PMI® Houston Chapter, Inc.
    Course Syllabus
    Preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam


    Major corporations are adopting A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 5th Edition, from the Project Management Institute, and the related Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, as the primary sources of competency in the field of Project Management.

    Market research indicates that employers want to hire project management practitioners who have real experience leading and directing projects. To better meet this need, PMI is incorporating in the certification application process the requirement to document experience leading and directing the various tasks required in effective project management. In addition, PMI is placing increased emphasis on situational questions in the testing process for the PMP Certification to better evaluate applicant skill in actually using their PMBOK® knowledge. This has made the PMP Certification test harder than it was in the past, and increases the value of preparation course work prior to taking the test. This course, along with the review of the materials and repeated practice testing, will more than adequately prepare student to take the PMP Certification Exam. For those individuals who cannot qualify for the PMP Certification Exam, this course will amply enable them to sit for the CAPM Certification Exam.

    Who Should Attend?

    Project Managers and Team Leaders who would like to adequately prepare for the PMP certification exam and those Team Members or students who cannot qualify to sit for the PMP Exam and would like to earn a CAPM credential. Participants will review all PMBOK® Guide Knowledge Areas and will be presented with several practice tests, study materials, and a final practice exam in this very thorough and highly successful course.

    Class Outline

    DAY 1 - Project Management Framework and Context
    The PMBOK® Guide only summarizes or lists Project Management framework and context topics in Chapter 1. For this reason, the class covers each framework topic in detail using source reference materials used to create the exam.

    • Examination and Qualifications Overview
    • Chapter 1 - Project Management Framework and Context
      • Social, Economic, Environmental, and Cultural Influences
      • Key General Management Skills
      • Communicating
      • Power and Influence
      • Leadership
      • Motivation Theories
      • Negotiating, Change Management, and Problem Solving
      • Project Management Context Portfolios, Programs, Projects and the PMO

    DAY 2 - Project Life Cycle and the Standard for Project Management
    The PMBOK® Guide covers the project management life cycle, stakeholders, and organizational context and influences in Chapter 2. In Chapter 3, the processes are introduced in process group sequence, along with inputs and outputs for each process. In Chapter 4 we begin discussing the knowledge areas. The project integration management processes are defined along with inputs, outputs, and tools and techniques.

    • Chapter 2 - Project Life Cycle and Organization
      • The Project Life Cycle
      • The Importance of Stakeholders
      • Organizational Systems and Influences
      • Probability and Statistics
    • Chapter 3 - The Standard for Project Management of a Project
      • Project Management Processes, Process Groups, and Interactions
      • Processes, Inputs, Outputs
      • Mapping the 5 Process Groups and the 9 Knowledge Areas
    • Chapter 4 - Project Integration Management, the high level process flow
      •  Initiate the project
      • Develop the Project Management Plan
      • Direct and Manage Project Execution
      • Controlling the Project
      • Closing the Project

    DAY 3 - Core Topics
    The core topics are often misunderstood to cover the whole of project management, and are the most familiar to most project managers. These topics are covered in Chapters 5 through 8 of the PMBOK® Guide in knowledge area sequence. Inputs and Outputs are discussed again, along with tools and techniques used in each process.

    • Chapter 5 - Project Scope Management
      • Scope Planning, Definition, and the WBS
      • Controlling and Verifying Scope
    • Chapter 6 - Project Time Management
      • Activity Definition, Estimation, Sequencing, and Schedule Development
      • Schedule Control
    • Chapter 7 - Project Cost Management
      • Cost Estimating and Budgeting
      • Cost Control
    • Chapter 8 - Project Quality Management
      • Quality Planning
      • Quality Assurance
      • Quality Control


    DAY 4 - Subsidiary Topics
    The other dimensions of project management are less familiar to some project managers, but are given equal emphasis by PMI. These topic areas are frequently the source of surprises and difficulties during the project life cycle. They are covered in Chapters 9 through 12 of the PMBOK® Guide in knowledge area sequence. Inputs and Outputs are discussed again, along with tools and techniques used in each process. Finally, professional ethics and professional responsibility topics are addressed.

    • Chapter 9 - Project Human Resources Management
      • HR Planning
      • Acquire and Develop Project Team
      • Manage Project Team
    • Chapter 10 - Project Communications Management
      • Communications Planning
      • Information Distribution
      • Performance Reporting
      • Stakeholder Management
    • Chapter 11 - Project Risk Management
      • Risk Management Planning and Identification
      • Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
      • Risk Monitoring and Control
    • Chapter 12 - Project Procurement Management
      • Plan Purchases and Acquisitions
      • Prepare for Bidding Process
      • Request Seller Responses and Select the Winner
      • Administer Contract
      • Close Contract
    • Professional Responsibility and Ethics

    Course Instructors

    • Practicing project managers and/or project management consultants with years of experience and recognized teaching skills
    • Certified (PMP®) Project Management Professional

    This course is offered monthly by PMI®  Houston. See the PMI® Houston Calendar of courses for dates of offerings at