Certification: Project Management Professional (PMP)®?
Cost: $499.99 USD for 6 months access
Are you interested in gaining your PMP certification before the exam changes in the summer of 2020 ? Brain Sensei could be the perfect course for you. Let’s find out!
Overview of Brain Sensei PMP Training
When I went
through the first Module I was drawn in from the beginning – who doesn’t want
to be the project manager who rallies the community to build a castle to
protect our children and the village?
It’s online video-based training and it’s really well put together. It
actually made me want to learn about process groups, which is a rare thing. I
can’t resist a puzzle.
There is a lot
of content to read on screen but it’s built on the Articulate platform and it’s
means you are more likely to remember what you’re learning, which should
increase your chances of passing the exam.
Test your skills
There are also built-in self assessments, so you can assess your progress as you go. I don’t know about you, but I always like to know how I am doing.
There are also 4 full practice exams (over 900 questions). It’s so important
to know what it feels like to sit in a chair for the length of a full exam and
manage your time.
Complete PMP content
There are 8 modules,
and it’s a full PMP® training course that covers everything right from the
beginning. The lessons are short.
Study in 2 months
The course online help section says most
people complete the material in 1-2 months which is perfect if you are trying
to squash your PMP studies into a short timeframe.
The fact that you can access the materials
on your tablet or phone makes it easy to fit your study into your busy life.
I can’t help but spot them! There aren’t
loads, but if you normally find spelling and grammar mistakes jumping off the
page at you, you’ll see them.
Slow page load times
Some of the pages took a while to load. This
probably says more about my internet connection on the shocking wifi in our
house than the product, but do make sure you’ve got a decent connection before
you start a study session – as you would with any online training course.
6 months access
You only get access to the course materials
for 6 months.
Actually, this is an advantage, because if
you can’t motivate yourself to study and sit the exam in 6 months, then PMP probably
isn’t for you.
Requires Flash on desktop
I checked out
Brain Sensei on my laptop and I should let you know that you need to enable
Flash to make it work. However, Brain Sensei is optimised to work on your phone
and tablet, so you are able to continue studying wherever you are.
Try Brain Sensei PMP training for free
module, which is the project management overview, is free so you can see the
training style. If you’re about to embark on your PMP exam prep then you should
check it out on the Brain Sensei website .
Brain Sensei vs PM PrepCast
I’ve long used products from Cornelius Fichtner of The Project Management PrepCast fame for my own professional development. So how does Brain Sensei compare to the PM PrepCast?
Brain Sensei videos are animated and
interactive. The PM PrepCast videos aren’t – they are totally different. You get
Cornelius as your instructor talking you through the concepts with a slide
presentation instead of the cartoon characters in Brain Sensei.
If you think cartoon characters are going
to annoy you after a while, and you want to know there’s a ‘real’ instructor
behind your training, then The PM PrepCast would be a better choice.
If you need to click the screen to stay engaged
with your learning, then the interactive elements of Brain Sensei might be
better for you.
The PM PrepCast has a huge community behind it and active forums, so you can always ask a question. I don’t think Brain Sensei has that, although it does have social media profiles and the guys always get back to you if you get in touch via the help button.
- Both provide 35 contact hours.
- Both cover the full range of
things you need to know for the exam.
- Both are Registered Education
Providers with PMI.
- Both offer a huge amount of
study material and practice questions.
It’s a personal preference.
Summary: Is Brain Sensei PMP Training Good?
I’ve never seen a PMP training course with
so much interactivity and engagement built into the course materials. Studying feels
easy. The storyline is great. I was worried the cartoon-y-ness would feel
infantilising but I didn’t get that sense from it at all.
It’s a cost-effective course (although the Project Management PrepCast
is slightly cheaper).
If you learn well through video but need a good story to keep you engrossed in the material, this course will be perfect to help you prepare for the PMP® exam.