PMP Certification CoursePMP Certification Course

So you’ve decided to become PMP certified by taking a certification course — a great choice. Here at Brain Sensei, we can help you achieve your certification goals and take your career to the next level.

However, becoming PMP certified requires a certain number of steps, and you have to do more than just pass a one-time exam. You need real-world experience and must adequately prepare before taking the PMP certification exam.

If you are presently considering becoming PMP certified, here is a brief overview of the exam itself and how Brain Sensei can help you pass.

Prior to Taking the PMP Examination

Before taking the PMP exam, you must meet certain qualifications.

Project Management Experience

Years of project management experience are required to take the exam. You may take the exam if you have completed multiple projects in a single month, but only one of those projects can count as an experience requirement. The experience you have does not have to be paid, as long as it was gained in a professional setting. Projects completed in school or on your personal time do not count.

Project Management Hours

The hours you have spent managing projects are also important. You are allowed to count all of the hours you spent directing projects, even if some of the work overlaps. However, you are not allowed to count solo projects. To meet this prerequisite, you must have experience working in a cross-functional team environment where you were responsible for managing the time, cost, and scope of the project.

PMP Certification Course

The number of hours of education you have also is taken into account before you can take the exam. Before applying for PMP certification, you must spend time learning about the key components of project management. Courses, workshops, and PMP certification training sessions that cover project management topics and provide an assessment all count. You must provide the name of the courses you took, as well as the qualifying hours you accrued, and the institutions and dates associated with each course. Fortunately, educational hours do not expire.

Level of Education

Your PMP certification requirements depend on your level of education. For example, if you have a bachelor’s degree, you may take the PMP exam with less on-the-job project management experience. If you have a four-year degree, you must have at least 36 months (4,500 hours) of on-the-job project management experience. You must have spent those hours directing projects and have 35 contact hours of project management education.

If you do not have a four-year degree, you need to have at least 60 months (7,500 hours) of on-the-job project management experience. You must also have spent those hours directing projects and have 35 contact hours of project management education.

PMP Certification Exam and PMP Certification Costs

There are expenses associated with taking the PMP certification exam. However, when thinking about the PMP certification cost and your budget, it’s important to note that if you become a PMI member, you will save more in the long run, especially if you intend to renew and maintain your credentials on a regular basis. An exam fee is a small step to make if the next step is making a lot of money from a better job directly related to your project management certification. Here are some of the PMP certification costs associated with the exam:

  • PMI Membership Fee – Non-members ($0), Members ($139)
  • PMP Exam Fee – PMP exam fee for non-members: $555, PMP exam fee for members: $405
  • Re-take Fee – Non-members ($375), Members ($275)
  • Project Management Professional Certification Renewal Fee – Non-members ($150), Members ($60)

Those seeking credentials or wanting to become a PMI member should also keep in mind that the costs mentioned above are not the only ones associated with the exam. When coming up with a more accurate cost estimate for PMI members beyond the exam fee, you should expect to pay for training to earn professional development units for eligibility purposes. You may also choose to pay for study materials. As a PMI member, you’ll get access to electronic copies of the PMBOK® Guide and the Agile Practice Guide.

It’s also worth noting that compared to attending a college or university and receiving a new Bachelor’s degree, the exam fee and PMP certification costs are a paltry price to pay for a training course that will allow you to increase your earning potential dramatically. While you don’t pay for most exam fees for tests you take in college, college itself has a much higher cost estimate than the PMP certification cost, even when you factor in re-upping your membership each year.

The Exam Format

The Project Management Institute administers the PMP certification test. Once you pay the exam cost and receive approval for your PMP certification application, the PMI sends you an email with test instructions and an eligibility code so you can schedule your exam at a local center. You must schedule and take your exam within a year, otherwise, you will need to start the application process over and pay again.

The exam is composed of 200 multiple-choice questions, and test-takers have four hours to complete the test. You are tested on the five following process groups of management:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and controlling
  • Closing

If you plan to take the exam on January 2, 2021 or later, you will be tested on the three following areas:

  • People
  • Process
  • Business environment

It is acceptable to take the test multiple times. So, if you do not pass the first time, you can take the test up to three times in a single year. It might make sense to estimate costs associated with taking extra exams in your overall budget for PMP certification training; however, if you’re confident that the sample exams, knowledge areas, and online courses you’re exposed to during a PMP certification training course will effectively prepare you, you may not need to allocate much money to this part of your estimate costs.

Choosing an Online or In-Person Exam

You may also take the exam online from the comfort of your home or workplace. The Online Proctored Test allows individuals to take their tests at home while being monitored by a proctor via microphone and webcam. Before selecting this option, be sure your device meets the minimum system requirements. You must also run a system test and exam simulation before selecting the online test option. If you do not do this, you are unlikely to receive a refund if your device does not meet the standards. If your device does not meet the standards, please choose to take the exam at a test center during the checkout process.

Canceling or Rescheduling Your Exam

To cancel or reschedule your exam online, log into the PMI.org website. Once logged in, you have the option to either reschedule or cancel your exam through Pearson VUE. Once you reach your Pearson VUE account, you can look at your current appointment details. If you want to change your exam delivery type, you can also do this online. Within 30 days of your scheduled test, you will need to contact PMI Customer Care for further assistance.

If you fail to cancel or reschedule within 48 hours of your appointment and you do not show to take the exam, you will still be charged the full amount. Do not email PMI or Pearson VUE to reschedule or cancel an examination.

Once you pass the examination, you need to maintain your certification. Your PMP certification is valid for three years, and during this time, you must earn at least 60 PDUs of project management education if you wish to maintain your certification.

Taking an Online PMP Certification Course

If you want to pass the PMP certification examination, you must prepare properly. Fortunately, Brain Sensei is here to help. Instead of run-of-the-mill PMP examination preparation courses, you will find yourself in the world of a female Samurai in ancient Japan. Work with this Samurai to overcome adversity while learning about key project management elements.

When learning, stories are extremely valuable, and that is why we use stories to help you absorb and retain important information. Our PMP certification course consists of quizzes, readable content, and a considerable number of practice questions.

Advantages of Using Brain Sensei

There are numerous reasons to choose Brain Sensei over other study materials and courses. When you use Brain Sensei to prepare for the exam, you can expect the following benefits:

  • More Opportunities – In today’s competitive job market, companies often seek to hire project management professionals with an understanding of the most up-to-date process improvement systems and technology. Certified PMs with such skills are in high demand.
  • Job Protection – Being certified can help protect you and your family during economic downturns. Individuals with certificates are often more attractive to employers and less likely to be let go.
  • Higher SalariesCertified PMs make an average of $111,000 a year, which is 22% more than non-certified PMs.
  • Career Advancement Opportunities – If you want to advance your career, becoming certified can help. With additional credentials under your belt, you are more likely to receive the promotion you’ve always wanted.
  • Work at Your Own Pace – There is no rush with Brain Sensei; you can study as quickly or as slowly as you need. You can also work whenever you want.
  • Convenience – You have access to Brain Sensei everywhere you have a stable internet connection.

Complete PMP Certification Course

Brain Sensei gives test-takers access to a Complete PMP Exam Prep Course for just $499.99 for a full six months. There are eight learning modules included as well as four full practice exams, all for this single price. Test-takers also get access to 35 contact hours/PDUs, and our course comes with a 100% pass guarantee and a 100% money-back guarantee.

All four practice exams have 800 combined questions, and there are multiple self-assessments in each module. There is also a summary of key knowledge points for each process group. Each module includes interactive content and animations to hold your interest, as well as loads of material you can use to track your progress. When comparing different options, ensure that you factor in the PMP certification costs as well as the cost of quality instruction in your cost estimates. You may find that the cost of quality bundles that offer you information about inputs, outputs, formulas, project schedules, and the agile framework are slightly higher, but worth it when it comes to finding a bundle that allows you to earn the registered mark of the Project Management Institute.

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The PMP examination is no joke. You need to properly prepare by taking the best PMP certification course that’s available. But if you can pass the exam and earn your certification, your life can change for the better. Brain Sensei wants to help you pass, and our unique approach to training can be greatly beneficial to you and your professional goals. Visit our site today to learn more about our offerings.

Read Our Reviews

Brain Sensei is rated 4.5 out of 5.0 stars based on 50 review(s).

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Liked it. Need access for longer though.

- Jerome

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What I like best about Brain Sensei is the interactive nature of the course. I think this material would be numbing if delivered as simple lectures with slides. This method is an improvement on that. On the other hand, an in-person course, while more expensive, would likely be even more useful if you have the funds and the time. I haven't taken the PMP exam yet, so I can't comment on how useful the practice tests are.

- James

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Great

- Yennyfer

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The Brain Sensei PMP program is a wonderful program that condenses the PMBOK into digestible and retainable bites leveraging the power of story telling. If you're looking for a program that will get you your credit hours but also help establish a foundation of PMI knowledge this is the program for you!

- Kenny Dalen

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Passed first attempt

- Lee

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Truly the best course in town if you wish to pass the PMP exam on the first try. I love the idea of playing the role of the samurai and practice your project management skill in her shoes. And not to forget, the generous amount of practice exam gave me just the right dose of confidence before taking the real one. Highly recommended

- Minh Vo

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The course was great, though I found a lot of parts hard to comprehend. I feel a lot more prepared and better skilled to manage projects in my career. Thanks, Brain Sensei.

- Jill Finkelstein

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The BrainSensei PMP preparation course provided me with all the material required to be ready for the exam. It is well structured, explains the concepts clearly, and most importantly, provides ample training questions through the four mock exams and assessment questions at the end of each module. I passed the exam with Above Target in all sections on the first attempt.

- Gael Riethmuller

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Overall I really liked this learning course. It was very helpful and allowed me to be well prepared for the exam. The 2nd and 3rd practice exam are great to give you real example questions and help prepare you for what to expect. BrainSensei's customer service was the best. I had to delay taking my test due to COVID and they extended my membership for free. They went above and beyond my expectation which was great. Only changes I would recommend is to add 1 or 2 more practice exams like the 2nd and 3rd exam and get rid of the agile practice exam. This is not a real focus of the test and therefore is not really applicable in my opinion.

- Ronnie

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BrainSensei developed a great learning method to prepare for the PMP certification exam. Their customer service is always very professional, fast, spot on and dedicated to your success. I recommend them.

- G. Buchs

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I've sent several emails to BrainSensei (one of them not so nice, but the rest were okay) and the team has always been so polite in answering the questions. I'm a very straight-forward person and don't like the PMI-ism type questions because they seem like 'gotchas' or traps, and this is not how I manage my team. I took the Master of Project course (which was garbage) then failed the PMP exam. Throughout the PMP exam I felt so out of touch. Even with the first practice exam on BrainSensei I felt out of place, but I am not getting the hang of things. I hope to pass the exam on the second attempt! The brain sensei experience has been *miles* ahead of the Master of Project garbage. Brain Sensei should be proud of both their product and of their team! I love getting replies to my concerns so quickly. Nice work :) !!!

- Joseph Mather

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This course was great. it laid a great foundation for the PMP exam.

- Marc Vazquez

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very useful

- Dan

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I was very pleased with the preparation provided for the PMP certification. I went through the materials twice and passed the exam on the first try. A couple of the questions need to be polished up, but very good training overall.

- Glen

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Very easy to work with and quality product.

- Joan

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The storyline provides excellent examples that provide context for understanding the core concepts and processes

- Ann

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Good self paced learning tool

- Muneer

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Outstanding job

- Jerome

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This is by far the best way to prepare yourself for the PMP exam. The material is presented in a unique and engaging way that makes learning it easy and also fun! The company behind this course is also very professional and responsive. Keep up the great work!

- Amir Afifi

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I have studied with other programs and I didn’t feel prepared. After a short time with Brain Sensei, I had the confidence to succeed on exam day, which I did on the first try after studying with Brain Sensei. It was worth every penny.

- Andrew Grady

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Great program

- Ashley

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Course is made for people who are already grounded in the material, not for someone that needs all the basics. Was budget friendly and OK content.

- Andrew

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Brain Sensei is great tool to have in the study arsenal while preparing for the PMP exam.

- Derek

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I really enjoyed the modules and content offered by Brain Sensei! I passed the PMP Exam on the first try and would recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a great PMP Exam Prep.

- Delfin Gallegos

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Overall layout is good, but there are some quality issues. Progress isn't always saved across all devices and progress gets lost. Some small spelling mistakes. I loved the practical storyline...

- Riaan

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Passed my PMP on first attempt using Brain Sensei Prep course.

- Mohammad Ali

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Quick and helpful response. Thanks!!

- Laura

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Absolutely Fantastic learning software. Highly recommend it! Very well thought out and creative. Really enjoyed my study time. Excellent mock tests and mock exams. So so helpful. Thank you Brain Sensei Team for being part of my PMP journey!

- Tracy

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Need improvement in presenting more relevant real exam type questions. The practice exams are too simple and easy and do not prepare you for the real exam. Otherwise, good concept presenting material

- Amir

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The prep materials provided plenty of content which prepared me well for the PMP exam. The questions were packed with information.

- Cameron

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Teaches the PMP in a solid manner, some things you need to know as a potential consumer: -The Samurai backstory is extremely short, and didn’t really assist me with recall in any in-depth way. It only gave broad brush-strokes as to what each phase entailed. -MOST of what was on the test was covered in the lessons, however if I had zero real prior PM knowledge prior to the test, I would have failed. -The first practice test forces you, as the student to actually read into the PMBOK, which was a benefit in the long run as it assisted me with quickly referencing what I needed to find. -The course will likely cover wave tops and subjects, forcing me to self-study for a week before my test... not a bad deal all things considered. -Brain Sensei’s course has incorporated Agile into one of their practice tests, and this test IS mandatory. This may seem strange, and I didn’t get a satisfactory reason why I needed to take a purely Agile test when I only wanted to take the PMP, for anyone else in this scenario, this is the reason: In June, PMI is revamping the PMP test to include Agile as a significant portion of the PMP. Brain Sensei is just ahead of the curve trying to get students prepared... fret not. Their customer service is extremely responsive and does take care of their members. My program had a couple bugs, and the customer service fixed my problems within 24 hours. All in all... it was absolutely worth the money for me.

- Kevin

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I am very impressed with this learning system. The content is laid out in a way that will make any learner understand all the process groups and ITTOs in order to understand Project management and be equipped to excel in the test. The learning system is engaging and fun at the same time. It's very different than other learning material which is composed mostly of videos. Some improvements are needed, but in my opinion Brain Sensei is great value for money

- said durra

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At first, I was attracted to Brain Sensei training for their original learning program using a Samurai's story. And indeed it made the whole learning experience funnier - so easier. I felt like the Samurai. Then, I was amazed by The Brain Sensei Team's reactivity and help when I reached out through contact@brainsensei.com Their support was constantly reliable and efficient. I appreciated their professionalism and didn't feel on my own. At last, the course and the practice exams proved to be efficient since I passed the PMP exam - with 'Above Targe't in all Domains. So thank you so much Brain Sensei Team !! Charlene

- Charlene LU

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Overall very good. Got stuck a few times trying to find resources which I should have downloaded the before starting the program. Customer service has been great.

- Jonathan Williams

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SO far I am thoroughly enjoying the Brain Sensei PMP prep course. I have taken a Project management class as a part of my degree which I recently completed and project management has always interested me. I find the course to be educational and easy to follow. I am grateful that this course has been designed in such a way that is simple to understand all of the complexities in project management and that allows me to study at my own pace.

- Eric Browne

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The content is good and easy to understand

- Glenn

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This review is based on completing all course work through module 102. The story and interactive nature of the course are helpful for learning and relating the material. It would be nice to have the page numbers to the PMBOK guide where references are made to it. Other information that will be helpful, are the explanations to the practice questions at the end of each module. These are provided only after immediately answering the questions. Having these available in the score summary from the 'history' tab will be helpful to refresh why the answer is correct and other options are not.

- Rohan Punit

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Overall I would rate this course an 8/10. I liked how there were exams towards the end of every module and I felt that it was very useful having it laid out in different scenarios. I rate it only an 8/10 as I had some glitch/software issues and lost my progress resulting in me having to re-do modules/exams multiple times. All in all, that was maybe useful in the end as it was a way for me study or 're-learn' the course material. Thank you!

- Nikki Cordy

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Clear and precise explanations of how things work. I was never lost navigating the course.

- Gary Nicol

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A smart approach to present the information which makes it fun and engaging while at the same time preparing for the PMP exam. Brain Sensei differentiates itself from other PMP exam preps in that it delivers the knowledge through the use of storytelling technique. I recommend this course because it will help you pass your PMP exam on the first try.

- Jamal

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Loved the story telling and the practice exams. I felt very prepared when the actual exam came around.

- Josh

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One of a kind training that was truly engaging!

- Claire

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Excellent course for preparing for the PMP exam in a fun and engaging way! The practice questions resemble the actual questions on the exam making it a completely worthwhile experience.

- Rossetta

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I passed the PMP exam after taking Brain Sensei's Online PMP Certification Exam Prep. The practice exam questions were so similar to the questions that appeared on the exam. On exam day, when I sat down to take the test and started running through the questions I felt so relieved! The practice exams are also timed so you get more comfortable with the exam experience and feel better prepared when you sit down to take the test. The other differentiator was the video content throughout the modules. The concepts are taught through a story of a young samurai defending her kingdom. This will probably be the only PMP prep course where you can learn all the knowledge areas and feudal Japan at the same time. I'd recommend this course not just because of the videos but because it helped me pass my exam on the first try.

- Jackie

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Good course, but a few grammatical errors with how some questions were worded.

- Sonia

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It was good!

- Sergei

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Loved the unique approach and it still had all the info I'd expect from a full PMP exam prep course. Very responsive on questions too.

- Chris