comparison 35 contact hours pmp training program

It is challenging to select the right 35 contact hours training program, as these days there are many training providers and all of them claim to be the best.

To make this process easy for you, I am going to provide you with a comparison of three popular online 35 contact hours training programs. All these training programs are well known, have existed for many years, and have technically qualified support staff.

Compare them and select the one best suited to your requirements.

Why Only Online Training Programs?

I recommend that PMP aspirants join an online training program to earn their contact hours. Online training programs offer many benefits over classroom training programs: they are cheap, flexible, and you can attend them from your home.

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Classroom training programs are very costly, held on a fixed schedule, and offer no flexibility. You may even be denied entry because the class is full.

Selection Criteria

While selecting a training program for this blog post, I used a few criteria to help me select good quality and trustworthy courses.

The selection criteria are:

  • The training provider should be well known and a REP.
  • The course should be 100% online with a money back guarantee.
  • The course content should be accessible through mobile device.
  • The program should be affordable.

The most important parameter was PMI approved REPs. This will help during an audit if you are selected and the PMI asks you to provide evidence of training.

If you have attended a course from a PMI approved provider, the certificate will be enough. Otherwise, you may have to show other evidence and the PMI may not accept it.

Now we are going to compare three popular online 35 contact hours training programs. These programs are:

  1. PM Sprout
  2. GreyCampus
  3. PM PrepCast

PM Sprout

A lot of aspirants asked me to develop a 35 contact hours training program. This was not possible as I was not a REP and I did not want to provide an unapproved program.

So, I developed this training program in partnership with PMSimplify. Since PMSimplify is a PMI REP, the course provides you with a PMI approved 35 contact hours training certificate.

Apart from training sessions, this course gives you many tools to help you prepare for the PMP exam.

Features

This program offers many benefits. Some of the main features of this course are:

  • PMI approved
  • 100% online
  • Video Sessions
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Practice questions
  • Formula guide
  • True/False statements
  • Flashcards
  • Exam study notes
  • Mock test
  • Networking
  • Solid support

A unique feature of this course is its note-taking capability. While reading notes, you can highlight them with a color and/or write your comments. Active reading equals efficient learning and more engagement. No other course offers this feature.

Online programs do not offer interaction with other aspirants who are preparing for the PMP exam. This is not the case with the PM Sprout 35 Contact Hours Training Program. Here you can see everyone who has joined the training program, and you can follow them and discuss issues, exchange ideas and tips, share your experiences and get advice within a community of practice. 

A lively discussion can spring up from anywhere. This is another unique feature of this course that you will not find elsewhere.

Benefits of this Course

The main benefits of this course are:

  • Video sessions clarifying the PMBOK Guide concepts and study notes.
  • You can practice over 800 high quality questions.
  • It clarifies all mathematical concepts with the help of the PMP Formula Guide.
  • A mock test to test your readiness.
  • Hundreds of true/false statements and flashcards.
  • One year of program access.
  • Ability to communicate with other students.

The price of this course is 150 USD. You will not get any other training program packed with tools for the same price.

My Rating:


GreyCampus

Please note that GreyCampus has stopped offering their online PMP Training Program with effective from September, 8, 2020. However, if you are interested, you can join their PMP Bootcamp program.

GreyCampus is a popular online training provider for many project management courses. To date, they have helped over 30,000 professionals prepare for various certification exams with a passing percentage rate of over 95%. They also offer a 35 contact hours training program for PMP aspirants

Features

The unique feature of this course is its analytics. These show you your progress and performance, which motivates you to improve. The other feature that I liked, is the mock tests. GreyCampus provides three full-length mock tests, so you get 600 questions for practice. The quality is good. 

You will not get three mock tests with any other training program.

You can download the notes and PowerPoint slides used for the video sessions and refer to them anytime. These files are useful for PMP exam preparation.

I have gone through their course content and can say that the quality of all the content is good.

Some other features are:

  • PMI approved
  • 100% online
  • Video sessions
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Flashcard
  • Exam study notes
  • Mock test
  • Solid support
Benefits of This Course

Some benefits of this course are:

  • You will understand the PMBOK Guide and its concepts.
  • You can check your readiness with three mock tests.
  • Downloadable material is very useful for your studies.
  • You can use flashcards to solidify your understanding.
  • One year of access is enough to complete the course.

My Rating:


PM PrepCast

This is one of the oldest online training providers for the PMP exam. I learned about it after I passed my exam. Initially, I did not believe that they are providing a 35 contact hours certification for 49.99 USD. At that time, they were offering only audio clips, so by listening to those clips, you could earn your 35 contact hours certificate. Back then this was the cheapest training course for the PMP exam.

Now they have evolved and are offering a video-based course; however, they are no longer the cheapest.
Being the oldest, they have the benefit of being the first in the market and are one of the most popular online training providers.

Main Features

The main features of this course are:

  • PMI approved
  • 100% online
  • Downloadable video sessions
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Solid support

You can download all the video sessions to your device and keep them forever and watch them offline. This feature is unique to this course.

You have access to this course until the PMP exam is shifted to the new version of the PMBOK Guide.

Your access to depends on when you purchase the course, within six months of the change, you will get a free upgrade.

This program offers the longest 90-day money-back guarantee. Usually, other training providers offer a 30-day guarantee.

Benefits of This Course

Some benefits of this course are:

  • You will understand the complete PMBOK Guide.
  • The support forum is very active and you can learn many things.

The price of this course is 229 USD.

My Rating:


Review Summary

Feature

PM PrepCast

GreyCampus

PM Sprout

PMI-REP

35 Contact Hours Certificate

Based on PMBOK 6th Edition

Video Sessions

Mobile

Chapter-Wise Quiz

Flashcards

Study Notes

True/False Statements

Practice Questions

Networking

Mock Test

Money-Back Guarantee

Price

229 USD

300 USD*

150 USD

My Rating

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Note: With discount coupon code “PMSC”, you can get a 50% discount on the GreyCampus 35 contact hours program.

Conclusion

While selecting a 35 contact hours training program, make sure that it is from a PMI approved REP and offers a money-back guarantee. This will ensure that you will get your money back if you don’t like the course.

In this blog post, I have compared three popular online 35 contact hours training programs. These programs offer full money-back guarantees and are PMI approved, so if you are looking for a training program for yourself, I would recommend you join in any of the above-mentioned.

Good luck with your PMP exam preparation.

Please note that I reviewed all these training programs, and the opinions expressed here are mine. Please do your own due diligence before reaching a decision.

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This is the most popular Question Bank for the PMP Exam. To date, this PMP Question Bank has helped over 10,000 PMP aspirants pass the PMP exam. 

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Speak Your Mind

  • Hello,

    Thank you for well done comparaison. As you stated in this article – 35 contact hours traiing has to be given by offical PMI R.E.P (Registered Education Provider). How can we ceck that PM Sprout is such a provider, moreover does PM Spout is issuing 35 hours certificate and if yes what is the process ?

    Thank you

    Paul

  • Dear Fahad,

    I have been reading your posts over a period of time.. i found it very helpful,practical and to the point…. there would like to thank for all of those posts and request to keep posting these….

    Now , here i would request you to guide/advise in my case …

    1. I am a telecom engineer , with experience of 7 years ( 2000 to 2007)…. joined as a trainee and in 2007 was a Manager handling team of 10-engg in 3 shifts and was incharge of Network operations centre

    2. after 2007… i joined family business of real estate – from 2007- till date.. handling management level activities ( note — its not a professionally run business… )

    3. Now i have been preparing for PMP
    a. I underwent thru classroom training from anexas ( edition 5) 3 years back…. but after that i didnt attempted exam
    b. also as on date i am not registered with PMI…
    c. Now i had again registered with knowledge hut for classroom training for sixth edition… which i may attend in month of november or december..

    4. also let me know how do i fit or fill the PMI registration or have u been known or aware of the case similar to mine..

    hereby with this background of mine… kindly advise , how do i go ahead , with the intention of becoming a PMP…

    • Hello Nitin, running operations and business will not make you eligible for the PMP exam. You must have project management to apply for it.

      From your description I can see that you don’t have project management so as per my understanding you cannot apply for the PMP exam.

  • I am planning to participate in this training program sooner or later which can be of great help in my professional career.

    Thanks

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