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The PMP® Certification

Training, Costs, & Resources


One of the most intensive certifications available is the PMP® (Project Management Professional) certification. Offered by PMI (Project Management Institute), the PMP® demonstrates advanced knowledge of and experience with Project Management concepts. When it comes to finding internet resources and practice exams, it is also one of the most difficult and obscure certifications. As a result of several emails asking for this information, and quite a bit of research, here are the best places to find information on the PMP cert.

PMP Training

Most training for the PMP® certification is both intensive and costly, but the PMP® is generally considered a good investment. According to my 2002 certification salary survey, individuals with a PMI cert averaged $90,000 per year. Fortunately, good practice questions are just beginning to appear on popular training sites so you can get an idea of where your strengths and weaknesses lay before taking the exam.

200 Free Questions
From PMStudy.com, here are 200 free practice questions. Once you start. you only have one day of access to these. More questions are available (200 for $15).

You can download three PMI prep exams. They cover 9 knowledge areas and 5 process groups and cost $39.95 each. A free 12 question demo is also available for download.

Three PMI practice exams for $39.95 each.

Castle Learning
100 questions for $35.

4PM Online Training
For $800 you will get a classroom environment online, including on-demand lectures, a comprehensive final exam, and personal feedback from instructors.

Brainbench Certification
It's not exactly an exam prep, but you can test your knowledge of project management concepts for just $49.95.

RMC Project Management, Inc.
RMC offers several self-study products from software to books. They range in prices from $24 to $393.

Point Advantage
Point Advantage offers five-day classes for $2400 and a comprehensive software learning tool for $189. You can download a free demo with 25 sample questions.

Cheetah Learning
Get intensive training with this five-day program. You will take the PMP® exam at the end of the five days. The course is offered worldwide, and tuition is around $3150, but costs vary depending on class location.

PMCampus offers practice tests and an exam prep course which satifies the PMI requirement for 35 contact hours. Practice tests run for $65 - 85 for a 3 month subscription and the 35 Contact Hour PMP Exam Prep Course is $195 for a 3 month subscription.

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