Course Overview

Our Project Management Professional course introduces learners to best practices as set forth in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide – 6th Edition) published by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The course content is broken down into practical deliverable modules that directly correspond to the chapters of the PMBOK® Guide – 6th Edition. The material covered will prepare you for both the PMP® and the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exams.

Recommended Course Material and Text

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide – 6th Edition), Project Management Institute

PMP® Exam Prep, Eighth Edition – Updated: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP® Exam Ninth Edition, Rita Mulcahy

Resources

www.pmi.org – Professional membership association for the project, program, and portfolio management profession.

Exam Changes

The Exam Content Outline (ECO) delineates all the content that will be evaluated in the PMP® exam. It is the framework used to design the exam itself. Included in the ECO are all the tasks you will be tested on, categorized by performance domains. Each domain has a fixed percentage of questions on the exam — this is also known as “weighting”. In addition, the ECO outlines the knowledge and skill areas which cross-cut each domain and are also evaluated on the PMP® exam.

The RDS examined the previous ECO and a number of changes, both big and small, were implemented for the new ECO. Below, we have outlined these changes and called out specific alterations that may impact your exam preparation.

Minor Changes

  1. The weighting of the exam changed, and therefore the number of questions per domain also changed. These weightings include:
    1. Executing — increased to 31% (previously was 30%)
    2. Closing — decreased to 7% (previously was 8%)
  2. Some tasks in the new ECO were changed very slightly in order to clean-up wording, language, and terminology. There is no change to the core content of these tasks.
  3. Some tasks were removed, and will no longer be tested on the new exam.

Major Changes

  1. Eight new tasks were added, resulting in 25% of the new exam focusing on these new topic areas which were not previously tested.
  2. Emphasis was added to the following topics:
    1. Benefits Realization: There is added emphasis on business strategy and benefits realization. The focus is now placed on project managers participating in projects earlier in the process. This additional involvement results in project managers focusing more on business goals and business benefits than specific deliverables.
    2. Value of Lessons Learned: Lessons learned are now emphasized throughout the entire project, not simply at the end or beginning in the closing and initiating phases. Key to this new emphasis is knowledge transfer and documentation of lessons learned.
    3. Project Charter: Project manager responsibilities related to the project charter have changed. The sponsor or customer now creates and approves the charter, and the project manager contributes to its development and informs others about the charter. Project managers are no longer solely responsible for creating the project charter.
    4. Stakeholder Relationships: Emphasis on the continual development of stakeholder relationships has been increased. Engagement with stakeholders and two-way relationships with stakeholders are extremely important, and one-way communication is discouraged. Project managers should encourage stakeholder engagement whenever possible.
    5. More generally, the following knowledge and skill areas were added: business acumen, laws/regulations, change management, coaching/mentoring/training, customer satisfaction, delegation, cultural and diversity sensitivity, expert judgment, meeting management, organizational and operational awareness, finance, quality assurance, risk assessment, situational awareness, stakeholder management, and virtual/remote team management.

Course Breakdown

Course Introduction
Unit 1- Introduction to PMBOK® Guide
Unit 2- Project Life Cycle & Organizational Influences
Unit 3- Project Management Processes
Unit 4- Project Integration Management
Unit 5- Scope Management
Unit 6- Time Management
Unit 7- Time Management (continued)
Unit 8- Cost Management
Unit 9- Cost Management (continued)
Unit 10- Human Resource Management
Unit 11- Procurement Management
Unit 12- Quality Management
Unit 13- Communications Management
Unit 14- Stakeholder Management
Unit 15- Risk Management
Unit 16- Risk Management (continued)
Course Review
PMI Application Process

Additional Information

While the course was developed from the material within the PMBOK® Guide – 6th Edition, the coursework is designed to translate the material in ways that will demonstrate how to use the PMI methodology in real-world scenarios. The PMBOK® Guide – 6th Edition should be used as a reference only and not as a study guide. Please use the course material for study purposes in conjunction with the test in the Rita’s PMP® Prep Exam book to best prepare for the exam.

If you have any questions about our Project Management Professional and Certified Associate in Project Management course, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions for you!