by guest author Cheryl Abel
In my initial steps of planning to take the PMP Certification Exam I realized that while I had been practicing the phases of project management for several years that the ‘customized’ process that I was familiar with did not entirely line up with the ‘PMI way’. So in recognizing this I wanted to first take a more introductory course and build a familiarization with the PMI material before taking the PMI Exam Prep Course.
The Project Management Fundamentals with a Team Approach course was helpful to me as the material provided a detailed look into PMI methodologies and defined terms for activities I had been practicing but not necessarily labeling. A redefining of terms also occurred, as I was able to step outside of my work environment’s ‘customized’ process and take a deep dive into PMI terms and definitions.
The result was that while taking the PMP Exam Certification Prep Course I was able to focus more on identifying the areas/topics to study for the exam rather than needing to also spin up on the foundational PMI information.
A one-month to three-month pause, between taking the Project Management Fundamentals with a Team Approach followed with the PMP Exam Certification Prep Course, is helpful. This pause allowed me to continue to become familiar with the material and allow the new material to ‘brew’ so to speak.
I recommend taking this course especially in the following two situations:
- Those new to project management in order to build a strong foundation in order to practice project management using PMI methodologies.
- Those who have been practicing project management and would like to work toward taking the PMP Certification exam; however are lacking familiarity with the PMI methodologies.