Project Management Professional, PMP® Certification Course London
What is the PMP Credential?
PMP certification from the Project Management Institute®(PMI) is the most widely recognised global project management qualification. PMP certification demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct complex projects.
Around the world over 400,000 professional project managers hold the PMP. It is the perfect choice for those project managers who work, or aspire to work, in an international market. Research by the PMI has shown that project managers who hold the PMP credential earn significantly more that those without a qualification, with many earning up to £60,000 in the UK.
Why is the PMP so respected as a project management qualification?
The PMP not only evaluates your knowledge of project management but also your ability to take critical decisions in difficult situations and your overall experience. This is done by an evaluation of your experience managing specific projects as part of the exam application process. The PMI require different levels of experience depending on your qualifications (see the table below for details). Holders of the PMP must also continue to invest in ongoing professional development to maintain their credential. It is this rigor behind the PMP credential which gives it the credibility in the market place.
In summary in order to take the PMP exam you need to demonstrate:
- A track record of project management experience. This must be three years if you have a bachelor's degree and five years if you have no degree.
- Attendance at an approved 35 hour training course, such as this course offered by Parallel Project Training
- A commitment to CPD in order to maintain your accreditation
This course fully meets the PMI requirements for 35 hours of training
Parallel Project Training is a PMI Registered Education Provider. This gives you confidence that our 5-day PMP training course is designed to give you a full and deep understanding to the PMI approach to project management and also ensure you are fully prepared to undertake the PMP exam. We will bring the project management processes to life, using active learning techniques such as process mapping and buzz groups and through consideration of realistic case studies. We will also providing plenty of opportunities to practice the format and style of questions which come up in the PMP examination.
What is included in this course?
Included in the course are:
- Pre course podcasts covering the entire Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, these are available via our website or iTunes and are the ideal way to prepare for the course.
- A copy of the PMI Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
- Detailed course notes which lead you through the topics covered in the exam
- Sample PMP exam review questions after each session
- A Mock PMP examination towards the end of the course
- 35 hours of expert tutor input to ensure you understand the PMI approach to project management
PMP Certification Course Learning ObjectivesAt the end of this course you will be able to:
- Describe in detail the PMI approach to project management as described by the guide to project management body of knowledge.
- Demonstrate how the PMI processes can be used to improve project management in your organisation.
- Prepare thoroughly for the PMP credential process and the examination
Pre-requisites for PMP Certification
The PMP credential is designed for experienced project managers who are looking for recognition of their competence to deliver projects. The PMI have specific pre-requisites based on the level of academic qualification and experience in project management.
|Education||Project Management Experience||Project Management Training Contact Hours|
|A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent)||4,500 hours (about 3 years) of experience leading and directing projects||35 hours as provided by this PMP credential certification course|
|A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent)||7,500 hours (about 5 years) leading and directing projects||35 hours as provided by the PMP credential certification course|
This course does not include the PMP exam, we recommend booking this direct with the PMI for 3-4 weeks after the course. In this way you have time to prepare fully for the exam and maximise your chances of success. Full details are described in the PMI Certification Handbook.
Not yet ready for PMP Certification then take the APMP first.
PMP Training Course Contents
Overview Of The Course
Initially Microsoft Project can be a confusing application. In this section we will set you off on the right path by introducing the structure of the screen and how project templates can be used to quick start new projects. Activities covered in this topic include:
- Understanding the layout of the Microsoft Project Screen.
- Creating a new project.
- Using project templates.
- Entering project information.
- Setting up working with time and calendars.
- Saving a baseline plan
An overview of the application process, format ofthe PMP exam and typical exam questions.
Benefits Of Project Management
One of the first steps in many projects is to define the tasks to be completed. Capturing the full scope of the project at this stage is critical to success. In this topic you will learn how to enter tasks into Microsoft Project and the different properties that are used to determine the task duration. Activities in this topic include:
- Entering tasks and setting properties.
- Working with task durations.
- Creating Milestones.
- Copying and moving tasks.
- Entering recurring tasks
- Task Information and task notes
- Linking and unlinking tasks
- Splitting tasks
- Different task types
- Setting deadlines and constraints
- Applying task calendars
Why do organisations need a systematic and structured approach to project management? What is the PMBOK®? How does it contribute and what is the reference to the overall project management body of knowledge. What other areas do you need to be aware of for PMP certification?
Project & Portfolio
Overview of project, portfolio and programme management. How can they support the strategic objectives of an organisation? What are the sources of projects in organisations?
Many projects are constrained by resources. Planning the work within the available resource pool is critical to the success of many projects. Without understanding the resource requirements then it can be very difficult to predict when a project will be completed and the overall cost. Activities in this topic include:
- Creating a resource sheet and associated cost rates.
- Entering resource availability for each resource type.
- Grouping resources into families.
- Resource schedules and assignment.
- Assigning work and material resources to tasks.
- Entering costs into the project.
Structure Of The PMP Course
Overview of the PMBOK® Guide structure including processes and knowledge areas and the interaction between them. This session also includes a discussion of how the project management can be applied in organisations with difference cultures, structures and lifecycles.
Having developed a plan then the analysis and presentation of the date needs to be tailored to meet the needs of different project stakeholders. In this section we learn how to analyse the project data using different views and perspectives, identifying pinch points and resource constraint then need to be removed or reduced to produce the most effective and timely schedule. In this topic we cover the following activities:
- Using the common views.
- Using split views to see different views of the project on one screen.
- Using tables to show data.
- Sorting information.
- Using filters.
- The showing the critical path.
- Printing different views to meet stakeholder needs.
Project Management Integration
This area repressed the key skill of the project manager to see the big picture and the overall condition of the project. It includes critical documents such as the Project Charter and Project Management Plan and essential processes such as directing and managing project execution, monitoring and controlling project works, integrated change control and closing a project or phase.
A common saying in project management is “plan the work – work the plan”. In this topic we examine the support within Microsoft Project for working the plan. This includes keeping track of progress and costs, identifying variances and the causes of delay within the project schedule. Activities in this topic include:
- Updating Tasks, Resources & Costs
- Checking duration, cost & work variance
- Project statistics
- Identifying and fixing project trouble spots
Initiating Process Group
In this session we cover all the core knowledge areas that support effective project start up. This includes collecting the requirements, defining scope, creating a WBS, defining and sequencing activities, estimating resources and defining a schedule. Also included in this section are estimating and determining cost budgets, planning quality, procurement and communications. Risks are also included in terms of planning, identification, assessment and response planning.
Often different stakeholders have different reporting requirements. In this topic you will learn how to use the reporting facilities within Microsoft Project to create reports to meet the needs of different stakeholders. The activities in this topic include:
- Choosing a report
- Using report details
- Defining report contents
- Sorting a report
- Adding page elements to reports
- Saving a project as a web page
Executing Process Group
In this section we look at how to perform quality assurance, acquire and develop a project team and control the information flow in the project.
Many project managers work as part of a programme or portfolio containing several projects. Microsoft Project has useful tool to help plan and manage project in a multi-project environment. In this session we explore how Microsoft Project can be used to combine multiple projects into one consolidated plan and how these can be linked to a single resource pool. In this topic we cover the following activities:
- Consolidating projects
- Creating linked projects
- Sharing resources with resource pools
- Viewing multiple project critical paths
- Saving a workspace
- Saving consolidated project baselines
Monitor and Controlling Processes
In this section we look at how the scope is verified and the control of the schedule, quality risks and costs. We also look at how to administer procurements and report on performance.
Closing Process Groups
In this session we examine how we close out the project and any procurement activities.