Project Management Professional (PMP) Prep | CSU Pro Dev


Project Management Professional (PMP) Prep

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to prepare participants to pass the PMP exam. The course includes an extensive overview of the ten major project management subject areas. Each student will be given an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet (with courseware installed), a Samsonite padfolio, writing materials, and a memorization sheet. Grail LLC guarantees each student will pass the PMP Exam on his or her first attempt. * This course satisfies the 35-contact hour requirement participants need to qualify to take the PMP examination. Upon completion of the three days of classroom instruction, Grail LLC will give each student a username and password to access two complete (400 questions with feedback) practice versions of the PMP exam. Each student will have access to these exams for six months following the completion of the classroom portion of the course. If requested by the Project Management Institute (PMI), Grail LLC will verify participants’ project management education coursework. (Grail LLC maintains a permanent database of all coursework for each participant.) Grail LLC is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Note: Course includes a Kindle Fire.

Real-World Application

Students will be able to pass the PMP Exam.


There are no prerequisites to take the class. However, the following prerequisites must be fulfilled to take the PMP Exam: a person with a bachelor’s degree (four year) or higher must have at least 4,500 hours experience leading and directing project tasks in the last 36 months. If a person does not hold a bachelor’s degree (minimum high school diploma — or equivalent), this person must have at least 7,500 hours experience leading and directing project tasks in the last 60 months.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recount from memory the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs for each Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) process
  • Recount from memory project management formulas (earned value technique, forecasting, procurement, and communications lines)
  • Create and interpret a schedule network diagram
  • Articulate the fundamental tenets of the ten PMBOK areas
  • Given a scenario and list of alternatives, determine the appropriate input, tool, and technique, or output that applies be used in the situation
  • Given a scenario and list of alternatives, determine and apply the appropriate project management formula that should be used in the situation
  • Given a question and a list of alternatives, select the appropriate answer based on an understanding of the ten PMBOK areas.

Course Content

Day 1

Project Management and the Project Management Institute

  • Information on the Project Management Professional Exam
  • Tips on How to Fill Out the Application and the Experience Validation Form
  • Basic Terms
  • Projects Versus Ongoing Projects
  • Fundamentals
  • Organizational Motivation
  • Power Sources
  • Projects, Programs, and Portfolios
  • Project Management Office

Project Life Cycle and Organization

  • Project Life Cycle
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Organizational Structure
  • Organizational Processes

Project Management Processes for a Project

  • Goals, Requirements, and Deliverables
  • Five Process Groups
  • Ten Knowledge Areas

Project Integration Management

  • Develop Project Charter Process
  • Project Selection Calculations (e.g., cash flow analysis techniques)
  • Develop Project Management Plan Process
  • Direct and Management Project Execution Process
  • Control Project Work Process
  • Perform Integrated Change Control Process
  • Close Project or Phase Process

Project Scope Management

  • Product Scope
  • Project Scope
  • Management by Objectives (MBO)
  • Collect Requirements Process
  • Define Scope Process
  • Create Work Breakdown Structure Process
  • Verify Scope Process
  • Control Scope Process

Day Two

Project Time Management

  • Activity
  • Decomposition
  • Rolling Wave Planning
  • Expected Value Calculations (e.g., standard deviation)
  • Define Activities Process
  • Sequence Activities Process
  • Estimate Activity Resources Process
  • Estimate Activity Durations Process
  • Develop Schedule Process
  • Control Schedule Process

Project Cost Management

  • Cost
  • Budget
  • Risk Register
  • Earned Value Calculations (e.g., schedule variance)
  • Estimate Costs Process
  • Determine Budget Process
  • Control Costs Process

Project Quality Management

  • Just-in-time Inventory System
  • Six Sigma (σ)
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000
  • Plan Quality Process
  • Perform Quality Assurance Process
  • Perform Quality Control Process

Day 3

Project Human Resource Management

  • Networking
  • Human Resource Plan
  • Negotiation
  • Develop Human Resource Plan Process
  • Acquire Project Team Process
  • Develop Project Team Process
  • Manage Project Team Process

Project Procurement Management

  • Procurement Contracts
  • Resource Calendars
  • Contractor Related Calculations (e.g., seller’s share)
  • Plan Procurements Process
  • Conduct Procurements Process
  • Administer Procurements Process
  • Close Procurements Process

Project Risk Management

  • Plan Risk Management Process
  • Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis Process
  • Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis Process
  • Plan Risk Responses Process
  • Monitor And Control Risks Process

Project Communications Management

  • Issue Log
  • Change Log
  • Lines Of Communication Calculations
  • Identify Stakeholders Process
  • Plan Communications Process
  • Distribute Information Process
  • Report Performance Process

Project Stakeholder Management

  • Stakeholder Register
  • Manage Stakeholder Expectations Process


October 30-November 1, 2017
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business, 1860 E. 18th St., Cleveland, OH 44115 (map)

April 9-11, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business, 1860 E. 18th St., Cleveland, OH 44115 (map)

CEUs: 3.5
PDU's: 36

(All PDUs are provided through Grail LLC R.E.P #2866)

Fee:  $1,895

To receive the EARLY BIRD RATE, you must register at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the course. Corporate, CSU Student, Alumni and Organization membership discounts available!

Course Benefits

Competency-Based Professional Development: Our programs increase learner retention through application, which results in a more productive workforce.  Students demonstrate their competence by successfully completing a course assessment.

All Inclusive: Each course delivered at CSU includes materials, pre-test and post-test, coffee, snacks, lunch and convenient, on-site parking.

Educated and Experienced Instructors: Our instructors bring years of real-world, classroom and CPA, CFA, SHRM, PhD and MBA experience. Many hold leadership positions in northeast Ohio organizations and have taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Cost-Effective: The course is designed to minimize travel expenses and time away from work.

Convenient: Flexible schedules are not only an attractive option, but a necessary for busy professionals.

Networking Opportunities: Learn from instructors and colleagues who have a variety of industry experiences to share.

Audit option: Students have the option to audit a course they have already attended at no charge within one academic year. Interested students must notify the ProDev office requesting to audit a course a minimum of 10 business days prior to the course start date to ensure there is enough seating. Audit students are responsible for their own parking and lunches. New materials will not be provided.

Corporate, Custom Availability: Can be custom-tailored to the needs of your organization to provide skills your workforce can apply immediately as a corporate training if requested.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued if notification is not received seven business days prior to the first day of class. Registrants who cancel will receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee, if we receive written notification a minimum of seven business days prior to the first day of class.