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.
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.
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 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:
- PM Sprout
- PM PrepCast
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.
This program offers many benefits. Some of the main features of this course are:
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:
The price of this course is 150 USD. You will not get any other training program packed with tools for the same price.
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
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:
Benefits of This Course
Some benefits of this course are:
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.
The main features of this course are:
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:
The price of this course is 229 USD.
35 Contact Hours Certificate
Based on PMBOK 6th Edition
Note: With discount coupon code “PMSC”, you can get a 50% discount on the GreyCampus 35 contact hours program.
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.