Does attending a PMP Boot Camp guarantee exam success?
There are many Individuals and Exam Center’s offering 99 or 100% PMP Exam success guarantee.
The claim is based on their PMP boot camps, Which normally are of four or five days, and almost every aspirant has to attend it before appearing on to the exam.
Now, before I dive in and review, there are certain questions that pop up in my mind and I am sure it will be on your mind as well;
- In four or five days, can they deliver all the PMBOK guide material word by word?
- The hidden knowledge in this guide?
- Can they extract the real juice from this guide?
and what they are claiming is really a guarantee for you to pass this exam in one go with just a few days training?
- Do they really deliver the in’s and out’s of the PMP exam ?
I agree and disagree !!!
PMP Boot Camp
The PMP boot camps are great.
I am not against it and the PMP Exam is not so difficult that you will spend months of training or a PhD degree for it in order to pass it. (Yes, it’s a bit tricky and slightly difficult from other exams).
All you need definitely is a boot camp for a few days in order to familiarize your self with it, and then of-course self study.
But the claim as I mentioned previously of 100% passing after attending the PMP boot camp is an exaggeration.
Honestly, I don’t believe and no one can convince me of a 100% success in four or five days through their boot camps.
All such claims are baseless and marketing gimmicks.
It’s you who are going to appear in the exam,
It’s you who will come out of the exam center with either a PMP extension with your name,
burn the first out of three chances in a year to name yourself a PMP certified.
- So how can one maximize the chances of passing PMP exam on first try through boot camp training? and
- How can one back up the claims of these service providers of 100% exam pass guarantee though boot camp?
Well, the answer may not be that simple, but below tips will definitely help you get the maximum out of boot camp training:
Tips before attending PMP Boot Camp !!
1: Read PMBOK guide a couple of times:
You can get a copy from Amazon by either clicking on the image or the url below:
Although your first encounter with PMBOK may not be favorable.
I talk about it here: PMBOK is Tough
But you can read this post to get maximum out of this book: Project Management Body of knowledge
You can read these Two articles about PMBOK: PMBOK is Bible and PMBOK and PMP Exam
2: Read a reputable study guide:
I mention a few guides in this post: PMP Certification Books
3: Try to get familiarize with the PMBOK guide.
4: Write down all the Jargon’s and topics that you don’t understand.
5: Get the big picture of the PMP exam.
6: Don’t go blank to attend the boot camp.
When you start reading PMBOK and study for yourself before boot camp, you won’t understand a single word and this is normal with everyone.
The point, I am making in here that you should at least familiarize yourself with PMBOK and the PMP Exam before attending the boot camp,
as it will definitely increase your success chances and getting maximum benefit out of your boot camp training.
When you schedule to attend boot camp, you will already be equip with some knowledge and you can maximize it by noting point 4.
If you have distinct opinion or want to add your experience, Please do share in the comments below.