Why You May Need PM Fundamentals Training Prior to Your PMP® Exam Prep Course:

You have been managing projects for years. Why might you need to a PM fundamentals course prior to your PMP® Exam Prep course?

In recent studies, 74% to 81% of students who took our PMP® Exam Prep course stated they should have taken a project management fundamentals course first. Some did not realize that they had large gaps in their PM knowledge. Others were not familiar with standard PMI® terminology. The rest had forgotten much of their previous training. DO NOT MAKE THIS MISTAKE.

Here is why a PM fundamentals course is important in order to pass the PMP® Exam:

  • The test asks many questions (between 75 to 125 out of 200) worded "What should you do in this situation." These questions require you to have experience and training in these areas. They are extremely difficult to answer if you have not been using PMI's project management standards in the workplace or if you do not know these standards.
  • The test has over 50 (out of 200) questions that ask about the step-by-step process of project management as described by PMI (the project management life cycle). Without training in project management that deals with PMI's international standards for project management, and a step-by-step approach, these questions are extremely difficult to answer.
  • None of the questions on the exam will be direct quotations from the PMBOK® Guide. They will all relate to real life use of PMI's project management standards.
  • PMI requires 35 hours of project management-related training before someone can take the exam.

Students must contact RMC within ninety (90) days of failing the exam, or the guarantee outlined above will not be honored.

RMC offers a 3-day PM fundamentals course called Project Management Tricks of the Trade®. In addition to giving you a complete overview of the project management process, this class will help you improve your real-world project management. This course receives an average student rating of 9.4 out of 10.0 from even the most experienced project managers.

So… how will you know if you need our PM Tricks of the Trade® course? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you familiar with and currently using all of the following project management tools? If not, you need a project management overview class.
    • Project charter
    • Work breakdown structure
    • Network diagram
    • Critical path
    • PERT
    • PERT estimating
    • Earned value
    • Schedule development
    • Parametric estimating
    • Creating a "real" project plan, not just a Gantt chart
    • Standard deviation
    • Managing by exception to the project plan
    • Risk management
    • Expected value
    • Calculating schedule and budget reserves
    • Crashing and fast tracking management plans
    • Control plans
    • Lessons learned
  • Are you familiar with the step-by-step process of planning a project? Can you list the steps? If not, you need our PM Tricks of the Trade® course.
  • Have previous project management courses you have taken been taught by a PMP or used PMI's international project management standards? If not, you need our PM Tricks of the Trade® course
  • Have you had a course in project management within the last 3 years? If not, you need our PM Tricks of the Trade® course.
  • Can you describe the project manager's role in project management, and how it is different than the roles of team members and senior management? If not, you need our PM Tricks of the Trade® course.

If you answered no to any of the last five questions, you need our PM Tricks of the Trade® course to refresh your memory, help you understand the use of PMI's approach in the real world, understand their terminology and gain real world tricks of the trade from project managers around the world.

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