PMP/CAPM Credential Exam Preparation


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. The course materials and both tests are based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide) 6th Edition, published in September 2017. (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).

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 processes and related tools, and provide 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.

Course content:

  • PMP and CAPM certification test structure
  • Pre-assessment test
  • Project Management in Context
  • Overview of the Project Management Process Framework
  • Initiating the Project Performance Domain
  • Planning the Project Performance Domain
  • Contents of the Project Management Plan
  • Scope, Schedule, and Cost Baselines
  • Critical Path Method
  • Quality Planning and Quality Control Tools
  • Resource Planning
  • Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Planning
  • Risk Planning
  • Procurement Planning
  • Executing the Project Performance Domain
  • Earned Value Management
  • Monitoring and Controlling the Project Performance domain
  • Monitoring and Reporting Project Process
  • Change Control and Configuration Management
  • Closing the Project Performance Domain
  • 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.

Please note:

  • Both PMP- and CAPM-focused participants should ensure minimum work and education experience requirements to sit for the exam have been met. Please 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.
  • It is strongly recommended participants plan to take the PMP or CAPM exam within one month of completing the course. We encourage candidates for PMP or CAPM certification to submit their applications and receive approval from PMI to take their exams before attending this course.
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.
No sections of this course are currently being offered.