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PMP® Certification Exam Preparation Program

5 Full Days  |  3.5 CEUs
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PMP certification exam preparation The discipline of project management plays a key role in the competitive, global business arena: one-fifth of the world's GDP, or $12 trillion, is spent on projects. According to a 2007 PricewaterhouseCoopers survey, 80% of high-performing projects use a credentialed project manager. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) Salary Survey — Sixth Edition, a Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential increases your salary up to 10% more than your non-credentialed colleagues and peers.

PMI's Project Management Professional credentials, including the PMP® and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) are the most important industry-recognized certifications for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, PMP® Certification demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects.

Our 5-day program employs instructor-led delivery and practice exams that focus on preparing you with the knowledge required to pass the current CAPM® and PMP® certification exams. The PMP® designation offers individuals worldwide recognition as professional who has received Project Management certification, supported by core knowledge and understanding of critical Project Management concepts, principles and techniques. The CAPM® is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. If you're a less experienced project practitioner looking to demonstrate your commitment to project management and stand out to potential employers, the CAPM® certification is right for you.

Program Description

~ Introduction and Foundation
Participants gain an understanding of key concepts in the field of project management such as the role of the project manager and the relationship of project management to other planning activities. They delve deep into the standard of project management as described by PMI, specifically in the text A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® GUIDE). Students learn the five project management process groups, including inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs, as well as the project life cycle. Explore the different organization structures and the implications of each on the influence of the project management function.
~ Project Integration Management
Participants will learn the importance of formal project authorization and closure, and the processes required to successfully perform both. They learn the project manager's role of coordinating all the project management processes into a comprehensive plan, while managing project change and progress.
~ Project Scope Management
Challenging to many organizations is the ability to successfully identify and document project requirements, how they will be met, how the work can be organized to achieve the expected outcome, and how changes will be managed. Participants learn how to create a project scope statement, and they explore tools and techniques such as decision making, decomposition, and variance analysis.
~ Project Time Management
Participants will learn the processes required to manage the timely completion of a project, including defining and sequencing activities using network diagrams, estimating and identifying alternatives, creating and controlling the project schedule.
~ Project Human Resources Management
This section will focus on planning and managing the projects human resource needs. It addresses skills that will help motivate, equip, and keep project team members accountable and on task. Participants learn how the organization's structure impacts the acquisition of skilled resources for projects, tools and techniques to improve team performance, and options for managing conflict and change.
~ Project Communication Management
Participants will learn the processes required to communicate effectively with stakeholders with diverse backgrounds, cultures, needs, expectations, and levels of authority and interest. Participants will learn the importance of planning, processing, distributing and controlling project communications. This module also includes communication models and theories.
~ Project Stakeholder Management
Participants will learn the importance of stakeholder management, which includes analyzing stakeholder expectations, developing strategies to communicate and engage stakeholders, managing conflicts, and ultimately, ensuring stakeholder satisfaction.
~ Project Quality Management
Participants explore how quality is defined and how measures are incorporated into project management processes to ensure the outcome of the project meets the quality specified. This challenging topic includes discussion statistical process control, cost of quality, statistical sampling, and various charting techniques employed for measuring and controlling project quality.
~ Project Risk Management
This section teaches participants the importance of managing project risk, and describes in detail how to conduct risk management throughout the life of the project. This segment examines risk planning, identification and quantification, as well as methods of responding to and controlling project risk.
~ Project Cost Management
Participants will learn the multiple types of estimating and when to apply each, how the project budget is created and how it relates to other areas of project management such as quality, risk, and contracting, and how costs are monitored and controlled throughout the life of the project. This session covers topics such as three-point estimating, reserve analysis, and earned value management.
~ Project Procurement Management
This session sets the proper foundation for procurement principles and processes required to purchase or acquire products, resources or services from outside the project team. Participants learn the different types of contracts and the implications of each, appropriate techniques for engaging suppliers and vendors, and the importance and method of formal closure processes.

PMP® Credential Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a PMP® certification, you must first meet specific educational and project management experience requirements. Applicants must complete 35 hours of project management education. Applicants who hold a High school diploma or equivalent are required to have 7,500 hours leading and directing specific tasks and 60 months of project management experience. Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) are only required to have 4,500 hours leading and directing specific tasks and 36 months of project management experience. The final step to becoming a PMP® is passing a rigorous 200 multiple-choice computer-based exam designed to objectively assess and measure your ability to apply project management knowledge.

CAPM® Credential Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the CAPM®, you need to have a secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) and at least 1,500 hours experience or 23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam. The final step to becoming a CAPM® is passing 150 multiple-choice computer-based exam designed to objectively assess and measure your ability to apply project management knowledge.

For more information, visit the Project Management Institute (PMI®) website


This program is designed for Project Managers wishing to improve knowledge and skill and Project Managers interested in building the foundation of knowledge necessary to prepare for the PMP® or CAPM® exams.


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Program Fee

Program fee varies based on the size of your group and includes tuition, instructional materials, textbooks and lunch. Please contact us for more information.


Simone Brown Knight, PMP

Simone Brown Knight, PMP received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She also holds certifications in both Project Management and Lean/Sigma. Simone has held leadership positions with major players in the transportation and manufacturing industries, like FedEx Express and Corning Inc., where she was responsible for executing new business strategies and opening new service markets throughout the Caribbean and South America.

As a business leader, public speaker and PM instructor, Mrs. Knight routinely provides opportunities for organizations to create powerful market strategies, motivated employees and stronger performance. Simone has been a featured speaker at a variety of professional seminars, featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and hosted Money on the Mind, a globally broadcasted talk radio show. Simone uses these mediums to provide access and valuable expertise to help entrepreneurs, corporate executives and professionals "take it to the next level". Mrs. Knight has received many accolades for her efforts. In 2008, she was recognized by Success South Florida Magazine as one of South Florida's Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Black Professionals.

Kim Caruthers, PMP, CSM

Kim Caruthers, PMP, CSM has over eighteen years of experience in project management across multiple industries including aviation, education, telecommunications and technology. She has a BFA from Florida State University and an MBA from Florida International University. Kim has been teaching project management for eleven years, and was certified to teach "Leadership for Strategic Execution"; a course within the Stanford Advanced Project Management (SAPM) program. She taught this program on site for companies such as IBM, Cisco, Visa, and Google. Kim is currently an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University teaching Project Management at the Huizenga College of Business.

Kim's business background includes serving as Director of Program Management for CSX Transportation, a Fortune 500 company and Director of Operations for an online educational institution where she oversaw the development of a new product. As a consultant, Kim has been Project Manager for Cayman Airways, and managed projects for the merger of two Caribbean airlines. Kim also served as Director, Operations Systems for Spirit Airlines, where she developed the first published guide for corporate project management best practices, including a methodology and a training program. Kim has also worked in the professional services arena for companies such as Accenture and Netifice Communications. Clients included organizations such as American Express, Ryder, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, FPL, Puerto Rico's Hacienda (tax authority), McKesson HBOC and the U.S. Southern Command headquarters.

Lara Chabina-Crowe, PMP

Lara Chabina Crowe is a visionary Project Manager with over twenty years of experience in Project Management. She holds a Bachelors of Liberal Arts and Science in International Business from San Diego State University. She was certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in Frankfurt Germany as a Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2003 and has been an active member of the PMI South Florida Chapter since 2004 serving on the board as Vice President Administration from 2004 to 2006. She is managing director of a global project management consultancy specializing in the airline industry as well as owner of an online company producing fashionable products for modern-day mothers. She is currently serving on the Board for the PMI Consulting Community of Practices as the Leader and is the Co-Chair of the PMI Community of Practices Membership Advisory Group.

Prior to launching Projects by Lara Inc. in 2004 and Global PM Group in 2007, Lara was Project Manager for Star Alliance Services Gmbh (a global airline alliance made up of 15 airlines) based in Frankfurt, Germany. She was responsible for developing the first global convention product, implementing national and global marketing initiatives, and spearheading the development of a social program for the Star Alliance employees. She has also worked as the Trade Marketing Manager, Market Development with Air New Zealand based in Auckland, New Zealand. She worked with the local tourism industry to create inbound tourism products. She also worked as a Sales and Marketing Manager with a destination management company based in New York, USA representing convention facilities and Convention Bureaus in Australia, Austria, Spain and England.

Hans Meijer, PMP

Hans Meijer, PMP is a senior level executive with over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience. Mr. Meijer is a professional trainer in Project Management. He received his B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico and earned an M.B.A. from Cornell University. He also holds an Executive Project Management Certificate from Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Meijer has held several high level positions in various companies throughout his executive career. Some of his industry experience include in automobile, construction, energy, franchise, manufacturing, transportation and wholesale.

The last seven years he has consulted for various companies including General Motors (GM), Florida, Power & Light (FPL), Banesco Bank, Saint Katharine Drexel Church and Resources Global Professionals. As a project manager he oversaw the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) project at General Motors, the expansion of the international airport in the Dominican Republic, the integration of the Financial Accounting Standard Boards and the International Accounting Standards at Florida, Power & Light (FPL) and the construction of Saint Katharine Church in Weston, FL. Mr. Meijer is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the South Florida Chapter of the PMI.

Jose Vazquez, PMP

José V&aacutelzquez, PMP, brings over fifteen years of management experience in the pharmaceutical, consulting, education, aerospace, and information technology industries, including ten years of corporate services background in operations and software development lifecycle projects. He holds a Master of Software Engineering (MSE) and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL.

José has developed project schedules, tactical, strategic, and disaster recovery plans for software development, deployment, and operations. His background in quality and risk started while working at NASA on the integration of the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle fleet. During his ten-year tenure at Motorola, his work in web development, product development, change control management, testing, and configuration management matured his instinct for project management. As the Global Project Manager for an enterprise requirement's management tool with teams based in Mexico, Canada, England, and India, he effected business efficiency through structured project execution and risk management. This experience allowed him the opportunity to deliver technical and best-practices process training in China, Australia, Russia, Poland, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, and the USA before moving to Montreal to start up the Global Support Help Desk for the engineering and development groups.

Comments From Past Participants

"Very well organized and structured."
Anthony Iovino, Assistant Director | Nova Southeastern University

"I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants a comprehensive overview and great tips for the PMP test."
Monica De Vivero, Q2C Program Management Office | Ciena Corporation

"Excellent course taught by PM experts who make the course a great experience."
Cynthia Fuentes, Civil Engineer | Seminole Tribe of Florida

Course Customization

Using core programs, we can customize the material to fit your corporate training needs. With our extensive resources and program facilitators, we will design a program that is tailored to fit your specified objectives and requirements.

Contact Information

For additional program information, please contact us at:

Hudson Center of Entrepreneurship and Executive Education
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue, Carl DeSantis Building, Suite 2088
Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314
Tel: 954.262.5119
Toll Free: 800.672.7223, ext. 25119
Fax: 954.262.3188

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