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Monday, November 23, 2009

New PMP Exam Prep Course

I am happy to announce that ITSM Academy will be offering Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam Preparation courses beginning March 1, 2010.

As many of you know, there is a natural relationship between IT Service Management and Project Management. The ITIL books support ITSM and Project Management integration, particularly during Service Design and Service Transition. ITSM implementations are more likely to be successful when designed as formal programs with projects led by qualified Project Managers.

Over the years, many of our learners have expressed an interest in becoming PMPs. I feel that the PMP credential track is a good fit for our learning community and encourages our clients to realize the value of leveraging both sets of best practices.

While the Project Management Institute (PMI) has eligibility requirements in order to take the exam, there are no pre-requisites for taking the PMP Exam Prep course. You can begin to prepare for the exam before, during or after the completion of the PMI application. The eligibility, application and exam process are detailed in PMI's PMP Handbook. This course does fulfill the mandatory 35 hours of formal training.

Our PMP Exam Prep course will be a comprehensive 5 day course led by an instructor who holds PMP and ITIL Expert certifications. The curriculum will review the key concepts of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK). Like ITIL courses, you will need to obtain and read the PMBOK prior to the class. The courseware complements the PMBOK with a learner manual, comprehensive exam preparation textbook, 1200 sample exam questions and other study materials. The exam will not be part of the course as it is scheduled and administered by PMI through Prometric Centers.

ITSM Academy has been a PMI Registered Education Provider since 2006 and is committed to strengthening the ties between the Project Management and ITSM communities. I see the cross-pollination of the bodies of knowledge as a logical first step.

To learn more about this course or to register for an upcoming session, use this link.