PMstudy’s wide variety of learning options include a choice of online and in-class courses that allow students to choose a prep option that fits their time, budget, and personal preferences.
Partnerships with more than 100 major companies, offices and classes in more than 150 locations, and nearly 100 accredited PM trainers make PMstudy one of the largest companies in the field. Their money back guarantee also makes their courses an attractive option.
1. Minimal Prep Work
One of the most appealing elements of this course is that very little prep work is required for the live class options. Students complete minimal prep-work to get 40 PMI Contact Hours to apply for the PMP Exam before their course begins. Unlike competitors, PMstudy recommends students attend the live class sessions without doing prep work first. This model works best if you take the course immediately before the PMP exam. Ideally, you will take a 4-day class, do the homework, and take the exam on the 5th day of that week (or as soon as possible after you have finished the course).
2. Fully Recognized Courses & Qualified Instructors
As a fully recognized institution and PMI Approved Registered Education Provider, PMstudy offers valid PDUs. Their staff includes more than 90 accredited and experienced project management trainers in a variety of locations and countries for maximum accessibility and convenience.
3. Money Back Guarantee
PMstudy offers a full money back guarantee if you take the live or platinum course and take the test within 30 days of completing the course. The company either pays your fee to retake the test or offers you a full refund for your course if you don’t pass the first time. Please see the PMstudy website for details and requirements.
4. 40 Contact Hours Included in Some Courses
The Free and Silver PMP Online Course options only include 10 PDU contact hours, but the Gold, Platinum, and Classroom options include 40 PDUs with the course. If you sign up for a live online course, your cost includes 30 PMI PDUs, which satisfies continuing education requirements for the first year for certified PMPs. (This is in addition to the 40 PMI Contact Hours you get with the course).
5. Downloadable Content for Offline Study
For those who want to study offline, PMstudy offers downloadable study guides and project notes in conjunction with the classroom and online courses. This is great for those times you do not have ready access to the internet. Read the downloaded material until you can connect to the internet again to maximize your use of study time.
6. Free Mobile App
A mobile app for iOS and Android allows students to access study materials, videos, lectures, flashcards, and more right from their phone with the purchase of any PMstudy program. The app includes chapter information and lectures, which you can use while reading or studying the PMBOK guide as well. When you use your online course login credentials on your smartphone, the course is automatically synced among devices.
7. Comprehensive Course Materials
With 1,000+ practice questions, more than 12 chapters of video lessons and lectures, online and classroom course options, and flashcards, PMstudy provides everything you need to study for the PMP exam. The classroom option also includes 60-day access to the online prep course, which contains more than 4 hours of video and all of the flashcards, practice exams, and chapter tests.
1. Free Course Option is Limited
While PMstudy advertises a free PMP prep course, the course is a very limited version of their online classroom option and has a maximum 3-day access period. With only one practice exam, just a few videos, and limited access to everything else, it’s more of a free trial than a free course.
2. Price and Limited Money Back Guarantee
PMstudy’s options come at a hefty price. At $1,899, the live virtual course costs significantly more than most competitors’ live courses. In addition, PMstudy’s money back guarantee is only applicable if you take one of their more expensive courses, such as the platinum online class or the virtual classroom option; the guarantee does not apply to the more affordable prep options. On the other hand, the PMstudy advertises that they have a 99% pass rate, so most clients don’t need a money back guarantee.
PMstudy has several versatile study options, a generous rescheduling policy, and a variety of access levels to customize the length of your course based on the amount of time you have. Although these courses may not be the best option for those who need a large amount of study material at a bargain price, PMstudy is a good fit for students who want to brush up on the basic concepts without delving into the material in too much depth.
The in-person Boot Camp prep course is a great option for those looking for a quick and thorough review just before taking the exam. Available in more than 150 cities, the Boot Camp will get you ready for the exam quickly and efficiently. You’ll also get online access to the study materials, so you’ll be able to study before you take the course to make sure you’ve mastered the basics. Alternatively, take the 4-Day Live Virtual Live Course that contains the same high quality materials and expert instruction.
As one of the largest companies in the PMP test prep industry, PMstudy stands out as an accredited prep course option that has more than 100 partner companies, and more than 90 accredited PM trainers. The large number of practice questions, simulated exams and qualified instructors are some of their biggest advantages. However, for almost $2,000 they don’t really offer students the amount of value they are charging so I would suggest comparing them to their competition before making any decisions.
Summary of Course Features
- 1,000+ Practice Questions
- 4 Simulated Exams
- More than 58 Video Lectures
- Downloadable Study Material
- Chapter Quizzes
- Accredited Course
- PMI Contact Hours Included/May Be Added
- Flash Cards
- Free Mobile App
Free Online Course
Includes: 3-Day Access to 1 Simulated Practice Test with 200 Questions, Two Chapters of Video Lectures, Two Chapters of Study Material, Mobile App, and 10 PMI Contact Hours.
Silver Online Course
Includes: 12-Day Access to Course, 1 Simulated Practice Tests (Option to Purchase 1-3 Additional Tests for $25 each or $60 for All 4 Tests), 2 Chapters of Video Lectures, 2 Chapters of Study Material, Mobile App, and 10 PMI Contact Hours.
Gold Online Course
Includes: All 4 Simulated Practice Tests, All 12 Chapters of Video, All 12 Chapters of Study Material, Mobile App, 30 Days of Access, and Option to Add 40 PMI Contact Hours for $50. Additional Access and 40 Contact Hours Available for a Separate Fee.
Platinum Online Course
Includes: All 4 Simulated Practice Tests, All 12 Chapters of Video, All 12 Chapters of Study Material, Mobile App, 180 Days of Access, 40 PMI Contact Hours, and Money Back Guarantee.
Live Virtual Classroom Course
Includes: 4-Day Virtual Classroom Training, Tool to Calculate Work Experience, 60-Day Access to All Online PMP Exam Prep Course Materials, 40 PMI Approved Contact Hours, 30 PMI PDUs for Continuing Education Requirements, Comprehensive Classroom Study Materials, 800+ Practice Questions and 4 Full-Length Simulated Practice Tests, PMI Application Assistance, and Money Back Guarantee.
Cost: Prices vary based on location. Typically, the 4-day Boot Camp costs $1,999.
Includes: 4-Day Classroom Training, Tool to Calculate Work Experience, 60-Day Access to Online Exam Course and All Study Materials, 40 PMI Contact Hours, 30 PMI PDUs to Satisfy Continuing Education Requirements for Certified PMPs, Mobile App, 58 Videos, 4 Full-Length Simulated Practice Tests, 1,000+ Practice Questions, PMI Application Assistance, and Money Back Guarantee.
|1.||Minimal Prep Work|
|2.||Fully Recognized Courses & Qualified Instructors|
|3.||Money Back Guarantee|
|4.||Downloadable Content for Offline Study|
|5.||Free Mobile App|