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Exam Prep - Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam Preparation

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Essentials of Project Management

Managing projects successfully is of utmost importance to any type of organization. Project management consists of a group of processes and phases starting from initiation to closure. There are various steps involved in planning, executing, monitoring and controlling the project.

Essentials of Project Management will provide a framework for individuals who want to explore the field of project management and learn the key aspects of managing successful projects. This 23-hour self-paced course created by St. Cloud State University is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and is geared towards providing you with the knowledge, skills, and techniques to manage projects in a successful way.

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to project management
  • Project management processes that include:
    • Project Initiation
      • Creating a project charter
    • Project Planning and Scheduling
      • Project Time Management
      • Project Risk Management
      • Project Communications Management
    • Project Execution
      • Earned Value Management
    • Project Monitoring and Control
      • Interpreting Gantt Charts
    • Project Closure
      • Audits
    • Agile Project Management basics

Course Highlights:

  • Self-paced online – complete at your own convenience
  • Recorded instruction plus exam practice questions
  • 23 contact hours qualifies toward CAPM & PMP exam prerequisites
  • Covers the fundamentals and terminology spoken in the project management world
  • Content aligned with Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), 6th edition
  • Course access available for 3 months
  • Certificate of completion provided upon successful completion of end of course assessment

Who should enroll in this course?

If one or more of the following applies, this is the right course for you.

  • New to managing projects
  • Project team member
  • Very little or no experience in managing projects
  • Want to speak the language of project managers
  • Intend to pursue a career path in project management
  • Interested in taking PMP or CAPM exam in the future
 Instructor:  Hiral Shah, Ph.D., CEI, CPEM, PMP 

Exam Preparation for:

Certified Associate in Project Management Certification (CAPM)

Who Should Apply?

If you’d like to manage larger projects and gain more responsibility or add project management skills into your current role, then the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is right for you.

Prerequisites to sit for exam:

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate's degree or the global equivalent)
  • 1,500 hours of project experience


  • 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam

Project Management Professional Certification (PMP)

Who Should Apply?

An experienced project manager who meets the following requirements:

  • Perform their duties under general supervision and are responsible for all aspects of the project for the life of the project
  • Lead and direct cross-functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget and resources
  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge and experience to appropriately apply a methodology to projects that have reasonably well-defined project requirements and deliverables.

Prerequisites to sit for exam:

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education


  • Four-year degree
  • 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education

About the course

16 hour course provides exam preparation for CAPM & PMP and includes:

  • PMBOK Guide 6th edition
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Project Management Processes
  • 10 knowledge areas review
  • Practice questions for CAPM & PMP exam
  • Tips on passing the exams

A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge - 6th Edition provided with course registration.

 Book Cover - PMBOK

Registration Fees:  $300.00

Registration Information:

  • June 1-30, 2020:  Start your 90 day access prior to June 30, 2020
  • July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021:  Start your 90 day access anytime after July 1, 2020

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We customize

We can tailor this course to meet the needs of your business or group and offer them at the St. Cloud State Welcome Center or a location of your choice. This reduces your group's travel time and expense.