Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Preparation (5 weeks, 1 day)

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About this Course

This practical, hands-on course provides experienced project managers with the knowledge and understanding required to sit for the PMP or CAPM Certification exams. The primary learning focus is on Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), certification requirements, and strategies for passing the exam. The curriculum provides detailed overview of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) process groups and knowledge areas. In addition, you will earn 35 PDU’s from the completion of this course.

Audience Profile

This course is an excellent choice for experienced project managers, developing project managers, and those seeking to advance their careers in government and industry.  It is the perfect course or preparation for any project team member seeking to move beyond Project Management to Project Leadership by documenting and certifying their experience and skills.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will:

  • Understand all requirements for becoming PMP and CAPM certified
  • Know the nature of the certification exams
  • Identify & demonstrate understanding of the five process groups from the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  • Describe the nine PMBOK knowledge areas of a complete project
  • Define the forty-two processes and know their tools & techniques
  • Understand the entire project life cycle as defined by PMI
  • Describe the project budgeting and procurement processes
  • Be able to collect project requirements and define scope
  • Create project activity network diagrams
  • Understand and describe CPM and PERT methods
  • Be able to practice various project quality control techniques
  • Understand tips & tricks for taking and passing the exam
  • Discover other available preparation resources
  • Develop individualized supplemental study plans based on need
  • Pull it all together as a confident Project Management Professional


Ideally, prospective students should be experienced in aspects of project-based activities.  Certification does not focus on any one organization type or specialty area and has broad appeal for students at all levels of government and industry.  However, PMP certification requires 4,500 hours of documented project experience combined with possession of any bachelor’s degree, or, 7,500 hours of documented project experience for those who do not hold a bachelor’s degree.  Documented experience must be in leading or directing project tasks and must have occurred within the last eight years.  CAPM certification requires 1,500 hours of documented project experience combined with possession of any bachelor’s degree, or, 2,500 hours of documented project experience for those who do not hold a bachelor’s degree.  The PMP exam is comprised of 200 questions and the CAPM exam is comprised of 150 questions. Combine with Project Manager's Lab for Hands-On Training

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Project Management

  • Topic A: Components of Project Management
  • Topic B: Project Management and the Business

Lesson 2: Project Management and the Organization

  • Topic A: Identify Organizational Influences
  • Topic B: Project Stakeholders and Governance
  • Topic C: The Project Team
  • Topic D: The Project Life Cycle

Lesson 3: Working with Project Management Processes

  • Topic A: Project Management Processes and Knowledge Areas
  • Topic B: Identify Project Information

Lesson 4: Initiating a Project

  • Topic A: Develop a Project Charter
  • Topic B: Identify Project Stakeholders

Lesson 5: Planning a Project

  • Topic A: Develop a Project Management Plan
  • Topic B: Plan Scope Management
  • Topic C: Collect Project Requirements
  • Topic D: Define Project Scope
  • Topic E: Create a WBS

Lesson 6: Planning for Project Time Management

  • Topic A: Plan Schedule Management
  • Topic B: Define Project Activities
  • Topic C: Sequence Project Activities
  • Topic D: Estimate Activity Resources
  • Topic E: Estimate Activity Durations
  • Topic F: Develop a Project Schedule

Lesson 7: Planning Project Budget, Quality, and Communications

  • Topic A: Plan Project Cost Management
  • Topic B: Estimate Project Costs
  • Topic C: Determine the Project Budget
  • Topic D: Plan Quality Management
  • Topic E: Plan Human Resource Management
  • Topic F: Plan Communications Management

Lesson 8: Planning for Risk, Procurements, and Stakeholder Management

  • Topic A: Plan Risk Management
  • Topic B: Identify Risks
  • Topic C: Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
  • Topic D: Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Topic E: Plan for Risk Response
  • Topic F: Plan Project Procurements
  • Topic G: Plan Stakeholder Management

Lesson 9: Executing a Project

  • Topic A: Direct and Manage Project Work
  • Topic B: Perform Quality Assurance
  • Topic C: Acquire Project Team
  • Topic D: Develop Project Team
  • Topic E: Manage a Project Team
  • Topic F: Manage Communications
  • Topic G: Conduct Procurements
  • Topic H: Manage Stakeholder Engagement

Lesson 10: Managing Project Work, Scope, Schedules, and Cost

  • Topic A: Monitor and Control Project Work
  • Topic B: Perform Integrated Change Control
  • Topic C: Validate Project Scope
  • Topic D: Control Project Scope
  • Topic E: Control the Project Schedule
  • Topic F: Control Project Costs

Lesson 11: Controlling the Project

  • Topic A: Control Project Quality
  • Topic B: Control Communications
  • Topic C: Control Project Risks
  • Topic D: Control Project Procurements
  • Topic E: Control Stakeholder Engagement

Lesson 12: Closing a Project

  • Topic A: Close Project or Phase
  • Topic B: Close Procurements
  • Appendix A: PMP® Certification Mapping