Project Management Certification
PMP® Exam Preparation (PMP 0401)

E-mail: execinfo@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-2109

Fax: 703-993-2121

Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification has become the most recognized credential for the practice of the rapidly evolving profession of project management. This course prepares the participant for the PMP® Certification Examination offered through the Project Management Institute.

The PMI Global Survey reveals PMP®-Certified Project Managers earn 20 percent more in salary than uncertified practitioners.

Only people who have successfully demonstrated their mastery of the basic concepts of project management are allowed to use the PMP® designation. Increasingly, companies all over the world are recognizing the value that project management can provide to their corporate performance. The establishment of career paths for project managers has recognized this growing importance. PMP® certification has become a requirement for promotion in many organizations.

The examination itself is based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).* Project management is a crosscutting profession that is practiced in many different environments. The PMBOK® Guide is recognized worldwide as the defining and unifying document for the practice of project management. The PMBOK® Guide provides a common lexicon and a basis for the evolution of new practices for this rapidly growing profession. It is comprised of the nine knowledge areas that also serve as the basis for the examination.

* PMP® Certification exams are administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Please note that university course fees are separate from PMI® examination fees. Contact PMI® for certification exam information, exam registration and exam fees.

PMI, PMP, PMBOK, and the PMI Registered Education Provider logo are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
This four day course is a hands-on tutorial that prepares participants to sit for the PMP® Certification Exam. The instruction approach includes lecture, case studies and class exercises. Extensive use of case studies and in-class exercises provide for active student involvement in practical use of course content. Prior to taking this course, participants are encouraged to either take the course Essentials of Project Management or acquire equivalent knowledge.

This program goes beyond the "What is project management and practices" to providing practical "How To" guidance, tools and techniques, and processes to implement in today's working world.

The ten PMBOK® Guide areas of knowledge are addressed as separate modules. Presentations highlight the most significant aspects of each module. Participants individually answer a series of questions from our test question database. After each of these individual working sessions, the entire class reviews each question. In this manner, both the content and format of examination questions become familiar to each student. From the results of proceeding on a module-by-module basis, participants will be able to identify weak areas that require more individual study. The last session is a mini examination mimicking the PMP® Certification Examination. This course covers these ten knowledge areas identified in the PMBOK® Guide:

  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management

This course illustrates the use of key PMBOK Guide tools and techniques through performing numerous actual in-class exercises (financial evaluation, project selection, charter development, CPM scheduling, earned value, etc.) Students receive an electronic copy of answers to exercise after the class.
This course offers a variety of materials that reinforce concepts and help you prepare for the certification exam:

  • Course workbook
  • PMP® study guide– this study guide condenses the 400 page PMBOK Guide to ~80 pages of key concepts, terms, and unique PMBOK properties.
  • PM Final- online based PMP® exam simulator with over 1,000 questions. Attendees receive electronic access to the practice exam to use outside of class in preparing for the PMP exam.
  • A comprehensive set of over 50 electronic tools and techniques (e.g., Project Selection, Charter, Make or Buy Analysis, etc.) are provided in electronic form to PMP Course attendees. These tools and techniques may be modified and used by the attendee's company or organization.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) (ISBN: 978-1-935589-67-9) is not included in the course fee. Please purchase prior to the first day of class.
100% attendance and participation are expected from participants.
George Mason University is a PMI® Global Registered Education Provider.

PDU Credits:
  • Project Management Certification PMP® Exam Preparation is pre-approved for 28 PDUs
PMI- Project Management Institute- Registered Education Provider
Participants in this course should be managers and mid-career professionals who are eligible to sit for the PMP® certification examination. It is assumed that participants have a working knowledge of the PMBOK® Guide and the ten knowledge areas.

It is recommended (but not required) that Essentials of Project Management course is taken first.
Courses are taught in an academic setting by PMP® certified instructors. Instructors have over 25+ years of proven experience in the project management field– including energy, environmental, construction, defense, and IT. Instructors have held senior positions as officers of corporations and in the federal sector. In addition, the instructors have extensively developed and implemented training programs using various learning media.

Please click here for a list of our instructors.
"I liked how information was presented for understanding rather than just teaching to the test."

"Good overall process in pulling PMBOK processes together into an integrated understanding."

"Good overall review regardless if exam is taken."

"This course exceeded my needs because I can apply the methodology behind the formula now!"

"I recommend this class as a good way to scope your study plan for the exam."

"I would highly recommend this course to others that are preparing for the PMP exam."

"Excellent course design; valuable tool for PMP preparation; good for personal networking."

"Great class, excellent information about the test and what to expect."

"Comprehensive and intense- I feel prepared and know areas I need to concentrate in prepping for exam."

"I feel confident that I will be prepared to take the exam when the time comes. The techniques and insights into exam procedure were invaluable."

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