1. Read a good overview book:
I used the book I used PMP Exam Prep, Sixth Edition by Rita Mulcahy.
It is the top rated book on Amazon. I took a close look at a couple of other books and I suspect that any of these three would be a fine choice. The key is to find a good overview book, read it and absorb its contents.
These are also good choices:
The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try, Fourth Edition by Andy Crowe
PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide by Kim Heldman
2. Read the PMBOK:
This is the bible upon which the exam is based. Needless to say, this is a necessity:
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: (Pmbok Guide)
3. Begin application to PMI.org
You can start your application to PMI.org at any time, but I recommend you start reading the study material before you get too excited with the application.
TIME SAVING TIP:
That said, do leave yourself plenty of time to complete the application. Keep your resume handy and use this PMP Exam Experience Verification Worksheet (provided free of charge from pm-prepcast.com) to catalog your experience.
And, there is a chance that you might be audited – PMI randomly selects applications for audit checks. If you are selected for an audit, you will have to provide additional evidence pertaining to the claims made in your application. So remember to be honest and accurate in your application! And, if you are selected for an audit, this will add a couple of additional weeks to your timeline so be sure to account for this potential time delay should you be audited.
Check back tomorrow for part 3!