PMP® Certification Training

How to Qualify for the PMP® Exam

The PMP certification requires that you:

  • Document 4-5 years of PM experience with references
  • Show you have passed a  project management course
  • Pass a 4-hour multiple choice exam.

The PMP® (Project Management Professional) is awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is an internationally recognized credential in project management. It is a door-opener when you hunt for a new job anywhere in the world. It’s also a very good credibility builder within your organization. 

The PMP certification exam is a 4 hour, 200 question multiple-choice exam. The test is exceedingly difficult and PMI reports that approximately half the people who take it worldwide fail. Taking a formal PMP exam preparation course where you learn all the best practices in project management is the best way to pass the exam and is useful for your career.

How Do I Pass The PMP Exam?

The challenge in the PMP exam comes in two areas. First, you need to forget how you manage projects in the real world and learn to answer the questions according to PMI’s way of doing things.  Second, you must understand all the best practices in project management and when to use them. You can’t pass the exam just by memorizing that information. You need to know when to apply a certain technique based on the situation you are given. A very large proportion of the questions on the exam are situational questions.  They are lengthy questions that detail the situation of a project.  That situation is defined by one or more of the following:

  • what sort of organization you’re working in
  • what kind of project you’re working on
  • what sort of project team you have
  • what project process or output you have just completed
  • many other variables

After reading the situation, you must choose from four multiple choice answers.  Each of those answers may be correct to some degree.  So you have to decide which is the most correct answer in the particular context of the question. This is enormously challenging because you have a very large body of knowledge you have to learn. Then you have to be able to decide what to do in a very complicated set of situations.

Multi-media Learning

You need to select the correct learning methodology for you to master all of the information you need to pass the PMP exam. You need to learn about the various contexts, including organizational types and the impact each organization type has on the challenges a project manager faces. That context includes the best techniques to use in the project situation, the environment  in which it is taking place, and where the project managers and stakeholders are in the project management process.  You can’t learn the correct interplay between those elements just by memorizing.

The best way to learn all this information and how to apply it in situations is our PMP Exam Prep course. You’ll have study materials that actually give you scenarios of project  managers executing various projects. As you read these scenarios, you see the logic the project manager uses to pick the appropriate technique. You’ll also read about the explanations the project manager gives to project sponsors and stakeholders about the risk management or estimating techniques the PM decided to use. By learning how project managers operate in these different situations, you will learn to interpret a situation and pick the right techniques when you answer a question on the exam.

Our PMP prep course gives you a multimedia learning experience. You aren’t just reading and rereading the same dictionary over. Instead you are learning the material in a multimedia sequence:

  • first you read about a process and its inputs and outputs
  •  then you watch a video lecture about the correct way  to execute that process
  •  you have an opportunity to talk with your instructor (via video conference) about the process and its techniques
  •  then you watch a video of a project manager actually doing the particular process with the sponsor and project team.

That this multimedia learning helps you gain the knowledge much more effectively. It is also a much more pleasant learning experience. You also add to your personal tool set and understanding of which techniques to use and when. That is invaluable for succeeding and advancing your project manager career.

Our PMP exam prep gives you the best passing guarantee available.  Your instructor will  continue to work with you  if you fail the exam after completing your course in its entirety. We also give you  the maximum flexibility in scheduling the course because you’re not tied to a rigid schedule set by the instructor. You set your own schedule and your instructor adapts to it.  You may wish to take advantage of our free instructor assessment which will help you decide if the PMP training and certification are right for you.

PMP® Certification Training Summary

The PMP exam is exceedingly difficult to pass. The experience and education requirements are enforced with random audits of candidates’ applications. The combination of those requirements and passing the 4 hour exam is what makes the PMP credential so valuable as a job-hunting tool. It’s also the reason that many organizations use the PMP credential as a screening tool when they are recruiting for project managers. People without the PMP are simply not considered for those positions.

Author: Dick Billows, PMP

Dick has more than 25 years of project and program management experience throughout the US and overseas. Dick was a partner in the 4th largest professional firm and a VP in a Fortune 200 company. He trained and developed 100's of project managers using his methodology. Dick is the author of 14 books, over 300 articles and director/producer of 90 short project management training videos. He and a team of 25 project managers work with client companies & students across the US and in Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East. They have assisted over 300 organizations in improving their project performance. Books by Dick Billows, PMP are on Amazon.com