Course Description

This course will provide experienced project managers with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the Project Management Institute’s nationally recognized Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. This credential is considered the standard of excellence in the field of project management and is often a required credential in the field. This comprehensive course will use learning activities, practice exams and assignments to help students prepare for and successfully complete the PMP exam.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Orientation and Overview of Project Management

This lesson will provide an overview of the PMBOK Guide, as well as the concepts of project management. The relationships among Portfolio Management, Program Management, Project Management and Organizational Project Management will be discussed. In addition, students will learn about the business value of project management and the relationship between project management, operations management and organizational strategy. We will discuss the role of the project manager and their responsibilities within the organization. In Chapter 5, Wysocki provides an overview of the PMBOK process management groups — a key learning area in preparing you for the exam.

Lesson 2: Scope and Planning in TPM

This lesson will provide an overview of how to scope and conduct planning in a Traditional Project Management (TPM) project. Lesson topics include scope statement and charter documents. The planning lesson begins with RBS build methods to Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) from the available project requirements.  This prepares the team to make work activity identification, sequencing and estimating, which is covered in the next lesson.

Lesson 3: Planning Cost and Launching Projects in TPM

This lesson will cover planning and estimation techniques for activities in a TPM project and launching the project in the Execution and Monitoring and Controlling phases of TPM. Wysocki Chapter 8 will be covered in lesson 10, but students should pay close attention to the end of Chapter 8, as it deals with scheduling factors such as assigning resources, leveling and work packages.

Lesson 4: Execute and Close Projects in TPM

This lesson will cover executing and closing out a TPM Project. During the execution phase, part of monitoring and controlling a project includes keeping variances to planned costs and schedules from coming to a head. The PM’s job is tracking and mitigation. Closing a project is covered in Wysocki Chapter 10, and the factors that make a successful closing are an exam key.

Lesson 5: Project Method Selection

This lesson will prepare students to demonstrate the ability to select a project methodology best suited to the unique demands upon an organization, the organization's resources and PM methodological choices that are available to the organization. TPM (waterfall), Agile, Hybrid or other methods are now testable topics. The PMBOK 6e is steeped in TPM (waterfall or linear methodology), and it has been a standard for decades. A full half the PMP Exam will still be on TPM concepts. PMI is recognizing changes in project management standards and adding new content in the exam covering project use of Agile. 

Lesson 6: Business Environment

This lesson will cover the business environment from business climate down to the tactics used to accomplish the firm’s strategy. We will explore business strategic and product models that are common to the pursuit of strategy and which is best for what answers. A creative approach called design thinking is one you should know for the exam, so look at the resource search link example below.

Lesson 7: Implementing Agile: Environment

This lesson will cover implementing Agile, an overview of the environment and cover the common terms and methods associated with Agile or adaptive and the iterative variations. Resources include topics in Quality that are important for the exam.

Lesson 8: Implementing Agile: Delivery

This lesson on implementing Agile delivery of projects will cover a chapter on extreme management factors. Resource links for shared topic searches will add to resource areas important on the exam.

Lesson 9: Hybrid Approaches

This lesson will cover project types that are called hybrid or a combination of methodologies unique to the project purpose.

Lesson 10: People and Teams

This lesson will cover people and team factors important in any project.

Lesson 11: Agile Practices Guide

This lesson will provide a comprehensive overview of Agile practices, which includes the processes necessary to introduce students to Agile, the Agile Manifesto and mindset (including Annexes A1-A2), lean and Kanban principles (including Annex A3), the various life cycles of Agile projects and Agile implementation.   Implementation topics include creating and delivering an Agile environment. Students will learn the organizational considerations for Project Agile and get a sense of urgency to capitalize on Agile processes in "A Call to Action."

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of project management, organizational project management maturity and the PMP® certification process
  • Identify the nine knowledge areas of PMI’s Guide to the PMBOK® 6e and unique terminology
  • Describe the project management process from Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring, Controlling and Closing
  • Identify the 49 key processes of project management and how they relate
  • Describe projects and project management disciplines, methodologies and means necessary in today’s business environment
  • Cover traditional project management (TPM); initiating a project, planning, scheduling, cost estimation and budgeting considerations in execution and monitoring and controlling of a project
  • Cover TPM planning for project quality, resources, procurement, contracting considerations, staffing and communications
  • Be able to select an optimum method of organizing management of project work, be it traditional, Agile, hybrid or considerations with scale or special circumstances requiring tailoring methods
  • Cover the Agile Practices Guide (APG) for an overview of the iterative introductory level understanding of Agile and Hybrid methods
  • Demonstrate skills in selecting best approach (iterative or traditional) for a given project
  • Know the business orientation factors that define the needs and potential solutions within the framework of the business environment


Participants will have 12 months to complete this online, mentor-supported course.

All necessary materials are included.


  • This course prepares the student to take the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.
  • To apply for the PMP, students will need to have either:
    • A four-year degree
    • 36 months leading projects 
    • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification
      • — OR —
    • A high school diploma or an associate degree (or global equivalent)
    • 60 months leading projects
    • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:

  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online-based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla Firefox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (recommended):
  • Office suite (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, Foxit)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.
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Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam Prep (Online)
Jul 01, 2023 to Jun 30, 2025
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Course Fee non-credit $1,200.00