PMP Course Comparison: PM PrepCast and PTCoE

PMP Course Comparison - PM PrepCast & PTCoE

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).

PMP Course Comparison: PM PrepCast and PTCoE

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:

  • What is in each course?
  • Who will provide the training?
  • What else do you get?
  • How much will you pay?
  • Who is the course best suited to?

Why Do You Need a PMP Course?

This is an important question to ask, because any good quality training is a big investment in time and money. So, you need to do your research and consider it carefully. So, in this section, I want to point you to some of our resources that can help you.

But one thing I will need to assume is that you have decided that a Project Management Institute (PMI) qualification is right for you.

PMP and CAPM Courses

The PMI offers two primary qualifications, based on your level of experience.

  1. For early-stage project managers, PMI offers the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  2. If you have a fair chunk of career experience, you should consider the Project Management Professional (PMP)

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].

The PMBOK Guide

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:

  • CAPM: the PMBOK Guide forms the whole syllabus
  • PMP: the PMBOK Guide forms just one part of a much wider syllabus

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 is: The PMI’s Agile Practice Guide: What You Need to Know.

The Future of the PMBOK Guide

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 sources:

  1. PMBOK Guide 7th Edition: Interesting Changes, by core team member, Nader Rad
  2. Development of the PMBOK® Guide–Seventh Edition Underway, by core team member, Mike Griffiths

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.

Introducing Our Two Contenders

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:

The Project Management PrepCast from PM PrepCast

PM PrepCast

It comes in three versions:

  1. PrepCast Basic: US$229
    A complete video-base PMP training program
  2. PrepCast Elite: US$299
    As Basic, with full exam simulator (worth US$139)
  3. PrepCast Executive: US$999
    As Elite, with personal (7 hours) and group (5 hours) coaching

PMP & CAPM Exam Preparation from PTCoE

PMP® and CAPM® Exam Preparation

There is just one version available:

  • The PMP & CAPM Exam Preparation course is €287
  • The associated Exam simulator is FREE

About PM PrepCast

PM PrepCast logo

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.

Your course tutor is Cornelius Fichtner

Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

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.

About PTCoE

Professional Training Center of Excellence | PTCoE

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. Unbored training believes that if a professional person feels too busy or unfocused to take a course, it only means that the course is not properly designed for them. They like to take responsibility for the whole learning experience and prepare something appropriate for the real audience. 

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:

  • Axelos PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile and ITIL courses
  • DSDM, scrum.org, and Exin agile and scrum courses

You can see a full list of the PTCoE exam preparation courses here.

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.

Your course tutor is Nader K Rad

Nader K Rad
Nader K Rad, PMP

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.

PMP Course Comparison

Comparison of PMP Courses

 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)YesYesYes
Your TrainerCornelius Fichtner, PMPCornelius Fichtner, PMPNader K Rad, PMP
Training Package
Delivery StyleVoice over slides/imagesVoice over slides/imagesSpeaker video + images/graphics
Downloadable VideosYesYesNo
Completion CertificateYesYesYes
iOS AppYesYesBrowser
Android AppAny Podcast AppAny Podcast AppBrowser
AvailabilityUnlimited
(subject to terms)
Unlimited
(subject to terms)
12 Months
Course Cotent
Contact Hours60
35 Pre-Accredited
60
23 Pre-Accredited
48 Pre-Accredited
Hours of Video50+50+20
Number of Lessons150150 - the same as PMP, but for CAPM many are optional95
Introduction to Agile PMYesNoYes
Self Assessment Questions250250-
Exam Simulator
Number of Questions1600+6501,036
Number of Exam Variations85Random exam engine
Nearly 1 million variations
Access Period90 days90 days12 months
Free Trial
Number of Lessons8Use PMP Version30
Extras2 x eBook
1 x Checklist
1 x Worksheet
As PMP versionExam Simulator
PriceUS$299US$259€287
US Dollar Equivalent$299$259~325
Euro Equivalent~€265~€230€287
Guarantee90 Days90 DaysEvaluate 30% free

Conclusions: Our PMP Course Recommendations

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?

Who each PMP Course is Best Suited to

I think there are a few differences that suggest one PMP course or the other will be better suited to you.

PMP PrepCast

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 lesson. To me his style feels like:

  • A carefully prepared script that he is reading
  • Bullet points you can copy to avoid missing anything
  • A professional PowerPoint presentation with Stock photos

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.

PMP & CAPM Exam Preparation

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:

  • Nader is there with you
  • He’s talking from experience, rather than reading from notes
  • The diagrams are the sort you’d get on a whiteboard

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!)

Summary of our Article Recommendations

  1. PMP versus CAPM: All You need to Know
  2. PMP Certification: What You Need to Know [Complete Review]
  3. PMP Exam Change in December 2019: What will be Different?
  4. The PMI’s Agile Practice Guide: What You Need to Know

Full Disclosure

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.

What is Your Experience of Either of these Packages?

Do let us know in the comments, so that new PMP aspirants can gain the benefit of your experience. What:

  • do you particularly like about the PMP course you took?
  • did you feel worked less well for you?
  • would you say to someone considering buying the PMP course you used?

About the Author Mike Clayton

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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