I Want to Study for Project Management Professional (PMP)

We have put this page together to help you, if either:

  • You want to study for your PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) qualification, or
  • You are considering it

On this page, we have collated all of our information, tools, and resources, to help you from your first investigations, to your final exams. 

And, to keep it simple, we have divided it into Five Steps (plus one)...

STEP 1: START YOUR JOURNEY

You're thinking about the PMP qualification.

Fabulous!
Project Management Professional, or PMP, is the premier qualification from the Project Management Institute, the PMI. And it is based on the PMI's Project Management Body of Knowledge; its PMBOK Guide. 

So, before we start, let's understand what the PMI and its PMBOK Guide are...

STEP 2: CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS

Now you Need to Inform Yourself about the PMP qualification.

 

You will have three questions to answer. And, to help you, there are three articles on our website that we wrote just for you...

  1. Should I get a Project Management Qualification?
  2. PMP Certification:
    What You Need to Know

And, because PMP is for experienced professionals, you may not be quite far enough in your career yet. 

Question 3

So, to find out whether you are ready for PMP, or will do better working towards the PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management qualification, take a look at...

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Question 4

And there's another question we are often asked...

'PMP or PRINCE2?'

As you'd expect, we have an answer.

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Project Management Qualification: Should you go for a PM Certification?

In this article, you'll learn:

  • What types of qualifications there are
  • The reasons for getting a qualification
  • Which type is right for you

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2021 PMP Exam: For Candidates - All the Facts You Need to Know

In this article, you'll learn:

  • What the PMP qualification is - and is not
  • The case for investing your time, energy, and money in PMP
  • The process of becoming a PMP from start to qualification
  • What the PMP exam covers
  • Resources to help you succeed

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PMP or CAPM? What You Need to Know about the Differences

In this article, you'll learn:

  • The basics of each qualification
  • Which one is right for you

By the way, we offer CAPM training as well as PMP training.

 

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PMP or PRINCE2? Unraveling the Knot

In this article, you'll learn:

  • What PMP and PRINCE2 are
  • How they differ - and the similarities
  • Who should consider each of them
 

ALL CHANGE!  
An Update on Changes to the PMP Examination

 

The PMP Exam changed from 2 January 2021

So, here is our full analysis of the changes...

2021 PMP Exam: For Candidates - All the Facts You Need to Know
 
PMBOK Guide 7th Edition - Your 20 Most Important Questions Answered
 

But even bigger changes happened in Summer 2021...

The PMI's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) is revised on a 4 (ish) year cycle.

PMBOK Guide 7th Edition came out in Summer 2021.
And the changes were by far the biggest ever.

However, PMBOK 6 is still on the PMP Syllabus...

The changes in PMBOK 7 are huge. But the content of PMBOK 6 is still relevant (while it is being transferred to the PMI Standards Plus website.

And, of course, the PMP syllabus was created before the PMBOK Guide 7th Edition came out in Summer 2021. It likely won't change until 2024.

What is New in the PMBOK 6th Edition?

STEP 3: COMMITTED TO LEARNING

Now you've made your decision, you're firmly on your learning journey.

Stage 1: Preparation

The first stage is preparing to learn. 

Start by joining the PMI, if you aren't already a member. It will save you money on the whole process.

Then, we have two recommendations to get you started:

  1. You'll need the official PMBOK Guide. It's not a fun read, especially with the gray 'piracy-proof' paper of the print edition. But it is the authoritative guide.

    PMBOK 6 is still recommended reading for PMP exam preparation. Alternatively, you can subscribe to PMIStandards+, where the content is in electronic form.
  2. But, we also now recommend you read PMBOK 7 too. I know - it's a lot of money. But you're investing in a long-term career.


    You can get free PDF downloads if you are a PMI member, and buy the print edition from them.

    Alternatively, you can also get the print edition from amazon:

    - PMBOK 6
    (with the Agile Practice Guide)


    - PMBOK 7
  3. If it's been a while since the last time you did some studying, you'll want to brush up on how to get the best from your Project Management learning.

What's that book with the PMBOK 6 Guide?

That's the Agile Practice Guide. You'll need that too, for the PMP exam. And it's cheaper to buy the two guides together in a bundle.

You can find out more about Agile Project Management and the PMP exam, below.

If you're familiar with the old 5th Editionof the PMBOK Guide, take a look at our article:
'What is New with the PMBOK 6th Edition?'

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PMBOK 7

PMBOK 7 - the 7th Edition of the PMBOK Guide is an excellent document.

It really does take Project Management a big step forward.

See my video interview with one of the 12-person core team that developed PMBOK 7, Nader Rad.

PMBOK 7: 7th Edition of the PMI's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge - with Nader Rad

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In this article, you'll learn:

  • 3 Questions to ask before you start
  • 10 Principles to help you learn effectively

Stage 2: Structured Learning

The second stage is structured learning. 

Start with a full Exam Preparation package

These can take you through all the content you need to learn. They will explain the ideas and give you the knowledge that PMI requires for its PMP Examination.

We offer two very different options, so you can decide which is right for you.

Option 1: We have partnered with GreyCampus to offer their Online Instructor-led PMP Training.

  • Attend multiple live bootcamps to repeat your learning
  • PMI ATP - get the authorised PMI training program and materials
  • Recordings of live training is also available
  • 4-day bootcamp format covers all 5 PMI lessons
  • Additional learning content and simulated exams
  • Price is half that of PM PrepCast

Option 2: We've also partnered with industry-leading PM PrepCast to offer their Online Video-based PMP Training, with:

  • Learn at your own pace by watching 120+ instructional training videos on phone, tablet, or computer
  • Strength in depth - Nearly 60,000 students since 2008
  • Best-in-class exam simulator bundled into course
  • Certificate for 35 PMI Contact Hours
  • 11 hours of Agile and Hybrid PM Training

GreyCampus is a PMI Authorized Training Partner (ATP)

Important Note:
GreyCampus is a PMI Premier ATP and offers the PMI course and PMI supporting materials.

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GreyCampus PMP Certification Training

With this course, you get:

  • Attend multiple live bootcamps to repeat your learning
  • Recordings of live training is also available
  • 4-day bootcamp format covers all 5 PMI lessons
  • Additional learning content and simulated exams
  • Price is half that of PM PrepCast
  • OnlinePMCourses Endorsed Provider

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    PM PrepCast

    PM PrepCast is the best-known, most widely-used PMP course and exam simulator. Their  Online Instructor-led PMP Training offers:

    • Learn at your own pace by watching 120+ instructional training videos on phone, tablet, or computer
    • Strength in depth - Nearly 60,000 students since 2008
    • Best-in-class exam simulator bundled into course
    • Certificate for 35 PMI Contact Hours
    • 11 hours of Agile and Hybrid PM Training
    OnlinePMCourses Endorsed Provider

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    PMP Study Guide - PMP Exam Prep Resource Kit

    Project Manager's PMP Study Guide

    'Yes , I've bagged the coveted title. I Want to really thank you for all the support/assistance provided during my journey of bagging this title. Your program is really to the point and unique, that has contributed to the success of cracking this exam.' - Raijni (PMP)

    The PMP Study Guide is not a course...
    What I mean by this is simple. You cannot use it to learn Project Management. Nor will it teach you everything you need to know to prepare for your PMP exam (although it will cover a very large part of the knowledge you need).

    Indeed, OnlinePMCourses is NOT a PMI Authorized Training Partner (ATP). And neither do we aspire to be.

    I do not teach people the 'PMI way' and neither do I agree wholly with every approach PMI advocates.

    So, what is this?
    This is a Study Guide and a Resource Kit. It offers you guidance on how to prepare for your PMP exam, and provides easy access to all our resources that will help you to understand the Project Management ideas that the PMI examination syllabus requires you to know.


    PMP and Agile Project Management

    For the first time, the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK Guide introduced Agile Project Management into the PMP syllabus.

    So, you'll need to learn about Agile Project Management.

    1

    Let's start with a five-minute video, answering the basic question:

    'What is Agile Project Management?'

    2

    Free Academy of Project Management

    This is one of a growing collection of videos in the Agile Project Management course, within our Free Academy of Project Management.

    3

    Agile Project Management

    And, we link to loads of other resources including free articles on this site, at our Agile Project Management page.

    4

    PRINCE2 Agile

    Comprehensive article...

    With some basic information about Agile, it's time to learn what the PMI's Agile Practctice Guide covers.

    In this article, you'll learn about:

    1. What the guide is... and is not
    2. What's in the guide (with summaries)
    3. Our response to the Guide
    4. The Guide's impact on PMI qualifications: PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP

    5

    PRINCE2 Agile

    Comprehensive article...

    In this article, you'll learn about the different providers in three tiers:

    1. Principal Agile PM promotors
    2. Major PM organizations
    3. Third party organizations


    6

    How to Prepare for PMI-ACP Certification

    And, if you want to study for the PMI's own PMI-ACP Certification... 

    You will develop a plan to achieve PMI-ACP certification and develop a clear understanding of the potential career paths for an Agile Project Manager.

    '...does an excellent job of breaking down the PMI-ACP Certification requirements and exam. The content is for the latest version, so it is very relevant...' 


    Stage 3: Informal Learning

    Supplement your formal, structured learning with informal learning.

    We have plenty of FREE resources on our site, for you to enjoy and learn from.

    Here's a taster...

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    Project Management Articles

    And, of course, we always recommend you pick up a good book on the subject

    So, here are our picks for the best books to help you with your studies...

    A Guide to The Project Management Body of Knowledge - 6th Edition 

     

    PMBOK Guide 6th Edition

    '...in my opinion you must read this book, at least 3 times through (I read it 3 times through) before taking the exam.'

    In paperback and in kindle...

    Head First PMP 3rd Edition

    A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam.

    Head First PMP - Jennifer Greene & Andrew Stellman

    '...this book really breaks down the concepts for much easier understanding...'

    In paperback and in kindle...

    Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep 8th Edition

    Rita's Course in a book, for passing the PMP Exam.

    PMP ExamPrep - Rita Mulcahy

    'Great examples, great exercises, exceptional process & equation charts, a process game, etc.'

    In paperback...

    The PMP Exam 5th Edition

    How to Pass on Your First Try.

    The PMP Exam - Andy Crowe

    'The explanations were clearer and better than any other book I read. It struck the perfect balance for me.'

    In paperback...

    The 50 PMP Exam Prep Questions Everyone gets Wrong

    The 50 PMP Exam Prep Questions Everyone Gets Wrong

    Master the Hard Questions - Ace Your PMP Exam

    This is a tremendous new asset for anyone considering taking the PMP exam.

    Cornelius is the founder of the PM PrepCast and has years' of experience training PMP candidates.

    And PrepCast has the world's best PMP exam simulator, which tens of thousands of candidates have used. So, nobody has a better data set to understand the PMP exam questions that most challenge candidates. And nobody is better equipped to explain those questions and how to interpret them


    STEP 4: FINAL PREPARATIONS

    The best exam preparation is a simulated exam.

    We have two options for you...

    Option 1: PTCoE
    Our PMP & CAPM Exam Preparation program does not just include nearly 100 lessons... It includes a full exam simulator, with 1,036 practice questions.

    Option 2: PM PrepCast
    And PM PrepCast sells their full PMP exam simulator as a stand alone item, with a try-before-you-buy option. Includes worksheets, exam tips and a student discussion forum.

    PM PrepCast

    Get ready for your PMP Exam with the best PMP Exam Simulator on the market. 

    1,600+ realistic PMP exam sample questions in 8 exams. Simulates the unpredictable variety of the real PMI exam.


    Or...

    Get the exam simulator completely FREE, nada, gratis, no charge, and no email sign-up.

    STEP 5: TAKE YOUR EXAM

     

    For the PMI's PMP® and CAPM® exams, you need to buy the vouchers from PMI directly. 

    STEP 6: CONGRATULATIONS... 

    Now You're a PMP, a Project Management Professional

    The PMI is currently the most widely used source of professional project management accreditation. To win your coveted PMP (or CAPM or PMI-ACP), to had to chalk up enough education Contact Hours.

    Now, to maintain them, you’ll also need Professional Development Units, or PDUs.

    PMI Contact Hours and PDUs

    Comprehensive article...

    In this article, you'll learn about PMI PDUs, the requirements for them, and how to earn and record them.

    You'll also need to Understand the Talent Triangle...

    PMI Talent Triangle- A Complete Guide [for members and non-members]

    The PMI Talent Triangle is a simple tool that reminds us all about the value of a broad range of professional skills. It is all too easy to settle for excellent technical skills and think ‘that’s it. I have project management nailed.’

    Not at all. And we have a comprehensive article to help you understand the Talent Triangle...

    PM PrepCast Basic

    If you learnt for your exam with another provider...

    The Project Management PrepCast Basic has all the learning, but no exam simulator. And best of all, it offers 560 pre-approved PMI PDUs.

    • 40.75 PDUs Technical
    • 9.50 PDUs Leadership
    • 9.75 PDUs Strategic
    The PDU Podcast

    Earn PMI PDUs wherever and whenever you like, with a three year series of 36 monthly webinars

    Your PDUs come to you - subscribe for a new webinar every month or, iIf you are in a hurry, buy now for 12, 24, or even all 36 at once.

    • Automatically get pre-approved PDUs - at least 1 per month, correctly mapped to the three sides of the Talent Triangle
    • Learn from 25 Renowned Project Management Experts
    • Works on phone, tablet, or PC - whenever & wherever you want
    • Starts at only $19

    OnlinePMCourses is an affiliate for: Amazon.com and multiple other Amazon stores, OSP International LLC selling PM PrepCast and related products, GreyCampus, and Chuck Cobb trading as The Agile Project Management Academy. We are glad to recommend their products. When you purchase a course from these vendors through our links, we will receive payment.


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