Ok, so I tried to schedule some participants for the PMP Paper based test (PBT) in Lagos Nigeria. I discovered that the PMI has updated their website www.pmi.org. The Site does not have option for Paper Based Test in Nigeria as was obtainable earlier. Initially I felt it maybe a bug or a glitch on the pmi website.
After a few days I tried again and the same issue persisted. So I did a mail to PMI support. They responded with the following message;
"We have a good news for you: Computer-Based Testing will be available in Lagos, Nigeria by the end of this month (July). This means that candidates will now be able to sit for Computer Based Testing instead of Paper-Based Testing. All Paper-Based testing events will be cancelled".
Note that Prometric provides Tests for over 150 different exams. In a bid to be sure of the information I got from the PMI, I contacted IIBA, the institute responsible for Business Analysis certification (CCBA and CBAP) which is yet another exam organised by Prometric. Below is the email I sent to them.
Last year there was Paper Based Test in Nigeria on 2 occassions.
We have not had any this year. Kindly advice if there will be paper Based Test in Nigeria anytime soon.
We find it challenging travelling to Ghana to do the IIBA CCBA or CBAP exams.
The distance and the cost is quite a challenge.
IIBA responded with the following message below;
Prometric is looking at opening up a center in July some time in Nigeria. Once more information is available it will be posted on our website as the Prometric website.
If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®)
1-866-789-4422 (toll free) Option 2
On visiting the Prometric Contact page, I couldn't get an email address so I called the phone number provided. Unfortunately, the Customer Care person that answered couldn't provide me with concrete information about when and where they would be opening in Nigeria.
Don't let that bother you though as some Customer care executives may not have certain information at one time or the other. For the PMI and IIBA to confirm the availability of the CBT in Nigeria either this month or start of next month, suggests that talks have almost reached a concluding stage.
I will keep you posted with what to expect in the Part 2 of this series. Please drop your comments and questions. I will be glad to answer them.