Project Management Academy – A Professional Training Experience

project management academy logoMany project professionals are in a hurry to get certified because most employers and clients are requiring them. However, getting out of the office for a few weeks or days to be able to prepare and take certification exams is a difficult project by itself, not to mention family or personal schedule conflicts and budget constraints. Nowadays, there are many training centers that offer boot camps and seminars, in classrooms or online or both. One of the most trusted in project management training is Project Management Academy.

Project Management Academy

Established in 2009, Project Management Academy started as a PMP exam prep company in San Francisco, California. It is now providing professional training in 38 US States and two cities in Canada. It aims to provide students and trainees a complete learning experience with a class that is guaranteed to run, led by a highly qualified instructor, and equipped with written and online resources. Through its classroom, virtual and online training formats, it is offering PMP certification, Six Sigma, Agile, Master’s Certificate and PDU/CEC courses.

PMP Certification

Project Management Academy is a PMI-approved Registered Education Provider and they are proud to have a PMP Exam Pass Rate between 99.1 to 99.8 percent since 2010. This course is for PM professionals with at least 3 years experience. It is a total of four days from 8:30 AM to 6 PM. It can be an instructor-led class at their facilities or a virtual class with a live instructor. The courses are guaranteed to run even if there is only one student enrolled. Upon registration, students can immediately access the online training portal and try the mock exam software, take quizzes and download study aids. They also offer unconditional 100 percent money back guarantee.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

Organizations are now pursuing continuous improvement through Six Sigma strategies. This has created a requirement for managers trained and certified as Green Belts. The course comes in either 5 days of virtual class led by a live instructor or 40 hours of recorded videos, exercises and practice questions. The course outline includes Six Sigma Foundation, Lean Principles, PM Fundamentals, and the different phases. There is no prerequisite for this course and certification is given upon completion of the course and all the assignments. They also offer a 16-hour video-on-demand course for Yellow Belt certification.

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Certification

Many companies are now adopting methodologies following Agile principles for their projects. The PMI-ACP is a new certification that sets the standards of knowledge for Agile principles and practices. The PMI has published the requirements for this certification. Project Management Academy offers either a 5-day 9-to-5 virtual class led by a live instructor or a 40-day recorded video course at the student’s pace. The course includes the fundamentals, modes of communication, estimating, metrics and methodologies like Scrum, Extreme Programming and Lean practices.

Master’s Certificate in Advanced Project Management

Project Management Academy offers a unique curriculum that when completed, gives the candidate the title Senior Certified Project Manager. This certification involves completing one course from six categories, namely, General PM, Quality Management, Risk Management, Time Management, Program Management, and Agile/SCRUM. For example, in the General PM category, a candidate can take the PMBOK 5 Fundamentals course which is a self-paced, video-on-demand course that covers the 10 knowledge areas as well as PM framework and professional responsibility and ethics. Those who already have their PMP, PMI-ACP or Six Sigma credentials can receive certain exemptions.

PDU/CEC

PMP credential holders are required to accumulate Professional Development Units as a commitment to keep pace with the profession. Project Management Academy offers Club PDU packages to help professionals conveniently earn and document their PDUs with continuing education courses. For instance, the Gold Package at $1197 provides 60 PDU hours of courses with a 60 percent discount on additional courses. Some of the popular courses are Agile Fundamentals, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, MS Project 2010 Training and Strategic Risk Management. They offer very high quality, category A PDU materials and convenient PDU reporting that simplifies and guarantees certification renewal.

A Most Trusted Name in PM Training

Project Management Academy has trained project managers of companies across different industries such as the technology, energy, communications, consulting, health care, education, government and transportation sectors. Individual testimonials have only good things to say. Abdul N. from Mountain View, CA shared that when one late registrant came in at the San Jose training facility without her PMBOK, the instructor gladly gave his own copy to her. Alexandra M. from Redwood City shared how the instructor made the long 4 days of class interesting and helped deconstruct tricky vague questions, which helped her pass the PMP exam on her first try even though English is not her first language.

Project Management Academy also offers post-class tutoring and support for free as well as in-house group training for at least 10 participants. They believe that this important life event should be more than just attending a seminar. It is their aim to provide the student with an enlightening and engaging learning experience through their classes and resources. Contact them on their Twitter Account.

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for Project-Management.com and Bridge24. He has written hundreds of articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.

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