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Thursday, 7 May 2015

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. 

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. 

Monday, 25 November 2013

Free PMP practice exercises help you prepare for certification success.


Over the last 10 weeks Firebrand Training have brought you all the course material from our official PMI PMP® course. Having worked diligently through all the modules, scribbling down notes and referencing a now slightly tattered PMBOK guide, you are probably asking yourself, how much of that information did I really take in? Am I really ready to take the exams?

Firebrand is here to take you one step closer to exam readiness. We have just launched a series of practice exercises specifically aligned to each module. Each exercise is aimed at helping you to gauge your understanding of individual modules, whilst helping put into practice what you have just learnt.

PMP Practice Exercises

Below are the full range of exercises currently available on the site. These can be worked through in isolation, or as part of your progression when working through the course material. 

Every exercise comes complete with a series of questions and answers, helping ensure your knowledge is up to scratch.

Project Management Process Groups
Project Integration Management
Project Scope Management
Project Time Management
Project Cost Management
Project Quality Management
Project HR Management
Project Communications Management
Project Risk Management
Procurement Management
Stakeholder Management

What Next...

Completed all the course material and exercises? Still looking for more information to boost your PMP knowledge? 

Over the next few weeks we will be preparing to launch a series of practice tests, which should take you one stage closer to exam readiness. Keep checking back on Firebrand's Google+ page for all the latest updates.

About the Author

As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Working in the Industry for almost 3 years years, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor among others.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Learn PMP for Free - 11. Project Risk Management


According to Wikipedia, today is the 308th day of the year.....a day remembered for historic events including the formation of the NSA by the US Governement, Howard Carter uncovering the entrance to  Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings and now of course, the launch of the latest module from Firebrand's PMP course.

Having completed the Project Communications Management module, we can now move onto Project Risk Management.

What is Project Risk Management?

This module is all about identifying potential threats to a project, implementing preemptive measures to minimize risk and responding in the event of said risks occurring.

Project Risk Management is another asset integral to the success of a project. The inability to effectively manage risk can result in serious delay, financial loss or failure of a project in it's entirety.

What is covered in Project Risk Management?

Below are the six sub sections covered in the Risk Management Module:

11.1 - Plan Risk Management - Planning
  • Deciding how to approach, plan and execute the risk management activities for a project
11.2 - Identify Risks - Planning
  • Determining which risks might affect the project and documenting their characteristics
  • Prioritising risks for subsequent further analysis or action by assessing and combining their probability and impact
  • Numerically analysing the effect on overall project objectives
11.5 - Plan Risk Responses - Planning
  • Developing options and actions to enhance opportunities and to reduce threats
11.6 - Control Risks - Monitoring & Control
  • Tracking identified risks, monitoring residual risks, identifying new risks, executing risk response plans and evaluating their effectiveness throughout the project life cycle

What next?

 To get ongoing updates of the final roll out of learn, why not follow us on Google+ LinkedInFacebook or Twitter.

Here are some important dates to put in your diary and check back on Learn:

12. Procurement Management - Monday 11th November

13. Stakeholder Management - Monday 18th November

End of Session Practice Tests - covering PMBOK Guide® Overview, Lifecycles and Organisation Types, Integration Management, Scope Management, Time Management and Cost Management - Monday 25th November

About the Author

Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Exam tips and preparation: PMI PMP certification

The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is the most respected certification for project managers in the world. It demonstrates that the professional has a real life project management experience and understanding of the most widely recognised project management best practices.

The PMP exam focuses on the entire process of managing projects.

The PMP cert is very well known in the industry and is highly in demand. Many organisations look for PMP certification as qualifying criteria when hiring project managers. The average salary of a PMP professional is £57,250 and can go as high as £90,000 is certain areas of the UK according to


Before you get on your way to obtaining this cert, there are a few requirement to be allowed to take the exam: 35 contact hours of formal education in project management with either a 4 year degree + 3 years project management experience or 5 years project management experience (without degree).

PMI PMP logoThe Exam 

The exam will cover the following 6 domains:

·       Initiation
·        Planning
·        Executing
·        Monitoring and Controlling
·        Closing
·         Professional and Social Responsibility

It will consist of 200 questions. 175 are scored; the other 25 are un-scored pre exam questions. All of them being multiple-choice and lasts four hours.

Tips for difficult areas

The following topics are the ones that seem to be the most difficult for students, so here are some tips to deal with them:

Work experience vs. the exam – As you must be experienced to sit the exam many can have very different experiences over the PMBOK guidelines. It is always recommended to use the PMBOK guidelines over your own experience as it is the correct approach when taking the exam.

Risk and procurement procedures – This is one of the areas many struggle with. It is important that you become familiar with this area and how it fits in the overall project management.

Ethics – become comfortable in applying project management ethics. It can be difficult for some who are used to their own companies ethical guidelines but try and pay attention to the PMI code of ethics and code of conduct in order to pass the exam.

Preparation Hints

Before you start the course and your exam, it is recommended you read and study the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK). Become familiar with the processes, inputs, outputs, and tools and techniques. It is also recommended to read the PMI Code of Ethos and Professional Conduct. Also, try and join a study group to study for the exam. Discussing project management topics with others will help you remember the material.

Good luck.

+Sarah Morgan>

Monday, 2 April 2012

PMI to release a new PMP exam

Project Management Institute (PMI) will soon release a new version of PMP exam on August 31, 2011. The in-depth Role Delineation Study (RDS) conducted by PMI reveals that the role of a PMP has changed, which made it necessary to updated exam to take into account these changes.

PMI conducts RDS studies every five to seven years. 

As a result of the RDS findings, PMI is changing about 30 per cent of the exam.

These changes do not affect current certification holders, as the changes are reflected in the exam and not in the credential itself.

However, if PMP credential holders allow the three-year PDU cycle and one-year grace period to expire without completing 60 PDU credits, they will have to retake the new version of the exam in order to re-establish the PMP designation.

For PMP candidates that have already passed the application process, PMI highly recommends they sit for the exam before it changes on August 31.