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Thursday, 7 May 2015

PMP exam 2015 update - here are your new tasks

By Sarah Morgan

On 1 November 2015 your PMP exam will be changing to align with the current status of the project management profession.

If you’re taking your exam after November 1, you’ll need to prepare for 8 entirely new tasks found across domains 1-to-4. To save you from searching the PMP Examination Content Outline, here they are…

Domain 1 – Initiating the Project

  • Task 2
    • Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements, in order to manage customer expectations and direct the achievement of project goals.
  • Task 7
    • Conduct benefit analysis with stakeholders (including sponsor, customer, subject matter experts), in order to validate project alignment with organisational strategy and expected business value.
  • Task 8
    • Inform stakeholders of the approved project charter, in order to ensure common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, and their roles and responsibilities.

Domain 2 – Planning the Project

  • Task 13
    • Develop the stakeholder management plan by analysing needs, interests, and potential impact, in order to effectively manage stakeholders' expectations and engage them in project decisions.

Domain 3 – Executing the Project

  • Task 6
    • Manage the flow of information by following the communications plan, in order to keep stakeholders engaged and informed.
  • Task 7
    • Maintain stakeholder relationships by following the stakeholder management plan, in order to receive continued support and manage expectations.

Domain 4 – Monitoring and Controlling the Project

  • Task 6
    • Capture, analyse, and manage lessons learned using lessons learned management techniques, in order to enable continuous improvement.
  • Task 7
    • Monitor procurement activities according to the procurement plan, in order to verify compliance with project objectives.

Domain 5 – Closing the Project

There are no new tasks in Domain 5.

Please note: this is not the finalised version of the PMP examination content outline. The proportion of questions from each domain that will appear on the exam has not as yet been determined.

The knowledge and skills associated with these domains and tasks will be forthcoming. PMI state that this information will be available no later than 15 June 2015.

For more information on the 2015 PMP update, and for frequently asked questions, take a look at this blog.

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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Your PMP exam is changing in 2015

By Sarah Morgan

The PMP certification proves you’ve got up-to-date project management skills and gets you on track for a massive £55,000 salary (ITJobsWatch).

Owing to these reasons, and many more, the PMP® is one of the most important certifications for project managers. And in order to stay relevant alongside the changing demands of project management professionals the PMP must continually evolve. On 1 November 2015 your PMP exam will be changing.

How is the PMP exam changing?

The five domains of practice for the PMP are staying the same. However, new tasks are being introduced and current tasks modified or removed. As of 1 November 2015, the current exam will be retired and only the new version of the PMP exam will be administered.

See the below table for a brief look at the new tasks added across the domains. Or for a more detailed overview of what the new tasks are, take a look at this blog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is the PMP exam changing?

A. PMI are updating the PMP certification to reflect the current status of the project management profession.

A recently completed Role Delineation Study (RDS) – a method used to identify and prioritise crucial tasks of a job or profession – has provided a new description for the role of PMP professionals.

Q. What major differences in the role of project management professionals were identified by the RDS study?

A. PMI’s most recent RDS has shown that the role of the PMP has remained largely consistent over the past few years. However PMI do acknowledge that some aspects of the role have changed over time. These include:

  • Inclusion of benefits analysis and realisation
  • Looking at risk management in terms of opportunity
  • Placing more emphasis on stakeholder management plans and communications
  • Additional focus on lessons learned

Q. This exam update is only affecting the tasks, but to what extent?

A. Some tasks have been slightly modified whereas others have been changed or deleted entirely. In addition to this, there are also 8 entirely new tasks. Take a look at this blog post for more details on the relevant tasks.

Q. Will I need to take a different preparation course now that the exam is being updated?

A. PMI Chapters and R.E.P.s have been informed of this change and should be updating their courses accordingly.

Firebrand will be ready to deliver the new PMP content on our accelerated four day course, when the current exam is retired in November 2015.

Q. I’m studying for the PMP, how will this affect me as a candidate?

A. If you take your PMP exam after the 1 November date, be aware that you will be taking the new exam. Get caught out and you risk revising out-of-date content.

However, the PMP application and testing process remains the same.

Q. I don’t want to test under the new version of the content – what can I do?

A. If you don’t want to be tested on the new version of the PMP exam, you must test on or before 1 November 2015. After this date all PMP exams (this includes retakes and language aids) will reflect the new exam content outline.

Q. Will the exam report change?

A. No – the PMP exam report will remain the same. For computer based tests (CBT), you will continue to receive an exam report immediately after testing.

More to come from PMI...

It is important to note that this is not the finalised version of the content outline (at the time of publication). Currently, the proportion of questions from each domain that will appear on the final exam has not yet been determined. This information will be available by 15 June 2015.

For more information, take a look at the official PMI PMP FAQ.

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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Top 10 PMP resources 2015

By Sarah Morgan

Get ready to take on your PMP exam with these top PMP resources 2015. It’s a waste of your time and money to attempt an exam you’re not prepared for. Instead, get ready to pass first time by studying the best material available.

These top PMP resources range from study guides to practice exam simulators and even interactive games.

1. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK 5 Guide)

This is an essential resource for PMP students and a crucial revision tool. Every PMP aspirant should study this official guide as it covers the most recent PMBOK in its entirety and provides the international standard upon which PMP is based.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMB Guide) - 5th Edition

2. Head First PMP Paperback – December 29, 2013

Learn the latest objectives and topics in the PMBOK5 with this bestselling PMP guide (with over 100 reviews and a four star average on This intelligent book covers PMP’s underlying concepts as well as a thorough exam preparation guide with hundreds of practice questions and strategies.

Head First PMP Paperback – 29 Dec 2013

3. How to Manage a Camel

Take some time out of your revision to browse Arras People’s ‘How to Manage a Camel.’ This great project management blog covers all aspects of project management, including PMP and PRINCE2.

You’ll get a better appreciation of project management as a career and a more comprehensive base of knowledge. Plus, there are some great PMP specific articles to read as part of your revision process.

4. PMP ITTO Mind Map

This is a great PMP revision tool for visual learners. Developed by Kim Synder and based on the PMBOK Guide 5th Edition, this mind map visualises 10 project management knowledge areas found in PMP.

Get the pdf here.

One page in the comprehensive 10 page mind map

5. PM Zilla forum

PM Zilla is one of the most popular PMP specific forums. There are over 10,000 threads covering topics from PMP exam questions to applying PMP in real world situations. Got a tricky PMP question that Google can’t answer? Ask in the forum

Forums are a great way to learn regardless of which certification you are studying for. Interacting with other students, discussing the curriculum and asking questions is one of the best ways of both learning and putting your knowledge into practice. However, make sure you verify your information, as there’s no real way of gauging it’s quality otherwise (it could be incorrect!).

And don’t forget – forums are participatory and at their most rewarding when you aren’t just asking questions, but answering them too.

6. PMP Forum

One forum is never enough – here’s a second great project management forum from You’ll find some great user-created revision guides and active threads. As always – make sure to double (and triple) check the information you read.

Bear in mind, though most posts relate to PMP, this forum is dedicated to project management certifications as a whole.

7. Rita’s process game

One skilled PMP student has even developed a game to help others understand the correct sequence of all project management processes and planning processes.

Find it here.

8. Firebrand Learn

Firebrand Learn is a free platform for self study. We’ve added a massive amount of PMP content to it - you’ll get:
  • Course material taught on Firebrand’s official PMP course
  • Exercises
  • Free practice test questions and answers 
  • A collection of third party resources

Combine A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK 5 Guide) with the resources on Firebrand Learn and you’ll be well on your way to passing the PMP exam.

Firebrand Learn's of practice exam questions

We’ve had some great feedback about Firebrand Learn. Take a look at what Michael Greer of said about it:

Start revising PMP right now on Firebrand Learn– you won’t need to pay or register.

9. PMP Exam Self-Assessment Test - Oliver Lehmann

From this site you’ll get access to 75 free sample questions with a simulated 90 minute time to mimic the exam. Click ‘Solve Sample Test’ once you’re done to see an instant percentage score.

You’ll also get access to an additional 175 PMP sample questions in pdf form. Unlike the interactive online questions, this document is intended to be printed and completed by hand.

Don’t be discouraged if you’re score is lower than you expected, as Cornelius Fitchner of The Project Management Podcast states, “Hands down, this web site has the toughest questions around. If you are able to answer more than 50% correctly, then hats off to you.”

10. PM Exam Simulator

As the name suggests, this tool simulates the PMP exam and provides 175 free sample questions. You’ll answer questions of the same style and difficulty that you can expect to find on the real exam and will get access to three different modes of:

  • Real exam mode: a simulation of the real PMP exam experience
  • Timed mode: you’ll receive hints and answers but will still be timed
  • Learning mode: get hints and answers with no time limit.

Unfortunately, you’ll only get the above for three days with the free trial account. The full service will set you back $99.

How to know if you’re ready for the PMP exam

We recommend you read, re-read and read again to absorb the knowledge you need. Next, tackle the PMP mock exams and sample questions until you can consistently score 75% or above. Once you can do this – you should be ready.

However, if you don’t have the time available to dedicate to self-study – there are others ways to get certified, take a look at our official accelerated four day PMP course.

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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 17 November 2014

PRINCE2 vs. PMP - which certification should you choose?


PRINCE2 and PMP are both well-known and respected project management certifications. But it’s not always easy to know which one to achieve. And whilst they’ll both give your project management skills a boost, what’s the use if you can’t apply your new knowledge in the workplace?

Let’s pit these two certifications against each other and take a look at what they can do to boost your career.

Introducing PRINCE2 & PMP

PRINCE2 - Projects in Controlled Environments

Originally developed by the UK’s Office of Government Commerce, it is now regarded as the de-facto standard for project management in the country. It also exerts a visible influence across Europe and Australia.

With over a million total PRINCE2 exams taken, it’s also the most popular project management methodology in the world.

According to arras People’s 2013 UK Project Management Benchmark, the PRINCE2 is held by 63% of all project management professionals.

PMP Project Management Professional

PMP is built around PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK). Administered and created in the USA, the PMP has become the primary project management certification for North America.

Despite being less known in Europe than PRINCE2, it’s certainly not unknown and is increasingly gaining in popularity.

According to arras People’s 2013 UK Project Management Benchmark, the PMP is held by 9% of all project management professionals.

What do these certs cover?


There are two levels of certification within the PRINCE2: Foundation and Practitioner. You’ll have to pass both to become a registered PRINCE2 practitioner.

PRINCE2 is a project management methodology that covers the management, control and organisation of a project. You’ll learn a flexible and adaptable framework that suits a wide variety of different projects.

This certification follows a sophisticated and clearly defined methodology that outlines detailed steps and processes that your project needs to achieve success in a controlled environment.

The well-laid out and standard approach that PRINCE2 uses is designed to be as generic as possible. As a result, the PRINCE2 processes are recommended for just about any kind of project.

PRINCE2 also helps to eliminate ambiguity by laying out clear roles and responsibilities of the team including: project executive, project manager, senior supplier, financier and senior user.

You don’t need previous project management experience to achieve this qualification and even experienced professionals can benefit from the PRINCE2.


Unlike the PRINCE2, the PMP is structured around the PMBoK and is a project management standard. You’ll become familiar with PMBoK processes and accepted project management techniques to enable you to evaluate your own projects.

It is therefore more of a theoretical and referential guide to assist you in the management of projects.
This certification evaluates your advanced knowledge of project management. As such you are expected to have existing project management experience.

To even apply for the PMP you’ll need at least 5 years of project management experience with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects. You’ll also need 35 hours of project management education (which can actually be gained by completing a PRINCE2 course).

How long will your certification last?


As a Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner you must be be re-registered within 3-5 calendar years of your original certification. Failure to pass the Re-Registration examination after five calendar years as a Registered Practitioner will result in withdrawal of your registered status.


After achieving your PMP qualification you must participate in PMI’s Continuiing Certification Requirements (CCR) program to maintain your active certification status.

During the three-year cycle, you must attain 60 professional development units (PDUs). Once your three-year cycle is up, it starts all over again.

You’ll be obtaining PDUs by engaging in project management activities related to your PMP certification. PDUs are split into two categories: Education PDU and Giving Back to the Profession PDU. For more information on how you obtain PDUs, take a look at PMI’s official PMP handbook.

Industry needs and cultural differences

We recommend you thoroughly research your project management certification choices depending on the industry you work, or want to work in. Every industry will treat these certifications differently - you don’t want to achieve a cert which might prove to be less valuable than its counterpart.

When job-hunting in the UK and the EU as a whole, we recommend first taking the PRINCE2. As we mentioned earlier the PRINCE2 is immensely popular - especially in the UK where it is favoured by government.

Benefits – the bottom line


1. Possibly the best introduction to project management

With its lack of prerequisites, PRINCE2 provides the ideal entry-level qualification for a career in project management. With a clear methodology, the PRINCE2 can take beginners and quickly transform them into educated project managers.

2. Improved career and employment prospects (in the UK and EU)

The PRINCE2 can improve your career prospects across the UK and EU. Due to its popularity in Europe and strong government ties, it is viewed favourably by employers.

 3. A standardised and complete methodology

The PRINCE2 provides a clear methodology that you can continually apply to almost any project. Plus, by using the same approach across every project, you’ll eliminate confusion through the use of common procedures, documents and processes.


1. Improved salary prospects

The PMP demands tougher prerequisites. It’s harder to achieve and as a result it commands higher salaries.

PMI Project Management Professional jobs display an average advertised salary of £60,000 according to data from

2. You’ll have up-to-date skills

Unlike PRINCE2, PMP demands commitment to your project management career. As a result of the Continuing Certification Requirements, you’ll need to stay active within the project management community. This means, whether you want to or not, you’ll be continually sharpening your skills. Make no mistake; employers will be aware of this factor.

3. PMI Membership

When you obtain your PMP certification, you can gain PMI Membership. As a PMI member you’ll get exclusive access to publications, networking opportunities and professional development opportunities. You’ll be able to easily connect with peers, grow your career using an expansive collection of knowledge resources and get access to a premium job board for project management.

So who won?

The smoke has cleared and incredibly, both project management certifications are still standing.

This guy just loves project management
morguefile / Ambro
Our project management instructor argues that, in a perfect world, you would have both certifications.  PRINCE2 provides a tried-and-true methodology whilst PMP provides the skills and knowledge required by the Project Manager to carry a project through to completion.

Achieve both and you’ll possess an encompassing and rounded approach to project management.

We recommend you thoroughly research both certifications, depending on what your long-term goals are, which side of the world you’ll be working from and in what industry.

Find out more about PMP and PRINCE2 here.

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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 8 August 2014

See what happened when we asked our Project Management instructor your burning PMP questions


We sat down with Pash Lal, resident Project Management expert and Firebrand instructor, to answer your burning PMP questions. Pash is a qualified trainer in PRINCE2, PMP and Polychor Integrated Change.

Q. As a Project Manager, is PMP certification really necessary?

A. Yes. The PMP is an internationally recognised verification of your existing skills, knowledge and experience. 

Improve your project management skills and lead better projects
Image courtesy of  Renjith Krishnan / morgueFIle

The exam is based on 200 multiple choice questions, each having varying degrees of difficulty. 

Going through each question to read, digest, understand and identify what the questioner is really asking for, takes time. In order to select the correct answer, your level of analysis could vary from 30 seconds to five minutes (if you are not careful).

You are not just relying on what you may have learnt during the course and what you have picked up through reading the manual. You’ll also be relying on your own skills, experience and expertise to arrive at the correct answer.

The PMP exam assumes you understand all 42 processes, their inputs, outputs, tools and techniques. Some processes will require you to utilise up to 15 of the tools and techniques.

The employer needs a way of being able to compare between different Project Managers from other PMs and this is one way of doing so.

Q. What are the core principles of PMP?

Q. Is there any way round PMP pre-requisites?

A. No, these are the PMI rules and REPs are not allowed to bend or bypass them.

Q. What is the best book to help me prepare for PMP certification?

A. There is no one book which, on its own, will fully prepare you for the PMP exam. 

I would recommend you have the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition as a minimum as this is what the exam is based on.  However be aware it does not contain everything required for you to be able answer each of your 200 exam questions correctly.  After all, it is only a guide to a vast Body of Knowledge. 

If you have this book, then look carefully in each section and where it mentions other areas, techniques, theories or specialisms, as you will need to research this yourself. 

The Rita Mulcahy book “PMP Exam Prep Learning Exam” is well thought out and structured and a lot of people rate it highly.  However the authors have added processes which do not map out against the PMBOK Guide® processes and are potentially confusing. 

The Kim Heldman book “PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide” is also well thought out and structured, however its flow is against the 5 domains and the author has not allowed for easy mapping against the PMBOK Guide®’s knowledge areas.  Additionally the question style needs to be brought up to date and maybe this has been or will be done in the move to the 5th edition.

Q. What is the main difference between PRINCE2 and PMP?

A. PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner is the accreditation offered by APMG in the UK, owned by the Cabinet Office and is crown copyright. 

It has a structure of:
  • 7 Processes: that contain many activities
  • 7 Themes: alongside information, guidelines and content to be able to carry out the process activities
  • 7 Principles: bedrock principles which, if not applied, the project is not a PRINCE2 project
  • 3 Procedures
  • 2 Techniques
The techniques are both optional.  It is seen as structured and applicable (read apply-able) to all projects of any size in any industry but it does not give a focus at all to the people skills without which the project will fail. 

Just ask yourself which Project Manager would you rather work with?  Project Manager #1 is in a constant bad mood, takes no interest in his/her team, barks the orders and castigates you publicly if things don’t go according to plan.  Or Project Manager #2, who smiles when he/she walks in, greets you and asks you how you are, shows a genuine interest when they ask you about your project and individual progress, makes you feel valued, etc…

Deciding which Project Management course to study can be a difficult choice
Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / morgueFIle

The PMP is an accreditation offered by the PMI (Project Management Institute) and is their copyright.  It is a structured methodology which has 5 process groups with 42 processes (47 in the 5th edition), each of which has inputs, tools and techniques and outputs. 

It includes a focus on:
  • People skills
    • Leadership
    • Motivation
    • Communication
    • Stakeholder management
    • Team building
    • Conflict resolution
  • Scheduling techniques
  • Communication and procurement

All of these focuses are covered to a level not seen in PRINCE2.

Q. How long does the PMP certification last?

A. The certification lasts for life.  You have to demonstrate your continuing professionalism and dedication to maintaining your expertise and knowledge, through recording a minimum of 20 PDUs (professional development units) each year in a 3 year cycle.

Q. Will I need to recertify when PMBoK 6 comes out?

A. You do not need to take the PMP exam again for the rest of your life.  You only have to demonstrate your continuing professionalism and dedication to maintaining your expertise and knowledge, through recording a minimum of 20 PDUs (professional development units) each year in a 3 year cycle.

Q. How do I record and prove 4500 hours for PMP pre-requisites

A. By looking carefully at the work you have done over the last 3 years either working in a project or more preferably, in managing a project.  The character limit is quite small, set at between 300 and 550 characters, so you don’t have much room to describe what you have done.

They need your submission to be short, sharp and focused, a bit like your behaviour and performance as a Project Manager in real life.

I would recommend a one liner to describe the Project Objective (that’s right, just one or you may have used your entire limit without having described what you actually did) e.g. Objectives: to design a new staffing structure and implement across the 5 functions.

Next should be the deliverables which you produced and handed over e.g. Deliverables: stakeholder analysis completed, requirements gathered, best practice research conducted, new structure designed, stakeholders consulted, board approval obtained, new structure communicated and implemented.

Just to put this in perspective, just these two lines above (Objectives and Deliverables) are 302 characters including the spaces!

Lastly I would suggest you have a finishing line to detail the outcome e.g. Outcome: New staffing structure designed, communicated and implemented successfully; customer satisfied.

The above is 406 characters and there is space for some more words but not too many as you can see.

The next bit is then adding up the hours and apportioning them across the 5 domains.  If you had worked on this project full time for 10 months, and worked an 8 hour day, then 8 hours x 306 days x (6 months x31 days and 4 months x 30 days) = 2,448 hours.  This one project is about half of your total required.  Obviously you will need another project to get to 4,500 hours or more.

For each project you will need to work out how much time you spent on each domain (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Control, Closing) and record them in each box provided.

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 27 June 2014

Four great benefits of the PMP certification


Certifications are the perfect indicators of the skills, knowledge and experience you possess in your field of expertise. Whether you’re a network engineer, a software developer or project manager, certifications will always give you the edge over your competition, but this is not the only benefit.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

PMI’s PMP certification is one of the most prestigious and popular credentials in the project management field. Due to its prominence, project management professionals, more often than not, are inclined to add PMP to their collections. However, getting the cert is not easy, so it’s best to familiarise yourself with the benefits to help you through the process.

How many active PMP certified around the world in 2013?

Entering new circles: Indirect benefits, such as this one, are often overlooked, even though they can turn out to be extremely valuable. Picture this; you are training to get your PMP certification where you meet fellow “PMP-to-be” candidates. This is a fantastic networking opportunity, because you are working towards the same goal, which may be true outside of the classroom as well. Once you have the certification, you are in the elite community of PMPs, where you can continue networking with likeminded professionals.

Prestige and skills: The PMP course will teach you new skills, which you’ll be able put into practice as soon as you’re out of the classroom. But that’s not all! Your certification will also give your personal prestige, as well as your CV a mighty boost. There will be times when those three letters next to your name will be the reason why you are hired over another consultant or freelancer.

Continuous learning: Recruiters, managers and executives are always seeking professionals whose appetite for knowledge is insatiable and who never want to stop learning. Learning is the key to staying on top of what’s changing and evolving around you. Preparing for the PMP certification is a demanding process and it’ll put you in the habit of pursuing knowledge. Never stop learning and you’ll be always a step ahead.

Higher salary: Okay, you would definitely think of this benefit, but we still need to talk about it, because the figures may surprise you. So, intangible and indirect benefits are great, but the most noticeable measure of your career progress is the amount you earn. Adding that PMP credential next to your name can quickly lead to a 20% increase in your salary or billing rate if you’re a consultant. According to PMP certified project managers, on average, earn over £58k per year. But that’s not all, 10% of PMPs get even higher paychecks. Experienced, capable and committed project management professionals are offered a salary of more than £85.

Network with your PMP peers, keep learning and exploit all the benefits of your PMP certification, and you can belong to that elite 10%.

Need some inspiration? Watch this video of some of the greatest projects in the world:

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 21 February 2014

A video tour of Firebrand Learn


As you might know, last September marked the launch of Learn, Firebrand’s self-study platform, where students can access course material, practice tests, exercises and additional resources at no cost.

The first course made available on Learn was PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP). In case you haven’t checked it out yet, you are in luck, because now it's even easier with Mike Greer's fantastic video tour of the platform.

“This video is a quick tour of the free training materials available at the Firebrand website to help you qualify for your PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from PMI (Project Management Institute). We quickly "walk through" the website's collections, including powerful "accelerated" study tools, exercises and answers. If you want to know what's involved in getting that PMP certification, this website is a GREAT place to start!

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Top five resources to help you prepare for your PMP certification


PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is the one of the most important industry-recognised certifications for project managers. Globally recognised and demanded, the PMP® certification demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects.

Nowadays, it can be hard to prepare for a certification of this magnitude, without having trusted sources of information. Here are our recommendations of five websites to help you prepare for getting your PMP.

Project Management Institute

PMI is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for project management. Their professional resources, including publications, surveys, blog posts and webinars empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country in the world to enhance their careers, improve their organizations’ success and further mature the profession.

Prepare for your PMP certification with the help of PMI’s Knowledge Centre.

Deep Fried Brain

Deep Fried Brain is a blog, providing useful project management exam preparation material. In its repertoire you’ll find book reviews, frequently asked questions, sample exam questions, tips, study notes and more.

Get over to the PMP section and start preparing! offers a wide range of study material, including publications, free research results, live events, blog articles and job opportunities. Create your profile to stay up-to-date with the latest project management news.

How to Manage a Camel

How to Manage a Camel is all about promoting better group thinking and a way of bringing together lots of conflicting opinions around the subject of project management.” On this blog, you’ll find the latest news and tips about project management. Furthermore, you can also exchange project management recruitment ideas, attend webinars and participate in project management related Q&As.

Firebrand Learn

Firebrand Learn is a free platform for self-study, designed to help you to gain knowledge and prepare for world renowned certifications in the IT Training, Project Management and Security sector.

Learn provides you with everything you need to prepare for your PMP certification. Head over to Learn and start reading about Project Scope Management, Project Cost Management, Integration Management, Project Risk Management and more! 

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The hottest certifications for 2014


The value of IT and Project Management certifications have immensely increased as IT security, risk management, project management or computer forensics experts are more and more in demand.

According to the European Commission "there will be a deficit of over 900,000 trained IT staff in Europe by 2015”. Firebrand compiled a list of this year’s hottest IT and Project Management certifications to help you make the most of the 100,000s of job opportunities.

CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional

The CISSP is an advanced level certification for information security professionals. As a CISSP, you’ll be an expert in developing, guiding, and managing security standards, policies, and procedures within your organisation.

(ISC)2 designed and developed CISSP for experienced security professionals. To obtain this certification, you’ll need a minimum of 5-years experience in at least two of the following (ISC)2 common body of knowledge domains:
  • Access Control
  • Telecommunications and Network Security
  • Information Security Governance and Risk Management
  • Software Development Security
  • Cryptography
  • Security Architecture and Design
  • Operations Security
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Legal, Regulations, Investigations and Compliance
  • Physical (Environmental) Security

The CISSP will be one of this year’s most sought after IT certifications and an overall must-have for IT security professionals.

PMP – Project Management Professional

Developed by project managers, PMP is the highest level credential offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The certification is designed to ensure that PMP holders possess the skills and qualifications to successfully manage all phases of a project, including:
  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Controlling
  • Monitoring
  • Closing the project

PMP certified professionals are also experts in managing all aspects of the triple constraints – time, cost and scope.

In order to get PMP certified, credential seekers must demonstrate and prove they have the skills and knowledge required to be successful in the field of project management. Demonstrating documentations must include proof of education, projects worked on and hours spent in each of the five phases of project management.

CRISC - Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control

ISACA’s CRISC is awarded to IT professionals experienced in business and technology risk management, as well as the design, implementation, monitoring and maintenance of Information Systems Control.

As a CRISC certified professional, you’ll manage risk design and oversee response measures, monitor systems for risk, and ensure your organisation's risk management strategies are met.

Job roles for CRISC credential holders include:
  • IT Security Analyst
  • Security Engineer Architect
  • Information Assurance Program Manager
  • Senior IT Auditor

The CRISC exam covers the following domains:
  • Risk Assessment
  • Identification and Evaluation
  • Information Systems Control Monitoring and Maintenance
  • Risk Response
  • Information Systems Control Design and Implementation
  • Risk Monitoring

Since its inception in 2010, over 17,000 pros have obtained the CRISC certification.

CISM – Certified Information Security Manager

CISM, also developed by ISACA, is a top credential for IT security professionals specialising in managing, developing and overseeing information security systems or for developing best organisational security practices.

The credential targets the needs of IT security professionals with enterprise level security management responsibilities. CISM certified professionals possess advanced and proven skills in:
  • Security Risk Management
  • Program Development and Management
  • Governance, and Incident Management
  • Responding to Incidents

CISM credential holders must agree to the CISM Code of Professional Ethics, pass the examination, possess at least five years of security experience and submit a written application to qualify.

CHFI – Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator

EC-Council’s CHFI certification focuses on forensics tools, analytical techniques, and procedures involved in obtaining, maintaining, and presenting computer forensic evidence and data in a court of law.

The CHFI course covers the following topics:
  • Cyber-Crime Overview
  • Search and Seizure of Computers
  • Working with Digital Evidence
  • Incident Handling and First Responder Procedures
  • Gathering Volatile and Non-Volatile Data from a Windows Computer
  • Recovering Deleted Files and Partitions from Windows, Macintosh, and Linux Systems
  • Password Cracking
  • Log Capturing Tools and Techniques
  • Investigating Network Traffic, Wireless Attacks, Web Attacks, and E-mail Crimes

As a CHFI, you’ll be able to protect your organisation by responding promptly to any and all attacks.  

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