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This subject looks at project and program management training and qualifications, their importance in the current job marketplace, and their effectiveness in identifying competent people.

Topics included in PM Training & Qualifications:

- Training & Qualifications Overview
- Learning & Studying
- Exam Questions
- PM Final on-line simulator
- PM Credentials & Qualifications
- PMP Resources
- CAPM Resources
- PMI's CCR System
- Useful External Web-links & Resources.

Other related sections of the PMKI:

- Mosaic's Training 


Training & Qualifications Overview

Our discussion paper, Project Management Certification Options within Australia looks at the range of PM related certifications available in our business area. The valuation of credentials, and the unique value ascribed to the PMP credential is a complex issue addressed in our discussion paper The Value of your PMP Qualification.

DP: PM Credentials in Australia. Project management certification options within Australia fall into two general categories, competency based certifications and knowledge based certifications based on examination.

Prs: Supercharge Your Project Performance. This paper will explore the phenomenon of the accidental project manager and and describe the project management skills needed for success. It will then outline ways organizations and the Project Management profession can support project managers and help them achieve recognized qualifications.

 

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Learning & Studying

Assimilating the information needed to be successful in the examination is not easy, particularly if you have not studied for a while. In addition, we have compiled a list of suggestions that may assist you to get back into the study mode and help with your exam techniques. This is supported by our course design focuses on making the information you need to be successful easily available.

WP: The Art of Learning. Learning new things should be an enjoyable process at all stages of life and career. Learning how to learn effectively is the first step along the journey, this paper has a range of techniques and ideas to help. A comprehensive map of learning theories is available for download.

Art: The Psychology of Effective Learning. Teaching and learning are interrelated, but people learn in a variety of ways and have different learning preferences. This paper and the referenced reports highlight the most effective learning options.

Art: The role of questions in the learning process. You can only pass an examination by effectively answering the questions – it’s not what you know that matters so much as how you interpret that knowledge into answers to a set of questions you’ve never seen before. Conversely, simply studying questions and answers will never provide sufficient knowledge to pass your exam! The role of questions is to sample your knowledge and provide an assessment of your overall understanding.

 

Exam Techniques (for PMI credentials and similar multi-choice exams)

Managing the overall examination process is an easy way to enhance your score, the trick is to use the time before, during, and after the exam effectively.

Art: Examination Techniques. This paper is focused on PMI’s computer-based examinations; however, the suggestions are generally relevant to all high intensity exams.

 

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Exam Questions

Dealing with PMI's multi-choice questions

Success in the exam requires you to be good at answering questions! But, simply studying questions and answers will never provide sufficient knowledge to pass your exam! Questions have a key role to play in the learning process, but what you know and what your score is are not the same A good question answering techniques can add 10% to 15% to your score!

Art: Understanding your PMI Score. There is a random 25% chance any answer will be correct (provided you have answered A, B C or D - one option will always be correct!). This paper helps you understand how your actual test score relates to your level of knowledge.

Art: Examination Techniques. The mid-section of this paper is focused on dealing with PMI multi-choice questions.

 


PM Final Exam Simulator (PMP & CAPM)

PM Final

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Test your preparedness for the PMP exam by practicing with our on-line exam simulator:

Buy a 30-day licence for $50.00 (GST excluded) - US$ 85 from PM Final USA
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Buy on-line from our webshop or, Buy on-line from PM Final (US$)


PM Final Log On:

To use Mosaic's PM Final questions enter 
your email address and password to sign in.

Please remember to Sign Off at the end of your session

To exit in the middle of an exam -
- Click 'Save Exam' at the bottom of every question screen
- Then 'Sign Off'. You can re-start the exam when you are ready.

Email support@mosaicprojects.com.au if you have any questions
or difficulty accessing the tool.

   

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How to use PM Final

PM FinalPM Final is Mosaic's online exam preparation tool. It is specifically designed to help with your final preparation for the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exams. PM Final includes hundreds of realistic practice questions closely aligned with each of the PMBOK Guide® knowledge areas. The test questions are modelled on the PMI standard testing environment; the question screen shows its number, the total number of questions in your current exam, four multiple-choice answers, the "Mark" checkbox to mark questions for further review and the time remaining. At the end of each exam, you are provided with a comprehensive overview of every answer. The question bank is reviewed and updated at least once per quarter through feedback received from thousands of PM Final students.

 

About the trial examinations

You can take as many trial exams as you like during your licence period. The PM Final system allows you to:

  • Select the number of questions attempted in each exam
  • Select the questions by individual knowledge area (Custom) or practice a comprehensive exam using all of the knowledge areas
  • A clock lets you know exactly how much time is remaining for each practice exam based on the PMP schedule of 50 questions per hour
  • At any time during your practice exam, you may choose to save the exam for later completion. All answers, marked questions, and time remaining will be saved to restart at any time in the future
  • At the end of each pass through the selected questions, you can review the whole examination. You may review an individual question. Review only "Marked" questions. Review only "Unanswered" questions. Or, review all questions again
  • You complete and score exam only when you are ready (or when time has run out)
  • After 'scoring' your practice exam, you can review the colour-coded answers. You may review the answers to individual questions, only those that were incorrect, or all of the questions. Detailed explanations show the correct and incorrect answers and give an exact PMBOK reference for further review.

PM FinalThe PM Final system keeps track of your progress:

  • A complete exam history is available
  • You may retake or review a previously completed practice exam at any time
  • View your overall progress graphically at any time to gauge the success of your preparation efforts
  • As long as you 'Sign Out', your on-line time is recorded for PMI audit purposes

Help is always available:

  • On line, click on (?)
  • From Mosaic by email us at: Training@mosaicprojects.com.au
    If help is needed for a specific question, we need to know the 'Question ID' eg ID: 9733

 

Free Questions (mainly PMP & CAPM)

These are the question sets we like - we are very choosy about who gets on this list!

Oliver Lehmann - https://www.oliverlehmann.com/pmp-self-test/100-free-questions.htm

Oliver provides his sample questions in a variety of formats (no registration required). From the site, you can take a free 100-question simulated, timed (120 minute) exam. He also includes a link-page to thousands of free sample questions as well as a download option (PDF) for an additional 175 sample questions, which is also available in German. Smartphone owners can access another 30 free questions for their iPhone/iPad and/or Android in the iTunes Store and Android Market, respectively.

Cornelius Fichtner

https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/PMP-Practice-Exam-Questions-Sample-Test 120 Free Sample PMP® Practice Exam Questions.

https://free.pm-exam-simulator.com/. Sign up to try Cornelius' Exam Simulator for three days -- free! This PM Exam Simulator gives you the opportunity to practice taking the PMP Exam in a way that mimics the actual exam. The Simulator feeds you questions of the same style and difficulty that you’ll see on the exam and proportionately as far as the correct process group (i.e., Initiation=11%, Planning =23%, etc.). You’ll experience various types of questions, from formula-based questions to interpretational questions. Another plus for this site is that you can take the practice exam in three modes: Real Exam Mode (just like the real PMP exam experience); Timed Mode (receive hints and answers, but still adhere to a limited time); or Learning Mode (receive hints and answers with no time limit).

Project Management Academy (USA) - https://projectmanagementacademy.net/free-pmp-questions

This site offers 50 free scenario based PMP questions similar to the exam. After completing the PMP questions you click the grade button at the bottom to see your results and complete explanations.

PreparePM - https://www.preparepm.com/mock1.html

This site offers two different free “mock exams”—the first has 70 questions; the second has 28 questions, and the answers to the questions are included at the end of each exam. You can filter the sample questions by the various knowledge areas covered in the exam (i.e., questions on Risk Management, or Quality Management, or Ethics, etc.), so you can focus your studies on the areas where you think you need the most help. The site also includes a link to a free, timed 200-question PMP practice exam (although you do have to register on the site).

Simplilearn - https://www.simplilearn.com/pmp-exam-prep-free-practice-test

Telephone number and email address required. 200 question timed test (240 minutes) with answers and explanations. This is a test and can be attempted multiple times. You can pause the test and resume later.

Exam Central http://www.examcentral.net/pmp/pmp-exam-questions#.

Registration required. This PMP Exam study site includes a 1000+ sample-question test bank. Once you have registered, you can access the test bank, as well as an unlimited number of full-length mock exams, customizable PMP flashcards, and a PMP dictionary. Two nice features of note: first, once you take a practice exam, you can re-open it for review; second, the practice exam provides you with visual, analytical progress reporting, so you know exactly where you stand during your mock exam.

 

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PM Credentials & Qualifications

Valuing Credentials

There are a number of certifications in the Australian market - other places may vary. Our assessment based on observation of the job market is:

  • Diplomas in various forms have virtually no value in the job market and certainly won't help someone get a job without other experience. If you have experience, other higher level certifications are available. The 1-Day PRICE2 Foundation certificate is of a similar low-level.
  • Cert IV in project management. The Cert IV diploma has the benefit of being recognized under the National Competency Framework (and therefore overseas) but is a relatively low-level certification generally sought by people working in organizations that do not see project management as a key competency.
  • CAPM. The PMI Certified Associate in Project Management and the lower level Certified Practicing Project Practitioner (CPPP) in the AIPM RegPM scheme are designed for people entering the project management profession. Both seem to carry significantly more weight than the Cert IV.
  • PMP. The PMI Project Management Professional, the AIPM RegPM Certified Practicing Project Manager (CPPM) and the PRINCE2 Practitioner are generally seen as approximately equivalent qualifications held by practicing project managers. The equivalent IPMA credential has very little traction in Australia but is prominent overseas where the AIPM has no relevance - the AIPM and IPMA credentials are moving closer together.
  • All of the professional qualifications have higher level options that are well regarded such as PgMP and MSP.
  • Academic degrees. the Australian market tends to see academic degrees such as a 'Masters in Project Management as 'academic'....... Over the years we have helped several Masters graduates obtain their PMP to assist in job hunting. I find this hard to understand!

At the project management level choosing between PMP, the RegPM CPPM and PRINCE2 is more difficult. Most job applications seem to see any one of the three as being acceptable - you have done the work and studied project management. Some organizations have a strong bias to either AIPM or PMI and because PRINCE2 is focused on the PRINCE2 methodology, organizations using PRINCE2 have a preference for PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Apart from the obvious PRINCE2 link, generally PMP seems to be preferred in organizations with an international focus, IT, banks, finance, etc. RegPM in organizations with an Australian engineering focus (but this seems to be a fairly mild preference most of the time). The practical difference between RegPM and PMP is that the PMP credential can be obtained by passing an exam; the RegPM credential requires you to be employed as a project manager, using the 'PMBOK processes' in the real world, to demonstrate competency in their application.

Art: The value of Project Management qualifications. Salary Surveys, show a steady increase in salaries for qualified project managers and in the USA, Australia and a number of other countries,

DP: The Value of your PMP Qualification. The real value of a credential to an individual and to an organisation assessing the person for employment.

If you would like to discuss this further feel free to Contact Us we are AIPM members as well as PMI and have held the MSP credential from the 'PRINCE2 family'.

  

Scheduling Certifications

Prs: Should you certify your schedulers? This presentation focuses on initiatives to revitalize our industry by creating a career path for planners and schedulers as well as clearly identifying the benefits of certification for organizations that employ planners and schedulers. New initiatives by Planning Planet are designed to deliver a career framework for professional ‘Time Managers’, taking people from novice, to a practitioner skilled in the art of planning and scheduling. 

Art: The problem with CPM. The problem with scheduling and CPM is not the technology, it’s the people - virtually anyone can learn to use software in a few hours. But being able to push some buttons to make some use of the tool and understanding the basic fundamentals of scheduling are two very different things

PMI-SPsm Scheduling Professional Credential - PMI's credential for professional schedulers. For more information on the credential and Mosaic's PMI-SP exam prep course options:


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Useful External Web-links & Resources

The Guild of Project Controls Scheduling Qualifications - The Guild of Project Controls offer a scheduling certification structure. For more information visit http://www.planningplanet.com/guild


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