Preparing for PMP Certification
Organizations are increasingly accepting the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential as a formal requirement for career progression. Individual project managers will also appreciate the possibility of confrontation of their knowledge and experience with the global standard. The successful exam and getting the certification PMP® is undoubtedly an important factor that will give you access to the management of interesting and responsible projects under appropriate conditions. Getting a PMP® certification will help top project managers pull themselves out of the average to move their careers. The preparation for the exam helps to increase the experience, another advantage is in broader knowledge of tools and procedures. The PMP® credential allows you to identify yourself in front of colleagues as someone who excels in project management. In this spirit, certification is understood and certification has been successfully completed by more than 100 000 project managers worldwide. The exam is product of the Project Management Institute (PMI), a global professional organization of project managers. The pass of this test is recognized as evidence of the highest quality of preparation and experience.
Candidates interested in PMP® certification must meet several criteria that can be divided into two categories. In the first category are candidates who have an education of at least a bachelor degree. They must demonstrate an active experience in project management of at least 4 500 hours and at least three years over the last eight years. In the second category, applicants with secondary education only have to demonstrate practice in project management of 7 500 hours and at least five years during the last eight years prior to the filing the application. The common requirement is the consent of the ethical code of the project manager (manifested in the form of signature) and pass of the exam. We will, of course, help prepare the necessary statements in case of interest. In addition to complying with the required qualification requirements, you should have knowledge of project management, optimally at the level of information contained in PMBOK®, before checking in and thus before registering for a certification course. Finally, you should be able to communicate in English at least to the extent that you are able to read the technical texts (especially PMBOK®), understand the question and correctly understand the significance of the proposed answers.
About the test
The test is performed electronically on the computer and is held in an independent centre. It consists of 200 questions with four answers. A large percentage of questions is called Situational, i.e. those that examine not only the knowledge of theory, but also its correct application and proper project management habits. On the exam there is a time limit of 4 hours, i.e. an average of 1.2 minutes per question, indicating that the candidate should have the theory and practice sufficiently experienced. The questions and answers are in English or some other languages. The PMP test fee is 555 USD for non-PMI members, for members is reduced to 405 USD.
We are aware that for heavily busy project managers it is often difficult to be off for three days, so we also organize intensive courses on the weekend days. The duration of the course in working days is 3 days (two days are devoted to teaching and third to individual consultations), the intensive weekend course has the same range of hours, but is shortened to only two days. In order to ensure a truly individual approach, the maximum number of participants in the course is limited to 6 persons. Preparation within the course focuses on the following headings:
- Recapitulation of the principles of project management according to PMBOK®,
- Familiarization with other topics that are not completely covered by PMBOK® but are subject to testing (eg. some methods of risk management),
- Adoption of methodologies not enough used in Europe, although this should be the case (e.g. measurement of progress by added value)
- Introduction of methodologies, where certification is based on other practices than in US (e.g. logistics),
- Tricks to choose the right variant (linguistic etc.).
One of the most important components of the training is the opportunity to test the exam, anywhen, anywhere. Each student receives a program, which will simulate the test several times on his/her computer (it is possible to download it here, but without a license). Questions slightly differ from those from real test indeed, but it is verified that they are really similar. When repeating the test, the questions change – we currently have about 2500 in the stock. But what is important: for each answer, the student will immediately get detailed information whether he has answered correctly, why his answer is correct or wrong, and which is the correct answer. For each question it provides information not only why the correct question is correct, but also why the wrongly chosen answer is wrong – and this explanation makes the program completely unique. Self-study with a test program, simulating the exam, proved to be an extremely effective continuation of the preparatory course and resulted in a hundred percent success in the actual exam. More detailed description of the program can be found here.
We do not compete with the competition in price, but in quality. What differentiates this course from others? It is designed to lead to successful exam pass on the first attempt! Therefore, it focuses primarily on what will lead to success in the test. It focuses on topics that are important in terms of test, not those that are “pleasant to teach”.
The basis for success in the exam is the knowledge of the standard Project Management Body of Knowledge, which is a common knowledge. This knowledge is a condition for effective participation in the course, too. Participants will receive a handbook with recommendations for exam preparation and also a number of games that serve to consolidate and fix knowledge and information about project management processes. All these benefits are included in the price.
The course was successfully completed by 140 participants already. See how the participants rated this course (the evaluation of the previous participants is here).
Price and dates of the preparatory course
The price is 950,-Euro per person plus VAT. The price does not include the cost of the exam itself or the eventual PMI membership fee. Please send us your request and we will send you a course date near your location. Use our contact here.