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PMP® Certification Exam Preparation

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  • For: Project management professionals needing to prepare for PMP® certification exam
  • Cost: $1,995
  • CEUs: 3.6 CEUs/35 classroom hours
  • Location: Continuing Education & Conference Center on the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota
  • Meets: Five days, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is one of the most valued and respected credentials in project management and a proven way to enhance your resume, elevate your career potential, and boost your earnings.

PMP, Project Management Professional, and Project Management Professional (PMP), are registered marks of the Project Management Institute.

Why Enroll in This Course?

  • Learn the entire PMBOK® Guide–Sixth Edition with our experienced and certified PMP instructors. PMBOK is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
  • Prepare for class and the exam with The Learning System for PMP® Exam Preparation, included in tuition. This interactive study program includes printed and digital study materials, online quizzes, flashcards, PMP® exam emulation, and more. You will have access to the online study tools for an entire year.
  • Discuss topics and network with peers from a variety of industries.
  • Stay on track to complete your PMP® studies with our structured learning environment.
  • Meet the 35-hour project management education prerequisite.
  • Take advantage of your employer’s tuition reimbursement program.
  • Earn 3.5 hours of CEUs.

How Do I Enroll in This Course?

Enrolling in this exam prep course is a three-step process:


Our course is designed to prepare individuals for the PMP® Exam. Certification is recommended for experienced project managers looking to advance their skills, career, and earning potential. Candidates must meet education and experience requirements detailed below, agree to a professional code of conduct, and pass the PMP® Exam.

Education and Experience Prerequisites

  General Education Project Management Experience Project Management Education
Category A Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate's degree or global equivalent) 7,500 hours leading and directing projects 35 hours of project management education
Category B A four-year degree (bachelor's degree or global equivalent) 4,500 hours leading and directing projects 35 hours of project management education


Course Details

How Does CCAPS’ Course Prepare Me for the PMP® Exam?

The training is in two parts: a week-long boot camp held on campus, including over 650 pages of printed content, and a rich set of online resources, including a pretest, chapter quizzes, flash cards, a posttest, and a PMP® practice exam. These online resources are available to you for an entire year. If you should fail the exam, you can continue to study with your workbooks and online resources in preparation for an exam retake.

What Is Included in the Classroom Materials?

Three printed books, containing over 650 pages of content, provide an in-depth exploration of the five knowledge domains tested on the PMP® exam. These materials are organized into 14 chapters including:

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  • Chapters 1−3: Project Management Concepts, Framework, and Skills, to provide context and an overall framework for the study content to follow.
  • Chapters 4−13: Covering each of the Ten Knowledge Areas of the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition (Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, HR, Communications, Risk, Procurement, and Stakeholder Management), following the organization of the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition for easy cross-reference. 
  • Chapter 14: Preparing for the PMP® Exam (test-taking tips and strategies).
  • A glossary of key PMP® terminology is included at the end of each chapter, with official PMI® definitions (utilizing the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition glossary or PMI Lexicon of Project Management Terms Version 3.0).
  • Progress check questions are included at the end of each chapter to help students check their understanding and retention of topics.
  • Topics are presented in a concise, easy-to-understand format to cover the PMP® Examination Content Outline, and are organized to follow the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition.

PMBOK is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Participants will have access to interactive online study tools for one year. These tools will give you the opportunity to apply and reinforce concepts, evaluate their knowledge, and monitor their growth throughout the course. Over 900 practice questions are included in the following online tools:

  • Pretest: Evaluate initial knowledge to identify areas of strength and weakness and focus studies.
  • SmartStudy™: Build a customized study plan to optimize study time.
  • Chapter Quizzes: Test comprehension, retention, and ability to apply concepts.
  • Process Group Quizzes: Practice test questions by domain area.
  • Flashcards: Review important key terms and definitions.
  • Posttest: Gauge knowledge gained and areas that require further study.
  • Practice Exam: Build confidence with a test that emulates the software used at the PMP computer-based exam testing center. 
  • Progress Reports: Track your activities and scores.
  • Resource Center: Access helpful test-taking tips, PMP exam resources, feedback links, and more.
  • The course provides an in-depth exploration of the five Process Groups and ten Knowledge Areas as defined in the PMBOK® Guide. PMBOK is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Five Process Groups

  • Initiating the Project
  • Planning the Project
  • Executing the Project
  • Monitoring and Controlling the Project
  • Closing the Project

Ten Knowledge Areas

  • Integration Management
  • Scope Management
  • Time Management
  • Cost Management
  • Quality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Communications Management
  • Risk Management
  • Procurement Management
  • Stakeholder Management

About the PMP® Exam

Updates to the PMP® Exam

PMI is updating the PMP® Exam. Starting on July 1, 2020 a new test will replace the current version. To find out more about these changes, please refer to the information provided on the PMI website.

If you want to take the current version of the PMP® Exam Prep , we recommend you take the exam before June 20, 2020. We also recommend you sign up for the exam as soon as possible if you are planning to take the test before the changes go into effect.

Both our Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 offering will be geared to the current version of the test.

How do I apply for the exam?

Before you begin, it is best to record your experiences on a spreadsheet to make sure you meet the necessary hours.

For each project you reference, you must provide information about the number of hours you spent on the Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing phases.

You will also be asked to include contact information for the manager/supervisor you were working under at that time.  If your application is audited, PMI may contact these people to verify your information and ask you for copies of your diploma and training certificates.

You must register at PMI’s website. Point to Certifications on the menu bar to locate the PMP®→link.

Once you start an online application, you cannot cancel it.  However, you can stop and save your work, then continue at a later time.  The application will remain open for 90 days.

What is the cost to take the exam?

The computer-based exam fee is $555 for non-PMI members and $405 for members.  If you decide to join PMI to take advantage of the discount, be sure you've received your membership number before you apply for the credential.

What happens when my application is accepted?

Once your application is accepted, you will receive notification from PMI, including an authorization code.  Computer based testing is conducted at a Pearson VUE test center.

For additional information, refer to PMI's Exam Scheduling Instructions.

How long can I wait before sitting for the exam?

You have one year from the date your application is accepted to take the exam. However, you are encouraged to sit for the exam within a few months of acceptance, so that if you fail, you have time to restudy and take the exam again.

For complete details regarding eligibility requirements and the PMP exam, please review the PMP® Handbook

What topics are covered on the exam?

  • Initiation − 13%
  • Planning − 24%
  • Executing − 31%
  • Monitoring and Controlling − 25%
  • Closing − 7%