PMP/CAPM Exam Prep Course (Part 1)

This is the first part of an intensive 48-hour exam preparation workshop. Students should also take PMP and CAPM Exam Preparation Course (Part 2) to ensure they receive all the critical content to pass the exam. The class is designed to prepare candidates for the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification exam. The majority of the training will focus on project management theory: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing projects. This is not an introduction to Project Management.

AcademyX instructors will share test-taking tips and study strategies to effectively guide participants through the PMI's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK(R)). At the conclusion of this class, students will have familiarity with all the information required to successfully study for and pass the PMP or CAPM Exam. In addition, students will have gained a level of confidence in completing the application and possible audit processes.

All students will receive the following:

  • Andy Crowe's Pass the PMP 5th Edition textbook
  • Quick Reference Guide - a convenient, laminated tri-fold document containing the most important exam content
  • Study Flash Cards - designed to help you learn and retain the key exam points, formulas, and definitions
  • Conversations on the PMP Exam - a 5-disc CD set of roundtable discussions about PMP Exam strategies and PM best practices
  • Access to InSite - Practice Test A - 200 question exam simulation; scores are broken down by knowledge area and process group
  • Study and Test-Taking Tips Document

In addition, students will be offered additional elective classes in using Excel, Outlook, and Microsoft Project software to fill any gaps in their knowledge.

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for individuals who need to prepare for the PMP or CAPM certification exam or for those who have completed their educational requirements and need a "refresher" course before taking the PMP exam.


  • Candidates with a Bachelor's degree must have the following:
    • Minimum three years/36 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience
    • 4,500 hours of project management experience leading or directing project tasks
  • Candidates without a Bachelor's degree must have the following:
    • Minimum five years/60 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience
    • 7,500 hours of project management experience leading or directing project tasks
  • 35 contact hours of formal education
  • All project management experience must have been accrued within the last eight consecutive years prior to your application submission

Course Overview

Becoming a Project Management Professional

  • Understand the Benefits of a PMP Certification
  • Learn the ins-and-outs of the PMP certification process and eligibility requirements
  • Obtain Andy Crowe's materials to study and prepare for the exam

Foundational Terms and Concepts and the Project Management Process Framework

  • Learn key terms and concepts used throughout the class and study materials
  • Understand project management as an integrated system: PMBOK processes, process groups, knowledge areas and the detailed framework

Integration Management

  • Maintaining the "big picture" of the project throughout the life of the project
  • Coordinating every part of the project
  • Balancing project priorities
  • Starting, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the project

Scope Management

  • Collecting the stakeholders requirements
  • Planning the scope of the project
  • Understanding and documenting the scope
  • Breaking the scope down into manageable components

Time Management and Network Diagramming

  • Defining schedule activities
  • Putting the schedule activities in logical order to create a schedule
  • Estimating how many resources will be needed to complete the schedule activities
  • Estimating how much time will be needed to complete the schedule activities
  • Creating the project's schedule
  • Managing changes to the schedule

Cost Management and Earned Value Formulas

  • Understanding and estimating the costs associated with the project scope and risk
  • Applying the project schedule to the project costs to create a time-phased project budget
  • Managing project spending to the budget
  • Adjusting spending as well as the budget based on approved change requests
  • Forecasting future project spending

Quality Management

  • Planning the procedures and activities regarding the project's quality of processes and deliverables
  • Ensuring that the project quality processes are being followed as well as being successful
  • Validating that the project deliverables are within the customer's quality specifications