Mastering Project Management with PMP® Prep

Designed for seasoned project managers, this project management certification course takes you beyond an introduction of key fundamentals to deepen your understanding and practical application of project management tools, methods, and processes. You will view project management from the perspective of a life cycle approach.

Throughout this Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam prep course, you will work through the project life cycle—from building a business case to closing down a project....

6 Months / 150 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES249

What you will learn

  • Advanced project management concepts and definitions
  • Project selection, proposal, and planning processes
  • How to select, plan, execute, control, and complete projects
  • Agile basics and principles
  • Tips and tricks for the PMP certification exam and career resources

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for and pass the PMP certification exam
  • Develop a greater understanding of the project manager's role in a variety of fields
  • Gain confidence in managing various project types
  • Boost critical thinking and decision-making skills that will aid you across industries
  • Enhance your ability to secure a promotion, obtain a new job, and generally climb the career ladder

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 150 course hours
  1. Business Value and Project Governance
  2. Business Environment
  3. Project Stakeholders
  4. Planning
  5. Communication, Conflict Management, and Negotiation
  6. Risk Management
  7. Project Teams (Part One)
  8. Project Teams (Part Two)
  9. Project Integration
  10. Project Budgeting
  11. Scope, Project Schedule, and Control
  12. Quality and Procurement
  13. Change Management
  14. Project Artifacts
  15. Knowledge Transfer and Project Closure
  16. Tips and Tricks for the PMP® Exam and Job Obtainment Assets

Nikki Choyce

Nikki Choyce, PMP, has been involved in the project management field for more than 20 years and has worked as a project management consultant and instructor for much of that time. She has worked in a variety of industries, including Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Marketing, Aerospace, Construction, Telecommunications, and Healthcare. She has worked with Microsoft Project for over 15 years. She holds the professional Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Erica Kirwan

Erica Kirwan has more than 15 years of experience in process and project management and has held various roles as Senior Project Manager at a Fortune 200 financial services company. She earned an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University and the professional Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Additionally, Erica holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, a Master of Public Administration, and recently completed a Master of Science degree in the Management of Information Technology.


This program is considered an intermediate- to advanced-level program. Students should have completed the Essentials of Project Management program and/or have three or more years of experience leading projects.

Certification Requirements:

Education: You need a minimum of 35 hours of formal project management training. This program meets that requirement.

Experience: PMI® also requires project management experience in a leadership role. You don't have to have the title "project manager," but you do need to demonstrate that your experience is in a leadership role of some sort. In the exam application, you'll document the number of hours you personally performed project work.

How much experience you need depends on your level of education. If you've a four-year degree or its equivalent from another country, you'll need 4,500 hours of project management experience. If you don't have a four-year college degree, you'll need 7,500 hours of project management experience.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Project Management Body of Knowledge, 7th Edition (PMBOK® Guide)
  • PMP® Exam Prep, 11th Edition
  • Agile Practice Guide

    According to, project managers in the U.S. make $88,410 annually.

    A project manager is in charge of the overall success or failure of a project. As a project manager, you must start by fleshing out an idea and selling it through the organization. You will then pull together your team, organize and clearly lay out the steps involved, lead the team throughout the project lifecycle, manage the budget, make important decisions that could impact the outcome of the project, engage and update stakeholders, deliver a complete project that meets objectives, ensure that there a smooth transition as the project is handed over and rolled out, and finally share the knowledge you gained along the way from successes as well as mistakes. You will have ultimate control over all parts of a project including initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, control, and closing.

    It is possible to become a successful project manager without an advanced degree. You will need your high school diploma or equivalent at minimum and experience managing projects. You will also need to complete a project management certification course that will help you understand national and global standards of project management to achieve success in every phase of your projects. The training course you choose should prepare you to sit for respected certifications such as CAPM® or PMP® like our Mastering Project Management with PMP Prep course. You may find it beneficial to earn your bachelor's or master's degree in business management, engineering, computer science or a field related to your chosen industry in order to continue to climb the corporate ladder and open up more opportunities.

    Yes, demand for project managers is high and continuing to rise due to an increasing number of jobs that require project-oriented skills. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the project management field is projected to grow 6% from 2022 to 2032.

    Project managers can work in almost any industry. Some of the more common industries for project management jobs include information technology, engineering, construction, healthcare, finance, and law. Your work environment will depend largely on the industry in which you work, but you will work closely with other people and technology regardless of the industry you choose.

    In order to be a good project manager, you will first and foremost have to be a great communicator. It is your job to sell an idea to stakeholders, team members, and those financing any project you manage. You must communicate with everyone affected throughout the project and ensure that you keep momentum moving in your favor. You must have integrity and enthusiasm. You must also understand how to effectively delegate responsibilities to the right team members. It's also important to have a high level of empathy in order to understand how the project will affect others, and you must always remain calm under pressure.

    Yes. You can become a project manager without obtaining certification as long as you possess the proper knowledge, training, and experience to get the job done. However, we encourage all students to sit for CAPM® and/or PMP® certification. A project management certification will open up more opportunities for you. These certifications are highly-respected worldwide, they prove your commitment to the industry and your understanding of global standards, they place you ahead of your competition for jobs, and they show that you are continuously learning through professional development. Project management certifications also make a big difference in the amount of money you can earn.

    Project management is important because it ensures that stakeholders, financers, and team members all have the same expectations set when it comes to what will be delivered, when it will be delivered, and how much it will cost to deliver a completed project. The most effective project managers will negotiate milestones and deadlines that are reasonable and achievable and are communicated with all parties affected by a project plan.

    Yes, upon completion of this course, you will be prepared for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam.

    To learn more about the new PMI PMP exam changes you can visit PMI's site by going to

    PMI provides additional resources on their site to help prepare for the new exam. You can access more information by visiting

    Yes. You will find that this course starts from the ground up laying a solid foundation of project management terminology and concepts. Then, after you gain a foundation, you will move on to mastering the concepts with a level of expertise that you can bring into the industry. You can even qualify to take national certifying exams when you complete the course.

    You could choose from any of the below options after completing the PMP® Prep course:

    • Project Manager (junior through senior level)
    • Learning Management System Specialist
    • Computing and Analytic Administrator
    • Project Coordinator
    • Agile Coach & Scrum Master

    This project management course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

    The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

    This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

    Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

    This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

    This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

    If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

    Project Management Institute (PMI)
    The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 to bring professionalism and community to the project management sector of business. Its education and advocacy efforts, publications, certifications, and professional development programs affect the lives of 2.9 million professionals throughout the world. PMI wants to help standardize the project management profession, and help businesses improve their organizational success. Most of all, they want to help individuals advance their careers and earning prospects, and they're doing just that through their certified courses.