Introduction to Project Management & the PMP® Exam

In this course, designed to align with the PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition and the newest PMI® standards, you'll learn if the PMP®, the gold standard in project management certifications, is right for you and begin your learning journey.
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Intermediate
Updated
Mar 19, 2018
Duration
2h 20m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(26)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 19, 2018
Duration
2h 20m
Description

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is recognized worldwide as one of the most valuable certifications for professionals in IT and many other industries. In this course, Introduction to Project Management & the PMP® Exam, you’ll learn if earning a PMP® is the right choice for your career development, what prerequisites must be met in order to take the certification exam, what to expect from the test itself, and how to compile and submit your application. After that, you’ll be introduced to foundational project management principles that can help you better understand what sets project management apart from the day-to-day managerial needs of organizations, and be introduced to the content that will be covered throughout this learning path. This course, and all others in this learning path, are fully aligned with the newest version of the PMP® exam’s objectives and the 6th Edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Completion of this course and others in the series will help you completely fulfill the mandatory training requirement for the PMP® exam, and can also be used to earn continuing education credit for those who have already earned their certification. By the end of this course, you’ll know if earning a PMP® is right for you, and take valuable first steps to prepare for the certification.

About the author
About the author

Casey has experience leading projects in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development, consumer product design, education, and event management. He's constantly in pursuit of new challenges and loves to share what he learns along the way with others.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Casey Ayers and welcome to my course, Introduction to Project Management and the PMP Exam. This course is the first entry in our newly updated series helping you prepare for the latest version of the PMP Exam. Based on the sixth edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, better known as the PMBOK Guide. By completing this course and others in our PMP prep series, you'll not only be better prepared to ace the certification exam, but critically, we'll also completely fulfill the mandatory training requirement that must be met before taking the exam. The PMP, or Project Management Professional Certification is consistently listed as one of the top five most valuable certifications for IT professionals and is also broadly applicable to a wide range of industries. A PMP builds the skills needed to succeed as a Project Manager and opens new doors for those with the Certification. In this first course, in our PMP learning path, we'll help you understand if earning a PMP is right for you by looking at the benefits it offers and what industries and sectors it's best suited for. Then, we'll look at the prerequisites you must meet before applying for the exam and walk you through the application process. After that, we'll begin our exploration of project management, explaining what separates managing projects from the more day-to-day management needs of organizations, what key roles and stakeholders are involved in project work, the lifecycle projects follow from inception to completion, and what essential traits and skills can help you succeed as a Project Manager. By the end of this course, you'll know if earning a PMP is right for you and have a strong foundation in place from which you can continue your journey learning more about project management. This course and others in the series can not only help you learn more about project management and prepare for the PMP Exam, but also serve as a great refresher for established Project Managers and as an opportunity to earn Continuing Education credit. I hope you'll join me for this Introduction to Project Management and the PMP Exam here at Pluralsight.

Getting Started with the PMP® Certification
Hello, and welcome. I'm Casey Ayers and this is Introduction to Project Management and the PMP Exam. This is the first course in our 14 course series helping you to prepare for the PMP exam and helping you to learn about all the different facets of project management that you need to know about in order to more effectively manage projects within your organization. In this course we're going to first begin by looking at six key topics. First we'll look at how we get started with the PMP certification. What exactly is it? What benefits might it offer you? And what do you need to know in order to begin your journey toward earning a PMP? Then we'll look at how you qualify for the PMP exam? Not only the prerequisites that you need to meet, but how you can go about meeting them. Then we'll look at the PMP exam application process. How you actually go about submitting that exam and preparing the documentation you'll need in order to begin scheduling your exam test date. From there we'll begin our journey in understanding project management fundamentals. Before looking at key project roles and stakeholders and the skills that effective project managers bring to their project environment. In this module we're first going to look at what a PMP actually is and who should seek to pursue one. From there we'll look at PMI, the Project Management Institute, and the evolution of project management that's brought us to this point in time. Then we'll introduce the PMBOK Guide, the sixth edition of the PMBOK Guide in fact, which was released in late 2017 and as of early 2018 became one of the central pillars for the PMP exam. So without any further ado, let's jump right in.

Qualifying for the PMP® Exam
Welcome back. In this module, we're going to look at what's required to qualify for PMP Exam. We'll look at the three main types of requirements that you need to fulfill beginning with: the education requirement, before looking more closely at the experience requirement, and the training requirement. After that, we'll introduce the exam structure, and the phases of projects that you can expect to see questions about on the PMP Exam. Let's get started.

The PMP® Exam Application Process
Welcome back. In this module, we're going to take you through the process that's necessary in order to complete your application for the PMP exam. First, we'll take a look at the process and what you can expect throughout. Then, we'll take a closer look at the prerequisites, especially the experience prerequisite, and how you can capture your experience in a way that will suffice for filling out your application. Then we'll look at the PMP exam audit process, and what that looks like should your exam be chosen for audit. And finally, more information on the PMP exam itself. Let's jump right in.

Project Management Fundamentals
Welcome back. Now that we've taken a close look at the PMP exam, it's time to begin looking at the actual content you can expect to see on the PMP exam. That begins with this module, on Project Management Fundamentals. First of all we'll answer some core questions regarding project management. Including defining exactly what we mean when we say we are working on a project, as well as what makes project management different from the sort of operational management that it's more traditionally seen inside of organizations? Then when we'll look at the project management lifecycle, how projects tend to evolve from initiation, all the way to closing. Let's get started.

Key Project Roles & Stakeholders
Welcome back. In this module, we're going to look at some of the key project roles and various stakeholders that you may encounter as part of your job managing projects. First, we'll look at the role that project sponsors play within the project environment. Then, we'll look at some of the different project stakeholders that you need to keep in account when determining both your communication strategy as well as how you're going to manage and engage those stakeholders effectively. Then, we'll look at members of the project management team and how that differs from your project team's composition at large. Let's get started.

The Skills of Effective Project Managers
Welcome back. In this final module of the first course of our series, we're going to look at what skills help to make for effective project managers. First, we'll take a closer look at the role of project managers, so that we can understand how they need to function in their work to be effective. Then we'll look at project management interpersonal skills, the ways that we can work better with others in order to advance our project's objectives. Then we'll look at the differences between project management and project leadership, and the sort of qualities that you can bring in order to excel in both of these areas. Finally, we'll look at how project success can be achieved, the sort of broad markers that you should strive for in order to ensure that your project objectives will be met and your project can be completed successfully. Let's get started.