What You Need to Know About PMP Exam Boot Camps (2023)

Boot camps in general provide an accelerated path through the study process.Interruptions are the bane of those preparing for the exam. Things that seriously get in the way of quality study time include phone calls, email and friends making unexpected last-minute plans.

Boot camps address this issue as well as another one:

  1. The lack of a strict and firm time commitment to study typically results in missed schedules, whether for study or exams. Boot camps head these interruptions off at the pass.
  2. In any case, having made a financial investment in your boot camp with a firm schedule is quite effective in assuring that your nose remains close to the grindstone.

Boot camps are also specifically designed to provide all of the 35 contact hours of project management training that are a prerequisite for the examination. They typically last three to five days, making for quite a concentrated study period.

Paying the Bill

Some boot camps guarantee you your money back if you don’t make a passing grade on the test. Naturally, some restrictions apply. Generally, of course, the boot camp provider insists on being paid in advance. You may variously be required to take the exam multiple times within a certain time frame and fail on all tries in order to receive a refund. As pointed out elsewhere on this site, PMI charges a re-examination fee on each re-examination session.

It isn’t uncommon for employers to offer to pay for your boot camp, so long as you pass. That means, of course, that you must front the money, and the boot camp fees can be quite substantial. Employers generally consider this to be an incentive to strengthen your dedication to the process, and from their viewpoints it could be considered only fair that they pay only if you make a passing grade.

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Cost and Duration

As mentioned, boot camps generally range from three to five days in duration. Costs can run from hundreds of dollars to six or seven thousand dollars. Clearly, due diligence in making an intelligent choice is important.

Pass Rates

Many providers publish an examination pass rate, and these can be as high as 99 percent. This rate normally excludes those who did not take the exam and those for whom no information is available. Money-back guarantees are not unusual. You should read the fine print, of course. Pass rates overall for the general population of exam takers are far lower. Of course, these statistics are skewed by the significant number of test-takers who followed ill-advised preparation steps.

Questions to Research About the Provider

Considering the substantial investment of time and money required, it’s important to understand what your boot camp operator is and isn’t providing, and it falls all over the map, so to speak. Here’s a checklist. Few providers will be answer satisfactorily in every case.

  • Is the provider a Registered Education Provider with PMI? (This is not a requirement but a useful quality indicator.)
  • What is the total of class fees and additional cost components?
  • Is a copy of the PMBOK® Guide provided as part of the course?
  • Is the boot camp guaranteed to run, regardless of enrollment? This question can be important if you must make extensive arrangements in order to attend. Having a class canceled only a day or two before the scheduled meeting date can be disruptive to both your personal and professional life.
  • Is there a money-back guarantee? Is so, under what precise conditions?
  • Will the provider pay your re-examination fee for a second attempt? (This is not a common feature.)
  • If you don’t pass, are you eligible to attend the same class again in the future at no cost?
  • Who is the instructor, and what is his/her experience in project management?
  • What prep materials are used? Often, these will be home-grown, but there are several good class material sets that you can find evaluations on.
  • Is lunch included?
  • Is post-class tutoring and support available? If so, what are the avenues and conditions?
  • If the boot camp is a physical class, is it supplemented by online resources?
  • How many days and how many total hours does the boot camp class include?
  • Is there GI Bill eligibility?
  • Is there an option of completing the class coverage partially in one class and then finishing in another, or online?
  • How many practice questions are provided in total? (You’ll want lots of these, and you want them to be highly situational and realistic relative to the exam itself.)
  • Are the class materials provided in advance?

Before and After You Attend Boot Camp

Preparing for the exam in three to five days within one single week is, it goes without saying, an intense experience. In fact, and to be realistic, considerable outside study will be required. Here are a few tips. Be aware that it is not reasonable to assume that boot camp alone will make your first exam try a success.

  • Read the PMBOK Guide at least twice, prior to boot camp. On each successive reading, more and more concepts will become clearer to you. You will get the best value from the boot camp if it’s not your first exposure to the material. In fact, it should be toward the end of your extended study period.
  • Make notes of the material you have the most difficulty understanding, so you can emphasize those portions later and have your questions ready for class. You should ask questions, but it’s also important that you balance your questions with respect for the time of other students.
  • Schedule your examination no more than a couple of weeks after boot camp, if you have been preparing in advance of the camp. If not, you may be forced to study longer after the camp.

Some Notable Boot Camps

There is a substantial number of boot camps available. Let’s look at and analyze just a few as preparation for your own more exhaustive research to pick your ultimate provider. This review should not be taken, and is not meant, as an endorsement of those that are included. In addition, the reviews do not purport to include all relevant information regarding the vendors. It’s important that you use this information only as a springboard for your own evaluation process.

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Intense School PMP® Boot Camp

This organization has a novel twist, allowing students to take the exam on the fifth day of class. This twist does highlight a factor that should be considered. As the vendor points out, after class students do forget class material, making the statement that “studies show that adults will forget almost 50 percent of what they learn in a class within two weeks of the end of a class.” The critical point is whether the student is ready to take the examination by the fifth day. It should be pointed out that it is an option, not a requirement. Traditionally, the view has been that more practice is required. For many, the boot camp lays a framework for understanding that is progressively added to and refined in the following weeks. Claiming a pass rate of more than 93 percent, the vendor provides no statistic as to the success rate for those taking the exam on the fifth day. The vendor does make the statement that “If for some reason you do not pass, we will purchase a 2nd exam voucher for you to re-test.” This guarantee applies only once.

A session is scheduled during most weeks at a location in the United States. Besides the live boot camps, a variety of other options are available, including self-paced streaming only, self-paced with online mentoring, and live online classrooms.

Cheetah Learning

Cheetah, a PMP Registered Education Provider, also offers both online and in-classroom options, claiming a 10-year audited PMP exam pass rate of 98 percent using student-reported information. Offering both classroom and online sessions, Cheetah camps are five days in length. In addition to nationwide classes in the United States, classes are available in Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and India.


Velociteach conducts boot camps in locations across the country and online via GotoMeeting. These camps are four days in duration and include assistance in completing the examination application.

The text used, in addition to the PMBOK Guide, is Velociteach CEO Andy Crowe’s The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try. Included is a six-month subscription to the company’s e-learning online system called In-Site, 250 flash cards, 5 audio CDs, a quick reference guide, a work book with 11 memory device aids, and over 1,800 practice exam questions. Access to a 1-hour pre-class webinar with an instructor prior to class is available to students. There is a 100% money-back guarantee if you fail the exam three times within one year. Post-class support is provided. Access is provided to InSite before class to allow advance study. Past winner of PMI’s Provider of the Year award in Continuing Education.

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Group onsite training can be held over 3 or 4 days with discounted pricing.

PMsimplify Weekend Camps

For those with a busy schedule, weekend camps can be quite attractive, and you should look for one in your area. PMsimplify‘s sessions are held in the District of Columbia/Northern Virginia, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Orlando, Charlotte, Miami, Raleigh-Durham, Tampa and Phoenix areas. The primary areas are Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Phoenix, with other areas served on demand. The money-back guarantee comes in two flavors, depending on whether you have a Premium or Deluxe package. Both cover the re-examination fee and under certain conditions, a $300 refund.

Global Knowledge Camps

Global Knowledge conducts both online virtual and physical classroom boot camps. Physical classroom sessions are conducted nationwide in the United States. Virtual classroom sessions are scheduled for convenience across multiple time zones to serve a global audience. Flash cards, reference charts and more than 600 practice questions are included. For those desiring more flexible instruction times, their Guided PMP Exam Prep course serves that purpose with a blend of self-paced and instructor-led virtual training over a three-month period.


PMStudy claims a 98.7 percent overall success rate for its boot camp students. Their four-day classroom sessions cost $1,999 per student. Forty contact hours are included. Also included is a month of access to a study course on PMstudy.com which provides study guides, chapter tests and four full-length simulated practice tests. PMstudy says the boot camp has enrolled more than 100,000 students worldwide from 167 countries.

Off Peak Training

Off Peak‘s well-reputed 35-hour training session is provided as four- or five-day sessions, as well as weekend and nightformats. They point out that a full assessment exam is provided on the last day with metric assessment of results in exam sections. This is a feature you should look for in any provider.

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PMTI Boot Camps

PMTI‘s four-day classes are offered not only in the United States, but also in Canada, India, Australia, UAE/Dubai and Singapore. Their 100-percent money-back guarantee requires that you take the exam within 14 days of class completion. In the event of exam failure, they pay the re-examination fee, analyze your results and offer custom coaching. On a second failure, the same deal applies. In the unlikely event of a third failure, they will refund your tuition, less the exam fees.

Taking the exam within 14 days of class completion is actually good practice, but your overall study schedule may then require advance study. In that case, it’s not advisable to make the class your first introduction to the subject matter. The company claims 100-percent success on the second try. Keep in mind that these statistics, across all vendors, are dependent on student reporting for accuracy.

The class materials include more than 650 practice questions, breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks during classroom sessions and 45 PDUs. Keep in mind that PDUs can be claimed only after you already have at least one PMI credential awarded.

Training Camp Boot Camps

Training Camp provides the usual 35 contact hours of exam prep training and 600 practice questions. A nice feature is that they have the flexibility to allow you to complete the training live online, in public classrooms or even at your location (for an extra fee). Breakfast and lunch are included, and a hotel stay and round-trip airfare can be optionally included in the price.

Best of Success to You in Your Selection and Training Process

Here, we have only listed a few example providers to get your started in your exam-prep provider decision-making process. Again, this discussion is not intended as, nor should it be interpreted as, an endorsement of the quality of any provider.

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What You Need to Know About PMP Exam Boot Camps? ›

A PMP Boot Camp is a success-oriented intense course designed to take you from the ground up to the global standards of PMI-PMP ethics and practices, while also ensuring you pass the exam for the coveted PMP certification.

Is PMP bootcamp worth it? ›

Yes, PMP bootcamps are worth the 4 to 5 days of investment. These sessions, geared towards your success, are packed with information easily applied at work. Bootcamp helps you prepare and ultimately pass the PMP Exam in minimum time and with smart effort.

Can you pass PMP with just bootcamp? ›

Although a PMP bootcamp training program can do wonders to help you prepare for the PMP exam, it won't do the work for you. The level of dedication, time, effort, and energy you put into it will ultimately determine your success and whether or not you pass the PMP exam on the first try.

How do I prepare for PMP bootcamp? ›

Read the PMBOK Guide at least twice, prior to boot camp. On each successive reading, more and more concepts will become clearer to you. You will get the best value from the boot camp if it's not your first exposure to the material. In fact, it should be toward the end of your extended study period.

How long after PMP bootcamp should I take the exam? ›

The average student takes the exam roughly ten days after the course. You should plan to spend some time studying after class to make sure you are ready.

Can I pass PMP without training? ›

No. You cannot take the PMP exam without the required project management experience and education. Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is one of the prestigious and globally recognized certifications offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Is PMP the toughest exam? ›

Many PMP exam takers report that the exam is difficult, with a passing rate of around 60% on the first attempt. However, the level of difficulty can vary depending on a person's prior project management experience and their preparation for the exam.

How many pass PMP on first try? ›

The last pass rate was 61%. However, beware of training institutes that promise a 99% pass rate – the PMP exam is notoriously difficult. Many sources say that only 30 candidates pass the first time, for every 100 candidates.

Can I pass PMP in one month? ›

The PMP exam requires much preparation, so it is crucial to plan how much time you will need for adequate preparation. However, if, for whatever reason, you find yourself with 30 days or less to prepare for your exam, I have good news for you. It is possible to pass the PMP exam with one month of preparation.

How many times can you fail PMP? ›

What if I fail the PMP Exam? You can take the exam up to 3 times within one year from your application approval date. If you fail the examination three times within the one-year eligibility period, you must wait one year from the date of the last examination you took to reapply for the credential.

Can you study for PMP in 2 months? ›

For a PMP candidate with adequate experience and formal PMP training, which might take 2–3 months, 100–150 hours of self-preparation is required. However, only a few people were cleared within three weeks of the certificate course in project management, and others took months.

How many hours of study to pass PMP? ›

The majority of successful PMP candidates study for the exam for an average of 35 hours or more.

How many hours a week should I study for the PMP exam? ›

The days you will study for PMP may change week to week but try to keep at least 6 hours of study time for each week.

Does PMP training expire? ›

The PMP Certification has a three-year effectivity period from the date you have passed the PMP exam and acquired your certification. If you let the one-year suspension period lapse as well, your status will be changed to EXPIRED.

What is next after passing PMP exam? ›

For the PMP certification, you will have three years from the date you pass the PMP exam to earn a minimum of 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs). If you earn more than this minimum, some of the PDUs you earn in the last 12 months of your CCR cycle can apply to your next cycle.

Does PMP expire? ›

Each PMP certification cycle lasts for three years during which you will need to earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) to renew your certification at the end of the cycle. Once you have successfully completed a single cycle, another new three-year cycle begins.

Is PMBOK 7 enough to pass PMP? ›

The PMBOK 7th edition is the release of the latest PMBOK Guide, however, the PMP exam is aligned to the latest PMP Exam Content Outline 2021 (ECO) and not to the PMBOK Guide or other reference books. Also, clearing the PMP requires more than just studying the PMBOK, it requires practice!

Is reading the Pmbok enough to pass PMP? ›

As discussed in the previous section, studying the PMBOK Guide is not essential to pass the PMP exam. You read the Guide if you want to. PMI has not made it mandatory for the exam. Having said that, we would highly recommend to read the PMBOK Guide at least once before taking the exam.

Why is the PMP exam difficult? ›

The PMP Certification exam is difficult. It is designed to test your knowledge across the breadth of project management concepts and practices. If you are not prepared for the level of questions you would face in the exam you will find it hard to score well.

What is the failure rate for PMP? ›

Based on statistical data, around 40-50% of PMP® candidates fail in passing the PMP® exam. Some even require more than two attempts to pass it, but that's mostly a rare occurrence.

Why did I fail PMP? ›

Not Enough Preparation

The number one reason people fail the PMP certification exam is due to a lack of preparation. Fortunately, this is one of the easiest areas to correct. Here are a few ways to make sure you're dedicating enough time to adequately prepare for the exam: Set time aside to study.

How prestigious is PMP? ›

More than a million project management professionals across the globe have earned the prestigious PMP certification, making it the most widely recognized (and sought-after) credential in the industry.

Can you pass PMP in a week? ›

All you need is a focused study and you can pass the exam in 10, 14 or 21 days. You will be surprised to know that some people pass it in less than 7 days (1 week) also. PMP is difficult to pass in a short period of time but it is not impossible.

Can you pass PMP with below target? ›

YES, you can pass the PMP credential test even if you score below target in any one of the domains. Whether a candidate will succeed or fail the test is evaluated based on their overall exam performance. Some candidates have passed even with below target scores.

Is the PMP exam changing in 2023? ›

The PMP exam is based on the PMP Exam Content Outline (ECO). For 2023 there won't be significant changes from the previous exam version.

Can I study for the PMP in 3 weeks? ›

PMP exam prep under 2 weeks or 3 weeks is not impossible, but such instances are mostly considered outliers if you were to draw an exam prep Bell curve.

Do you need 36 months or 4500 hours for PMP? ›

PMP Time Requirements

To apply for a PMP designation, you need at least 60 months of unique project management experience with at least 7,500 hours of that time spent leading and directing those projects. If you have a bachelor's degree, the requirement is 36 months and 4,500 hours.

How many days does it take to complete PMP? ›

Depending on the prerequisites and preparedness it is possible to get a PMP certification in 8 to 12 weeks after applying to PMI. Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is a benchmark for project management.

What grade is passing on a PMP? ›

While you can have some weak spots, you should aim to be at or above target for most domains to earn your PMP certification successfully. If you can consistently score a 75% or higher across a minimum of 3 practice exams, you're likely well-positioned to pass the PMP certification test.

How many questions should be correct in PMP? ›

The four-hour exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions with four possible answers (a through d). The participant needs to correctly answer 137 of the questions (68.5%) to receive a passing grade.

How many questions can you miss on the PMP exam? ›

This means PMP aspirants need to correctly answer 137 questions out of 200 questions. After some time, PMI drastically increased the PMP passing score to 80.6% (This means you need to score 141 out of 175 questions correctly).

How to crack PMP in first attempt? ›

  1. Know the PMBOK Guide. ...
  2. Have a Timetable. ...
  3. Look at another study guide. ...
  4. Solve multiple practice questions. ...
  5. Write Practice Tests. ...
  6. Make the most of 35 hours of project management training! ...
  7. Develop a strategy that will work for you. ...
  8. Join PMI and connect with other Project Managers.

How can I pass PMP fast? ›

7 Ways to Prepare for the PMP Exam (PMP Exam Tips)
  1. Conquer the PMBOK® Guide. ...
  2. Use a Good PMP® Prep Book. ...
  3. Try PMP Exam Prep Workshops. ...
  4. Try Online PMP Exam Prep Workshops. ...
  5. Take Advantage of Online PMP Exam Simulators. ...
  6. Remember Flash Cards. ...
  7. Participate in Study Groups and Discussion Forums.
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How long are PMP hours good for? ›

Your 35 contact hours are never going to expire. They have lifelong validity. You can use it to apply for the PMP certification exam at any time. However, you must earn these contact hours before submitting your PMP application form to the PMI.

How hard is it to study for the PMP? ›

Want to know how hard it is to get PMP certified? Approximately 50 to 60% of the candidates clear the PMP exam in their very first attempt which means that the failure rate ranges roughly between 40 to 50%. This itself tells us that getting PMP Certification is not as easy as many people think it to be.

Which is better PMP or CAPM? ›

PMP holders generally make more than CAPM holders. As of July 2022, the average US salary for CAPM holders is $67,000, while for PMP holders it is $111,000, according to Payscale [1,2].

How to pass PMP exam 2023? ›

6 Study Tips for the New PMP Exam
  1. Utilize the PMBOK® Guide. ...
  2. Get Yourself a Good PMP Prep Book. ...
  3. Take PMP Exam Prep Workshops (Online) ...
  4. Use Online PMP Simulators. ...
  5. Use Flashcards. ...
  6. Engage with Study Groups and Discussion Forums.
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How long does it take to read the PMBOK Guide? ›

The average reader will spend 8 hours and 0 minutes reading this book at 250 WPM (words per minute).

How hard is PMP training? ›

Want to know how hard it is to get PMP certified? Approximately 50 to 60% of the candidates clear the PMP exam in their very first attempt which means that the failure rate ranges roughly between 40 to 50%. This itself tells us that getting PMP Certification is not as easy as many people think it to be.

Is PMP enough to get a job? ›

Unfortunately, No. The PMP certification alone will not fetch one a job. Any job opening requires certain amount of experience and skill set that suits the organization. Any certification like PMP will be only an added advantage for the job seeker.

What is the success rate of PMP? ›

Every year, over 60,000 people enroll in Project Management Professional certification programs to expand their project management skills and knowledge. Of this, PMP exam pass rate is less than 70%. It can be a time-consuming process but it is worth the effort.

Can I pass the PMP in 3 months? ›

I would strongly suggest you to complete your studies in 3 months or less. I have seen people passing in less than 2 week also.In order to do this, you must prepare a formal exam prep schedule.

How many people fail the PMP exam? ›

Based on statistical data, around 40-50% of PMP® candidates fail in passing the PMP® exam. Some even require more than two attempts to pass it, but that's mostly a rare occurrence.

Is 70% passing on PMP? ›

Aim for more than 70% in your practice exams if you want to pass the exam. Additionally, in January 2021, the PMI migrated the exam to the new exam content outline, including Agile and Adoptive project management methodologies. The candidates are complaining that the test is hard.

How long does the average person study for PMP? ›

The majority of successful PMP candidates study for the exam for an average of 35 hours or more.

How do I clear my PMP in first attempt? ›

Top 10 tips to pass the PMP exam on your first try:
  1. Learn the PMBOK Guide. ...
  2. Make a Schedule or Plan. ...
  3. Use a different study guide. ...
  4. Answer a number of practice questions. ...
  5. Write Practice Tests. ...
  6. Utilize all the time in training in project management efficiently. ...
  7. Find a method that is effective for you.
Jul 21, 2022

What is the expected salary of PMP? ›

PMP certification salary statistics show that this certification is well worth the effort for many professionals. According to PMI, non-certified project managers in the U.S. earn a median annual salary of $93,000. PMPs earn a median wage of $123,000 per year—a 32% increase over their non-certified colleagues.

Is PMP equivalent to MBA? ›

Individuals with PMP certifications are immediately identifiable to employers as someone with real skills. PMP certification training provides specialized knowledge that an MBA usually lacks—and this has a higher value in the job market.

Is PMP necessary if you have an MBA? ›

Earning both a PMP and an MBA can be a good choice, especially if you plan on pursuing a career as a project manager in various business-related fields. A PMP is especially valuable as an addition to an MBA if your major is in project management or any similar specialization.

Is PMP worth it now? ›

Also, companies with more than one-third PMP certified managers enjoy much better project success than companies that do not. Another study shows that project managers with a PMP certification had higher salaries. So, the answer to this question is yes! The PMP certification is worth it.


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