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FAQ: PMP - CAPM Exam Prep Course

May 2016
We strongly recommend that you download and familiarize yourself with the information in the respective PMI certification handbooks since they are full of helpful information.  Our experience shows that an overwhelming majority of the questions that people have about the certifications – on topics such as:
  1. eligibility requirements;
  2. application process and fees;
  3. exam policies and procedures; 
  4. continuing certification requirements
can be easily found in the following PMI resources This Course 
Studying 
The PMP and CAPM Exam
Other Questions

This course

1)  How often is this course offered each year?

This course is offered three times a year – typically around March, June and October.  The schedule for the classes are not set very far in advance, so we usually do not have exact dates until 6-8 weeks prior to a particular offering.  We recommend that you visit our course web page periodically to see when and where our next course will be held.

2)  What is the success rate for students who had taken this course?

Our exam prep course is not a “boot camp” type course where students take the exam right afterwards.  Everyone takes the exam on their own schedule.  In fact, some people decide not to take it.  For this reason, it is very difficult to get accurate statistics.  However, we get a great deal of very positive feedback from former students who have passed their exam, stating that our course was instrumental in helping them achieve success on the exam.

3)  Does this course provide me with a printed copy of the PMBOK?

No.  However, all PMI members can download a free electronic copy of the PMBOK in PDF format for their personal use at PMI’s web site.  Alternatively, you can purchase a printed copy at PMI’s on-line store or from other booksellers.

4)  If I only get 24 training hours from this course, how can I get the rest of the 35 hours required for the PMP exam?

By taking and completing the included Velociteach on-line training (8 hours) and on-line practice exam (4 hours) within the limited-time access period, students can earn a total of 12 additional hours of training and thereby completely satisfying the entire 35 hours required to be eligible to take the PMP exam.  (IMPORTANT: Within your on-line session, you must go to “My Notebook” and then select “My Certificate” and print out your certificate as evidence of the training hours that you have earned.  This must be done before your limited-time access expires.)

Alternatively, you may choose to find another training provider.  Although, PMINJ does not endorse any training organization or program besides our own, we do recommend that you make sure that any training provider you choose is a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) since that will insure that what you will learn will meet PMI’s quality standards.  Visit PMI Registered Education Providers to search for a course or training organization.

Finally, since there is no “backwards” time-limit on courses that you may have taken, if you had taken any project management-related training in the past either through your company or some other training provider, you can apply those training hours to your exam eligibility.  (Note: You must have sufficient documented proof of the provider, course length and course content – e.g. through the combination of a certificate of completion and a course outline – in the event that your application is audited by PMI.)  For any questions whether your past training can be considered, contact PMI Customer Care at the e-mail address provided above.

5)  For people who are unemployed, is there a way to get New Jersey state funding to take this course?

We are currently not on the State of New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Eligible Training Provider List and therefore you cannot apply any training grant that you receive from them to register for our training course. 
 

Studying

1)    If all I do is just read the PMBOK, will that be enough for me to pass the exam?

The “foundation” document for the exam is currently PMI's "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition".  This is the internationally-recognized ANSI standard for project management and is the basis for both exams.  Questions on the CAPM exam are based solely on the PMBOK and therefore a thorough knowledge of the information presented in the PMBOK may be sufficient to pass the exam.  However, this is definitely not the case for the PMP exam.  For the PMP exam, you will need a much broader understanding of project management principles and techniques and therefore we suggest that you read as much as you can, take an overview project management course and take an exam prep course.

For both exams, it is a good idea to prepare by taking as many practice tests as you can.  Also, we suggest that you use a good study guide to help with understanding the types of questions asked on the exam and to learn PMI’s perspective on how the questions should be answered.  You can find some resources by going to PMI’s online bookstore and search for “PMP exam prep” or try asking your colleagues what study guides they used.  If after preparing you feel very unsure about a particular knowledge area, consider buying a book that covers that particular area. (Note: PMINJ does not endorse any particular study guide besides the one we use in our course.)

2)    Where can I find practice exam questions?

PMINJ does not endorse any websites offering practice exams.  However, you can find many sources by just using your internet browser search engine or by asking your colleagues who are preparing for the exam.  Joining or forming a study group is good for sharing resources as well.  (PMINJ Study Groups)

The PMP and CAPM Exam

1)  Does PMI have any planned changes for the PMP and CAPM exams?

The current blueprint for the PMP and CAPM exams went in to effect on January 11, 2016.  These updates were made by PMI as a result of a Role Delineation Study.  These blueprints can be downloaded for the PMP exam and for the CAPM exam.

In conformance to ANSI standards and to keep the PMBOK relevant, approximately every four years, PMI does a review and update of the PMBOK to reflect the current state of the project management profession.  Currently, the next edition (the sixth edition) is planned for release in the third quarter of 2017.  The updates to the PMP and CAPM exams to make it conform to the new edition is planned for the first quarter of 2018.  Until then, we do not expect that there will be any changes to the PMP or CAPM exam.

Other Questions

1)    I’m looking for exam prep courses for other certifications as well as training in other subjects.  What else does PMINJ offer?

We are always looking to add to our professional development offerings by regularly evaluating the training demand and needs of practitioners in the project management profession.  If there is any specific training course that you would like to see PMINJ offer, e-mail your suggestions to vp-ProfessionalDevelopment(:@:)pminj.org