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PMP Certification Exam Training and Course in Malaysia

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PMP Training in Malaysia

So you’ve been thinking for a while about getting certified? Or wondering if it is worth the effort and money? Well, for anyone involved in projects, whether in a managerial capacity or as an individual contributor, the PMP certification in Malaysia does add tremendous value at a personal as well as professional level. Obtaining the certification tells the world that you are well versed in project management best practices. Customers feel more assured when dealing with someone who is PMP certified.

The PMP credential is offered by the Project Management Institute which is a non-profit organization representing the interests of the global project community. The organization is constituted with members who are leaders of companies big and small including some of the top 500 companies in the world.

The process of obtaining the PMP certification involves an application process and a rigorous exam.
2wordcloudPassing the exam requires one to be well versed in the best practices of project management and this is where a well-rounded high quality training like the iKompass PMP certification preparation program becomes necessary.

Some basic statistics about PMP and PMI

  • Over 500,000 credential holders
  • Established in 1969
  • 1300 Registered Education Providers
  • Listed among Top 5 certifications
  • Over $ 14 Million invested in project management research
  • Source PMI

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PMP Certification Malaysia

  • Course Name:Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Location:Malaysia
  • Duration:4 days
  • Time:9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Venue:Hotel in Golden Triangle Area
  • Parking:Yes. Complimentary, first come, first serve
  • Refreshments:Lunch + Snacks
  • Course Price: Call us for monthly offer
  • Exam Fees included?:Yes
  • Average number of participants:10-20
  • Minimum requirements:4 years’ work experience

Who is PMI and what is PMP

The PMP ( Project Management Professional) is a certification awarded by the Project Management Institute ( PMI).  PMI is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession.

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PMI was founded in 1969, and in 1975 described its goal to be to “foster recognition of the need for professionalism in project management; provide a forum for the free exchange of project management problems, solutions and applications; coordinate industrial and academic research efforts; develop common terminology and techniques to improve communications; provide interface between users and suppliers of hardware and software systems; and to provide guidelines for instruction and career development in the field of project management.”

Launched in 1984, PMI’s first credential was the PMP. It has since become a de facto standard certification in project management. Today, there are over 590,000 PMPs worldwide.

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The PMP certification is industry neutral, which means that the skills and knowledge gained through this certification is transferable across industries. The focus of this certification is the best practices in project management. The standard developed by PMI – The Project Management Body of Knowledge ( The PMBOK Guide).  This standard is written by practitioners from different industries. The certification and credentials are developed by practitioners for practitioners.

The PMP credential is accredited by the American National Standards Institute against the ISO ( International Organization for Standardization), which is quite rigorous in its quality checks. The PMP is globally recognized and is not tied to any method, standard or organization.

 

 

PMP Target Audience

PMP Certification is ideal for:

  • Project Team Members
  • Project Managers
  • Middle Managers
  • Senior Managers
  • Specialists
  • Consultant
  • Business Analysts
  • Systems engineers
  • IT Managers
  • Functional Managers

 

iKompass PMP course Features

Our job as facilitators does not end until you become PMP certified. We are closely vested in ensuring that you pass the exam and as such will be in constant touch until you have passed. Prior to the start of the PMP class in Malaysia, we hold a webinar to take you through the program and help you get started on your PMP exam application. After the class is finished, we hold refresher webinars wherein you take an online exam real-time and answers will be discussed.

 

  • 4 days of instructor led PMP classroom training in Malaysia
  • Access to over 40 hours of flash based e-learning content
  • Over 1500 practice questions
  • PMBOK Guide 5th edition hard copy
  • iKompass PMP Course manual
  • Application and eligibility support
  • Option to attend future classes as a refresher
  • Detailed individual report to aid in self-study
  • Instructor support up to 90 days after class
  • Pre class and post class webinars

Benefits of taking the PMP

Being certified by an independent, reputable organization like PMI is a mark of quality. This credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects. More and more companies are looking at the PMP certification as a requisite for employability, and are making the certification as part of their project managers’ career path in the organization.

According to the PMI Project Management Salary Survey–Seventh Edition, certification positively impacts project manager salaries.

 Some more benefits-

 1. Competitive Advantage

PMI (Project Management Institute) is the leading global association for the project management profession. Being certified by an independent, reputable organization like PMI is a mark of quality and, in many cases, a competitive advantage.

2. Measured Competency

PMP® certification measures the competency of a project manager and validates the project manager’s skills and knowledge through an internationally recognized organization. 

3. Cost Savings

Certified team members will have a deep understanding of the structured, phased approach of managing projects. Your project managers would learn best practices and thereby contribute to cost savings. 

4. Less Fire-fighting

You and your team will spend more time preventing fires than on putting them out – Plan, Plan, Plan – This is one of the key skills that PMP® certified professionals bring to your organization.

 5. Client Confidence

Your clients will have renewed confidence having certified PMP® professionals on your team :

a. Credential holders are bound by PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

b. Your workforce will be on top of all the latest practices in the profession as credential holders have     to renew their credentials every 3 years

c. The discipline of project management helps products and services reach the market on a timely basis while reducing costs, improving quality and providing a more competitive product. 

7. Stop re-inventing the wheel

You can have reusable processes and use lessons learned from previous projects to enhance project results. PMI teaches not re-invent the wheel, but to share information and best practices between projects. 

8. Encourage team-work

The value and importance of team work is an area which is given high importance, and on which the credential holders are rigorously tested, thereby promoting this value in your workplace.

 9. Foster loyalty

You can build loyalty in your workforce by investing in their professional development, thereby increasing their commitment to your organization.

 10. Efficiency

Streamline project management within your organization, thereby increasing efficiency. Best practices in scheduling and estimating leads to better baselines and optimization

PMP Exam Application Process

1. Application Submission– The PMP exam application is online. Once the application is started, it can be saved and returned to a later point. However, the window to complete the application once started is 90 days. During this time, PMI will send you an email reminder to complete he application.

As part of the exam application, the candidate will be required to fill out-

  •  Contact info
  • Attained education (four-year degree or the global equivalent/ secondary degree like high school diploma or 2 year degree)
  • PM experience – candidates will be required to fill out the project experience worksheet ( 4500 hours/7500 hours). For each project they will need to fill out the following information-
    • Title, start date and end date, role, industry
    • Organization details
    • Organization contact- this person will serve as the reference who will be asked to sign off on the experience sheet if the candidate’s application is selected for audit.
    • number of hours spent working in each domain area ( Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling and Closing)
    • Project description- The summary should include the project objectives and candidate’s role, as well as key deliverables. The description is between 300 and 550 characters.
  • PM education- The candidate will need document their 35 hours training in project management.

2. Application review– Once the application is submitted,  PMI will take about 5 working days to review the application. 

3. Exam fee payment– PMI will send a notification to the applicant to make the exam fee payment, upon which payment should be made. 

Exam fee ( Non PMI-member )

USD 555

Exam fee ( PMI member)

USD 405

Resit fee  (Non PMI-member)

USD 375

Resit fee ( PMI member)

USD 275

 

4.  Audit- Once payment is made, it is possible that the application is selected for audit. Roughly around 10-15% of applications are chosen for audit. In this scenario, the audit process has to be completed.  PMI, through this process, will verify the academic qualification, project management work experience and education. The candidates will complete the audit package, which includes signatures from the references on the experience sheet, copies of the educational certificate and the completion certificate of the project management education. PMI will take about 5-7 days from the time they receive the audit package. 

5. Eligibility notification – Once the payment of the exam fee is done, either the candidate will be notified of the audit, or they will receive the eligibility notification from PMI. This eligibility notification will allow them to book their exam date. The eligibility period to take the exam is 1 year from the date of the application approval. The eligibility will include the PMI eligibility ID, start and end dates of eligibility, and exam scheduling instructions. The candidate can take the exam 3 times within the eligibility period, should they not pass on the first attempt.

Our Extended support

Our Participants get end-to-end support

We take our participants through the exam application and eligibility process and ensure that all applications are successful. Our facilitators review each individual application and provide recommendations if required.

Often, confusion arisies as to what constitutes as eligible experience. From a PMI perspective, any activity that involves a project management mind-set should do. This covers operational work as well which is undertaken as project work.

Below are a few examples of project management related activities:

  • Estimating resources
  • Planning schedule
  • Checking results
  • Preparing reports
  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Creating milestones
  • Updating timetables
  • Estimating resources
  • Estimating costs
  • Communicating results
  • Managing team members
  • Providing training

PMP Exam

The standard mode of examination is computer based ( in prometric centres across the globe). There are exceptions to this-

  • If there is no prometric centre within 300 kilometres of the residence of the candidate
  • If companies wish to administer the exam for their employees.

 

There will be no scheduled breaks during the exam. The candidates are allowed to take breaks if needed, but they will still be on the clock.

The exam is preceded by a tutorial and followed by a survey, both of which are optional. Both are estimated at 15 minutes each. It is be noted that the time taken for the tutorial and the survey are not included in the 4 hour timeline of the exam.

All exams are administered in English. However, the candidates can request for language aid ( there are currently 13 languages)  at the time of the exam application.

To take the exam, the candidate has to bring a Government issued identification (passport, drivers license, military ID or national identification card). This ID should include English characters/translation, signature, photograph. If the ID does not include photograph or signature, a secondary form of ID may be used which has the missing information.

The name in the ID must exactly match that in the scheduling notification.

It is advisable to reach the centre atleast 30 minutes prior the allotted time of the exam. The candidates are required to register and will be asked for identification, and may be asked for eligibility ID and confirmation number received while scheduling the exam.

Candidates are not allowed to bring any items into the examination hall. They will be provided with scratch paper/mark boards.

Upon completion of the exam ( computer based), the candidate will know the outcome Pass/Fail. The prometric centre will provide the candidate with a result slip with the overall pass/fail, and performance on each domain.

The PMP certificate will be shipped to the candidate within 6-8 weeks.

Exam Format

 The PMP certification exam is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions. The candidates will be given 4 hours to complete the exam.

 Out of the 200 questions, 25 are pretest questions. These questions are not graded and are introduced by PMI in each exam to test the validity of the future exam questions. Of course, the candidates will not know which of the 200 questions are the pretest ones.

 The exam is based on PMI’s project management standard- Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide. PMI refreshes this standard every 4-5 years. The 5th edition is the current version of the Guide (released on 31st December 2012). This standard presents generally recognized good practices and reflects continually evolving knowledge.

 PMI tests the candidates’ grasp of these best practices through the exam. The proportion of questions may be broken down by domains-

 

 Domains

Percentage of Items on exam

 Initiating

 13%

 Planning

 24%

 Executing

 30%

 Monitoring & Controlling

 25%

 Closing

   8%

 

Maintaining the PMP credential

Once the PMP credential is obtained the PMP certification cycle is for 3 years. Upon completion of the cycle, the PMP need not take another exam. However, he/she must participate in the Continuing Certification Requirements ( CCR) program. This is to maintain active PMP status. During this time, the PMP must accumulate 60 Professional Development Units ( PDU). If the PMP successfully completes the 3 year cycle, a new 3 year cycle begins. 

1pass-rateThe objective of the CCR is to ensure that the credential holder continually enhances his/her professional development and sustain the global recognition and value of the PMP credential, among others.

If the credential holders do not satisfy the CCR program within active certification dates, they will be placed in a suspension status for 12 months. During this period, they cannot call themselves a PMP until they satisfy the CCR program within the 1-year suspension period.  

If the process is not completed within the suspension period, they will lose their credential. They will need to go through the entire process ( application, exam fee and exam) in order to get the credential again.

 PDU activities must be related to project management topics that are consistent with the subjects in the PMBOK Guide. Each activity results in 1 PDU. 

PDUs may be categorized into 2- 

  • Education ( 1 hour of instruction equals 1 PDU)
  • Giving back to the profession ( 1 hour of activity equals 1 PDU)

 

 Education

 Giving back to the profession

Courses by R.E.P.s, PMI chapters

Creating new project management knowledge (co-authoring books, writing articles, lecturing etc.)

Continuing Education (academic courses or courses from non- R.E.Ps/PMI chapters)

Volunteer service

Self-directed learning ( formal discussions, e-learning, being coached or mentored)

Working as a professional in Project Management (5 PDUs  per 12 month period)

 

Highest Pass Rate in Asia

At iKompass, we are proud to have the highest recorded pass rate in Asia. Our pass rate has been close to 100% over the past 2 years and we attribute this to our unique model of training which ensures that every one of our participants pass on their first attempt.

All our participants take a simulation exam immediately after class which determines the baseline for when one is ready for the real exam. Based on the simulation exam, a detailed report highlighting the areas of weakness is provided along with a recommendation for when to take the real exam.

Three days prior to the real exam, our participants take another simulation exam and only when they score above 70%, they go on to take the real exam. Our simulation exams are designed to be very close to the real exam and are an excellent indicator of preparedness and readiness.

November 2013

100%

October 2013

100%

September 2013

100%

August 2013

95%

July 2013

100%

June 2013

100%

May 2013

90%

April 2013

95%

March 2013

100%

February 2013

90%

January 2013

100%

Source* PMI online certification registry

PMP Course Outline

Our PMP course in Malaysia has been designed by authors who are also contributors to the Project Management Body Knowledge (PMBOK), the official standard for the PMP exam. The outline is adaptable to the pace of the class and our instructors usually spend time after class for those who may need additional assistance.

Introduction to Project Management

This module covers the foundational knowledge about Projects with focus on how projects and operations are interlinked. The module also addresses the key skills of a project manager and common organizational hurdles that impair project goals.

Project Lifecycle

The PMBOK guide defines a lifecycle as a collection of phases. In this module, we address the different lifecycles and their benefits. A project can be implemented sequentially or iteratively and there are pros and cons of each method. The module also covers the role of a project manager in different organizational styles.

Risk Management

Any uncertain event or situation is considered a risk. Every project, on the onset, contains many risks which need to be proactively managed. A recommendation for managing risks effectively is to set aside a reserve amount. This module addresses steps to calculate the reserve amount and also steps to deal with risks such as mitigation, risk transfer, avoidance etc.

Time Management

One of the leading causes of problems in projects is delays. This module addresses the common mistakes project managers make when scheduling work. With the right mix of understanding calculations and human motivations, a reasonably accurate project schedule can be put together. Participants are exposed to various scheduling tools such as the critical path method, resource leveling, critical chain method, simulations, crashing, fast tracking etc.,

Processes applied in Project Management

Processes are necessary when it comes to implementing large scale projects with many dependencies. Common questions that a project manager faces are what process to apply, when to apply which process, the level of implementation needed etc.? This module addresses the processes at a high level and the methods at the Project Manager’s disposal to choose the right process.

Integration Management

How do projects start? Who should sign-off on the charter? What happens if we run out of money during implementation? How is a baseline created? Answers to these questions are part of the Integration Management module. This is one module which cannot be delegated. The project manager has to play the role of an integrator bringing together the disparate parts.

Quality Management

While most companies delegate quality related tasks to the quality assurance team, PMI expects that as a project management, one needs to be well versed in the quality aspect of a project. As such, quality concepts such as root cause analysis, control charts, 7qc tools etc. are covered in detail in this module.

Cost Management

As part of this module, steps to create a cost baseline are covered in detail. The cost management module also addresses concepts of buffers and risk management. Participants are taught to do activity based costing and steps to monitor costs through project implementation. Tools such as earned value analysis, bottom-up estimating and analogous estimating are covered in detail.

Stakeholder Management

Anyone involved in the project or who is set to gain or to lose is called a stakeholder. One of the key roles of a Project Manager is to manage stakeholders through proper communication. This module addresses all the tools that a project manager can use to identify and manage stakeholders effectively.

Human Resource Management

People are the most important asset in any organization. So how does one go about ensuring the people are motivated and individuals work together in a team cohesively? This module covers the behavioral aspects of dealing with people. Only desirable behavior needs to be rewarded. This module also addresses the various theories of motivation such as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

Quality Management

Many projects utilize vendors and suppliers. This module addresses steps to determine whether it is a good idea to make the product or whether to buy from outside. In case a decision is made to procure from outside, what is the best type of contract to use. Contracts are legally binding documents and as such a project management should be well versed in interpreting the contract.

Scope Management

This module is focused on identifying the deliverables and the work needed to create those deliverables. Participants will create a detailed work breakdown structure (WBS) as a group exercise by incorporating the best practices in creating a WBS as specified by the PMBOK Guide. One of the most important baselines, the scope baseline, is created as part of the scope management knowledge area.

Communications Management

Roughly 75-90% of a project manager’s time is spent communicating. A project manager is expected to be well versed in the art of communication and persuasion. Communication is all about figuring out who needs what information when, where and why. This module addresses the various models of communications such as push, pull etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

The PMP certification training in Malaysia is 4 days in class duration and supplemented by up to 6 months of e-learning. The 4 days of classroom learning is intensive case study based learning facilitated by the some of the best PMP trainers in Malaysia. The class usually begins at 9:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm with 3 or 4 breaks in between.

We are not kidding. We have had close to 100% pass rate over the last 6 months in Malaysia. Even though the PMP certification is one of the toughest management exams in the world, our participants cruise through as a result of a well-structured and feedback driven learning process. Our PMP trainers are also contributors to the PMBOK guide which is the official standard for the PMP certification exam.

At 9:30 we start the lecture talking about a core concept. This is followed by a group discussion addressing real life scenarios. The facilitator then elucidates the PMI way of thinking relevant to the PMP exam. Participants then take a quiz and discuss their answers. Not a dull moment during the class. As everyone is an adult learner, the environment is quite flexible in terms of breaks etc.,

For Malaysiaans there is the MDEC (MSC Malaysia MyProCert (SRI) programme) funding support which provides up to 50% funding for the PMP course and exam fees. The funding is provided only after you pass the exam and obtain your PMP certification. With our pass assurance, you can be rest assured that you will get your money back provided you follow our structured program diligently.

Usually, when you enroll we require you to make a small deposit so we can block a seat for you. You can make the payment for the remaining amount by end of the 4 days of class. You can make payments through credit card, bank transfer or through a cheque.

Our PMP certification classes in Malaysia usually have between 8 to 15 participants. There are benefits to having small groups as well as big groups. Our facilitators are well versed in maximizing the benefits of both small groups as well as big groups. We place a lot of importance in setting the right learning environment so that communication can flow freely without bias or judgment. Many of our PMP participants build good relationships and set the stage for lifelong friendships.

It is highly unlikely that you will fail the real exam because you would be taking the real exam only when you get the go-ahead from your facilitator to do so. Your facilitator would recommend a date to take the real exam based on your performance in the mock exams. In the unlikely event you fail the exam, we will pay for your re-sit fees for a second attempt provided you scored above 70% on your mock exam before taking the real exam. Your facilitator will work with you individually to identify your areas of weakness and get you up to speed. Ofcourse, you are free to attend any future class with free of charge.

Yes. Ideally, you should take your PMP exam within a month however due to external factors, the time gap may be too high and before long you realize it has been a couple of months and you have forgotten the concepts. If this happens, just drop us an email and we will schedule you to attend one of our future PMP trainings in Malaysia free of charge.

On the last of class or immediately after that, you will take a mock exam (simulating the real pmp exam) wherein your score will determine by when you can take your real exam. If you score over 70% in the mock exam, you can take the real exam within a week. Based on the mock PMP exam results, you will be provided a detailed report to help you prepare and focus your effort. There are 3 full length simulation exams and you would need to score over 70% in the final simulation exam before attempting the real exam. In case you do not score over 70%, you will have to reschedule your real PMP exam

PMI requires you to have around 3 years’ experience in Project Management related areas to be able to take the PMP certification. These include activities such as scheduling, preparing reports, interacting with stakeholders, managing expectations, checking work results etc., You do not have to have a job title as a Project Manager. Our facilitators in Malaysia will help you through the PMP application process to ensure there are no inconsistencies and the wording in the application is apt. In addition to the experience, you will need to hold a bachelor degree or a high school diploma.

Our support to you will continue until you become a PMP in Malaysia. We will be scheduling regular webinars after the class wherein you will take quizzes and answers will be discussed. In addition, you have access to the facilitators through phone email and face-to-face for up to 6 months after the PMP class in Malaysia. Your access to the e-learning is available until you pass the exam.

To sign up for the PMP certification training in Malaysia, you can send us an email or call us and fill up the enrollment form. As soon as you enroll, you will get access to our PMP e-learning content which you can use to get started. Some bit of preparation is recommended prior to the PMP class start in Malaysia.

We have many tie ups with companies as corporate clients. In case your company is not part of our corporate program, just let us know and we will include the same. If you are joining with a friend, you will get further discounts which vary month to month. At the time of sign-up for the PMP certification class in Malaysia, let us know that you are joining with a friend or friends so we can offer you the group discounts.

We understand the uncertainties surrounding your situation when you are in between jobs. We greatly appreciate your inclination to upgrade your skills during these times of uncertainties and as such have special discounts for the PMP certification in Malaysia if you are in between jobs. Do let us know during sign-up and we will ensure you get a discount.