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What are the best resources for preparing for the PMP certification exam?


Richard Lowery Clarksville, TN

I feel that I must be more than prepared for the Project Management Professional certification exam. I have already received the training from the Onward to Opportunity (O2O-VCTP) program with Syracuse University which covers the required 35 hours of training instruction. I have also read and am in the process of re-reading the PMBOK for the fourth time, in comparison to exam study guides from Sybex, McGraw-Hill, and "Achieve PMP Exam Success: A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager, 6th Edition".

Am I missing anything?

1 May 2019 3 replies Education & Training



Richard Valle Edwards, CA

Thanks for your military service and reaching out to AdvisorNet and sharing with other vets.

I am a Technical PM for the AF with 33 years experience with a BSEE and AF enlisted vet, but not currently PMI cert. PMP Cert is not valued as much in my line of work for the Fed Gov't, but becoming more recognized at the system program offices and highly desirable in industry as way to filter between good candidates from the best in hiring new recruits.

I recommend this short video. It is taught by Juan Martinez, PMP ex- AFIT course instructor for years who left to teach these PMP prep course which has been more profitable and rewarding for his personal career growth.

My AFIT IPM 350 class instructor/Summer 2018 I taken who had 25 years plus of AF military experience ex high ranking officer recommended Juan as a great recourse to help prep you for the PMP exam. Juan has with a wealth of PM knowledge and test. He told us in his course to budget and plan to take the PMP at least 2 twice. Study the latest PMBok version 9.0?? since it has been updated. He passed on the first try and is essay format. He recommended take a PMP bootcamp course at least 2 weeks prior to your test and take a week off of work to study the book in and out.

I told by my AFIT IPM 350 instructor PMPBok 4 day course that taught

Low cost PM course for acquiring your continuing PM education requirements.

Once you get your PMP Cert I recommend you share your lessons learned and advice with others seeking to acquire their Cert.

I wish you the best and never give up working toward your personal and career goals.


Chuck Burger King Of Prussia, PA


My guess is you may already be aware of these resources, but since they have not been mentioned I would suggest you peruse a few of the resources listed below.

The Project Management Institute is closely aligned to the College of Performance Management, and both are integral to the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Integrated Program Management Division (IPMD) whose membership includes largely senior managers of both USG Acquisition Community (DoD, Intel, and Civil; DOE NASA, etc.) and their counterparts in the Aerospace and Defense Industry. They are dedicated to advancing all things program/project management. The last URL is a training and education resource harvested from the PMI site.

I hope you find this information useful. Please let me know if I can address anything further.


Amit Chaudhary Cupertino, CA

Not really. Maybe even more preparing, go ahead and jump.
There will be more ahead, you will learn of roles (Scrum Master, Program Manager, Project Manager), demands for each in your desired area, then get more certification after learning from profiles of current ones.
Onward my friend

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