Why Seek The CAPM® Certification?
It can be hard to find a good CAPM course.
Many training organizations offer their PMP course as appropriate for CAPM as well as for PMP exam prep. This disrespects the value of the student’s time and energy. There is some material that you need to study for the PMP that you do not need to study for the CAPM. Why burden students with studying more material than necessary? That’s just wrong!
Our CAPM course is derived from our PMP course, and we’ve taken the time to remove material that is not subject to being tested on the CAPM exam. In certain areas, such as our treatment of management theories, we’ve left material in — because it is so valuable from a practical applications perspective, but we’ve carefully marked it as ‘Optional’, and we’ve removed any practice questions associated with that material.
The result is a self-paced eLearning course optimized for efficient preparation to take and pass the CAPM certification exam.
The course also includes:
- Downloadable PDF file of all of our ‘Secret Sauce’ diagrams
- Access to our student portal with the interactive ITTO Drag & Drop exercises
- Deck of suggested flashcards
- Weekly remote study group sessions where you can ask questions as we review a different topic each week
- Certificate of completion which documents the 23 hours of project management training required for the CAPM
What does the course itself look like?
Our eLearning course is designed to replicate the experience of our classroom course as closely as possible. Each topic module consists of about five short video segments (4 to 8 minutes each) showing slides with voice-over. That’s Bill’s voice, speaking naturally, as he would in the classroom, as opposed to sounding like possibly clueless ‘voice talent’ reading a script — which is too often what you’ll find in other’s computer-based eLearning courses.
Another thing that make our lectures especially valuable is the unique visual perspective provided in our slides, which provides rich context that facilitates comprehension and retention. In other’s eLearning courses you may find stock photos of beautiful young people and shiny rotating gears and such… eye candy with no educational value whatsoever.
After the lecture portion, each topic module includes ~ 20 practice questions, which we have written with great care to reinforce important concepts and to be representative of what you might see on the CAPM exam itself. Various tricks and traps you might see on the exam are included and then examined within the detailed explanations that follow each question.
Knowing vs. parsing
When you miss a practice question it might be because of a gap in understanding of the PMI framework, or it might be a failure to navigate the subtleties of the question successfully. Part of what we teach you is how to parse the question and the various answer choices to get to the best choice. Knowing the content is one thing… parsing of answer choices is a whole different skill. You must master both to do well on the CAPM exam. Our course can equip you, but buying it is not enough: you need to plow through it, and follow the rest of our study guidance as well.
The good news is that the questions are written in an engaging way so that you don’t feel bored to tears. We weave-in some story lines, and include a little humor in some of the answer choices to keep you engaged and productive in your studies. We also make the subject matter feel relevant in the real world, which also helps with motivation and engagement.
The weekly remote study group sessions also help with engagement. We find that the people who show up consistently tend to pass the exam and get it done much sooner. The weekly cadence of accountability really helps students impose some discipline on themselves. This is critical. Since it takes consistent effort over a period of three months to get it done, it all comes down to discipline in the end.