Mastering Project Management with PMP® Prep

This PMP course will provide you with a deeper understanding of project management concepts and applications in the workplace. At the end of this course, you will be prepared to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam.

The goal of this PMI Talent Triangle training course is to provide you with a detailed exploration of key project management topics and concepts, all on your own time. Once complete, you'll have an intermediate to advanced-level comprehension and be...

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6 Months / 150 Course Hrs
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George Mason University

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Course code: GES249

What you will learn

  • Advanced project management concepts and definitions
  • Project selection and proposal processes
  • How to evaluate projects and take appropriate next steps
  • How to select, plan, execute, control and complete projects

How you will benefit

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

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 150 course hours
  1. Introduction
  2. Project Justification
  3. Project Strategy
  4. Project Definition
  5. Activity Definition
  6. Activity Estimating
  7. Quality
  8. Estimating Resources
  9. Schedule Development
  10. Procurement Planning
  11. Risk Management
  12. Budgeting & Baseline
  13. Understanding Stakeholders
  14. Begin Project Execution
  15. Statusing & Forecasting
  16. Project Recovery
  17. Project & Phase Closing
  18. Overview of PMP Exam

Nikki Choyce, PMP has been involved in the project management field for almost 20 years and has worked as a consultant and trainer for much of that time. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and very active in the project management community. She has worked in a variety of industries, including Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Marketing, Aerospace, Construction, and Telecommunications. She has worked with Microsoft Project for over 10 years.

Erica Kirwan has more than 15 years of experience in process and project management. Previously, Kirwan served as Senior Project Manager for a Fortune 200 financial services company. She earned an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Public Administration.

Prerequisites:

You should have at least two years of experience managing projects or complete the Essentials of Project Management course.

In order to sit for the PMP Certification exam, you need to meet one of the following sets of requirements:

  • Set #1:
    • A four-year degree
    • 36 months of leading projects
    • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification
  • Set #2:
    • A high school diploma or an associate degree (or global equivalent)
    • 60 months of leading projects
    • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 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 (not included in enrollment).
  • Windows Media Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • 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:

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  • PMP Exam Prep

You'll be introduced to project management fundamentals, and learn to identify all internal and external influences and project lifecycle phases. On top of that foundation, you'll be shown to plan and initiate a project, and be exposed to time management techniques. Additionally, project budget, quality assurance, and communications process will be defined. Resource procurement, and risk and stakeholder management are discussed, as well as the project execution and control phases of scope, scheduling, cost, and closure. The result is a comprehensive synopsis of the complete project management breadth and timeline.

The new PMI PMP exam beginning in January, is based on the 6th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide which our course is also based on. The new PMP exam will have a larger focus on agile practices of which, 50% of the exam will be agile based. Our course does cover agile concepts, however, not to the degree covered in the new exam so additional study time on agile may needed outside this course. In addition to changes in content focus, the new exam question types are also changing. Instead of just multiple-choice questions there will be additional question types such as matching and fill-in-the-blank.

To learn more about the new PMI PMP exam changes you can visit PMI's site by going to https://www.pmi.org/certifications/project-management-pmp/earn-the-pmp/pmp-exam-preparation/pmp-exam-updates.

PMI provides additional resources on their site to help prepare for the new exam. You can access more information by visiting https://www.pmi.org/certifications/project-management-pmp.

This 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.

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

A project manager is someone who 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 to obtain your high school diploma or equivalent at minimum, as well as experience managing projects. You will also need to complete an online training course that will help you understand national and global standards of project management in order 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 one of these courses. 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 Project Management Institute (PMI®) conducted a Talent Gap report in which it was estimated that an additional 700,000 jobs for trained project managers would be needed in the United States by the year 2020.

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 with 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 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. Certifications also make a big difference in the amount of money you can earn as a project manager.

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, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

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 your Student Advisor to help you 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.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

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.

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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.