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In short, everything you need to learn the PMBOK® Guide and be prepared to take the PMP or CAPM exam!
The course contains:
- 48 contact hours
- 95 lessons
- A full section about using the PMBOK Guide in Agile projects
- Integrated Flashcards™
- Simulated exams (1050 questions)
This course is...
- Equal to a 7-day classroom course
- Aligned with the latest version of the PMBOK Guide and PMP/CAPM exam
- Accredited by PMI and satisfies the contact hours for the exam
The course doesn't include the following:
- The exam: you should pay for and schedule your PMP or CAPM exam with PMI.
- The official manual: the official manual is not necessary and is not included in this package. However, when you become a member in PMI, you can download the PMBOK Guide and other publications for free.
This course doesn't have any prerequisites.
We are an R.E.P with PMI, and the course satisfies the contact hours that you need for the PMP or CAPM exams. For the PMP exam, you also need to have enough work experience before taking the exam (3 to 5 years). You can find information about the prerequisites down below.
Contents of the Course
This course is equal to a 7-day course. Theoretically, you can finish it in about 7 days, but we recommend you take it slowly to help with your learning process.
The course is designed for busy professionals; the lessons are usually 10 to 15 minutes long, so that you can take one or two per day, without much effort. Also, we've avoided homework and covered it in other ways, because you probably don't have enough time and mental energy to spend many hours by yourself doing homework.
The course is delivered in the following sections:
The first 30% of the course is free, and you can start learning right now!
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Your administrative and technical questions will be answered quickly by the support team, and your questions about the topic will be sent to our trainers and they will get back to you.
To contact us, you can use the online chat service that is available on the bottom of the pages, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I buy it?
You can pay for the course using PayPal, or using a credit card or debit card, through a fully secure and certified platform. You can start with the first lesson of the course, and then buy it using the button on the bottom of any lesson. The course will be available to you for one year from when you pay for it.
You can cancel your order and get a full refund up to one month after your purchase, as long as you've not done more than 30% of your course.
Can I take the PMP exam without taking a course?
No, it’s necessary to have formal education for the exam according to PMI. It’s preferable to take a course with a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) like ourselves, while other types of training can be accepted if they fulfill certain conditions.
Isn’t it necessary to take classroom courses for the PMP exam?
PMI accepts both classroom courses and eLearning courses for exam preparation, as long as they follow certain guidelines.
You will be eligible to take the PMP exam once you finish our eLearning course.
Do I get PDUs for this course?
PDUs are for renewing your existing certificates with PMI. If you’re going to take the PMP exam, what you need is “contact hours” rather than PDUs. And yes, we do give you the contact hours that you need for the exam, and these are pre-approved, as we are an REP.
You need 35 contact hours for the PMP exam. Our eLearning course gives you 48 hours. For the CAPM exam, you should either have relevant work experience or 25 contact hours.
Back to PDUs: If you’re not going to take the PMP exam and yet you have another certificate with PMI (e.g. PMI-ACP), then you can apply for PDUs with this course.
How much is the exam? How can I pay for the exam?
The exam price is not included in this course fee.
When you finish the course, you will be eligible to take the PMP exam, and you can start applying for it. When your application is accepted, you can pay the exam fee to PMI and book it.
The PMP exam fee is $405 for PMI members and $555 for non-members. It’s best if you become a member, because although it costs you about $150, as a member you can download all standards for free and you’d have about $150 discount on the exam.
The CAPM exam costs $225 for PMI members and $300 for non-members.
The full application process is explained in the eLearning course.
Is the exam online?
The CAPM exam has recently been made available online, but the PMP and other exams from PMI are not online. Exams are done in Prometric centers, and there are centers in all major cities.
After you pay PMI for the exam, they give you a link, which you can use to select the location and time of your exam. It’s best to set the time a few weeks ahead to be sure it will be available at a time that suits you; e.g. you may not be able to find available places for “tomorrow at 3 pm”!
What’s the format of the exam?
The PMP exam has 200 questions and lasts 4 hours. The CAPM exam has 150 questions and lasts 3 hours.
All questions are multiple-choice with one correct answer. Everything is in English, but language aid is available for some languages, and the questions are designed in a way that is comfortable for an international audience to understand. Furthermore, there are no trick questions – at least, in theory 😉
There’s no exact passing score for the exam, but it’s about 62%.
You can have breaks during your exam.
Do I need to have work experience to be eligible for the exam?
For the CAPM exam, you need to have either work experience or contact hours. When you take our eLearning course, you will accumulate the contact hours and so work experience won’t be necessary.
For the PMP exam, you need to have 4,500 hours of related work experience if you have a 4-year degree, or 7,500 hours if you have no such degree.
The work experience should be related to managing, directing, and leading projects. It doesn’t have to be as a project manager, but should involve project management activities. For example, if you’re a project planner, then almost everything you do is a project management activity, and so it counts. But if you’re a developer, say, the technical work that you do doesn’t count, whereas if you also spend a part of your time doing things such as collecting requirements, then you can submit that part.
Having the required amount of related work experience is not enough; the following two conditions should be satisfied as well:
- You should have experience in all types of project management activity (i.e. initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing).
- You should have experience in leading teams. If you’ve done everything by yourself, it won’t be enough.
Both of the above conditions are, however, open to interpretation. For example, you may consider yourself the only person who collects requirements. At first, this may seem like something that is done without a team, but when you think about it, you can see that more than 10 people have been contributing to that activity, and you’ve been following up with them, asking them to provide you with different types of information, coaching them, and so on: i.e. leading a team to collect requirements. If that’s the case, then it will be fine.
The final thing you should remember when submitting your work experience is to explain everything from the project perspective, rather than from the organizational perspective. For example, instead of saying that you’ve been a quality expert in the QA department of the organization, you should say which projects you’ve been involved in, and what your role was in those projects.
How should I prove my work experience?
PMI selects a small percentage of candidates for audit, wherein they ask you to send them proof of everything in your application. In that case, what you need for your work experience is letters from your previous managers in which they explain your responsibilities and duration of service. So, note that it’s letters from your previous managers they want, not from the companies, which makes it easier.
If you don’t have access to your previous managers, you can ask the managers of those managers for the letter, and if you don’t have access to anyone in the chain of managers, you can ask your previous peers to write the letter for you.
Is it worth getting the CAPM certificate, or is it better to wait and get the PMP certificate?
CAPM is not as well known as PMP. If you tell people involved in projects that you are PMP-certified, most of them will know what it is and will appreciate it, while not everyone knows about the CAPM certificate.
If you don’t have enough work experience to take the PMP exam, you can aim for the PRINCE2® Foundation certificate before CAPM. That’s just my personal opinion, though.
Do you issue a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes, we issue a certificate of completion at the end of the course, which you can send to PMI to show you’ve had formal training for your exam. And of course, you can also add our certificate to your resumé.
Does your certificate of completion offer the information that PMI is looking for?
Yes. As part of the PMI’s QA audit, all our certificates (as well as almost everything else) are checked every once in a while, in order for us to continue as an R.E.P. with PMI.
How can I make sure that you are an R.E.P.?
You can search the R.E.P.s on this page: https://ccrs.pmi.org/search/providers
And here we are as well: https://ccrs.pmi.org/search/provider/1000004868
Please note that Management Plaza is our brand name, and the legal name of our company is Professional Training Center of Excellence.
Do I need to study the PMBOK Guide?
You don’t have to study the PMBOK Guide when using our eLearning course, as everything is covered throughout the course.
Do I need to buy the PMBOK Guide?
It’s best if you become a PMI member, as then you can download the PMBOK Guide and all other standards for free.
Is the exam in open-book format?
How long does it take to finish your course?
You need about 48 hours, although some people prefer to repeat certain activities, which makes it longer.
We suggest spending 20 to 30 minutes per day, in which case it would take you about 4 months to finish it. This is just our suggestion, because this short amount of daily activity doesn’t put pressure on you (we know that you’re busy with your work and already have a lot of things to worry about), and it also allows you to learn more efficiently. When you learn gradually, your brain has more time to digest and absorb the information.
On the other hand, you can if you prefer take the course as if you are attending a classroom course – 7 to 8 hours a day – in which case, you can finish the course in a week.
Does the certificate expire?
Yes. The CAPM certificate expires after 5 years, after which you have to take the exam again.
As for the PMP certificate, you have to renew it every 3 years, by submitting 60 PDUs, which is 60 hours of professional development: i.e. learning new things about project management, helping others learn about project management, working as a practitioner, etc.
Is the PMP exam difficult?
Well… it’s not the easiest exam in the world 🙂
Is the PMBOK Guide practical? Does it add value to my work?
I believe so, but not everyone agrees with me on this.
The common problem is that almost all PMP courses are only about learning how to pass the exam. What we’ve tried to do in our eLearning course is to create something that is useful and can add value to your work as well.
How does the PMP certificate help me in my career?
The PMP certificate is famous, and probably the most sought after of its kind. As such, it would probably have a positive impact on your career, as people would know that you have proven knowledge from one of the most credible resources about project management.
Does it perform magic? Probably not. Being certified helps a lot, but it’s not the only thing you need in order to advance in your career.