A truly international group of delegates recently attended the updated PMP certification course in London. Based on the 5th edition of the PMI Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) this course in London was attended by project management professionals from UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia and UAE. London provides a fantastic venue to host a PMP course, with a mixture of intensive study at time to explore the cosmopolitan life in London.
Why was the PMP course updated following the publication of the 5th edition of the PMI Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge?
The PMP Certification is based on the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) published by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The PMI is recognised as the leading global project management professional body with over 340,000 members. The PMI offers a wide range of qualification and it Project Management Professional (PMP) certification has achieved the status of being the most widely recognised and accepted project management qualification. It has a truly global reach with recognition not only in the USA and the UK but also in the gulf states in the Middle East, the emerging economies in Asia, South America and Africa.
The PMP certification used as it primary reference text the PMI Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge referred to by everyone in the industry as the PMBoK. To ensure the PMBok stays up to date with current practice this is updated every few years as a result of research by the PMI into the practical experience of project management. The latest update to the PMBok was released in January 2013 and the PMP certification is based was updated in July 2013. This course in August 2013 was Parallel Project Training first course following an update to align it with the 5th edition of the PMBok and the revised exam. We were very pleased with the attendance at this course and the feedback from the project managers who attended.
What are the changes in 5th edition of the Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge compared to the 4th edition?
The changes to the 5th edition of the PMBok are not major. The most significant change was the introduction of a new chapter on Stakeholder Management; previously this was covered as part of the communications chapter. This change reflects the increasing recognition of stockholders in the success of projects. In addition to this minor change there a number of detailed changes to the processes. The new edition is “structurally” similar to the old but the devil is in the detail and virtually no part of the BOK has escaped minor alterations and upgrades. Perhaps the main changes are the increase from 42 to 47 defined project management processes, three new processes strengthening the planning of the Scope, Time and Cost knowledge areas. The main “structural” change is the formal recognition of Stakeholder Management as a Knowledge Area (the 10th) in its own right, as opposed to being a subset of Communications Management as in the old edition – this has expanded the number of processes relating to Stakeholder Management from 2 to 4. Other topics that have an increased depth of treatment include Requirements Management, Project Governance and Project Management Offices (PMO’s).
It also weighs in now at a whopping 589 pages compared to the older 459 pages!
Why attend a training course in London?
London is the ideal location to attend PMP certification training. It offers frequent and rail and flight connections around the world and the opportunity to explore the city in the evening after the training is completes. Our prestigious venue in Victoria is right in the heart of one of the most exclusive areas of London. Close to Buckingham palace and Whitehall. London offers the widest range of hotels to fit any budget from the five star luxury to the most cost effective. Some of the hotels we recommend in the Victoria area are:
The Z Hotel Victoria, 5 Lower Belgrave Street, Westminster, London, SW1W 0NR. Situated in the central London district of Victoria, The Z Hotel Victoria offers compact and luxury accommodation in a contemporary design. Free Wi-Fi is available and Victoria Rail Station and Underground is just a 5-minute walk away. http://booking.com/907cca69146c64e5
Studios@82, 82 Ebury Street, Westminster, London, SW1 9QD, Just 5 minutes’ walk from Buckingham Palace, Studios@82 offer 4-star boutique accommodation within Georgian town houses in the very heart of London. Studios offer stylish furnishings and compact kitchens, http://booking.com/38a4c94b55fc216.
The restaurants in London are among the best in the world offering the every possible type of cuisine and a wide range of standards to fit with every budget. Some of the best (but expensive) restaurants to explore in the Vitoria area are:
Petrus, 1 Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 8EA, England (Victoria), http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d1744881-Reviews-Petrus-London_England.html
Koffmann’s, The Berkeley Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL,http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d1849104-Reviews-Koffmann_s-London_England.html
ASK Restaurant London – Victoria, 160-162 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB, England, http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d1013488-Reviews-ASK_Restaurant_London_Victoria-London_England.html
Why attend a training course delivered by Parallel Project Training?
Taken in isolation the PMBoK can seem complex, confusing and chaotic. Our job is to get under the skin of the PMBok so you can understand the underlying principles and the way all the processes, tools and techniques integrate to provide an overall PMP road map. All Parallel Project Trainers are experienced project managers and they have a deep understanding of how the PMBoK is built up and how it integrates to provide you with an overall approach to project management. We will provide you with lots of processes mapping exercises to help you develop this understanding and plenty of practice exam questions to hone your approach to the PMP exam. To maximise your chances of passing the exam re recommend you book it with the PMI for 2-3 weeks after the completion of the course. That way you will have time for self study and final revision of any areas which are new to you. During this time we will continue to provide you with tutor support via our on-line PMP certification study group. So come an join us for PMP Certification training in London