What is a Realistic Timeline for Passing the PMP Exam? [Infographic]

Infographic of the realistic timeline for passing the PMP Exam.
January 18, 2018

Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep Timeline

One common question for project management practitioners looking to achieve their Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is, “How much time do I need to get ready?” Many candidates do not pass on their first try because they do not allow themselves enough time to study and develop a plan, so you should set a realistic timeline and follow it closely. Having a realistic timeline will allow you to do what you need to do to prepare, including fully reading and understanding A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Since the exam changes every few years, this timeline can also tell you whether to earn your certification with the old test or wait for the new one.

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Eleven Tips for Passing the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam

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August 3, 2017

Earning the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification demonstrates experience in project management and the ability to add value to organizations through use of project management skills. One barrier to earning the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is the difficulty of the exam. Learn more about preparing for the exam through these tips, which range from building your study plan to managing exam day itself.

If you’d like to talk to us about your exam prep after reading these tips, get in touch today.
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Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep Course Public

December 19, 2016

RefineM Training

Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep Course

Course Details:

When: Multiple Dates
Where: Multiple Cities / Over the Web
Format: 4-day, in-person training
9 half-day sessions Over the Web
Fee (In-Person): $1,195 until 2 weeks before start date, $1,400 afterwards
Fee (Web): $895 until 2 weeks before start date, $1,100 afterwards

Earn: 35 PDUs / Contact Hours

Register:

Feb 18-21, Raleigh, NC REGISTER
Mar 2-5, Springfield, MO REGISTER
Mar 16-19, Kansas City, MO REGISTER

Description: Are you seeking your PMP certification and want a focused, hard-hitting prep course? If yes, then this class is for you.

Our previous student, Terry, had this to say about our course:

“I took the RefineM Exam Prep course and passed the exam five days after the last class. Each question that was raised by a student was met with real-world application of PMBOK® Guide principles.”
—Terry Parker, Project Manager

 
Our PMP® exam prep course not only covers the PMBOK® Guide, but also incorporates real-life examples from project experiences in our teaching. You learn the most critical parts of each knowledge area, understand where your knowledge gaps lie, and receive the individual attention needed to close these gaps. You also receive PMP® exam test-taking tips and tricks to improve your confidence.

In addition to preparing for the exam, you learn how to implement the project management processes that helps you to stand out as a PMP®-certified project manager, further increasing your competitive advantage. We offer multiple practice exams throughout the course, and a full-length practice exam at the end of the course.

What to expect: At RefineM we do our best to ensure that you have a comfortable, yet effective learning environment to prepare for the PMP® exam. You receive 35 contact hours of project management education by an experienced, PMP®-certified instructor.

Our course is delivered by experienced PMP-certified instructors informally with opportunities for discussion, practice exams, and hands-on activities, making the entire course experience engaging and fun. You receive 30 days of free phone/email support after the course to help you prepare to take the exam with confidence.

Pass GuaranteeFinally, we stand by our class attendees and are committed to their exam success. To learn more about our pass guarantee for PMI® certification exams, please visit our Training Policies page.

Course Objectives: After completing the course, you will be able to
  • Better prepare for the PMP® exam to pass on your first attempt.
  • Explain and apply the project management process groups and knowledge areas.
  • Understand critical exam topics and the highest-value project management processes.
  • Perform project management practices with optimized resource management.

Who Should Attend: This course is geared toward anyone who wants to pass the PMP® certification exam.

Contact Hours: 35 (Strategic: 3.5, Leadership: 3.5, Technical: 28)

Course Delivery: This course will be delivered in-person over four days from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, and over the Web as 9 four-hour sessions.

Course Material: RefineM will prepare and provide the necessary training course material for all attendees. Training course material to be provided by RefineM includes the following:

About RefineM's Instructors: RefineM's instructors are experienced and certified professional who bring real-world project management experience to their instruction. Our instructors not only teach concepts, we also provide insights and hands-on experience. Our training is focused and hard-hitting. We offer practical targeted training in the key topics that will make the most impact.

Cancellation Policy: Please refer to RefineM's Training Policies.

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PMP and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Ace Your PMP Exam: Final Review

December 15, 2016

RefineM Training

Ace Your PMP Exam: Final Review

Please contact us if you would like to set up a customized training course in your city or at your corporate site.

Duration: 1/2 day

Description: Have you been studying for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification on your own or through a self-guided course? Do you feel like you are close to being ready but have some lingering concerns or specific questions you would like to address with a live instructor? Would you like to increase your confidence to ace the exam? If yes, then this ½ day final review course is for you.

RefineM’s PMP® Exam Review course can help you take your exam preparation to the final level. The course covers critical exam topics and allows plenty of time for attendees to ask questions and get clarifications. Don’t worry if you have any questions after the review course and before the exam, as the instructor will be available to answer your questions via email or phone. Our goal is to help you pass the PMP® exam.

Course Objectives: After completing the course, attendees will
  • Understand their level of readiness to take the PMP® exam.
  • Be armed with a toolkit of insider tips and tricks to pass the exam.
  • Have a better understanding of critical exam topics.
  • Have enough guidance to develop and practice a “brain dump” for improved recall during the exam.

Who Should Attend: This course is ideal for anyone seeking to pass the PMP® certification exam who needs additional guidance from an experienced live instructor. It is geared at those who studied for the certification on their own or through a self-guided course or for candidates who attended PMP® Exam Prep classes in the past and now need a quick review.

PDUs: 4 PDUs (Strategic: 0, Leadership: 0, Technical: 4)

Course Delivery: Variable

Course Material: RefineM will prepare and provide the necessary training course material for all attendees.

About RefineM's Instructors: RefineM's instructors are experienced and certified in project management and Agile and bring real-world experience to their instruction. Our instructors not only teach concepts, we also provide insights and hands-on experience. And we don’t waste time. Our training is focused and hard-hitting. We offer practical targeted training in just the key topics that will make the most impact.

Contact us about future dates or to arrange for this training to be delivered in your organization or city.

PMP® Exam Prep Course

December 9, 2016

RefineM Training

Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep Course

Please contact us if you would like to set up a customized training course in your city or at your corporate site.

Duration: 4 or 5 days (35 hours total)

Description: If you are seeking your Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification and you want a focused, hard-hitting prep course, this class is for you.

Our previous student, Terry, stated this about our course: Pass Guarantee

“I took the RefineM Exam Prep course and passed the exam five days after the last class. Each question that was raised by a student was met with real-world application of [A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)] principles.”
—Terry Parker, Project Manager, CSI Designs

 
RefineM’s PMP® exam prep course not only covers A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), it incorporates real-life examples from project experience as well as practice tests. You will learn the most critical parts of each knowledge area, understand where your own knowledge gaps lie, and receive the individual attention you need to close these gaps. You will also receive PMP® exam test-taking tips and tricks to improve your confidence heading into your test day.

In addition to preparing you for the exam, you will learn how to implement the project management processes that will help you stand out as a PMP®-certified project manager, further increasing your competitive advantage. For example, you will learn how to develop a WBS to perform Scope Management and use stakeholder analysis tools to perform Stakeholder Management. We offer multiple practice exams throughout the course, and a full-length practice exam at the end of the course.

What to expect: At RefineM we do our best to ensure that you have a comfortable, yet effective learning environment to properly prepare for the PMP® exam. You will receive 35 contact hours of project management education by an experienced, PMP®-certified instructor.

Our instructors deliver the course in an informal lecture format, with opportunities for discussion, practice exams, and hands-on activities. You will receive course materials valued at over $100. On-site attendees will be treated to morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack each day.

Finally, we stand by our class attendees and are committed to their exam success. To learn more about our pass guarantee for PMI® certification exams, please visit our Training Policies page.

Course Objectives: After completing the course, you will be able to
  • Better prepare for the PMP® exam to pass on your first attempt.
  • Explain and apply the project management process groups and knowledge areas.
  • Understand critical exam topics and the highest-value project management processes.
  • Perform project management practices with optimized resource management.

Who Should Attend: This course is geared toward anyone who wants to pass the PMP® certification exam.

PDUs: 35 PDUs (Strategic: 3.5, Leadership: 3.5, Technical: 28)

Course Delivery: This course will be delivered in-person over four days from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, and over the Web as 9 four-hour sessions.

Course Material: RefineM will prepare and provide the necessary training course material for all attendees. Training course material to be provided by RefineM includes the following:

About RefineM's Instructors: RefineM's instructors are experienced and certified in project management and Agile and bring real-world experience to their instruction. Our instructors not only teach concepts, we also provide insights and hands-on experience. And we don’t waste time. Our training is focused and hard-hitting. We offer practical targeted training in just the key topics that will make the most impact.

Cancellation Policy: Please refer to RefineM's Training Policies.

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5 W’s of the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam [Infographic]

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July 7, 2016

Ever wondered what exactly the Project Management Professional (PMP)® is and why everyone is talking about it? In this blog post, we cover the 5 W’s of the PMP exam: who, what, when, where, and why.

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RefineM Announces Beta Release of Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Practice Test Site

May 17, 2016

On Tuesday May 17, 2016, RefineM released a beta version of their very own Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam practice test site. The final version of the site is expected to be available mid-June 2016. As part of this beta release, anyone who signs up between May 17, 2016 and June 17, 2016 will be able to explore the site and take mock exams on the site for free for 30 days. Any feedback on the beta release of the site is welcomed and encouraged.

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I Failed my Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam. Now What?

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April 17, 2016

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam is a notoriously difficult test on which even experienced project managers commonly struggle. The exact first-time pass rate is not known, but a range of estimates from different sources place it between 20 and 70 percent. Bottom line, if you were not able to pass the PMP exam on your first attempt, you are not alone. You are probably frustrated and are not sure what to do next. Follow these tips to overcome your frustration and pass the exam for which you have studied so hard.

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10 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep Course

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March 24, 2016

Are you ready to take your Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam? Are you sure? The PMP exam is a difficult test, and even highly skilled and experienced project managers can struggle with it. A prep course or boot camp can give you the edge you need, but finding the best course for you can be a project in itself. How can you ensure you’re selecting the best company, course, and instructor to get the best value for your money? In this post, we present ten factors you should consider before selecting a vendor for your PMP Exam prep training.

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PMI, PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, and PMBOK are all registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.