Preparing for PMP®

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsors a Project Management Credentialing Program. The purpose and goal of this is the development, maintenance, evaluation, promotion, and administration of a rigorous education, experience and examination-based, professional certification credential of the highest calibre. It is called the Project Management Professional (PMP®). The PMP® Credential Program supports the international community of Project Management Professionals and is designed to objectively assess and measure professional knowledge. PREPARING FOR PMP® gives you the foundation, knowledge, techniques and tools to be fully prepared for the PMP® exam. This is a course that is based on the PMI® Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) with hand-on exercises of project management best practice and typical exam styled questions.

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What's covered?

The course is broken into the following areas:

  • Project Fundamentals of Project Management and the examination of project management best practice
  • Project Framework Module. The objective of this session is to introduce the main principles behind the PMI’s project management standard – The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) - and lay the foundations for the structure and content of the project knowledge areas.
  • Project Integration Management Module which examines the areas of project management planning as well as change management.
  • Project Scope Management Module concentrates on the development of scope and how to determine and manage the scope baseline.
  • Project Time Management Module looks at the development, optimisation and management of a timeline. Participants will get a view on estimation processes and the tools and technique that can help.
  • Project Cost Management Module is largely concerned with understanding and managing the cost baseline. Earned Value is a PMI® tool and technique that will be examined in detail.
  • Project Risk Management Module will focus on the management of information from assumptions right through to strategic response plans. Both qualitative and quantitative analysis will be presented.
  • Project Quality Management Module is about how to assure that quality is part of the project and an examination of the quality control tools and techniques.
  • Project Communication Management Module. It is often stated that 90% of project management is about communication and this section will examine how to effectively plan for communication through the acknowledgement of stakeholder responsibilities.
  • Project Procurement Management Module examines the variances of contracting and how to establish an effective contract process.
  • Project Stakeholder Management Module reviews how stakeholders should be integrated into a project and how to manage the engagement that stakeholders expect
  • These sessions cover each project management knowledge area, to provide participants with ‘a-need-to-know’ for the PMP® exam.

With each session there is a mock exam which is a paper based exam that allows participants to understand performance when answering specific exam-type questions. It also provides a guide on what areas need to be addressed prior to the exam itself.

Who should participate?

This is an exam preparation course that is beneficial for those who are planning to undergo the PMP® exam. However, it may also be of particular benefit to those who have been extensively working in projects and want to understand ‘best practice’ project management with a view to undertaking the exam in the near future.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Identify best practice project management according to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  • Understand the criteria and what is required to pass the PMP® exam
  • Identify the knowledge required to pass the PMP® exam
  • Understand the different areas of project management from a best practice viewpoint
  • Answer specific PMP® exam type questions
  • Understand exam technique and the most effective way of studying for the PMP® exam

Who are the tutors?

Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon specialises in Project Management and Program Management. Liam holds a Master of Science degree in Project Management and is one of the few practitioners to hold multiple project and program management accreditations (PMP®, PMI-ACP®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-SP® and PgMP®) from the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Liam has over 23 years’ professional experience. During that time, he has led some significant global IT and Infrastructure projects and programs for various industries.

Coupled with his industrial experience, Liam spends time training and coaching project managers in USA, Middle-East, Asia and Europe on the topic of project and program management. Liam has served as the President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI and has served as the Chairperson of PMI’s Global Board Volunteer Advisory Group. He has presented both at national and international conferences of the topic of project, program and portfolio management.


Michael Lane

Michael is an experienced professional with history of achievement in the software industry, both in services & product development. His background is in program management, team development (International and local) and general management.

During his extensive career, Michael brings a wealth of practical knowledge on the concepts behind programme management. His portfolio include extensive product development programme to the management of diverse international teams which the common objective of product delivery

Michael has been a part of the academic staff in the University of Limerick where he is responsible for preparation, delivery and assessment of multiple undergraduate and taught postgraduate modules. While Michael currently works in the Engineering department he also spends time with the Project Management faculty in the Kemmy Business School. In conjunction with his responsibilities with University of Limerick, Michael also works with Turlon & Associates within the project and program consultancy / training area.

As well as his third-level qualifications in computer science & marketing, he is also PMI qualified Project Management Professional and is currently beginning his journey towards his Doctorate


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