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This page is focused on the PMI-SP examination. PMI-SP is based on the PMI-SP Role Delineation Study (latest edition). Holding the PMI-SP credential will showcase your knowledge and skill to drive the improved management of project schedules.

Topics included in PMI-SP Credential Training:

- PMI-SP Overview
- Why we stopped teaching PMI-SP
- PMI-SP Training & Study Resources
- PMI-SP Exam Resources
- Useful External Web-links & Resources.

Other related sections of the PMKI:

- PM resources based on the PMBOK Guide
- Free scheduling resources
- Mosaic's training options


PMI-SP Overview

The PMI-SP credential serves as an unbiased endorsement of your project planing and scheduling knowledge and expertise that is are recognized globally. It identifies you to employers as a practitioner who has demonstrated knowledge of project controls processes and techniques. 

Projects and teams today are increasingly global and virtual, and project schedules are key to managing activities, resources, dependencies and ultimately, project outcomes. Obtaining your PMI-SP, along with thousands of other professionals worldwide, can go a long way toward enhancing your employment and getting you recognized in the workplace by giving you knowledge of tools and techniques to immediately improve project performance.

Changes in PMI policy and the PMI-SP exam mean we are no longer able to offer a course that covers the complete PMI-SP syllabus, but we do provide a range of free and low-cost options that cover the majority of the current exam knowledge requirements. Scroll down for our PMI-SP Training Options and PMI-SP Exam Resources.

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Why we stopped teaching PMI-SP

agileMosaic is an established training business based in Melbourne, Australia, with a worldwide reputation for excellence, that has been training project professionals since 1999.  We were a PMI approved Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) #1705 between 2002 and 2020. See more on why train with Mosaic.

In 2020 PMI announced changes in the PMI-SP exam format and content, altered the requirements to be a PMI R.E.P., and in 2021 significantly changed the structure of the PMBOK Guide. As a consequence, we decided the work needed to retain our PMI R.E.P. status and to adapt training to conform to the new examinations was excessive and therefore we decided to withdraw from the delivery of PMI exam preparation courses. Where the PMI-SP exam differs from other credentials such as the PMP exam, is there are no specific training prerequisites you are required to undertake prior to sitting the exam - you just have to know your stuff.

This means outside of the PMI training delivery constraints we have been able to redesign out training to offer a cost effective component to assist schedulers preparing for the PMI-SP exam focusing on two of  the major components of the examination, CPM scheduling and earned value (EVM).

 

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PMI-SP Training & Study Resources

PMI advise that successful PMI-SP candidates typically use multiple study aids including, self-study, and will spend many hours to prepare. The requirements for study are listed in the PMI publications below. Mosaic offers a range of options that cover much of the current PMI-SP requirements.

 

Self-paced course-in-a-book options

 

CPM Training Easy CPM is a self-paced course-in-a-book supported by Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd. As part of the course, all trainees working through the materials are welcome to email Mosaic with any questions or requests for additional information they may have at any time. We will attempt to answer all emails within 24 Hrs of receipt.

The book is designed to provide practical guidance to people involved in developing, or using schedules based on the Critical Path Method (CPM) and is consistent with the PMI-SP examination. The book is divided into six sections, each section includes guidance on an aspect of CPM scheduling, external references, and a set of 20 questions; with the answers in Section 7. Section 8 incorporates the appendix.
Click through to preview and buy $35- (plus GST, Australian purchases only).

 

EVM Training Easy EVM is a self-paced course-in-a-book, supported by Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd. As part of the course, all trainees working through the materials are welcome to email Mosaic with any questions or requests for additional information they may have at any time. We will attempt to answer all emails within 24 Hrs of receipt.

The book is divided into five sections, each section includes guidance on an aspect of EVM, links to external references, and a set of 20 questions; with the answers in Section 6.

The purpose of this course-in-a-book is to provide practical guidance to people, and organizations, involved in either implementing an earned value management system, or using information created by an earned value management system. It provides guidance on concepts, responsibilities, integration, and processes, for the implementation and use of earned value management based on ISO 21508: Earned Value Management in Project and Programme Management and is consistent with the PMI Practice Standard for Earned Value Management, and the PMI-SP exam.
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Classroom & Virtual training options


Developing an Effective CPM Schedule: This 1-Day workshop focuses on developing an effective schedule in any software tool, and is available as 3 x 2 Hr. virtual modules, or an intensive 1-Day, in-house workshop.

The contents of this workshop are aligned with the relevant parts of:

  • The PMI PMP and CAPM examination requirements (Time Management).
  • The PMI-SP examination requirements (CPM Scheduling).

Click through to see more on our Developing an effective CPM schedule workshop.𐨅

Earned Value Management for Business: This 1-Day workshop is designed for business managers and planners moving to introduce Earned Value Management (EVM) into an organization. The course outlines the techniques and processes needed to implement EVM in an effective and practical manner, and is available as 3 x 2 Hr. virtual modules, or an intensive 1-Day, in-house workshop. The 1 day workshop is recommended for PMI-SP preparation, other options are available for organizations investing in implementing EVM.

The contents of this 1-Day workshop are aligned with the relevant parts of:

  • The PMI PMP and CAPM examination requirements (Time Management).
  • The PMI-SP examination requirements (CPM Scheduling).

Click through to see more on our Earned Value Management for Business workshop.

 

Free resources

Mosaic's Project Management Knowledge Index (PMKI) is a ‘virtual library’, based around a defined taxonomy, designed to make valuable 'project management' information easily accessible both for use in the workplace and for use in exam preparation. Features of the PMKI library are:

  1. A structured taxonomy that fits the need of project management professionals - Download the PDF.
  2. A quick search system (by Google), click on the ☌ icon in the menu bar to use.
  3. An easy-to-use reference system.
  4. A peer review selection process, every document is validated and briefly described.
  5. Multiple types of document, papers, 'white-papers', articles, books, blog posts, templates, other web resources, etc.
  6. Links to external resources are included to build the value and richness of the resource.

Access to the library is completely free of charge and no registration of any form is needed to download our papers, the vast majority of which are available for use in study and/or the workplace under the Creative Commons 3.0 License.

Sections of the PMKI particularly relevant to the PMI-SP exam include:

  • Project Controls and Scheduling: Subjects covered in this section take an in-depth look at the function of project controls and scheduling.
  • Communication Management: This subject covers the purpose and effect of communication to influence stakeholders, and the processes needed to plan, collect, create, distribute, store, and ultimately archive or dispose of project information in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Risk Management: This subject covers the processes involved in the identification and management of risk within a project or program to achieve and maintain a risk profile acceptable to the key stakeholders.  


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PMI-SP Exam Resources

PMI Publications

When considering the PMI-SP exam, the key documents you need to review are:


PMI-SP Exam Structure

The PMI-SP exam covers five knowledge domains and a number of cross-cutting skills (these are detailed in the 'exam content outline'). The five domains are:

  1. Schedule strategy  – Activities related to establishing and documenting the approach to scheduling including policies and procedures, roles and responsibilities, and scheduling objectives and goals.
  2. Schedule planning and development  – Activities related to defining and sequencing activities and milestones, developing the work and resource breakdown structure, and establishing the performance measurement baseline (PMB).
  3. Schedule monitoring and control – Activities related to monitoring the schedule progress, performing schedule analysis, and managing change appropriately.
  4. Schedule closeout – Activities related to finalizing all schedule activities, evaluating schedule performance against the original baseline, documenting lessons learned, and distributing final schedule information.
  5. Stakeholder communication management – Activities related to developing and fostering relationships with stakeholders, and supporting project schedule-related communication over the course of the project.


Examination Support

The art of learning and studying: The ability to learn is a skill that is exercised naturally by younger people, but as one grows older this natural ability seems to fade. This means assimilating the information needed to be successful in an examination is not easy, particularly if you have not studied for a while. To help, we have compiled a list of suggestions that may assist you to get back into the study mode and help with your exam techniques. See more on learning, studying, and exam techniques

PMI Exam Questions: Success in the exam requires you to be good at answering questions which requires practice. But, simply studying questions and answers will never provide sufficient knowledge to pass your exam! See more on the role of questions in learning and for links to sets of free exam questions.


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Useful External Web-links & Resources

PMI's PMI-SP Credential page: https://www.pmi.org/certifications/scheduling-sp

PMI's 'become a member' page: https://www.pmi.org/membership/join

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