PMP Training: How to Prep for the PMP Exam

The PMP Credential and How to Get It

PMP training to help you earn the PMP Certification (Project Management Professional) is required to pass the exam. The PMP credential is the most recognized project management certification in the world.  You need to pass a 200 question multiple choice exam.  The exam covers definitions, the PMI (pProject Management Institute) processes and project management scenarios. The scenario questions require you to assess a situation and decide the correct thing to do, according to PMI’s standards and principles.  The exam is difficult and about half the people who take it world wide fail.  In addition to passing, you must document three or four years of experience managing projects. PMI may check your work references.  The PMP credential gives you substantial credibility in your own organization and it is a very potent job-hunting tool. Here is a listing of other certifications Project Manager Certifications Main Page

Types of PMP Training – What to Look for

There is a wide selection of PMP Exam Prep approaches.  First, you can read the PMBOK.  Years ago you could read the PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge and pass. Those days are over (we have our own book that is in its 11th edition).  Even PMI says that their book is not sufficient, although they still want you to use it. Second, you can buy practice exams and try to memorize the questions and answers by taking the exams over and over. Third, you can by flash cards with PMI terms on one side and the definitions on the other. That will  help with about 10% of the exam questions.

What you must have is an automated practice exam draws from a large data base of PMI questions (our database  has over 4,000 questions and is growing).  That practice test software also needs to show you the right answer and most importantly give you an explanation of why the correct answer was the correct one and why the others were wrong.  The system must also track your speed on the practice exam (we use 50 question practice exams and a one hour time limit which we count down so you learn the pace to use in the exam.  That is the most effective learning because you learn time management.

Finally, you need someone to talk to.  I don’t mean by raising your hand in a class of 30, but someone you can talk to (we use video conferencing so you can see your exam and your instructor). That magnifies your learning and makes it more efficient because you instructor should look at the pattern of your missed answers and give you feedback on the trends and analysis of what your don’t understand.  Personal coaching is what makes our training more effective.

So that’s what to look for in your prep for the PMP exam.  Also look at the guarantees. With the PMP prep you get the best PMP passing guarantee available.  Your instructor will  continue to work with you  if you fail the exam after completing your course in its entirety. we will stick with you and work with you until you pass at no additional cost. You also have maximum flexibility in scheduling the PMP course because you’re not tied to a rigid schedule set by the instructor. Instead you set your own schedule and your instructor adapts to it.   You may wish to take advantage of the free instructor assessment which will help you decide if the PMP certification and  prep course is right for you.