Grand Cayman PMP and CAPM Certification FAQ


Grand Cayman PMPWhat’s the current schedule and pricing for project management certification courses on Grand Cayman?

 

Take a look at our current course schedule and pricing here.

 

Where can I find Grand Cayman PMP and CAPM course descriptions?

 

The PMP prep course description is here, and the CAPM prep details are here.

 

I just want project management training.  Which course should I taken if I’m not interested in project management certification?

 

If you’re not interested in certification, but you are interested in project management best practices, you should consider our 1-day Introduction to Project Management course, our 3-day Project Management Fundamentals course and/or our 2-day MS Project Best Practices course.

 

Why take a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification course?

 

With over 700,000 Project Management Professionals worldwide, the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) certification program is now a standard across all industries. Becoming a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) involves meeting certain education and experience requirements, and passing a 4-hour 200-question exam. (PMP Certification Handbook from PMI.)

 

The key to passing the exam is to understand PMI’s view of project management.  This means reviewing and understanding PMI’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), but also becoming familiar with how PMI expects project managers to apply that knowledge.  In most cases, this requires PMP-candidates to become familiar with new concepts during their PMP exam preparation, and/or to “unlearn” practices that they have picked up over the years.

 

Why take a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Certification course?

 

While the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is targeted at experienced project managers, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) does not require previous project management experience. A CAPM-candidate must sit a 3-hour 150 question exam.  The exam tests the candidate’s knowledge of the Project Management Institute’s (Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

 

What are the eligibility requirements for the PMP Exam?

 

You can take PMP training at any time, but before you take the 4-hour 200 question Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 35 contact hours of formal education.
  • 4500 hours of project management experience over the past eight years, with a bachelor’s degree, or 7500 hours of project management experience with a high school diploma, or equivalent.

 

What are the eligibility requirements for the CAPM Exam?

 

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) does not require previous project management experience. You can take CAPM training at any time, but before you take the 3-hour 150 question Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam, you must meet the CAPM eligibility requirements:

  • High school diploma, associate’s degree, or global equivalent Plus
  • Either 23 hours of formal project management education or 1500 hours of project team experience

 

How long are the PMP and CAPM exam prep courses?

 

Our PMP prep  and CAPM prep courses are 40 hours long.  When offered on Grand Cayman, they run Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm each day.

 

Where are the Grand Cayman PMP and CAPM courses offered?

 

Unless otherwise specified, our courses are conducted on the 2nd Floor of the Fidelity Financial Centre, Unit 20, 1 Gecko Link, West Bay Road.  However, we do sometimes change to other locations depending on the number of attendees and other factors.

 

Why is the Key Consulting prep course longer than most others?

 

While we focus solely on preparation for the PMP exam, we believe the best way to prepare is to understand the information in the Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge – not just to remember a few key topics parrot-fashion.  Gaining a understanding takes a little longer, but also improves learning and retention.

 

Aren’t all prep courses basically the same?

 

No.  Many prep courses are intended for the end of your preparation.  They serve as a last “push” prior to taking the exam.  Many of them require you (in the small print) to fulfill your 35 contact hours of project management education prior to attending.  Key Consulting’s prep courses are intended for the beginning of your preparation, and are intended to establish a solid foundation of understanding that will shorten your overall preparation time-frame.

 

Additionally, many courses teach PMBOK® Guide  terms and concepts in something of a vacuum.  You may pass the test, but your ability to apply the techniques will be limited.  Key Consulting’s courses illustrate concepts using templates, real-life examples, and practical exercises –  seeking to create a complete understanding of the PMBOK® Guide, and an ability to apply the concepts outside the classroom.

 

Do you offer a guarantee for the exam preparation courses?

 

Based on our past history, going back 15 years to the very first PMBOK® Guide,  we are very confident that our training prepares you very well for the PMP and CAPM exams.  However, you may re-take the training as many times as you like, for 12 months after your original paid course, on a space-available basis, using your existing materials/texts, at no cost, assuming that the version of the PMBOK® Guide used for the exam does not change during that time-frame.  (The next change to the exam is expected around Q1 2018).  If you are still within your 12 month window, but the PMBOK® Guide exam version has changed, you are eligible to take the updated training and receive new materials/texts etc. at a 50% discount, on a space-available basis.

 

Does Key Consulting offer group discounts?

 

No.  Because our courses are already priced very affordably, we do not offer group discounts.  However, if you have 5 or more people interested in PMP training, perhaps we could come to you and reduce your travel costs.  Please call us for more details.

 

How many students does Key Consulting have on each course?

 

Typically we have 5 to 7 people on our Grand Cayman PMP and CAPM exam prep courses.

 

Does the course fee include the certification exam fee?

 

No.  Exam and application fees are paid directly to the Project Management Institute (PMI), and currently run around $500 for the PMP and around $300 for the CAPM .  More details are available at the PMI website. You will then take your exam at a Prometric testing center.

 

When and where are the exams available?

 

The PMP exam is not currently available in Grand Cayman.  It is available at Prometric testing centers throughout the US (including Miami) and around the world. The exact dates/times available for you to schedule your exam will vary slightly depending on the testing center, but in principle the exam is available during normal business hours 6 days a week.  The CAPM exam is available at the UCCI testing center on-island, and starting in August 2017, the CAPM exam will also be offered via the web utilizing remote proctoring.

 

When should I take my exam?

 

You have 12 months from the date your application is approved by PMI to take your exam.  Most people require a few months of review/study after our training to make sure all the information is retained for the closed-book exam.  You should also be aware the PMP/CAPM exams will be changing to cover new material in Q1 2018, and so you will want to pass your exam before then.

 

How do I document my experience for the PMP Exam?

 

You document your experience and training via PMI’s online application process.  This will require to you write a short paragraph for each project, describing your role and responsibilities on the project.  You will also need to provide a reference for each project, who you will need to contact if you are audited.

 

My job title is not Project Manager.  Can I still qualify to take the PMP exam?

 

Your job title is not important.   What’s important is what activities/processes you have been responsible for on your projects.

 

Can I pay Key Consulting by credit card?

 

Yes. You can pay via credit card online or over the phone. You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

 

Can Key Consulting send my company an invoice for the training?

 

Yes.  But the invoice must be paid in full before you attend the training.

 

What is Key Consulting’s cancellation policy?

 

Please review our cancellation policy and other registration-related policies on our registration FAQ page.

 

What is the source of exam questions?

 

The main source of questions for the PMP and CAPM exams is the Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) from PMI.  The ten knowledge areas described in the PMBOK® Guide are:

 

  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management

 

What is the value of PMP certification?

 

According to the Ninth Edition of the PMI Project Management Salary Survey, PMP certification holders earn 20 percent more than their non-certified peers, and according to the 2015 Pulse of the Profession® study from PMI, when more than one-third of an organization’s project managers are PMP-certified, organizations complete more of their projects on time, on budget and meet original goals.

 

How do I retain my certification?

 

Once an individual becomes PMP certified, they must acquire 60 PDUs (Professional Development Units) every three years to retain their certification.  PDU’s can be earned from a variety of sources, including formal and informal studying/learning, speaking on project management topics, volunteering etc.

 

The CAPM certification lasts for 5 years with no ongoing PDU requirements.

 

I still have questions.  Where can I get more information?

 

PMI has detailed handbooks for PMP certification, and CAPM certification.  You can also contact us with questions.