Today I am going to review GreyCampus’s online 35 contact hours PMP training program.
This is my first time reviewing a course on this blog, and I hope this review will provide you with all the details of the program and will help you make a better informed decision.
Before I start reviewing the course, let’s understand the 35 contact hours for the PMP training program.
What is a 35 Contact Hours Training Program?
To apply for the PMP exam you must fulfill three mandatory conditions:
- You must be either diploma or a degree holder.
- You should have some project management experience.
- You must attend a 35 contact hours training program.
So you can see that attending a 35 contact hours training program in project management is a mandatory condition to apply for the PMP exam.
In this training program someone has to teach you project management fundamentals for around 35 hours.
Moreover, this training should be aligned with the latest version of the PMBOK Guide.
Although you can get this training through various modes, it is recommended you get it through any PMI approved REP. REPs are registered education providers from the PMI, and their course content is pre-approved by the PMI.
In the past there were only a few REPs who used to provide training through live classes; however, these days due to technical advancements there any many more ways to deliver the training.
Once such training medium is online, and now I believe it is more popular than live classroom training programs.
There are many benefits to online training programs: they are cheaper, more flexible, and allow you to complete them from home and at your pace.
I recommend you get training from any PMI approved online training provider only.
GreyCampus is a leading PMI approved training provider and offers many project management and IT courses online, as well as through live virtual and live classroom training sessions.
They claim to have trained over 30,000 professionals globally with a passing rate of over 95%.
They also train professionals for the PMP exam.
Their 35 contact hours PMP training program is based on the fifth edition of the PMBOK Guide and aligned with the latest PMP exam format after Jan 11, 2016.
Below are a few features of GreyCampus’s PMP training program:
- One year of access
- Video sessions to explain the PMBOK concepts
- Quizzes at the end of each knowledge area
- Three simulated tests
- More than 500 flashcards to practice the important concepts
- Downloadable PowerPoint files
- Around 15 important charts and forms to understand their application
To review this training course I have gone through the complete course, attempted the quizzes at the end of the chapters and tried one of the mock tests.
And now I’m going to share with you with my hands-on experience with this training program.
Okay, let’s get started.
After logging in to the course, you will be shown the main dashboard. The dashboard is simple, modern and very easy to use.
The dashboard is divided into three sections. The first section has a list of all course modules, and you can start viewing the course by clicking any of the modules. The second section is a health check where you can see your progress and performance, and the last section is the value added section.
The last section is the most important section. Here you can download all the PowerPoint files, templates, and practice flashcards, as well as attempt the mock tests.
Every module is well explained and is followed by a quiz.
The instructor explains the topics based on the slides on your screen.
On many occasions I have seen instructors simply read the slide and move on, but that is not the case here. The instructor explains the slide well, his voice is clear and the video quality is good.
After completing the video sessions you can attempt the quiz.
The quality of the content is good.
The quality of questions is also good and these questions help you check your understanding of the session you just completed.
The last three modules discuss the PMP exam application process, changes to the PMP exam, and PMP Exam Tips.
Of the final three, the first module helps you in filling out the PMP exam application form and the second module helps you understand the exam content.
In the last module, i.e. PMP Exam Tips, the trainer provides you with many tricks and tips for some important concepts and how to attempt the questions in the exam. I found this section very useful.
I have reviewed their PowerPoint files. These are the same files that they used during the training sessions. Once you have gone through the training and review these PowerPoint slides later, it will refresh your memory.
You will also find templates and flashcards useful to your studies.
I tried one of the mock tests at the end.
Once you click on the mock test, it asks you to remove yourself from any distractions that could occur during the test. The test environment is timed at four hours. Here you can see the total time you have used and the remaining time.
I have attempted many questions from this mock test and I can say that:
- Almost all questions are unique, which means I did not see any similar questions in any other place I visited.
- It is a good mix of one line, lengthy and situation based questions.
- The difficulty level is medium to high.
- For many questions the choices are confusing.
The mock tests consist of high quality questions. You can practice them, find your weak areas and work to improve them.
Here you can have glimpse of your performance.
Pros and Cons
Now it’s time to discuss the pros and cons of this course.
Con #1: Module Information
The module duration should be mentioned in the dashboard. Although this is not a significant con, the moment I saw the video content I was looking for the duration of each video which I did not find.
I hope GreyCampus will add the duration of each video session to the dashboard.
Con #2: Session Length
Most of the time the duration of the video sessions is ten minutes or less, and a few time it is around 20 minutes. I feel 20 minutes is a bit long and you might feel compelled to finish this video in one sitting because you may not want to leave it unfinished.
In today’s fast-paced world, watching a course video for more than five minutes is not easy. You may feel bored.
Therefore, I hope in future, GreyCampus will break these sessions to smaller duration. Breaking a session up into smaller parts gives you ease and you can understand the concepts better.
But I have seen some other popular online courses whose sessions are around 30 minutes, so I think it is better here. However, there is still room for improvement.
Now we come to the pros.
The following are a few pros of this course:
Pro #1: Navigation
The navigation is modern, simple and very easy. You can access all the information, the course, and other resources such as flashcards, slides, etc., from one single window.
Pro #2: Content Quality
The quality of the content is good. The course is divided into 18 modules, and these modules contain all of the PMBOK knowledge areas and chapters.
The voice clarity is good and the video is also HD quality.
Pro #3: Access Mode
The access is completely online; there is no need to download anything and you can complete the course from anywhere.
Once you complete the course you will be able to download the 35 contact hours certification from your dashboard as well.
Pro #4: Access Duration
You will get one year of access for this course. This is something I have never seen elsewhere for an online course. Usually the training program is available for three to six months, and for an extension you have to pay more.
One year is more than enough time to complete the course.
Pro #5: Refund Policy
This program comes with a refund policy. If you did not like the course you can ask for a refund within seven days of purchase provided you did not complete more than 30% of the course.
Pro #6: Mock Tests
This course provides you with three mock tests. You can consider this a bonus and it is something you will rarely see elsewhere.
You can test yourself here, and find your weak spots and work on them to improve your performance.
Pro #7: Other Resources
Other resources include flashcards, downloadable slides, and templates. These are really good resources for you to prepare for the exam. You can print out the slides and use them as braindumps for your preparation.
How to Get Most of the Training
I strongly recommend you read a good PMP exam reference book and the PMBOK Guide before starting the training session. This will help you understand the training content better.
Also keep these books handy with you while watching the sessions so you can refer to them whenever you need to better understand any concept which you couldn’t understand during the session.
I have gone through almost the entire course and attempted a mock test for this review, and I can say that it is a good course for PMP exam training. So if you are looking for a 35 contact hours training program, you can join this program and complete your training.
This program gives you the longest online access and provides you with three simulated PMP exam tests. This is something I have never seen anywhere else. This course conforms to all requirements and is fit for use.
My Rating: 4/5
So if you are interested in this course, below is the course page link:
Although the cost of this course is a little high, you can get a 50% discount using coupon code PMSC. The offer is valid until Jan 31st 2017.
Disclaimer: I’ve been provided with free access to this course for a review. However, this review is my own and it is an honest one. The links used in this blog post are affiliate links and if you make a purchase through them, I will receive a commission without any extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.