hours.

  • Many quoted from 1 – 2 months of time to study. Note that some that 3-6 months and even years. Again this is situational and depends on the individual.

  • First contact your PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter. They can direct you to a cost effective training institution or to their own PMP Courses / assistance.

Quoted from PMI web site:
http://www.pmibookstore.org/productdetail.asp?productid=4491
The following publications are resources that PMP certification candidates can use to gain information on project management theory, principles, techniques, and procedures. This list of resources includes both PMI® and commercial publications. Although these are recommended readings, simply studying these books does not suggest that exam candidates can pass the PMP Examination. These resources are meant to complement a candidate's overall plan of study.

  • Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
  • PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy (RMC Publications)
  • Project Management Professional Role Delineation Study
  • PMP Exam Practice Test and Study Guide
  • Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling
  • PMP Certification Handbook
  • Code of Professional Conduct

Quoted from PMI web site:
The PMP Examination measures the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques that are utilized in the practice of project management and is based on the PMP Examination Specification that details the percentage of questions contained in each performance domain (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Controlling, Closing, and Professional and Social Responsibility).
The examination is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions, of which 25 are considered pretest questions. Pretest questions are randomly placed throughout the exam and do not affect the candidate's score. They are used in examinations as an effective and legitimate way to increase the number of future examination questions.
The allotted time to complete the examination is four hours. The four-hour examination is preceded by a 15-minute computer tutorial, which is not part of the allotted four hours.

PMP Examination questions:

  • Are developed and validated by global work groups of content experts
  • Are referenced to current resources from project management textbook sources
  • Are monitored through psychometric analysis, and
  • Satisfy the test specifications of a job analysis
  • The passing score for the PMP Examination is determined by a criterion-referenced approach called the Modified Angoff Technique, a certification industry standard practice relying on the collective judgments of groups of PMP certificants from around the globe.
Refer http://www.pmi.org/info/PDC_PMP.asp
http://www.pmi.org/info/PDC_Cert_Exam_Info.asp
http://www.pmi.org/prod/groups/public/documents/info/pdc_cert_faq_exam_prep.asp
for more details.

Yes. Although some people with lots of experience use only the PMBOK, most users of this group find invaluable the aid of a couple of additional books. In addition to that, most PMP prep books come with exercises and some with CDs for test simulation. It's up to you but strongly recommended that you use more than the PMBOK for preparation.

Check the yahoo group's
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/pmi-pune-chapter/
FILES section, it has folder: PMP Certification Material
Then: www.boson.com has a free demo that has 3 tests of 12 questions each
http://www.pmboulevard.com
has a free tutorial and quiz for each knowledge area. It's free but you have to register. http://www.pmi-heartland.org/htmldocs/pmi/vocab.html
here's another online practice test http://www.pm-prepare.com/
a free sample test (credit for FAQ13 Karen Herbert)

Please refer to the How to fill exam form.zip file on yahoo group's
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/PMI_Pune_Exam_Forum/
under FILES section.

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