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Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
What do you lose if you spend 35 hours from boot camp training?
Any additional trainning is good
I teached PMP and other certification course from years. With that said, I have to say that the only thing a bootcamp will give you is the possibility to debate the answers to questions with other people. That´s because the answer must be what the PMI expect as an answer in the framework of the PMBOK, not what people do in their daily work that could be exactly the opposite. That interaction could help. But, at the end, if you ask me, it is not needed.
In addition to Sergio, which is spot on for having an opportunity to interact with fellow professionals and preparers, the boot camp will provide help on how best to tackle the exam; time, questions, strategy, etc.
Also, you will come out of the boot camp with additional study materials and potentially newfound confidence.
My experience with boot camp was positive. If your manager is willing to support and expense, then no reason not to take advantage. GL!
A lot will depend on your learning style - a boot camp might expose you to the underlying content in a manner which is different than you learned before and that might help.
However, there is a wide range of quality of boot camp offerings so make sure you do due diligence in identifying a good provider and product.
The recommended steps to prepare for PMP are understanding PMBoK and exercising sample questions.
If the bootcamp instructor is good (not only reciting PMBoK), you may get insights in understanding some of the key principles. Your co-learners may bring up questions that help your understanding.
So how is your understanding now?
Overall, you will need about 200 hours of effort to prepare, depending on your risk attitude. Many need more. Some are OK with 80.
Maybe it is better to invest these 35 hours in individual learning.
Which simulators did you buy ? Good resources are:
RMC Fast Track
Boot camp might help but it depends on your learning style. I, for the most part, like self study.
Hope this helps.
A bootcamp if conducted properly, is a time boxed and focussed approach to gain exam prep momemtum.
Fastest way to gather max knowledge
If your company will pay for the Bootcamp, then I would recommend going that route. The benefit is that you have face time with the instructor and can collaborate with others attending the course that may be in the same position you are in today. Additionally, you would have the week's training in a condensed period of time.
If you do take the Bootcamp, make sure it addresses the 'learning objectives in project management'. That is, it must be recognized by PMI as qualifying for 35 contact hours (regardless you saying you already have these hours).
Good luck, Joshua!
Thank you for your response. Just trying to be as efficient as possible.
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