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Project Management FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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Project Management classes are open enrollment, noncredit courses. There is no admission requirement for these courses, however some require prerequisite skills, training or courses.


General Certification Track Questions

Montgomery College offers certification preparation for 2 PMI certifications – Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®.
You can enroll in courses up until the day the class starts but you still need to take the certification track courses in the correct order. Also remember that there may be required materials that will need to purchase.
We set up our classes so that you can complete all three courses in as little as 2 months but we provide flexibility so students can take courses over one whole term, or multiple terms. Students must also be aware that courses may be canceled so the timeline of completion may vary.
View the PMI requirements for the PMP® and CAPM®.
No. Students are required to take the 3 courses in the order they are presented as each class builds upon the previous one. The correct order is: Fundamentals (PMC019), Practical Approach to Project Management (PMC013), then the certification prep class you are eligible for (PMP or CAPM).
Students cannot jump to the exam prep of their choice, but students with 5+ years of project management experience and specific project management education, may be eligible to have Project Management Fundamentals (PMC019) waived.
Montgomery College does not offer or proctor the exams. Exams are proctored by Thompson Prometric Testing Centers. After successfully completing the Project Management Institute PMP® Application, you will be able to schedule a test date with Thompson Prometric.

PMP®-Specific Questions

Project Management Fundamentals (PMC019), A Practical Approach to Project Management (PMC013), and Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Prep (PMC004).
Students with 3 to 5 years of project management experience and have previous project management-specific education, Project Management Fundamentals (PMC019) could be waived.
You can submit your Verification of Hours Form and PMP® Application at any time to PMI on PMI.org. Once you start an application, you have 30 days to complete it as you will need to cite experience for your verification form. 
The Verification of Hours Form is a part of the PMP® Application through PMI. You need to submit your project management experience meeting the PMP® requirements. We offer a one of a kind PMP Application Workshop that helps walk you through how to cite your experience and simplify the process with individualized assistance.
Yes. Students can register for all 3 courses at the same time but only if registration is completed in-person at a WDCE Customer Service Desk or by faxing a registration. The result would have you co-registered for the courses so that when you complete each course, you can seamlessly attend the next course in the certification track.
Both a Practical Approach and the certification prep courses have prerequisite courses attached to them. The system requires that you have already completed all prerequisite courses before registering for the next. To register early for these classes, you would need to register in person at a WDCE Customer Service Desk or by sending a fax. The result would have you co-registered, or registered dependent on completion, so that when you complete each course, you can seamlessly attend the next course in the certification track.

CAPM®-Specific Question

Project Management Fundamentals (PMC019), A Practical Approach to Project Management (PMC013), and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Prep (PMC002).
Yes, PMI has an application for the CAPM® on PMI.org. In order to apply for the CAPM®, you must meet the PMI requirements that we have explained for you on our CAPM® Certification Track webpage.
The CAPM® is designed for individuals looking to get into project management or entry-level project managers that do not necessarily have the 4,500-7,500 hours (3-5 years) of project management experience required for the PMP®. This certification is a great way to move forward in a career in project management and get you on a path towards potentially obtaining the PMP® certification down the road once you have the necessary experience.

Recertification / PDU Related Questions

PMP® Credential holders must earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three (3) year cycle. Once you earn enough PDUs during a cycle, you must complete a CCR application. Get more information about recertification process on our PDU webpage

CAPM® Credentials are valid for 5 years. When nearing the end of the 5 years, CAPM® credential holders can retake the CAPM® exam to retain the CAPM® for 5 more years OR you can check your eligibility for the PMP® exam and become a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holder.

If you took your certification exam on PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition, you are not able to take certification track courses for PDUs. We do have PDU-eligible courses offered year round. You can see what we offer on our PDU webpage.
PDUs are submitted to your account on PMI.org. Once you earn enough PDUs for a cycle, you must report the hours with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and pay the renewal fee. You can view the PMI CRR Handbook for more information (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

Registration Related Questions

No, students can register for 2 or 3 certification track courses at the same time but only if registration is completed in person at a WDCE Customer Service Desk or by faxing a registration. The result would have you co-registered for the courses so that when you complete each course, you can seamlessly attend the next course in the certification track. If students want to wait to register, they are able to do so but will still be required to take the courses in the correct order.
Yes. We have had employers cover the cost of courses for their employees by either submitting a letter of intent, purchase order, or registering while using a corporate credit card. Call 240-567-5188 for more information.
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