The Energy Risk Professional exam is a daunting task without a doubt: Looking at the required reading list alone can make your head spin. When I studied for the ERP I repeatedly wondered what I had gotten myself into. But still, I was happy to pass and in retrospect I believe this is doable for anyone with the right study approach and attitude.
That begs the question: Does preparing for the ERP exam really have to be so difficult?
History has shown that great accomplishments do not have to be extremely hard per se. In medicine for example, simply washing one’s hands have saved nearly as many lives as the introduction of penicillin.
I am not saying the ERP exam is EASY, I am proposing to optimize the exam preparation approach. The old adage of working smarter, not harder, holds true for the ERP as well. In my opinion, the most important ingredients for exam success are:
- A real interest in the subject matter. For those passionate about energy, learning the ins and outs about it will be fascinating.
- Enough time. If you plan for at least six months to get in shape for the exam, this should suffice.
- A good study plan. You need to intelligently structure both the study material as well as your personal time to get consistent results. This also includes a well thought-of exam strategy, which may be the most important part.
I hope you don’t make studying for the ERP too hard for yourself. Yes, it is tough, but you can have fun on the way and it is by no means impossible to pass. Once you have jumped the initial hurdle of the mountain of study material you have to work through, studying will be enjoyable as soon as you have gotten the hang of it.
I encourage you all to participate in the discussion about this topic in the ERP Group on Facebook, and look forward to hearing your opinions!