Competent PgMP® Overview

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Program Management is the next logical career step for professional project managers leading larger and more complex initiatives. To some, program management is viewed as the top of the “technical project management” professional ladder. With less than 2,500 certified PgMPs currently in the world, this certification provides a definitive advantage for project professionals seeking growth and recognition.

 

 

Program Management Details

The Project Management Institute introduced the PgMP credential in 2007, and it was designed and positioned as “the gold standard”. The market adoption and the rate of certificates awarded were slow at first mainly due to the Multi-Rater Assessment. For example, when our CEO and Founder, Dr. Te Wu, became a Program Management Professional in 2010, there was about 580 certificate holders. But when PMI simplified the process and eliminated the Multi-Rater Assessment in 2012, the rate of adoption has been increasing rapidly. Today, there are over 2,500 certificate holders.

Program management is vitally important. Anecdotal evidence and our consulting experiences repeatedly demonstrated the value of this discipline. Arguably, every organization with a relative intense project environment, program management should be one of the key tools for managing business execution. With the success of strategy implementation hovering at the dismal 10%, adopting program management approach manage=ubg large-scale change can significant move that needle positively.

PMO Advisory’s philosophy is to provide high-quality training. We adopted best-in-class content and enhance them with additional internal development. Our PgMP course provides comprehensive content and eLearning. We then developed a large test bank of over 1,800 questions. We also follow the PMI progress closely as our CEO is a volunteer at global and chapter level. In the recent years, he served on multiple standard committees as core members including Portfolio Management and Risk Management.

 

 

About Program Management Certification: 

The Program Management Professional (PgMP) certification recognizes demonstrated experience, skill, and performance in the oversight of multiple, related projects that are aligned with organizational objectives.  The PgMP certification is designed for those who manage programs that contain complex activities spanning functions, organizations, geographic regions and cultures, who build credibility, establish rapport and maintain communication with stakeholders at multiple levels (including those external to the organization), and who possess advanced skills in finance, cross-cultural awareness, leadership, communication, influence, negotiation and conflict resolution.

PgMP is the next logical step in the career progression of a project manager. As successful project managers tackle increasingly larger and more complex projects, it will be inevitable that they start to manage a collection of these projects in a program. We believe the PgMP certification can help project professionals not only be more secure in their jobs and vocations, but also a step toward the formal recognition of their skills, experiences, capabilities, and importance to their organizations.

The PgMP exam is significantly more challenging than the PMP exam. Here’s why:

  • Program managers need to understand project management. For example, in the current standard for program management, the traditional project lifecycle is fully embedded.
  • Program managers need to have more advanced understanding of business benefits, which taps into the realm of portfolio management.
  • The exam itself is much more experienced based than PMP exam, and this simply memorizing inputs, outputs, tools, and techniques would not suffice.

If you want to join this rather exclusive club of about 3,000 professionals, then PgMP credential is the clear choice

 

 

PgMP Certification Exam Details

Candidates must take the PgMP certification exam within twelve months of passing the PMI Panel Review phase. The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and lasts four hours. Candidates may not bring any materials into the examination room, but they are provided with either blank paper and pencils or a marker board and markers.

Here is a breakdown of the major knowledge domains covered by the PgMP exam, with an approximate percentage of how many questions are dedicated to each domain:

  • Strategic Program Management (15 percent)
  • Program Life Cycle (44 percent)
  • Benefits Management (11 percent)
  • Stakeholder Management (16 percent)
  • Governance (14 percent)

Candidates who do not pass the PgMP exam on their first attempt may retake the exam up to two more times in the one-year qualification period. Candidates who do not pass the exam after three attempts must wait twelve months from the last exam attempt before reapplying for the PgMP.

 

Overview of PgMP Certification:

PgMP certification candidates must meet some advanced requirements to earn the designation. To qualify for the PgMP credential, candidates must have one of the following sets of education and experience:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate degree or global equivalent), with a minimum of four years of project management experience and seven years of program management experience
  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or global equivalent), with a minimum of four years of project management experience and four years of program management experience

If a candidate meets one of the above requirements, they can proceed to the next step of the PgMP application process, known as the Panel Review. In this phase, a panel of certified program managers reviews the candidate’s application and performs an assessment of the candidate’s professional experience.

PMI provides detailed information about the application process that candidates can refer to when creating their applications. For more information about the PgMP application process, visit the PgMP page on the PMI website.

Candidates who make it past the Panel Review must then pass the PgMP certification exam.

 

 

 

 

The 3 tops reasons to consider obtaining the PgMP Certification are:

  1. Natural Progression. Program management is a natural progression for experienced project managers. As you lead larger and multiple related projects with moving parts, you are embarking on the road toward program management.
  2. Competitive Differentiator. The PgMP certification is still rare, – there are only about 2,000+ in the world today, and this is over an 8 year period after the formal introduction of the certification. Certified program management professionals immediately command attention, in your company and at professional events.
  3. Career Growth. For up and coming project professionals, the shift from managing tactical projects to higher strategic initiatives is a vitally important move. The PgMP certification would further solidify your project management acumen and your readiness to tackle the next level of challenge

 

Target Audience:

The target groups for the PgMP Certification are:

  • Senior project managers and directors who are leading large and complex organization initiatives
  • PMO managers who are managing large projects with the imperative of developing a more program perspective
  • Up and coming project professionals who are ready to take reign of larger projects and programs

We also have seen a high number of senior project operational professionals who are involved in leading and operating transformative projects and programs in their organizations.

 

 

 

Who are we?

 

Why Us? (Short Version)

  • We are striving to maintain a 100% first-time pass rate, by following our Methodology*
  • We provide Money-Back Guarantee, for those who abide by our Methodology
  • We have comprehensive resources – 700+ slides in the bootcamp workbook, 1800+ questions, job aids, etc.
  • We are the one-stop shop for PMI project management certifications
  • For more reasons, see Why PMO Advisory? (Long Version).

 

 

Our Methodology

Short version: “Pass our Exam Simulator in Exam Mode at 85% two consecutive times within 7 days and take the test in 7 days”

Long version:

  1. Practice using our Exam Simulator in Flexible Mode
  2. Once you start to achieve 70%+, start using the Exam Mode when you have four hours. You may also wish to schedule the actual exam. Depending on your schedule, our recommendation is two weeks out.
  3. Within the next week, practice using the Exam Mode as often as you have time. You know you are ready when are able to achieve 75% or higher.
    • Everyone who had achieved 75% or higher in our Exam Simulator in Exam mode two consecutive times within the 7 days and takes the exam within the next 7 days actually never failed the exam.
    • But for the Money Back Guarantee to apply, as our “skin is in the game”, the threshold is set at 85%.

 

Program Management Professional (PgMP) Bootcamps

Course Description

Our PgMP Classroom and Intelicamp courses are real-time, certified expert-led classes delivered in New York City, Northern New Jersey, at client sites, or online via latest web technologies. The course is comprehensive using multi-modal learning including lecture, class discussions, case studies, hands-on exercises (individual and group), and questions and answers. The course content is combined with our consulting war stories, tools, and techniques. We also bundle our large 1,800+ test bank with this course.

The benefits for participants are immense. Not only will the participants learn to pass the exam (which to date our participants are achieving a 100% pass rate on the 1st attempt), they will also learn how to apply the principles, tools, and techniques. Most importantly, assuming you do your share of studying, you will have unlimited access to above for up to a year (depending on the support package) including an one-year FREE attendance to similar PgMP bootcamps.

 

Course Objectives

  • Pass the PgMP Exam on the first try (by applying our methodology)
  • PgMP Application process, requirements, and PfMP exam outline
  • What are Program and what is Program Management
  • The interaction between Portfolio Management, Program / Project Management and Organization Strategy
  • The Role of the Program Manager and other key roles in Program Management
  • The five Program Management Performance Domains and the interactions among them

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

Do It Yourself

Pre-Recorded

Live Virtual & Classroom

PgMP Bootcamps

Pre-recorded

Not Avail

Included

Included

Study Aid

Not Avail

Included

Included

Workshop Materials

Not Avail

Avail (+$125)

Included

Real Time Sessions

Not Avail

Not Avail

Included

Extended Support

Not Avail

Up to 365 Days

Avail

PgMP Exam Simulator

DIY version (800+Q)

Includes Full Simulator (1,800+ Questions)

Free Resources for Everyone

LinkedIn Group. Visit here for a new LinkedIn discussion forum dedicated to PgMP

Webinars. Visit www.pmoadvisory.com/webinar for our monthly webinar series, which includes program management related topics

 

PgMP Bootcamps are now offered in three formats: 

  • Classroom (2 Days, earning 14 PDUs)
  • Intelicamp – Live Virtual (3 Sessions , earning 12 PDUs)
    • Click here to learn more about the advantages of our Intelicamp
  • Pre-Recorded (DIY)

 

 

 

Key Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the steps needed to complete your exam application and meet the required criteria
  • Prepare to pass the PMI PgMP certification examination
  • Use effective program management tools and techniques
  • Identify and implement best practices in program management governance
  • Relate program delivery to business / strategic objectives
  • Initiate a large-scale program to implement organizational strategy
  • Manage, plan, execute and control a successful program consisting of multiple, related projects
  • Ensure the realization of project and program benefits
  • Effectively manage stakeholder relationships
  • Reporting and controlling of programs in an effective manner that utilizes best practice reporting tools
  • Analyze methods essential for PgMP exam success
  • Align your program management experience with PgMP terminology and definitions

 

 

PgMP Classroom Bootcamp (2 Days)

  • 2 days of real-time, in-person training sessions, divided into multiple sessions. Estimated delivery time is about 14 hours
  • Small class size with a maximum of 10 participants
  • Full access to online practice exam with over 1,800 questions for up to a year for our course participants ($200 value if purchased separately)
  • Exam aids and other course content
  • Access to Intelicamp, recorded materials, and additional classes (during the support period)

 

 

 

PgMP Classroom – Base: $1,999

Extended Support

Purchased with Base*

Purchased Afterwards

30 Days

Base Package (30 days access to simulator and instructor support)

60 Days

+$200

+$300

180 Days

+$400

+$500

365 Days

+$800

+$900

Application Review: $250 (1st Review); $150 (Subsequent Review)

All Inclusive Package – Extended (365 days of Support) and 2 rounds of Application Review for $2,999

* Must be purchased at the same time as the Base Package.

Classroom Bootcamp (2 Days)

Status

TBD

TBD

All classroom courses are from 9am – 5 pm local time (unless otherwise specified)

 

 

 

 

PgMP Intelicamp (Live Virtual) Course Description

Our Intelicamps are real-time, certified expert-led classes delivered virtually to a global audience. It consists of highly accelerated, condensed multi-day training materials delivered in three sessions of four hours each. In the PgMP Intelicamp, we bundle the largest PgMP test bank known in existence with over 1,800 questions. We also provide 12 months of support (depending on the support package) in which participants can attend additional sessions completely inclusive.

The course content is combined with our consulting war stories, tools, and techniques. The benefits for participants are immense as they are receiving both real-time instructor-led training combined with the flexibility of on-demand eLearning.

This Intelicamp is a blended virtual learning course that combines the best of real-time, expert-led instructions with recorded sessions, and huge PgMP Exam Simulator.

  • 12 hours of real-time, PgMP certified instructor-led sessions via web conference in real-time, divided into 3 sessions of 4 hours each
  • Full access to PgMP Exam Simulator with over 1,800 questions
  • Access to the recorded sessions
  • Latest content on PgMP preparation including war stories
  • E-mail support after the sessions
  • Additional attendance at future Intelicamp during the support period

 

 

 

PgMP Live Virtual – Base: $1,099

Extended PgMP Simulator

Purchased with Base*

Purchased Afterwards

30 Days

Base Package (30 days access to simulator and instructor support)

60 Days

+$200

+$300

180 Days

+$400

+$500

365 Days

+$800

+$900

Application Review: $250 (1st Review); $150 (Subsequent Review)

All Inclusive Package – Extended (365 days) and 2 rounds of Application Review for $2,099

* Must be purchased at the same time as the Base Package.

Intelicamp (Live Virtual) Bootcamp (12 Hours)

Status

Jul 8, 15, 22, 2021

Open

Sep 9, 16, 23, 2021

Open

Nov 4, 11, 18, 2021

Open

All sessions are scheduled from 5pm – 9 pm U.S. Eastern Time

 

 

 

 

PgMP Recorded Base – Base: $399

Extended PgMP Simulator

Purchased with Base*

Purchased Afterwards

30 Days

Base Package (30 days of access to simulator and pre-recorded video)

60 Days

+$125

+$225

180 Days

+$250

+$350

365 Days

+$500

+$600

* Workshop Materials: $125
* Application Review: $250 (1st Review); $150 (Add’t Reviews)
* All Inclusive Package – Extended Support, 2 rounds of Application Review, and Workbook for $1,259

 

 

PgMP 4.0 Exam Simulator

To support program management professionals, PMO Advisory introduced one of the largest test bank of PgMP practice exams with over 1,800 questions in the full test bank. We made 800+ of these questions available to help those who want to “do it yourself”. These questions are based on the Standard for Program Management – 4th Edition.

To get started, simply click on one of the plans below and pay with a credit card so you can gain immediate access. Due to system limitations, you would need to pay for each of the exams separately. Currently, we are offering 2 exam options currently: free and fee-based:

Free Samples

 

Fee-Based Exams

  • Practice Exam in Flexible Mode ($150) – Unlimited Access for 90 days – 50 questions per instance
  • Full Test in Exam Mode (170 questions in 4 hours for $70) – Three attempts only for 10 days access. Important: The Exam Mode is designed for professionals who are “almost ready” for the actual exam and wishes to practice in a simulated exam mode. If you are still studying and practicing, please consider the Flexible mode which has unlimited access for 90 days.

Please note that we have seen cases of suspicious activities pertaining to the use of our exams. If we find such behaviors, we reserve the right to cancel your plan immediately. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

PgMP Readiness Assessment (Coming Soon)

The PgMP Readiness Assessment is designed to evaluate your readiness for the PgMP exam. We are currently working on this service, and we will update this here shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What makes PMO Advisory the best choice for your Project Management Training and/or Consulting needs?

First of all the company is founded by Dr. Te Wu who holds the following PMI certifications: PfMP®, PgMP, PMP®, and PMI-RMP® credentials and is an assistant professor at Montclair State University and a visiting professor at China European International Business School (CEIBS). Te founded PMO Advisory LLC, a management training and consulting firm that specializes in strategic business execution including portfolio, program, and project management.   Hence the foundation of PMO Advisory is rooted in project management expertise coupled with educational attainment.   We are uniquely capable as we serve the full spectrum of project management (portfolio, program, and project management) and leverage that in our consulting and advisory services.

We’re experienced professionals.  We speak human. We don’t clutter our communication with consultant-speak designed to make frameworks more difficult to understand than they or your issues are. We prefer to keep our language and our solutions friendly, simple and effective.  You’re not just hiring another training or consulting firm, you’re partnering with experienced professionals who will not only meet, but exceed, your expectations. We provide effective education that is grounded in years of successful application, not opinion or personal preference.  We focus on what makes our clients successful.

We care about your success.  YES, we really do!  We don’t just get to know you or your business, we take a sincere interest and genuinely want to help you and or your business realize lofty goals.  We want to know all about your vision for your career and/or company.   We personally invest ourselves in each trainee and every project we work on. Our programs will provide you and your business with a clear road map to success.

We’ve done our homework.  We’re extremely knowledgeable about serving busy people with busy lives and training trends. We embrace contemporary learning initiatives because we’ve seen first-hand the fantastic results that they produce. Whether you’re looking for a hybrid training of online and in-person / in classroom; whether organizational training or executive coaching or leadership training, you can be sure PMO Advisory is educated on a variety of solutions to meet your needs.

We are committed to quality.  We don’t settle for anything but the best, and neither should you when it comes to training. We’ve worked hard to find the best ways to provide our clients with affordable project management training programs and reasonable scheduling options without sacrificing the quality of our services.

We’re flexible, agile and cost-effective.  Because we are a small firm, we’re also responsive, flexible and agile. We adapt as your needs change, with a speed, efficiency and cost-effectiveness that larger firms just can’t match.  PMO Advisory does more than just deliver our project management training and management programs to you. We also make sure that the resources in your organization who will be implementing the programs know exactly how they work, why they work and how to help them evolve. We will make sure you’re set up for success before our work is done!

Our client satisfaction commitment.  A positive client service experience which meets (and ideally exceeds) your expectations is the goal behind all of our business interactions. Continually improving our service experience is the cornerstone of our operations.  Measurement and feedback are critical to achieving these goals. We continually collect client feedback — formal and informal; both good and not-so-good — and share it across the company. When the feedback is good, our employees are motivated to repeat and improve on their performance.

 

 

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