PMP Certification Course Syllabus - What You Will Learn

A detailed structure outlining the various topics covered within the PMP certification course syllabus certification

A well structured PMP certification syllabus covers the 49 project management processes that are defined in the PMBOK (Project Management Body Of Knowledge) Guide. These processes are mapped across 10 knowledge areas and 5 process groups.

The latest edition of the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) guide, which is the 6th edition, was released on September 2017. It now contains 5 process groups and 10 knowledge areas, across which 49 project management processes are mapped. The PMP curriculum must cover all these knowledge areas in order to prepare you for the examination. We describe what exactly the PMP certification syllabus includes below.

PMP Course Outline

  1. Introduction to PMP and Project Management Terminologies

    The PMP syllabus must start with securing the basics of project management, introducing candidates to topics like the definition of a project and project management, the relationship between portfolio management, program management, operations management, etc., and the PMBOK guide.

  2. Organizational Influences and the Project Life Cycle

    Candidates will then learn of the influence that an organization has on project management, and various other key topics like the Project Stakeholders, Project Governance, the creation of and the importance of a Project Team, and the Project Life Cycle.

  3. Project Management Processes

    Before moving to the 49 processes, the PMP course syllabus will introduce candidates to the 10 project management knowledge areas and 5 process groups at an overview level.

  4. Project Integration Management

    This is the first knowledge area in the PMP certification course content, and explains the coordination of the different elements within a project. These elements include project activities, resources, schedules, stakeholders, etc.

  5. Project Scope Management

    The project’s scope defines what exactly needs to be executed in the project, and this section of the PMP certification syllabus teaches the various processes (like requirements collection, WBS creation, scope control, etc.) involved in ensuring the result is maintained within the defined scope.

  6. Project Schedule Management

    Candidates are taught the various processes involved in scheduling the various activities, deliverables, and milestones within a project, defining the relationship between these elements, and estimating resource allocation and task durations.

  7. Project Cost Management

    You will be taught the different processes involved in estimating, allocating, and controlling the project budget and individual activity and resource costs.

  8. Project Quality Management

    This knowledge area covers the different processes involved in defining the quality standards and methods to test the quality and ensure the standards are met. You will learn to plan quality management, perform quality assurance, and control end quality.

  9. Project Resource Management

    You will learn the different processes involved in planning resource management, estimating resource requirements based on activities, and acquiring resources. This includes steps to build, develop, manage, and control resource teams.

  10. Project Communications Management

    This section of the PMP training course covers the various modes of communication that can be set up within a project for smooth operations.

  11. Project Risk Management

    You will be taught the various processes involved in identifying risks, performing a risk analysis, planning risk responses, implementing these responses, and monitoring risks.

  12. Project Procurement Management

    This knowledge area involves processes related to the procurement of various resource elements: workers, materials, and equipment.

  13. Project Stakeholder management

    The last section of the course covers the final knowledge area and process related to the management of individuals who are impacted by the project, namely the stakeholders.

Face the PMP Examination with Confidence

If your PMP training course outline covers all these topics, you will be able to attend the examination confidently and clear it with ease.

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Syllabus of PMP Certification Training

  • Initiating a project
  • Planning project work
  • Developing Project schedules, cost estimates, and budgets
  • Planning project staffing and communication
  • Analyze projects risks
  • Plan and manage project procurement
  • Monitoring and controlling of project work, and more

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FAQs on PMP Certification

Who should take up the PMP Exam Prep course?

Job roles that can benefit from PMP Exam Prep Course include, but are not limited to:

  • Associate Project Managers
  • IT Project Managers
  • Project Coordinators
  • Project Analysts
  • Project Leaders
  • Product Managers
  • Program Managers
  • Project Sponsors
  • Project Team Members

There are a set of minimum requirements to be met for PMP certification. The pre-requisites to take the PMP certification exam are:

Option1

  • Educational Background: Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • Project Management Experience: 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • Project Management Education: 35 hours of project management education

Option2

  • Educational Background: Four-year degree
  • Project Management Education: 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • Project Management Education: 35 hours of project management education
  • Exam Type: Multiple choice
  • No Of Questions: 200 questions per paper: 175 scored, 25 unscored
  • Exam duration: 4 hours
  • Type: Closed book exam
  • Result: The passing score is determined through psychometric analysis

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