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PMP Exam Prep Course: Pre-Course Recommended Reading

If you’re enrolled in our PMP Exam Prep course, we recommended that you complete the pre-course reading. Doing so will help you gain familiarity with the content and have a foundational understanding of the material before the course starts! (Remember, these books are included with your course purchase; don’t worry about purchasing them yourself!) PMP Pre-Course Reading List Read at least the first 5 chapters of the PMBOK  In The PMP

13 Test Tips From PMP Pros: What You Need for Successful Studying

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It’s true–everyone has different study styles. However, while talking to former PMP Exam Prep Course students, I discovered many of them used the same study methods while preparing for their PMP exams. The methods had slight variations, but overall, there were several techniques students (who PASSED their PMP exams) incorporated into their study sessions. Our 13 best practices, shared by six successful PMP students, will help you study effectively

Student Success Story: Kayla Brown, PMP

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  While many people associate project management with industries like construction and information technology, it is actually used in almost every industry–including design. Former PMP Exam Prep student Kayla Brown uses her project management knowledge while serving as the project manager for Simple Focus, a design agency. I recently sat down with Kayla to hear about how she is implementing PMP practices to create smoother experiences for her organization

Student Success Story: Sandra Cordell, PMP

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  After earning an undergraduate degree in finance from UTC, Sandra Cordell had no idea that her career path would lead her back to a UTC classroom eight years later. While working as an administrative assistant in UTC’s Gary W. Rollins College of Business post-graduation, she coordinated a couple of small events. Upper management noticed her talent for planning and asked her if she would become the project and

Student Success Story: Shannon Bennett, PMP

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      As the senior program manager at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Shannon Bennett uses her PMP to better serve engineers and business professionals all throughout the company.     CPE: How did you begin your career in project management? Shannon: I had been in the field of engineering management for a long time (about 8 or 9 years) and was looking for a change. The project manager

What’s Next? 6 Tips for PMP Exam Day Success

You’ve finished the PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp, and your head is probably swimming with formulas, processes, and ITTOs. You are so close to the finish line, and we want to help you get there!   Here are our 6 tips for a successful PMP exam day:  1). SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION AND SCHEDULE YOUR EXAM  If you have not submitted your PMP application, you need to do so as soon as

Student Success Story: Tyler Yount, PMP

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  When Tyler Yount began his career, he had no idea that his path would lead him to become a project manager and earn the PMP certification. While working in Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke’s office, a need arose for someone to lead initiatives and services that the administration wanted to deliver or adjust. Tyler is now officially the Director of Special Projects in the office and uses his PMP

Student Success Story: Dale Tillman, PMP

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  By earning her PMP, Dale Tillman has crossed an item off her career bucket list. Having worked as a senior program manager at TVA for 20 years, Dale wanted to solidify her experience and knowledge through certification. To ensure she was ready for test day, Dale enrolled in UTC’s PMP Exam Prep course. CPE recently caught up with Dale to learn more about her PMP experience and what’s

5 Tips for Success When Leading Virtually

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With the coronavirus quickly changing our work environments, many employers are conducting business virtually. If you are a new project manager or a project manager with limited experience with virtual teams, you may be asking yourself, “How am I going to quickly transition from managing projects in person with my team, to managing them remotely?!” Thankfully, there are several ways you and your team can meet goals remotely with

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