Preparing for the CAPM or PMP Exam

Posted by nfisherpmi on Mar. 5, 2021  /  PMI Dallas articles  /   0

When it comes to preparing for the CAPM or PMP exam, you have more choices today than ever before. The method and provider you choose will depend on your preferred learning style and budget.

The following is current as of February 2021. The info below is provided for your information and does not constitute an endorsement by the chapter.

First, a note. PMI recently retired the Registered Education Provider (REP) program and replaced it with the Authorized Training Partner (ATP) program. Each trainer had to choose whether to move to the new program. For example, the PMI Dallas Chapter chose not to become an ATP. ATPs have access to PMI created content. Does this mean former REPs are no longer good training providers? Absolutely not. They continue to serve the Project Management community even though they didn’t transition to the new program just as the chapter chose not to transition.

As of today, the chapter has not come to an agreement with an ATP to provide training at a discount. I’m hoping to have some news on this topic soon.

In general, training offerings can be categorized as either classroom or self-paced. Given the pandemic, all classroom courses are currently virtual courses.

PMI has a list of ATP courses currently being offered (some at a great price):

There are two local, former REPs, closely associated with the chapter who are offering PMP prep courses (may not offer CAPM courses):


Turning to online training, PMI has entered the space. You can find their offerings here:

You can also find online training at very reasonable prices from online course providers such as Udemy, Pluralsight and Skillshare. Before purchasing, please ensure the course has been updated to the latest edition of the PMBOK and that it satisfies the 35-hour education requirement. For example, the course in Udemy is priced at $13.99, has a 4.6 star rating from over 60,000 reviews and states it has been updated for the Jan 2, 2021 exam and will satisfy the 35 contact hour requirement.

Lastly, back in 2004 when I was studying for the PMP exam, I found the Rita Mulcahy PMP exam prep kit quite helpful: RMC also has exam prep materials for CAPM and PMI-ACP.

Writer: William RED Davidson

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