This course is designed to prepare project leaders, coordinators and team members to take the Project Management Professional (PMP®) or the Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM®) examination administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).
PMI certifications are recognized worldwide as benchmarks for demonstrating project management leadership skills and have become the industry standard for project managers seeking career advancement.
Experienced project managers will be able to use the skills learned in this course to prepare for passing the PMP examination and achieving the highly coveted PMP credential. Less-experienced project managers will be able to use the skills learned in this course to prepare for passing the CAPM examination. (It is recommended students with little or no project management experience complete the Project Management Essentials course offered through Extended Studies before enrolling in this program).
The course materials and both tests are based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide) 6th Edition, published in September 2017. The structure of the PMP Exam will change July 1, 2020. The new exam will be based on the performance domains of People, Process and Business Environment instead of the current exam performance domains of Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing. This course prepares students to take the current exam, which will only be offered through June 30, 2020. However, the course presents the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 6th Edition knowledge area processes and covers essential project manager leadership and team building skills as well as business environment skills. This information will be helpful for students who intend to wait until late summer to take the new exam.
This course reviews basic terminology and the PMBOK® Guide project management framework consisting of 49 project management processes organized by ten knowledge areas and five process groups. Each session covers project management concepts, processes and related tools, as well as providing opportunities for students to discuss the practical application of these project management processes in the workplace. In addition to learning how to use the 49 processes to manage a successful project, students will practice with key tools including Critical Path Method (CPM), Earned Value Management (EVM), PERT Estimating, and Decision Trees. The instructor will deliver multiple in class and homework quizzes so students can practice answering questions like those they will encounter on the PMP® or CAPM® examination.
This is an intensive class — a lot of material is covered in a brief time. Students are expected to do extensive reading and homework between sessions.
*Note: the Spring 2020 printed catalog incorrectly states that this course will prepare students for the PMP exam being offered after June 30, 2020. The Spring 2020 PMP/CAPM Credential Exam Preparation course will more adequately prepare students to sit for the current PMP exam being offered PRIOR to July 1, 2020.
- PMP and CAPM certification test structure
- Pre-assessment test
- Overview of the Project Management Process Framework
- Business Environment and Project Management
- Agile, Adaptive and Predictive Project Life Cycles
- Essential Leadership and Team Building Skills
- Integration Knowledge Area Processes
- Contents of the Project Management Plan
- Scope Knowledge Area Processes
- Change Control and Configuration Management
- Schedule Knowledge Area Processes
- Agile vs Predictive Scheduling
- Cost Knowledge Area Processes
- Earned Value Management
- Quality Knowledge Area Processes
- Quality Management Tools
- Resource Knowledge Area Processes
- Communication Knowledge Area Processes
- Risk Knowledge Area Processes
- Procurement Knowledge Area Processes
- Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills
- Stakeholder Knowledge Area Processes
- Monitoring and Controlling the Project
- Study and test taking guidelines
The course instructor is a certified PMP® who will review materials from the PMBOK® Guide
and present effective test preparation techniques.
- Participants should ensure minimum work and education experience requirements to sit for the PMP® or CAPM® exam have been met before enrolling in the course. Visit the Project Management Institute website for more information on credential requirements.
- Students are required to purchase and read through A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition (PMBOK®) before the course begins.
- This course prepares students to take the current PMP exam being offered prior to July 1, 2020. It is strongly recommended participants plan to take the exam as soon as possible after the course ends. However, if students desire, they can wait until after July 1 to take the new exam once new practice exams and updated textbooks reflecting the new exam structure are available.
This course may be taken independently and requires no formal admission to the University. For more project management courses, view the Project Management Essentials Certificate offered through Extended Studies.