23 June, 2022

Introduction to the PMP Certification (Project Management Professional) with Cornelius Fichtner


If you need an introduction to the PMP – Project Management Professional – certification, there s no one better to give it than Cornelius Fichtner. His training has helped 60,000 people pass their exams.

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Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

Cornelius Fichtner is the founder and driving force behind PM PrepCast. This is probably the most successful learning provider for students preparing for PMI’s PMP, CAPM, and PMI-ACP examinations.

With 60,000 successful students over nearly 15 years, it’s no wonder that Cornelius has prominent place in the Project Management education world. And he is, perhaps, best known for his PMP training and the massively successful PM PrepCast and PM PodCast resources that benefit the community so much.

That’s why I wanted to speak with him about the PMI’s PMP certification.

The PMP Certification

We discuss:

  1. What is the PMP Certification, and who is it for?
  2. How does the PMP compare with the other well-known PMI qualifications: CAPM and PMI-ACP?
  3. What do you say to people who ask you the question I get so often: ‘Should I do the PMP certification?’
  4. If someone does choose to pursue PMP certification, what is your most valuable advice?
  5. What changes do you foresee on the horizon?
  6. Is there any final advice?

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Agenda to Our Conversation about PMP Certification

  • 00:00 – Cornelius Fichtner, PMP – founder of the PM PrepCast
  • 00:54 – Introduction to the PMP – Project Management Professional
  • 01:09 – What is the PMP Certification and who is it for?
  • 04:40 – How does PMP differ from CAPM and PMI-ACP?
  • 04:57 – CAPM – Certified Associate in Project Management
  • 08:08 – PMI-ACP – Agile Certified Practitioner
  • 09:15 – Mike’s take on CAPM
  • 09:42 – The question: ‘Should I do the PMP exam?’
  • 12:31 – The PMP commitment level
  • 12:55 – Fast-tracking your PMP preparation
  • 14:16 – Interpreting certification experience requirements
  • 15:11 – PMP for non-US Project Managers
  • 16:38 – What is your best advice for PMP candidates?
  • 19:55 – What level to aim for as a score on a simulator to show you are ready
  • 21:48 – Using your PMP exam simulator
  • 23:42 – The two different types of exam simulator
  • 27:27 – What are some of the changes you foresee?
  • 32:24 – Cornelius’s second vital tip…
  • 37:13 – The PM PrepCast
  • 45:51 – Close

What Kit does a Project Manager Need?

I asked Project Managers in a couple of forums what material things you need to have, to do your job as a Project Manager. They responded magnificently. I compiled their answers into a Kit list. I added my own. 

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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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