PMP Prep Resources
This goal of this resource page to provide members several options/opportunities to prepare for their PMP® Credential.
Step 1: Inform yourself about the PMI Credentials (i.e. PMP, CAPM, etc.)
We recommend that you start by visiting the PMI Credentials page to get the latest information about the process for Credentials and download the latest version of the Credential Handbook.
Step 2: Compile Information and Apply to Take the Exam
You must first apply to take any credential exam. Be sure to follow the steps in the PMI Credentials page to collect the required information for the application. This can take a little bit of time, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Step 3: Prepare for the Exam
There are several options for preparing for the exam, some of which are the following:
i. Stay aware of PMP Prep courses available through local chapters. We have validated vendors’ capabilities to prepare you for the newest (post August 31-2011) exam, and will be scheduling a Prep course relatively soon. PMI chapters, including, of course, PMI Mass Bay, often provide the most discounted route to in-person PMP® Exam prep classes. Check our page frequently for updates.
ii. Audio and video "to go": This is a self-study option for members who prefer to download audio and video PMP preparation materials to be used on your own schedule. After looking at several offerings, we have decided to partner with the provider of PM Prepcast which charges $99.97 for this service (this price will increase to $129.99 in 2012). Please click on this link to purchase the PM Prepcast now. Some other tools offered by this vendor include:
- PMP® Exam Formula Study Guide
- PMP® Exam eFlash Cards
- PM Study Coach – A PMP® Exam Self-Study Coaching Course
- NEW! PMP® EXAM SIMULATOR
iii. Free online study groups/support: An example resource for live, free audio conferences for exam prep and other topics can be found at PM Lessons Learned. Participants can download the material, actively participate on conference calls, ask questions (live or via email), or listen to the recordings of past calls. Another example is: PMP Exam Self Study Group, which is an online study support group.
iv. 'Linking in' to study for your PMP®: LinkedIn groups also provide another set of free resources devoted to PMP Study experiences. One LinkedIn groups is: PMP Stories, which focuses on the experiences of people who recently took the exam.
v. PMI MassBay Study Groups: We also assemble, on-demand, in-person, local study groups as a service to our members. This is done as we get requests for people for such a group. If you are interested, send an email to our study groups program manager.
Lastly, if you have discovered other low-cost (or free!) alternatives that have worked well for you, send them to our study groups program manager for our evaluation.
Step 4: Take the Exam
Once you have received approval for your exam and you have finished your preparation, follow the instructions received from PMI to schedule and take your exam.
Step 5: Keep Your Credentials Current
The PMP credential lasts only 3 years. You must renew your credential at the end of each 3 year cycle. To do this, you must collect and report 60 PDUs per cycle. Coming soon, we'll have a page that describes all your opportunities for earning PDUs. Click here for PMI's tips on maintaining your credential. Remember, PMI Mass Bay will continue to provide you with tremendous opportunities for inexpensive and meaningful PDUs, including, of course, our Chapter Meeting events and our globally-recognized (May 2012) Professional Development (PD) Day!