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Are you ready for the new PMI-PMP certification test?  Be sure you know what is changing. 

Is it finally time to earn your PMP/CAPM certification? Are you mentoring someone who wants to earn their PMP/CAPM certification? 

The NWA PMI Chapter is pleased to offer a preparatory course for experienced project managers readying themselves to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Certification Exam.

SPRING 2020 PMP/CAPM Exam Prep Course is offered on Wednesday nights in the Bentonville/Rogers area. The course is taught by NWA PMI chapter volunteers, all of whom are experienced PMP certified Project Management professionals. The session is conducted on ten consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 pm through 9:00 pm, beginning March 11 through May 13

This course fulfills the required 35-hour PMI contact hour requirement needed for the PMP exam and the 23-hour PMI contact hour requirement for the CAPM exam.

NWA PMI Chapter membership is required

The NWA PMI PMP/CAPM Exam Prep Course objective is to assist the participants in preparing for the certification exam. Many of the components of the Agile methodology are extensions of tools and techniques that are defined in the material taught in this class. The review is not designed to teach applied project management. The exam covers the knowledge areas defined in the PMI Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), Fifth Edition which is available online as a membership benefit.

This low cost course, when compared to most other commercially offered review courses, is a major benefit to our members and other practitioners of project management. The course is structured to provide the participant with an evenly paced review presentation of materials over a 10-week period rather than concentrated in 5 consecutive days. The participants will be provided with a suggested study program that aligns with the paced material presentation. By intently following the program, participants will complete the study time to achieve the confidence necessary for taking the exam. The NWA PMI PMP/CAPM Exam Prep Course uses Crosswind Project Management, Inc materials.

Begin Date:   Wednesday, March 11
End Date:      Wednesday, May 13

Time:              5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:       VIRTUAL DUE TO COVID-19

Cost:              $495 after March 7

Your initial homework assignment, to be completed before our first class is:

  • Obtain a copy of PMBOK (version 6)- Project Management Book of Knowledge, all PMI members can download a soft copy or you may purchase a hard copy if you prefer – bring this book to class every week
  • Also – begin reading the PMBOK – week 1 will cover chapters 1-3
  • If you aren’t already a member of PMI and the NWA PMI Chapter, please do join (http://www.nwapmi.org/join.php) – membership is required for us to be able to provide your class materials to you in printed or electronic form.  We will be verifying chapter membership before class begins.


At first class we will provide Crosswind PMP Exam Success Series: AnyWare® Certification Study System (Sixth Edition PMBOK® Guide) 

This includes:
• Bootcamp Manual with over 80 pages of new content, as well as the brand new Stakeholder knowledge area, has an 800+ question web-based exam simulation application, Excel workbooks to document experience hours for the PMP® application, sample PMP® Application in PDF and Printable PDFs of various book exercises for re-use
• Web-based Exam Simulation application with 26 tests and over 3000 questions to allow creation of custom tests with over 16 custom topics
• Discovering the PMBOK® Guide Audio Recording - also available in MP3 format (Our previous Processes Audio product has been replaced by this new product. It is over 10 times longer in duration than the previous 80-minute Processes audio content and includes Tony Johnson, as well as Dayle Beyer having an interactive discussion about how all of the pieces of the PMBOK® Guide fit together and work with each other.
• Terminology Audio Download - also available in MP3 format

Registration and Payment:

NWA PMI accepts all major credit cards
To pay by check, make payable to “NWA PMI” and mail to:

Attn: NWA PMI PMP/CAPM Exam Prep Course
PO Box 1597
Bentonville AR 72712-1597


**************WEBINAR UPDATE**********************

Time Management for Those Who Don't Have Any
Apr 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

Presenter: Peter de Jager
We are each given a score and four hours each day - with the exception of frequent fliers who sometimes get more, and sometimes get less, depending on whether they're flying East or West. It's a rare individual who has more time than they need. Most of us would willingly buy more time if such a thing were possible, but we can't... so? How do we use what we have as efficiently as possible? Yes, this session will cover some of the more obvious solutions, but as always, I hope to bring some lesser used strategies and tactics to the discussion. What are some that immediately come to mind? The Virtue of Laziness, Leverage, Drastic measures, Pretend you were to die tomorrow!, a Stoic approach, some simple arithmetic, and of course... some surprises. If you have time to watch this presentation, then the chances are pretty good you don't need to do so. But if you don't have the time to watch, you really should!


Enterprise Transformation to Cyberresiliency
Apr 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)

Presenter: Robert Putrus
The presentation articulates the needs of the enterprise to transition from “cybersecurity” to “cyberresiliency”. Cyberresilience refers to the ability to constantly deliver intended outcomes despite negative cyber events. It is keeping business intact through the ability to effectively restore normal operations in the areas of information systems, business functions and supply chain management. In simple terms, it is the return to a normal state.


Moving Towards Agile Project Delivery for Large Non-Software Related Projects
Apr 30, 2020 1:00:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

Presenter: Sachin Melwani
Moving to a more agile way of working is not easy. Most infrastructure projects are still delivered via a linear Waterfall approach of design, build, test, and commission through large and often disparate teams. Within these projects, PMOs are indispensable for Project Managers in ensuring they have the right resources, achieve progress towards goals, and deliver expected benefits.


More Upcoming Webinars

3/19/20 11:00 AM Social Intelligence for Project Managers – Cat Herding 101
3/25/20 11:00 AM Managing Emerging Technology Initiatives
4/23/20 11:00 AM Agile for Executives
5/5/20 12:00 PM When Word Gets Out About It!
5/7/20 11:00 AM Rescheduled: Social Intelligence for Project Managers – Cat Herding 101
5/8/20 9:00 AM The Agile Enterprise: Combining Disciplined Agile Delivery with the PMBOK® Guide
5/12/20 12:00 PM Rescheduled - Strategies for Developing the Most Sought-After Leadership Qualities: Communicating with Impact
5/13/20 12:00 PM How Project Management Provides a Foundation to Homebrewing: Project manage your way to better beer!
5/22/20 9:00 AM The Agile Enterprise: SAFe and the PMBOK® Guide - Using Scaled Agile in Non Software Projects

* all times are displayed in EDT (UTC-4)



There are changes to the PMP exam as outlined below.  Additional information is here, https://www.pmi.org/update-center

What is changing?

The PMP is evolving just like the profession – and the new exam will focus on three new domains:

PEOPLE – emphasizing the skills and activities associated with effectively leading a project team

PROCESS – reinforcing the technical aspects of managing a project

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT – highlighting the connection between projects and organization strategy

Content that spans the value spectrum, including predictive, agile and hybrid approaches, will be included across the three exam domains. The best way to understand what is included in the exam is to review the updated Exam Content Outline.

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