Bachelor's Degree Requirement for PMP
Just wanted to ask a question that was bothering me. Not quite sure if this is the right place to put it. I asked the same question to PMI and did not get a proper reply back from them, so here goes,
I am an IT professional with about 3 years of experience. I have recently joined a Project coordinators role in an IT company. I have only completed my year 12 and never moved on to UNI for bachelors degree. So, currently I am preparing for my CAPM exam, which I know I am eligible for as I have completed an online course from one of the REPs.
What I plan to do, is to clear the CAPM, by December this year (fingers crossed), and then take up a bachelors degree from one of the local universities here in Melbourne, Australia. I am thinking University of Melbourne, etc. and most likely an IT or a business degree. However since I am working, I can only undertake a distance education bachelors degree, which the university reckons has the same standing as a normal full-time degree.
What I wanted to know is if I plan to give my PMP after 3 years of Project Management experience and with a bachelors degree earned using distance education, will this work or would PMI not consider this degree to be valid and ask for 5 years of experince.
Any answers would be highly appreciated, as in order to start the bachelors degree next year, I need to put in an application in the next couple of weeks and also dont want to end up wasting money on a degree if it is not going to save me 2 years and not be considered by PMI as a standard bachelors degree.
Note: the university that I plan to do it from is a nationally recognized university and one of the best in Australia. So, I am not really going for a cheap option, but am however trying to save some time.