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 colated 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...


You're thinking about the PMP qualification.

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...


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. 

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...


In this article, you'll learn:

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


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


In this article, you'll learn:

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


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.

    You can get a free PDF download if you are a PMI member, and buy the print edition from them. Alternatively, you can also get the print edition from:
  2. 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 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?'


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 by planning your PMP Exam Preparation campaign. To help you with this, we've created our PMP Exam Prep Guide, available in two editions:

  1. The FREE Standard edition
  2. A low-priced Premium edition

You can compare the two editions and sign-up for the one you want, here.

We have partnered with the Professional Training Center of Excellence (PTCoE) to offer you a comprehensive PMP Certification program:

  1. 95 video lessons / 20 hours
  2. Full exam simulator
  3. 45 PMI Contact hours



PMP Exam Prep Guide

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With this course, you get the tools and knowledge to plan your PMP preparation campaign, in two versions:

  • The FREE Standard edition
  • A low-priced Premium edition
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    PMP® and CAPM® Exam Preparation

    With this course, you get:

    • 95 lessons / 20 hours of video
    • First 30 lessons FREE (no sign-up needed)
    • Integrated flash cards
    • Exam simulator with over 1,000 questions
    • 45 PMI contact hours

    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.


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

    'What is Agile Project Management?'


    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.


    Agile Project Management

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


    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


    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


    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...


    Project Management Articles


    The best exam preparation is a simulated exam.

    Our PMP & CAPM Exam Preparation program does not just include nearly 100 lessons...

    It includes a full exam simulator, with 1,036 practice questions.


    PMP® and CAPM® Exam Preparation

    Best of all, try before you buy.

    You can start today and get the first 30 lessons FREE, without even signing-up.


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


    You can always book your exam through Axelos, the certification provider.

    For the PMI's PMP® and CAPM® exams, you need to buy the vouchers from PMI directly. These two exams are not available online, and you should take them in exam centers.

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