PMP Prep Class

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) 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 repeated practice testing, will more than adequately prepare the 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 has been expanded to include the general framework, environment and the role of the project manager in Chapters 1 through 3. The class covers each framework topic in detail using source reference materials used to create the exam.

  •         Exam assessment
  •         Examination and Qualifications Overview
  •         Chapter 1 – overview and foundational elements

o   Overview

o   Code of ethics

o   Process groups and knowledge areas

o   Business documents

  •         Chapter 2 – the environment

o   Enterprise environmental factors

o   Organizational process assets

o   Organizational systems

  •          Chapter 3 – the role of the Project Manager

o   Overview

o   Definition of a Project Manager

o   Sphere of Influence

o   Competencies

o   Performing Integration

DAY 2 – Integration and Scope Management
On Day 2, we begin discussing the knowledge areas. The project integration and scope management processes are defined along with inputs, outputs, and tools and techniques.

  •         Chapter 4 - Project Integration Management
  •         Initiate the project
  •         Develop the Project Management Plan
  •         Direct and Manage Project Execution
  •         Manage project knowledge
  •         Controlling the Project
  •         Closing the Project
  •         Chapter 5 - Project Scope Management, the high-level process flow
  •         Scope Planning, Definition, and the WBS
  •         Controlling and Verifying Scope


DAY 3 – Schedule, Cost, and Quality Management
Schedule, cost, and quality management are covered in Chapters 6 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 6 - Project Schedule Management
  •         Chapter 7 - Project Cost Management
  •         Chapter 8 - Project Quality Management
    • Activity Definition, Estimation, Sequencing, and Schedule Development
    • Schedule Control
    • Cost Estimating and Budgeting
    • Cost Control
    • Plan Quality Management
    • Manage Quality
    • Control Quality


DAY 4 – Other Knowledge Areas
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 13 of the PMBOK® Guide in knowledge area sequence. Inputs and Outputs are discussed again, along with tools and techniques used in each process.

  •         Chapter 9 - Project Resource Management
  •         Chapter 10 - Project Communications Management
  •         Chapter 11 - Project Risk Management
  •         Chapter 12 - Project Procurement Management
  •         Chapter 13 – Project Stakeholder Management
    • Planning
    • Estimate and Acquire Resources
    • Develop and Manage Team
    • Control Resources
    • Plan Communications
    • Manage Communications
    • Monitor Communications
    • Risk Management Planning and Identification
    • Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
    • Risk response planning and implementation
    • Monitoring risks
    • Plan Procurement Management
    • Conduct Procurements
    • Control Procurements
    • Identify Stakeholders
    • Plan Stakeholder Engagement
    • Manage and Monitor Stakeholder Engagement

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