PMP Prep Class

PMI® Houston Chapter, Inc.
Course Syllabus
Preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification 


Major corporations are adopting A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 6th 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 using their PMBOK® knowledge. This has made the PMP Certification test harder than it was in the past and increases the value of preparation coursework prior to taking the test. This course, along with the review of the materials and relevant exercises and testing, will more than adequately prepare the student to take the PMP Certification Exam.

Who Should Attend?

Project Managers and Team Leaders who would like to adequately prepare for the PMP certification exam. Participants will prepare by the detailed review in three Domain Areas: People, Process and Business Environment.  Per research conducted by PMI, today’s project management practitioners work in a variety of project environments and utilize different project approaches. Accordingly, the PMP certification will be reflective of this and will incorporate approaches across the value delivery spectrum. About half of the examination will represent predictive project management approaches and the other half will represent agile or hybrid approaches. Predictive, agile, and hybrid approaches will be found throughout the three-domain areas listed above and are not isolated to any particular domain or task.

Class Outline

DAY 1 - Topics 

  • Exam assessment
  • Examination and Qualifications Overview
  • Build a Team
  • Define Team Ground Rules
  • Negotiate Project Agreements
  • Empower Team Members and Stakeholders
  • Train Team Members and Stakeholders
  • Engage and Support Virtual Teams
  • Build a Shared Understanding about a Project
  • Determine Appropriate Project Methodology/Methods and Practices

DAY 2 – Topics

  • Plan and Manage Scope
  • Plan and Manage Budget and Resources
  • Plan and Manage Schedule
  • Plan and Manage Quality of Products/Deliverables
  • Integrate Project Planning Activities
  • Plan and Manage Procurement
  • Establish Project Governance Structure
  • Plan and Manage Project/Phase Closure

DAY 3 – Topics

  • Assess and Manage Risks
  • Execute Project to Deliver Business Value
  • Manage Communications
  • Engage Stakeholders
  • Create Project Artifacts
  • Manage Project Changes
  • Manage Project Issues
  • Ensure Knowledge Transfer to Project Continuity
  • Lead a Team
  • Support Team Performance

DAY 4 – Topics

  • Address and Remove Impediments, Obstacles, and Blockers
  • Manage Conflict
  • Collaborate with Stakeholders
  • Mentor Relevant Stakeholders
  • Apply Emotional Intelligence to Promote Team Performance
  • Manage Compliance Requirements
  • Evaluate and Deliver Project Benefits and Value
  • Evaluate and Address Internal and External Business Environment Changes
  • Support Organizational Change
  • Employ Continuous Process Improvement

Course Instructors

  • Practicing project managers and/or project management consultants with years of experience and recognized teaching skills
  • Agile experienced
  • Certified (PMP®) Project Management Professional
  • Authorized Training Partner (ATP) Instructor

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