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PMP/CAPM Exam Prep


There is a growing need for project managers with proven credentials.  Administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).   The PMP®  Certification exam is intended to provide experienced Project Management Professionals with a credential that attests to their familiar with and understanding of standardized, formal, and successful project management processes.  More and more companies are requiring newly hired project managers and even their existing project management staff to obtain their PMP credential as a way of helping to ensure their project management staff possess these desired capabilities.   The CAPM® Certification is designed for those individuals who have not yet attained the real world experience in project management to the level of a PMP, but do want to demonstrate their familiarity with project management processes.

This course prepares participants to take either their PMP or CAPM Certification exam using a highly focused approach that teaches participants what they need to know and do in order to pass the exam, rather than what they need to know and do to be an effective project manager. We make the assumption that, for the PMP focused participants, minimum work experience requirements have been met (not applicable for CAPM participants). 

Upon completion, those involved with the PMP/CAPM certification program are awarded 24 PDUs towards the required hours needed to sit for the exams. Total Systems Education's Global R.E.P. number is 1270.


Upon completion of this module of training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the test taking process and how to manage their test taking experience to maximize their test scores.
  • Answer questions from any of the ten Knowledge Areas.
  • Answer questions regarding Professional Responsibility.
  • Understand the Five Process Groups and how then project management processes fit within them.
  • Identify knowledge shortfalls to facilitate individual course follow-on test preparation efforts.
  • Confidently sit for the PMP/CAPM Certification Exams.


  • Introduction and Course Objectives
    • About PMI
    • PMP and CAPM Certifications
    • The Differences
    • The Value
    • Application Requirements
    • About the PMP/CAPM Certification Exams
    • About the Current PMBOK


  • General Project Management Issues 
    • Definitions
    • Organization Structures
    • Problem Solving and SWOT Analysis
    • The Project Management Process Groups
    • The PMI Knowledge Areas
    • Project Management Processes


  • Project Integration Management 
    • Develop the Project Charter
    • Develop Project Management Plan
    • Direct and Manage Project Execution
    • Monitor and Control Project Work
    • Perform Integrated Change Control
    • Close Project


  • Project Scope Management 
    • Plan Scope Management
    • Collect Requirements
    • Define Scope
    • Create WBS
    • Validate Scope
    • Control Scope


  • Project Time Management 
    • Plan Schedule Management
    • Define Activities
    • Sequence Activities
    • Estimate Activity Resources
    • Estimate Activity Durations
    • Develop Schedule
    • Control Schedule
  • Project Cost Management 
    • Plan Cost Management
    • Estimate Costs
    • Determine Budget
    • Control Costs
  • Project Quality Management
    • Plan Quality Management
    • Perform Quality Assurance
    • Control Quality
  • Project Human Resources Management
    • Plan HR Managment
    • Acquire Project Team
    • Develop Project Team
    • Manage Project Team


  • Project Communications Management
    • Plan Communications Mangement
    • Manage Communications
    • Control Communications


  • Project Risk Management
    • Plan Risk Management
    • Identify Risks
    • Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
    • Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
    • Plan Risk Responses
    • Control Risks


  • Project Procurement Management
    • Plan Procurements
    • Conduct Procurements
    • Control Procurements
    • Close Procurements


  • Project Stakeholder Management 
    • Identify Stakeholders
    • Plan Stakeholder Management
    • Manage Stakeholder Engagement
    • Control Stakeholder Engagemen


  • Professional Responsibility
    • MI's Code of Professional Reseponsibility
    • Advice for Answering Professional Responsibility Questions
    • Some Ethical Dilemma Scenarios


  • General Test Taking Tips
    • Test Taking Rules
    • Types of Questions
    • Percentages of Questions per Topic
    • Recommendations for managing your time
    • Recommendations for managing your biology/psychology
    • Pitfalls to avoid
    • Some Tips


  • Conclusion
    • Review Major Topics/Issues
    • Participants Evaluate Class




Method of Instruction

Instructional methods for this three-day module are lecture, discussion, individual and team exercises, sample test questions, simulation and references to the PMI® Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Fifth Edition.  It is recommended that all course participants read the PMBOK and apply for and receive approval from the PMI to take the certification exam, prior to attending this course.  Further, it is strongly recommended that participants plan to sit for the PMP or CAPM exam no more than two months after attending this course.


Participation in class discussions and exercises; completion of skill practices; participation in group exercises during class is expected.