The PMI has announced a delay to changes to its PMP exam. So, we’ve revived our plan to offer you a PMP course comparison showdown between the two courses we recommend.
In this article we will look at the two PMP course providers we recommend and the courses they offer:
Both providers are PMI Registered Education Providers (REPs), so you can claim all the pre-approved education hours you need. And both offer exam simulators (free with the PTCoE program and as a separate product or bundled into the Elite package with PrepCast).
The pages I’ve linked to give you all the information you need, and both have free options to fully evaluate the programs and the styles of delivery, to see which suits you best. But here, we’ll draw together information about both, to make it easier for you to compare them.
We will ask:
This is an important question to
But one thing I will need to assume is that you have decided that a Project Management Institute (PMI) qualification is right for you.
The PMI offers two primary qualifications, based on your level of experience.
So, our first recommended article is: PMP versus CAPM: All You need to Know.
If you determine that PMP is the right tier of certification for you, then it’s time to learn more about it. So, our second recommended article is: PMP Certification: What You Need to Know [Complete Review].
Both of these courses, PMP and CAPM, base their syllabus on the PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (the PMBOK Guide).
However, there is a significant difference:
Indeed, the PMP syllabus is due to get wider. In summer 2019, the PMI issued a new Examination Content Outline (ECO) for the PMP exam. Their original plan was to cut over to the new exam in December 2019. That has now changed to 1 July 2020. You can find out more about these planned changes in our third recommended article: PMP Exam Change in December 2019: What will be Different?
It is also worth noting that the 6th Edition of the PMBOK Guide came bundled with the PMI’s new Agile Practice Guide. This too forms a part of the PMP Course syllabus. So, our fourth article recommendation
At the time of writing this article (autumn 2019), this is what we know. The 7th Edition of the PMBOK Guide will be a radical departure. It will focus on principles, rather than processes. Here are two short articles that come from reliable sour
Going on past experience and the fact that the Core Team of 12 met in early September, I expect the publication of PMBOK 7 in Quarter 4 of 2021. This means the PMP and CAPM exams are likely to change again, to reflect the new PMBOK Guide, at the end of Q1 or start of Q2 2022.
But all of that is a long way off. I am confident that both of the PMP courses here will develop and adapt to the new PMP examination, in good time.
Both of these PMP courses are excellent, and I have no qualms about recommending either (or both) of them. see our full disclosure of interest below.
The courses are:
It comes in three versions:
There is just one version available:
PM PrepCast is the trading name of OSP International LLC. OSP is a Project Management Institute (PMI)® Registered Education Provider (REP) based in California, USA. They have been coaching project managers to prepare for their PMP exam since 2006.
PrepCast also offers resources for project managers to maintain their PMI credentials with webinars and online learning tools that allow them to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for their recertification. They have coached over 30,000 project managers on their way to PMP certification, and are one of the leading online training companies for PMP exam preparation. You can read testimonials and product reviews from our successful students here.
PrepCast also provides :
OnlinePMCourses is an affiliate for PM PrepCast. We are glad to recommend their products. When you purchase a course through our links, we will receive payment.
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, is a noted PMP expert with over 20 years of project management experience in various industries. A former PMI Chapter President, Cornelius is currently an active volunteer in his local PMI chapter and a founding member of both PMI’s New Media Council and Social Media Advisory Group. He is also the host of the Project Management Podcast and the PDU Podcast.
Cornelius has worked as a Project Manager in his native Switzerland, in Germany and, since 1990, in the USA. He received his Project Management Professional credential in 2004. He has led projects for a management consulting company, a national retailer, an internet startup company, and for one of the oldest financial service providers in the USA.
The courses and exam simulators have been developed by unbored training and the Professional Training Center of Excellence (PTCoE). PTCoE is a Belgian company focused on improving the quality and effectiveness of project related professional training.
Unbored training is PTCoE’s online video training brand. U
Professional Training Center of Excellence is a certified partner of AXELOS, a Registered Education Provider (REP) by PMI, and an accredited training organization from PeopleCert, APMG, and EXIN.
PTCoE also provides online training for:
OnlinePMCourses is an affiliate for unbored training and the Professional Training Center of Excellence (PTCoE). We are glad to recommend their products. When you purchase a course through our links, we will receive payment.
Nader is a Project Management author, speaker, and adviser with 16 years of experience in project planning, project management consultancy, and project board advisory work. Nader has been appointed to the 12 person Core Team for the development of the PMI’s PMBOK Guide 7th Edition.
Nader is the author of more than 40 books, mostly on project management topics. He is an MSc, a certified PMP, and a PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile, and MoP Practitioner, with MSP, M_o_R, MoV, and P3O Foundation certificates. In agile, he is an AgilePM Practitioner, CSM, PSM I, PSPO I, Agile Scrum Foundation, and a Certified Agile Scrum Trainer.
|PrepCast Elite (PMP)||PrepCast Elite (CAPM)||PMP & CAPM Exam Prep|
|PrepCast Elite (PMP)||PrepCast Elite (CAPM)||PMP & CAPM Exam Prep|
|PMI Registered Education Provider (REP)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Your Trainer||Cornelius Fichtner, PMP||Cornelius Fichtner, PMP||Nader K Rad, PMP|
|Delivery Style||Voice over slides/images||Voice over slides/images||Speaker video + images/graphics|
|Android App||Any Podcast App||Any Podcast App||Browser|
(subject to terms)
(subject to terms)
|Hours of Video||50+||50+||20|
|Number of Lessons||150||150 - the same as PMP, but for CAPM many are optional||95|
|Introduction to Agile PM||Yes||No||Yes|
|Self Assessment Questions||250||250||-|
|Number of Questions||1600+||650||1,036|
|Number of Exam Variations||8||5||Random exam engine|
Nearly 1 million variations
|Access Period||90 days||90 days||12 months|
|Number of Lessons||8||Use PMP Version||30|
|Extras||2 x eBook|
1 x Checklist
1 x Worksheet
|As PMP version||Exam Simulator|
|US Dollar Equivalent||$299||$259||~325|
|Guarantee||90 Days||90 Days||Evaluate 30% free|
Both of these courses are excellent. They are both designed and delivered by experts – not just in the PMP course material, but also in Project Management more widely.
So, how would you decide which one is better for you?
I think there are a few differences that suggest one PMP course or the other will be better suited to you.
If you want to take your learning more slowly, and have the detail spelt out more thoroughly, Cornelius does this. His slow and measured tones, along with the detailed slides he puts on screen are well suited to learners who feel daunted by the material and want a careful and steady guide to the material.
Cornelius’s style seems to me to be like a patient uncle, explaining everything with great care. You’ll get over 50 hours of video, spread across 150
With the elite edition, you will get 8 simulated exams – enough to do a few while learning, and have more available as refreshers in the run up to your real exam.
If you have experience and confidence, but you want to gain a thorough and deeper understanding, this course is more likely to suit you. Nader explains the principles in a way that assumes you need a refresher on the basics and a guide to the more sophisticated ideas.
In this course, it feels a lot more like Nader is talking to you. The experience is a lot more personal. Less a fireside recitation, and more a private tutorial, where it feels like:
With this, there is no exam simulator. But wait. PTCoE has a sophisticated exam simulator that is separate and FREE. This means the package price for the Elite PrepCast and this course are comparable (around 8 percent variation). The PTCoE exam package gives you a full 12 months to use it again… and again. (Ad, since it’s free, you can always sign up again with another email address!)
OnlinePMCourses re-sells both of these PMP courses. If you buy either of these courses through one of our links, we will receive a small payment that helps meet the costs of providing you with free Project Management content. With PrepCast we are an affiliate and receive a percentage of the PrepCast sale price. With PTCoE, we are a reseller and set the price we sell at.
Do let us know in the comments, so that new PMP aspirants can gain the benefit of your experience. What:
Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 13 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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