This course prepares individuals who have on-the-job project management experience to take the Project Management Professional (PMP®) examination administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Year after year, the PMP® certification has garnered global recognition as the top project management certification available. A PMP® credential can open the door to exciting, high-visibility opportunities in a wide range of fields. The skills and knowledge gained in this course will help students avoid making costly mistakes on the exam.
The PMP® Exam is changing on Jan. 2, 2021, to reflect the fact that today’s project management practitioners work in a variety of project environments and utilize different project approaches. Accordingly, the PMP® certification will reflect this and incorporate approaches across the value delivery spectrum. The exam now will include 50% predictive project management approaches and 50% agile or hybrid approaches.
As such, the new PMP® Exam Prep course being offered through Extended Studies has been designed and authorized by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) to specifically teach the knowledge required to pass the PMP® exam moving forward. This is an intensive, boot camp-style course. A lot of material will be covered in a brief time, and students will have access to PMI® approved test-prep questions to help them prepare for the exam.
The course instructor is a certified PMP® who has been trained by PMI® to offer this exam prep course.
Lesson I: Creating a High-Performing Team
The success of a project depends on the people involved. A key role of a project manager is to assemble and manage the project team and any additional stakeholders. Topics include: building a team, defining team ground rules, negotiating project agreements, empowering and training team members and stakeholders, engaging and supporting virtual teams and building shared understanding about a project.
Lesson II: Starting the Project
Planning includes all aspects of a project. Topics include: determining appropriate project methodology; planning and managing scope, budget and resources, schedule, quality of products and deliverables; integrating project planning activities; planning and managing procurement; establishing project governance structure; and planning and managing project/phase closure.
Lesson III: Doing the Work
Now that you have a project plan and have determined the requirements for managing the project from initiation to closure, you are ready to execute the project. Topics include: assessing and managing risks, executing the project to deliver business value, managing communications, engaging stakeholders, creating project artifacts, managing project changes and issues and ensuring knowledge transfer for project continuity.
Lesson IV: Keeping the Team on Track
Now that the project team has been assembled and is doing the work of the project, you need to ensure the team stays on track. As the project manager, you need to demonstrate the type of leadership that facilitates collaboration among the team and stakeholders. Topics include: leading a team, supporting team performance, addressing and removing obstacles, managing conflict, collaborating with stakeholders and applying emotional intelligence to promote team performance.
Lesson V: Keeping the Business in Mind
Keeping a handle on changes in both the internal and external business environment is the project manager’s responsibility. Employing a continuous process improvement plan will ensure that the project’s success can be repeated consistently within your organization. Topics include: managing compliance requirements, evaluating and delivering project benefits and value, evaluating and addressing internal and external business environment changes, supporting organizational change, employing continuous improvement and mapping course content to PMP® exam content.
Course and Certification Requirements
Participants should ensure minimum work experience requirements to sit for the PMP® exam have been met before enrolling in this course. This course fulfills the required 35 hours of project management education/training for the PMP® Certification. Visit www.pmi.org for information about requirements to sit for the exam.
It is strongly recommended participants purchase A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) from PMI before beginning this course, although this is not required.
Participants should plan to take the exam as soon as possible after this course.
This course does NOT include the exam. Participants must schedule their exam directly with PMI®.