We know you have questions, and we have the answers. Check out the list of frequently asked questions below and if you still have a question just drop us an email and we will get your answer to you.
Why don’t you do the intensive boot camp style PMP® and CAPM® exam preparation courses?
Here’s why – we believe that proper learning takes time. We know that students have to appreciate, understand, assimilate and apply the knowledge they learn in order to not only pass the exam but also to retain the knowledge and be able to use it in their jobs. Boot camps typically feature a high degree of rote learning, or memorization techniques. It’s enough to get you through the exam but we have made a commitment to you and your professional development. That’s why our courses are either 1 day a week for 5 weeks or a condensed 5 days with a weekend break in the middle. We believe this is what sets our 97% pass rate apart from other organizations with a very admirable 85-90% pass rate.
What is the benefit of choosing a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.)?
Choosing a PMI Registered Education Provider means you can be sure of the quality of the training programme, the trainers and the organization providing the training as they have had to pass some fairly stringent requirements from PMI to get the designation. Falcon Training is very proud of its R.E.P. designation.
What are the Project Management Institute (PMI) credentials – PMP® and CAPM®?
As defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential recognises the ability to lead and direct project teams to deliver on-time and within budget. PMP® candidates are experienced in project management and are responsible for all aspects of projects for the entire duration of those projects. Many companies are now requiring the PMP® qualification as a minimum level of proficiency for new and existing staff. Companies employing PMP® qualified project managers enjoy a definite competitive advantage.
The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) credential confirms an understanding of the PMBOK® Guide needed to manage projects. CAPM® candidates are members of project teams and are responsible for individual tasks in their area of expertise within the broader scope of a project.
Do I have to sit the CAPM® before sitting the PMP®?
No, the CAPM® is designed for people who do not have the required eligibility to sit the PMP®. If you are eligible to sit the PMP® you will sit the PMP®.
What are the eligibility criteria?
For PMP®, if you have a university degree you need 4500 hours, or three years, of leading and directing projects plus 35 hours of project management education. Without a degree you need 7500 hours of experience plus 35 hours of project management education. Our 5 day course is able to provide the 35 hours of education.
For CAPM® you need a secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) and at least 1,500 hours experience working on projects, OR 23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.
What hours can I claim?
PMI has some strict criteria for what sort of tasks and time meet the required eligibility criteria. Defined as leading and directing projects it’s best if you read the PMP® handbook here http://www.pmi.org/certification/~/media/pdf/certifications/pdc_pmphandb… . If you have any specific questions about your experience please do not hesitate to contact us.
Should I become a member of PMI?
Absolutely! There is a great exam fee discount for members. Additionally, you get a free pdf of the latest edition of the PMBOK® Guide, access to the PMI Marketplace, networking opportunities, and so many other benefits. Make sure you join before paying the exam fee.
How do I log my hours?
You can start completing your eligibility application on line at the PMI website. It is a fully editable site so you can change things around as you go. It also calculates the total amount of hours submitted and lest you know when you can press submit. Go to http://www.pmi.org/Certification.aspx and press ‘Ready To Apply’.
How do PMI check my eligibility application?
PMI randomly select approximately 30% of applications to be audited. You will be notified if you have been selected for an audit after you have been approved to sit, and have scheduled and paid for the exam. If you get past this stage and are not notified of being audited, then you will not be audited.
What happens if I am audited?
If you are selected for audit you will be directed to download pdf versions of all the eligibility criteria you have entered. These cannot be edited at this point. You will have to email these documents to the people who you indicated would verify your experience and they have to physically sign the document and return them to you in sealed envelope for you to then post to PMI. You will have to prove everything you entered so if you only need 4500 hours of experience, only claim 4500 hours of experience. A good tip is to always check with the people first and let them know what you are claiming.
Do I have to renew the PMP®?
Yes you do, the PMP® credential is only good for 3 years. During these 3 years you must gain 60 Professional Development units (PDU’s). You can gain PDU’s for attending working as a project manager, local branch meetings, participating in on-going education, speaking at events and many other professional development activities. It’s not an onerous requirement but enough to make sure you stay committee to your professional development.
Do I have to renew the CAPM®?
No, the CAPM® expires after 5 years. The assumption is that during this time you will gain enough hours to sit the PMP®
How much are the PMI exam fees?
You can find out the most recent and updated PMI exam fees here http://www.pmi.org/certification/~/media/pdf/certifications/pdc_pmphandb…
Can I choose whether I sit a paper based or computer based test?
No, PMI only schedule paper based tests where they cannot find a provider for the computer based test that meets their strict security requirements.
How long before I get results?
If you sit a computer based test you will get your results straight away. If you sit a paper based test you will get your results somewhere between 2 and 6 weeks.
Can I pass the exam without studying?
No! Your experience alone is not sufficient to pass the exam.
What are the exams based upon?
The PMP® exam is based on the results of a regularly updated role delineation study capturing the tasks a competent project manager should be able to display. These tasks are captured in the PMP® Examination Content Outline. Although the PMP® exam is not based on the PMBOK® Guide, it is still a recommended text to base study on. We base our courses on the ‘PMP® Training Kit’ and ‘PMP® Rapid Review’ books by Sean Whitaker, which captures all the information required to pass the exam.
The CAPM® exam is based on knowledge of the PMBOK® Guide.
Is PMP® or the PMBOK® Guide a methodology?
Neither the PMP® nor the PMBOK® Guide is a methodology. Being PMP® certified and understanding the PMBOK® Guide means you can build your own customized methodology. There are many off the shelf methodologies out there, many with their own credentials but most organizations build their own ones so that they get a good fit.
Do I have to study before attending a PMP® or CAPM® exam preparation course?
No, we assume that on day one you are a clean slate. We take you from whoa to go over the 5 weeks.
Will I have to study between course days?
You will have to do some work between course days but that will depend on how recently you have been in an education setting, how fast you learn, what your particular learning style is and your other time commitments.
Do I have to bring anything to the course?
We supply all the training materials. We just ask that you bring your own copy of the PMBOK® Guide.
Where can I get a copy of the PMBOK® Guide?
If you become a member of PMI you get a free copy in pdf form which you can download straight away. Hard copies can be ordered from the PMI website and also from internet book sellers like Amazon.
What if I need extra tuition?
We believe in you and our commitment to you. You will get all the extra one-on-one tuition you need to be as prepared as you can be to sit the exam. And if by some small chance (about 1%) you don’t pass, then you will get one-on-one tuition to first figure out why you didn’t pass then address this.
What’s the difference between the PMBOK® Guide and PRINCE2®?
In short, the PMBOK® Guide (The Project Management Body of Knowledge) is a framework containing many processes, tools, techniques and templates from which you are encouraged to select only those that are appropriate to your project. PRINCE2® is a specific methodology developed by the government in the UK for managing its low complexity IT projects. Both offer processes, but the PMBOK® Guide is a collection of experience-based knowledge, while PRINCE2® is a specific set of techniques. If the PMBOK® Guide is informative, PRINCE2® is instructional. Additionally, PRINCE2® is just one of many hundreds of off-the-shelf methodologies (others include Method123, UPMM, PRISM, Scrum, XP etc.) available to an organization if it wishes to have an off-the-shelf solution rather than developing its own methodology (we strongly suggest developing your own appropriate project management methodology and being PMP® certified will help you achieve this).
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