PMP boot camps are often termed ‘rigorous’ training sessions. However, when approached right, they are really effective and improve your chances of learning and passing the exam in limited time. Here are tips to handle onsite PMP boot camp courses.
What is a boot camp?
A boot camp is an intensive training session that challenges people to come out of their comfort zone and get things done. Usually, military camps, athlete training sessions, etc., have such onsite classes and training to ensure the students puts full attention.
Why take up boot camps for PMP exam?
Most people who want to take up the PMP exam are working professionals. They fight with work pressure, deadlines, and other personal challenges. It gets very difficult for them to find a few hours a week to sit and prepare.
There are so many stories of people paying for the exam, but missing it due to sheer lack of prep time. Below are the advantages of a boot camp session.
- A focused 3-5 day training session where you are required to stay away from work and family
- Complete focus and no space for distraction
- Face to face interaction with the experts and more exposure to PM skills
- Networking with other professionals
- Giving the exam immediately after the boot camp so that the probability of retaining information is more
Challenges of boot camp sessions
Every technique/process has its own challenges. Below are few issues that you might think of and the way to handle them.
- Too expensive
Bootcamp sessions are expensive. Online classes are cheaper, but if you do not focus and give time, you may not perform up to your expectations. If you do not clear the first time, its waste of your money and time.
Compared to this, spending once on boot camp sessions, passing, and moving on makes more sense. Most boot camps also offer a money back guarantee or a second free session if you do not pass.
- You have to spend few days out of office at the training site
Onsite PMP boot camp courses require you to stay out of work and personal life for a few days to ensure you put complete effort in preparing. The more you stay away from calls, emails and social media, the more will your brain absorb information? Instead of spending months together in preparing and not finding value, it makes sense to spend few full days to complete the course.
- PMP boot camps do not have a lot of openings
This is because they take up only limited students in each session and train them optimally. You will have to plan and register for the course to be able to get in.
Bootcamps are great when you need some extra push to finish the exam and get your PMP certification. If you learn to handle all the challenges above, you are only few steps away to passing the PMP exam.
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