Free PMP® Certification Tools & Materials
Welcome to the world of Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification! Today, project management is one of the fastest growing, most in-demand and highly regarded professions in the world. During your quest for certification, you will need to learn how to navigate the mountain of information and successfully prepare to pass the PMP® exam. Our Free PMP® Prep materials and tools are designed to help you be successful with your preparation.
The following are the materials and tools included in Our Free PMP® Prep:
PMP® Certification – Spend Your Training $$ Wisely
When choosing a PMP® training provider, remember, not all PMP® courses and tools are the same. The quality of PMP® exam prep courses and simulators can vary widely and some may not fully prepare you for the exam. When investing in your career you should consider which programs offer the best tools for the money. If you weigh the key decision factors, we believe The PM Group USA provides the best value. To help take the stress out of preparing for the PMP® exam, we have structured our training to be affordable and available online 24/7. This allows participants the ability to study from the comfort of their home or office (no need to travel) and fit within their budget.
Preparing for the PMP® Exam is more than just knowing the information in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), its having a solid study plan along with a qualified support team to help you every step of the way.
PMP® Certification Overview
The PMP Exam has changed and includes references to Agile development environments.
What has changed?
- In September 2017, a new version (6th Edition) of the PMBOK® Guide will be released. Since the PMP exam is based on the current version of the PMBOK Guide, the PMP® Exam will also change.
- This change is to ensure the PMBOK® Guide remains relevant and reflects current practices.
What to Expect on the Updated Exam:
Although the PMP® Exam is not solely focused on the PMBOK® Guide, it is one of the primary references. Some of the updates surround lexicon changes and terminology used within the exam as well as harmonization of process groups, tools, and techniques.
If you’re utilizing the PMBOK® Guide as a study tool for your PMP® certification, then you can expect to find the following updates in the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition:
- A new chapter has been added which focuses on the role of the project manager leading projects effectively – competencies, experience and skills that are all necessary.
- Two Knowledge Areas have been re-named to more accurately reflect which elements can be managed… and which cannot:
- Time Management is now Schedule Management
- Human Resource Management is now Resource Management
- Every Knowledge Area features four new sections:
- Key Concepts
- Trends and Emerging Practices
- Tailoring Considerations
- Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments
Many of the Project Management Knowledge Area processes’ Inputs, Tools & Techniques and Outputs have changed. You will need to familiarize yourself with all of the revised processes.
New sections to be reviewed:
- Implementing Agile
- (Annex A3) – Overview of Agile and Lean Frameworks
To successfully prepare for PMP® certification, you will have to invest your own time and hopefully a small amount of money to prepare, study, and eventually pass the PMP® exam. Preparing and studying can be the hard part, but it doesn’t have to be if you have the right tools in your toolbox.
To successfully retain the information being studied, you need to study whenever you have free time. Keeping the information in the forefront of your mind will increase your chances of passing the exam. An excellent method to help retain information learned is taking quizzes. Practicing through the use of Mock Exams will increase your knowledge and retention of the information by 90%. We highly recommend our Exam Simulator to increase your chances for success.
You have started down a challenging but achievable path, if you follow the right advise. Being Project Management Professionals ourselves, we know exactly what it takes to pass one of the world’s most difficult exams. We are here to help you every step of the way!
You will need to indicate whether you have secondary diploma or a degree. You will need the name of the institution, the year you graduated, and your major.
Minimum Academic Requirements:
- Four Year Degree – 3 Years (36 months) project management experience, 4,500 hours managing projects and 35 hours PM Education
- Secondary Diploma – 5 Years (60 months) project management experience, 7,500 hours managing projects and 35 hours PM education
Project Management Experience
The experience must be leading or directing projects that are non-overlapping, cumulative across all process groups, and within the last 8 years to be counted on the Project Management Institute PMI® PMP® application. PMI’s application process automatically calculates the number the years of experience based on the project data entered. You will need to enter the number of hours spent in each of the PM Process Group during each project; Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing.
- There are 200 total multiple choice questions which make up the PMP® exam
- 25 randomly placed “pretest questions” are included, and do not count towards the pass/fail determination
- Individuals have 4 hours to complete the exam (most only have minutes left to complete the test)
- Individuals must score 61% or higher to pass the exam (106 of 175 questions)
PMI® has a random audit process which requires anyone being audited to present evidence to validate all information submitted with their application. Falsifying application documentation will result banishment from all future attempts to obtain any PMI® certification.
You will need to show 35 contact hours of project management education, preferably covering initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.
Why Become a Project Management Professional?
PMI® uses Role Delineation Studies to ensure the exam remains stringent, valid, and adheres to the information provided within the latest “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide” (PMBOK® Guide). This validation process also ensures the exam content reflects the requirements of practicing Project Managers. The PMP® exam ensures individuals whom become certified truly have the skills and knowledge required to become a proficient Project Manager and can perform the processes associated with the Project Management Institute (PMI)® standards under the title of Project Management Professional (PMP)®.
- Gain the most internationally recognized project management qualification
- Demonstrates you are able to manage complex projects
- Highly regarded by employers, due to the stringent and rigorous nature of this certification
- Project Management Professional (PMP)® applies to all industries. A PMP® can manage projects/programs across various sectors
- PMP® Certification confirms your extensive project management experience and education
- Gain membership to an elite group of individuals – easily link with the other PMP® qualified individuals around the world
- Demonstrate to potential employers your commitment to continual personal development
- Participate in establishing future standards and best practices for project management
Entry-level certified professionals can expect their starting salary to be approximately $60,000 – $80,000, and with experience, salaries can range from $110,000 – $140,000.
Becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® has significant financial rewards. This certification is long term investment in your future and career.
Possession of a project management certification can give you the competitive edge over other Project Managers in your sector. Certification allows you to gain recognition for your commitment to project management best practices, given the strict eligibility requirements.
Potential Job roles include:
- Senior Project Management
- Project Director
- Project Consultant
- Program Manager
- Portfolio Manager
- PMO Director