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Project Management Education Hours for PMP Qualification
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What did folks due to earn their 35 hours of PM education to qualify for the PMP? The university I work at offers a Project Management course, so I am thinking of taking that. Any pros/cons against that? What are other options?
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Ashley I think that should be fine. I also did the same, our organization also provides project management course qualifying for 35 PDUs. I also read Rita Mulachy's book and solved a lot of practice questions before I appeared for the exam
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1 reply by Ashley Stauffer
Jan 29, 2018 10:14 PM
Ashley Stauffer
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Thank you!
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Jan 29, 2018 9:37 PM
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Ashley I think that should be fine. I also did the same, our organization also provides project management course qualifying for 35 PDUs. I also read Rita Mulachy's book and solved a lot of practice questions before I appeared for the exam
Thank you!
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Yes, Ashley your University's Project Management course may be enough hours to get you the required 35 hours. It depends on the course. You would have to assess if you need more training or material to decide if you are ready for the exam. The practice exams will help you get a sense of our readiness. Other options are to take a Boot Camp which is a 4-5 day course OR self study as mentioned by Priya.
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The popular way seems to be the online PMP training courses, that are registered training partners of PMI, and guarantee the 35 hours needed, such as SimpliLearn or Prepcast and many others. That is cheaper and easier than sitting in a class for days on end. The university course you mentioned may be cheaper I'm not sure, but I imagine it would take longer.
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Ashley,
whatever course you take to gain the 35 hours the key word to look for is that they are approved education provider by PMI, look for PMI logo on their certification and you can confirm with PMI.
The prices have a big range from low (less than$100)to very high (Above $1000) you tailor that according to your base knowledge and study style.
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You can take any PM course - from anyone and it will count as long as you capture at least 35 hours of learning
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I would like to add here that PMI require that the formal education hours be earned from a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P). This you need to confirm from your university.
Please check details with PMI:
https://www.pmi.org/learning/training-development/reps

Moreover, you can check courses which are offered online.
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1 reply by Mounir Ajam
Jan 30, 2018 10:20 AM
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Najam

To borrow from trump - "fake news"

Please show a single PMI reference that mandate contact hours have to be from REP
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Hi Ashley, I believe that as Sante said, the online PMP training courses delivered by registered training partners who are approved education provider by the PMI are a great tool to help succeed one exam. I recommend that you choose the best that feet your need in terms of budget and availability.I hope you a good luck.
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1 reply by Mounir Ajam
Jan 30, 2018 9:44 AM
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All

Sorry for being an outcast here

My company was an REP for 13 years
I was on the REP Advisory Group for 3 years
We dropped our REP about 3 years ago,

So today, a company like mine, is not an REP but we are probably one of the best, if not the best in our region. But, if you follow REP definition, you will miss us.

On the hands, I know many REP that cheat their way into becoming REP and have no PM or PMP on staff.

Also, PMI REP program reviewers only review one course per REP every three years; and the focus of that review is to ensure there are no IP violations.

So - bottom line - do NOT trust a company just because they are an REP. There are good provider who are REP and they are bad ones. The same is true for Non-REP; some are good and some are bad.
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I am taking the long route, myself. I'm enrolled in an online master's degree program in project management, where they have partnered with PMI to ensure that the curriculum prepares you for the PMP exam. I know it will take longer it's a two - year program, but I think I will gain more knowledge and credibility in the long run. I'm loving the educational content and I feel that it is worth it. The master's degree also lowers the required work experience hours to qualify for the PMP certification to about 3,500.
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2 replies by Mounir Ajam and Tajudeen Muhammed Oyedele (PMP)
Jan 30, 2018 9:54 AM
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Jasmin

In my views, your approach is great. I would rather people have strong background and what you are getting is 10x better than a PMP prep class; if in a reputable institution
Feb 02, 2018 12:48 AM
Tajudeen Muhammed Oyedele (PMP)
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Nice and interesting to know!!
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That sounds like a thorough approach Jasmin.
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1 reply by Jasmin Braithwaite-Hanson
Jan 30, 2018 8:37 AM
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Yes, I wanted to cover all of my bases with education and credentials. I decided that a master's in project management along with a PMP certification are satisfactory for my career.
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