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PMP Certification Exam Preparation Courses

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To ensure your success on the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam, you may want to take a preparatory course that will get you ready for the test. Keep reading to learn more about these prep courses and where you can find them.

Where Can I Find PMP Certification Exam Prep Courses?

PMP exam prep courses can be found at many universities and junior colleges that offer continuing education courses. Often times these schools will offer the PMP exam prep courses in addition to other project management studies. Make sure that the school you are interested in has an accredited program to ensure that all the PMP courses you take are up to standard. Some colleges that offer PMP certification prep courses include Boston University, Villanova University, Rice University, University of Delaware, and others.

In addition, other professional organizations or continuing education programs may offer courses specifically for the PMP exam. Be sure to check with your preferred school or program, as many require career or educational prerequisites be met before registration.

What's Covered In The Prep Course?

In order to be a certified PMP (Project Management Professional), it's required that you pass the official exam which will demonstrate you have the skills and education it takes to function in the field. Therefore, the prep course serves to make sure you're familiar with all the aspects of PMP featured on the exam. Additionally, you'll go over how to register for the exam and other exam requirements. Not only will the prep course prepare you for the 200-question PMP exam, but also provide an in-depth review of any previous training you might have had. The course will focus on PMP subjects like initiation and planning, executing, controlling, professional responsibilities, and closing projects. More specific review sections can include topics like:

  • Communications planning
  • Scheduling
  • Execution procurement
  • Human resources and project execution
  • Scope and project control
  • Risk and project control
  • Closing the project
  • Project management ethics

Can I Take Online Courses?

Many programs offer PNP exam prep courses online, as the course can be formatted to in-person, online, or blended with both online and on-campus portions. There's merit to all the formats, but the best way to approach the prep course is to ask yourself which format best caters to the way you learn. If you like to engage your instructors and ask questions then go for an in-person prep course. Usually these courses are taught by certified PMPs, so an in-person course could provide valuable insight on how to go through the exam, as well other professional tips. However, if you'd prefer to go through a course at your own pace, online PMP prep courses have modules that will allow you to go back over various sections and control your rate of progression. Naturally, blended prep courses tend to have the best of both worlds.

Additional Online Resources

Study.com also offers online resources that can prove useful as you begin your journey towards PMP certification. Our Project Management Training and Business 311: Project Management courses offer clear breakdowns of all the facets of project management through video lessons and written transcripts. Like other online courses, you'll be able to go through the material at your own convenience. Also included are practice quizzes and exams to make sure you are grasping the material.

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