Smart Choices in PMP Prep: Avoid the Traps


Smart Choices in PMP Prep: Avoid the Traps

Written by Gabriel Alvaro, PMP in collaboration with Claude Opus 3
April, 10, 2024

When you're aiming for a PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, picking the right prep course is key. But be careful – there are some courses out there that promise a lot but end up being a waste of money. Here's how you can spot the scams:

Watch Out for Hidden Costs

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), the real cost of PMP certification should include all training and exam fees. So, when you choose a course, make sure they tell you about all the costs upfront. This means no hidden charges for materials or extra fees later.

One Approach Doesn’t Fit All

The PMI also emphasizes personalized learning. Avoid courses that offer only one way of teaching. You need a course that lets you learn at your pace, with different types of materials that suit your learning style.

Stay Updated

The PMI updates the PMBOK Guide regularly, so your study materials need to be current. Make sure your course keeps up with the latest standards and provides you with new information when the exam requirements change.

The Importance of Support

A PMI survey found that direct access to expert instructors is crucial for PMP prep success. Choose a course where you can easily talk to experienced PMP-certified instructors, get quick help, and have support that is tailored to your needs.

The Power of Community

According to a study by the Association for Project Management, learning with others can greatly improve your chances of passing the PMP exam. Look for courses with active forums, group discussions, and a strong network of alumni.


Don’t just go for the flashiest course. Pick one that is open about costs, fits how you learn, stays up-to-date, offers great support, and connects you with a community. As the PMI advises, a good PMP prep course should feel like a partner in your journey, not just a service.

Get Started Right

If you’re getting ready for your PMP, here’s something useful: Gabriel Alvaro's Free PMP Training. It’s a great way to begin your preparation.

Choosing the right PMP course is a big decision. Make sure you get what you pay for and don’t fall for scams.

Share this info and help others make smart choices too.


Gabriel Alvaro, PMP

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