Why Should You Do PMP Training Again?
Recently I received a mail from one of my erstwhile students. He wanted to know if he should attend a PMP training again. Here is an excerpt from the mail.
I taken training from you in **** 2012 and had certificate. Can I use these PDU as the qualification to attempt the PMP exam in Oct 2015?
A simple answer to his question is “yes”. You can refer to my earlier post on PMI PDU Validity to get a detailed answer.
The training Contact Hours remain valid if you do not use them. The training Contact Hours do not expire. You can write the exam even if you have taken 35 hours training a few years ago.
You Don’t Need to Attend a PMP Training Again for 35 Contact Hours
Let us answer an important question – should you use your old training certificate to attempt the PMP exam?
The answer depends on your self-confidence and preparation level.
If you are feeling confident and you believe that you can pass the exam by preparing on your own, then there is no need to undergo a PMP training again. You should go ahead and write the exam without doing a second PMP training. You would save some money by doing so.
On the other hand, if you want to refresh the knowledge, then you can go for an online self-learning training or an online instructor-led training. Online self-learning courses are reasonably priced and would not hurt your pocket e.g. PMP course from renowned author Joseph Phillips costs less than a dinner for two in a fine-dining restaurant. Online Instructor-led training courses are more expensive but they are more effective also.
Lastly, if you are in a country (like in India) where a classroom training costs little more than a instructor-led online training, you should attend a regular classroom training. You can attend a classroom training for less than USD 200 in India. This amount is much less than the PMP exam fee of USD 555. Moreover, a classroom training in India is as good as they are anywhere else in the World.
Why Should You Attend a PMP Training Again?
PMP exam is mainly based on PMBOK Guide. PMI releases a new edition of PMBOK Guide every 4 years. In addition to PMBOK Guide changes, Role Delineation based changes happen every 4-5 years. If you have done your training long time ago and have old content or old reference books, then you should procure the new ones.
The current edition (5th Edtion) of PMBOK Guide was released in 2013. The Exam Content Outline changed in January 2016.
Let us enumerate, what are the main advantages of doing a PMP training again:
- You get new & updated content from your training provider.
- You get to meet & interact with fellow aspirants who are also preparing for the exam (only if you undergo an online instructor-led or a regular classroom training). Peer pressure can do wonders for your PMP preparation.
- You get first-hand information about the current exam trends.
- Psychologically, an extra investment (in second training) would put extra pressure on you to study and pass the exam.
- You get into an environment where you can’t do anything else but study (only if you undergo an online instructor-led or a classroom training).
- You get extra motivation and confidence from the instructor (only if you undergo an online instructor-led or a classroom training).
In my personal opinion, one should write the exam within a few weeks of the training. 4-8 weeks is a reasonable time-frame for the PMP Exam preparation. You can look at this poll – how much time is required for PMP preparation?.
The decision to opt for a second training is entirely yours. However, if you have done your training long ago, then I would strongly advise you to spend some extra money i.e. invest in a second PMP training. I believe, it will increase your motivation & boost your confidence and ultimately enhance the chances of your success.
You should not delay your PMP certification because of low confidence or lack of knowledge. A second training will definitely improve these. There are many benefits of doing PMP certification. One of the benefits is the higher salary.
those with a PMP certification garner a higher salary (20% higher on average) than those without a PMP certification
The delay in certification can potentially delay the extra salary benefits. So, why take a chance and forego the extra salary benefits? Moreover, the extra salary is likely to outweigh the extra investment in the second training. There is an old saying …
Don’t be penny-wise and pound foolish
Please leave a reply and share your thoughts & your experience(s) on PMP training.
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