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The PMP PrepCast Elite PLUS


$389

This complete self-directed PMP Exam course is our top pick. The Elite PLUS bundle includes the PMP training course, the PMP Exam Simulator, The Formula Guide, and The StudyCoach Guidebook, giving students a PMP Study Plan to follow.

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This article is an honest PM PrepCast review and gives you the lowdown on one of the top courses I recommend for PMP prep. Let’s get you started and on the way to certification with the PrepCast!

TL;DR: This is the best PMP exam prep course I have come across. Reasonably priced, easy to use, comprehensive and fully updated to the latest exam specifications and PMBOK 7th Edition.

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It can be insanely difficult to find time to study, especially when you are working. That’s why I love the Project Management PrepCast as an exam prep tool for both PMP® prep and the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, because the learning comes in bite-sized chunks.

Why listen to me?

I’ve been a PMI member for many years and I’ve very familiar with the content of this course (and the other courses I review).

I’m a Fellow of the Association for Project Management in the UK and hold several other certifications relevant to project management so I have a good grounding of what it means to study for professional exams and the PMI content that the PMP exam expects you to know.

So, what’s this course and why am I recommending it to you?

What is the Project Management PrepCast?

The Project Management PrepCast is an incredibly popular, formal, online 35-hour training course from Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM. His company is an experienced training provider, so you know the course has been vetted and is top quality.

The online course is delivered via video and audio, through an online course platform. You login, and everything is there for you inside one website.

The course meets the PMI requirements for formal project management education (35 contact hours) and provides you with a certificate for evidence in case your PMP application is audited.

Having the 35 hours certificate is a must if you want to apply for the PMP® exam and either don’t have any prior project management education or can’t be bothered to dig out all those certificates from years ago to evidence your education.


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When you login for the first time, this is
what you see:

PM Prepcast homepage
The PM PrepCast homepage . The website guides you through exactly what to do and what to study in what order.

Recommended


The PMP PrepCast Elite PLUS


$389

This complete self-directed PMP Exam course is our top pick. The Elite PLUS bundle includes the PMP training course, the PMP Exam Simulator, The Formula Guide, and The StudyCoach Guidebook, giving students a PMP Study Plan to follow.

We’re pleased to be affiliates for The Project Management PrepCast #ad

What the course is like

Here’s an image from my iPad of what you get when you login to the PM PrepCast online training materials. You can use the contents list and mark items as complete. For me, that list acts as my study plan.

The live classroom training element of their course package uses Zoom for the interactive sessions.

Project Management PrepCast topics list
This is part of the contents of the Project Management PrepCast – a screenshot from my iPad of the topics. The course goes on, it just wouldn’t fit on the screen. At the point I took this image, I hadn’t completed much of the course.

Who is the Project Management PrepCast for?

The PrepCast team offer a full exam prep course for PMP® aspirants, compliant with the ever-more-strict PMI guidelines.

If you want to prepare for and take the PMP® exam, this is the course for you .

Studying for another PMI certification?

If you are preparing for the CAPM, get the PrepCast CAPM Elite instead, as it is better tailored to your syllabus and exam content outline.

Taking the PMI-ACP exam? Get this course instead .

PM PrepCast Exam Simulator Review

I recommend you get an exam simulator to go alongside your course materials. It is so hard to pass a 4 hour exam with no exam practice. Even if you know all the topics inside out, you need to have exam skills to get you through the hours in the exam room.

Test taking online is a different skill set. You need to be able to navigate through the questions, confidently skipping the questions you don’t know and then going back to them at the end when you have more time.

An online simulator lets you practice with those features so you don’t have to worry about seeing them for the first time in an exam room. Honestly, the idea of marking questions and reviewing them later took me a while to get my head around, so I was grateful for using the simulator to understand how best to use this feature.

The PM PrepCast offers a 5-star rated PMP Exam Simulator that has been fully updated for the latest changes to the exam, including PMBOK® Guide – 7th Edition.

And don’t worry if you think it is going to
take you a while to get round to using the exam simulator. Your 90-day access
to the test exams only starts when you start your first exam, so you can study,
and then test yourself when you are ready.

I have used the exam simulator, and I think it’s very realistic. It includes the new exam question formats including drag and drop, multiple choice, multiple select, hotspot questions that ask you to interpret charts and graphs.

The statistics that help you track your progress are GENIUS. So much time saved by helping you identify and topics where you need to spend more time.

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The PM PrepCast PMP Exam Simulator


$149.00

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Pros

I found the course easy to use and very
comprehensive.

The course content has been designed by
PMP® certificate holders. The material is clear and easy to understand,
presented in a logical order.

I liked that I can do it in my own time,
without the effort of going to the classroom. With my job, there is no way that
I could take a week out for study, which is effectively what you’d have to do
(at least) to get through all the material in a classroom setting.

It’s reasonably priced.

The customer service is amazing and the
team is really helpful.

And… I probably shouldn’t judge a course on
this but…Cornelius’s voice is lovely! And I enjoyed his gentle sense of humour
too.

Cons

Some of the videos are quite long. I am more used to studying with videos that are more like 10-15 minutes. The videos in the Google Project Management Certificate are really short so it feels like you are making progress quickly through the material.

I’m sure that says more about my attention span than the course material, and you can obviously pause the videos and go back later to watch the second half.

Many of the lessons are split up into
multiple videos, but they are more like 20-30 minutes long. That’s still short
enough to fit one into a commute or lunch break.

You have to remember to do the work. Having access to a classroom tutor helps while you’re in that part of the course, but with any online training materials, it’s your responsibility to login and study.

I think the design of some of the slides
for the webinars is old-fashioned.

Here’s an example slide so you can see what
I mean.

PM Prepcast example slide
A slide from the Benefits Realisation Management module in the Project Management PrepCast .

I mean, it’s OK, but it doesn’t look modern to me. So – know you are getting the course for the content, not the style! Wouldn’t you rather the price was low instead of funding a fancy design team?

You also can’t download the slides. When I run training courses, I make sure delegates have a copy of the slides to takeaway, but PrepCast doesn’t give you that option. Nothing to stop you screenshotting slides or making your own notes though.

Claiming PDUs

If you are not yet a PMP, you do not need to claim PDUs (Professional Development Units – PMI’s scheme for continuing professional development).

However, if you want to brush up your skills, for example, refresh your knowledge against the latest version of the PMBOK® Guide then you can claim PDUs if you take the PM PrepCast . It could be a fast, interesting and relatively cheap way to gain all your PDUs for one recertification cycle in one go.

There are better options though for earning PDUs and I have a couple of articles about that, like this one on how to earn PDUs fast , and this one on getting those hard-to-earn leadership PDUs .

Refund Policy

I know buying a course is a big deal, even one as reasonably priced as this. The Project Management PrepCast comes with an iron-clad refund policy. If it isn’t for you, you can ask for a full refund at any point in the first 30 days. No questions asked.

That makes it a safe bet!

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    Summary & Recommendation

    If you’re on the fence, there are three
    options as I see it:

    1. You carry on as you are, looking for a way to finally get your CAPM or PMP
    2. You buy the Prepcast training package, you don’t like and you’ll get a refund (full 30 day refund, no questions asked)
    3. You buy the Prepcast training package, do the course and (hopefully) pass the exam (of course you will, be positive!).

    I
    recommend this course, if you are prepared to be self-motivated and do the
    work.

    If you need someone else to hold you
    accountable, or you are too busy to find time to schedule your study, then this
    course isn’t going to work out for you.

    Check out the course now!

    What are you going to do with your next few months? I’ll be squeezing in some study time! I hope this PM PrepCast review has been helpful to you, and you know now what steps to take next in your PMP exam studies.


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    Recommended


    The PMP PrepCast Elite PLUS


    $389

    This complete self-directed PMP Exam course is our top pick. The Elite PLUS bundle includes the PMP training course, the PMP Exam Simulator, The Formula Guide, and The StudyCoach Guidebook, giving students a PMP Study Plan to follow.

    We’re pleased to be affiliates for The Project Management PrepCast #ad

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    PM StudyCoach Guidebook


    $49.00

    These guidebooks give you a week-by-week study plan to follow to help you in your quest toward your PMP certification. Earn your PMP in 4 or 12 weeks!

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