CAPM and PMP Certification Prep Course

This prep course is appropriate for both CAPM and PMP exams, but the content is more comprehensive than what is tested on the CAPM exam and emphasizes detailed content most relevant to the PMP examination.

2020 Exam Deadline

Our current course is aligned with the updated 6th Edition PMBOK® Guide and exam guidelines effective through December, 2020. If you plan to sit for the PMP® exam after taking this course, you'll need to test by the December 2020 deadline.

This course teaches to the five process groups defined by the profession:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and controlling
  • Closing the project

Knowledge areas include:

  • Project management concepts project management framework
  • Project management skills integration management
  • Scope management time management
  • Cost management quality management
  • Human resource management communications management
  • Risk management procurement management
  • Stakeholder management exam preparation
CAPM and PMP Certification Prep Courses
Date Location Duration Time Price Register
Oct. 7 through Nov. 18, 2020 (Wednesdays) Online 7 weeks 6-9 p.m. Early Registration: $1,695
Early Registration PMI Member or NIU Alumni: $1,595
Current NIU Student or Staff: $25% off
Add $100 for registration after Sept. 22, 2020
Registration closes: Oct. 2, 2020

Candidates for the PMP® examination must attend all class sessions to meet the 35 hour educational requirement established by the Project Management Institute. If a class is missed, students will be required to make it up at a future session. Attendance requirements apply to all course formats.

Students are required to have Internet access, and use a web camera and microphone to participate in the online live sessions. This equipment is not provided by the university.

The online course costs $1,695. The in-person course costs $1,995. PMI members, NIU alumni, and NIU staff and students receive a discount.

Please note that the charge to your credit card will appear on your statement as "University Outreach, DeKalb, IL.

  • For 21 or more calendar days in advance of start date: Full refund, no fee.
  • For 15 to 20 days’ notice in advance of start date: Cancellation fee of 30% of regular registration price.
  • For 8 to 14 days’ notice in advance of start date: Cancellation fee of 40% of regular registration price.
  • For 7 or less days’ notice prior to start date: Cancellation fee of 50% of regular registration price.
  • No show, no contact, contact after course begins: No refund.
  • All cancellation requests must be in writing to: or fax 815-753-6900.

NIU CPE reserves the right to cancel courses within 14 days of class start and prior to shipment of materials if enrollments are not sufficient.

NIU uses the CertWise Learning System for PMP® exam preparation and the PMBOK® Guide as the study materials for both exam levels. However, the body of knowledge content covered in the program is more comprehensive than what is covered on the CAPM® exam and focuses on detailed content relevant to the PMP® examination.

Features of this comprehensive learning system include:project management learning system

  • Detailed print materials that can be retained as reference materials for years to come.
  • Online pre-test to evaluate current knowledge and identify strengths and weaknesses.
  • Smart Study™ tool to help you build your customized study plan.
  • Chapter quizzes to test comprehension, retention and apply concepts.
  • Process group quizzes to practice test questions by domain area.
  • Flashcards to review key terms and definitions.
  • Online post-test to gauge knowledge gained and determine areas requiring further study.
  • PMP practice exam designed to emulate the exam day experience.
  • Progress reports to track your study activities and exam scores.
  • Resource center with test-taking tips, link to supplemental resources, etc.

The registration fee is inclusive of CERTWISE™ Learning System for PMP® Exam Preparation course materials and online resources, current edition of the PMBOK® Guide, continental breakfast, lunch and break service for in-person Saturday and Intensive programs. Books will be shipped to students via UPS 10 days prior to the class start. Participants will receive an e-mail communication from Holmes Corp with instructions for accessing the online component a few days prior to the class start. If not received within 48 hours of class start, check your spam filter first, and contact Jennifer Kopecky or phone 815-753-0771 for assistance if you don't find it there. Students registering within 5 days of class start may not have immediate access to the online resources.

You have a choice where to take your CAPM and PMP exam prep course. Here's why you should choose our program at NIU.

  • Both our in-person and online courses are taught by experienced, professional instructors. They are real people doing real project management work and they've earned professional certification in project management. They're here to support you.
  • Our classes are structured with set meeting times, so you can stay on track to program completion.
  • Because you will be led by an instructor, you can ask questions easily and learn from the questions your fellow classmates are asking.
  • In fact, you'll be growing your network of project management professionals as soon as you start the course, because your classmates (soon-to-be certified) are learning right alongside you.
  • Taking a face-to-face course? Our clean, modern facilities are conveniently located in the Chicago suburbs, so you don't have to spend time commuting far from home. We're adhering to the strict CDC guidelines for cleanliness and safety in all of our buildings.
  • Satisfies the 23-hour education requirement for CAPM candidates and the 35-hour education requirement for PMP candidates.
  • Certified PMP® instructors bring practical real-world application experience to the classroom.
  • Work-friendly program formats (Saturday, evening and intensive options).
  • Cost effective learning. Registration fee includes the CertWise print and online study materials, lunch and break service.
  • Convenient payment plan option available for early registrations.
  • Approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding for unemployed and underemployed Illinois candidates.
  • Deliverable on-site as a contract training for groups of 10 or more students.

Stephanie Gambro, MBA, PMP, S-CP, SPHR, SSGB

Areas of instruction: project management, human resources
Current position: business transformation director, ADP


Stephanie has over eighteen years of experience driving strategic changes within multiple large multi functional organizations. Working with Executive Leadership teams she helps develop and lead strategic programs to improve organizational effectiveness and profitability. Stephanie holds a BA in Business from DePaul University and a MBA from Northern Illinois University. She also holds the following professional certifications; Project Management (PMP), Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), Society for Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

  • 24/7 access to video presentations of each topic of study.
  • A case study to apply your theoretical studies to practical solutions.
  • Test preparation, interactive games and in-class learning activities to improve understanding and retention.
  • Ability to share resources and network with instructors and classmates through a secure Blackboard community.
  • Optional four-hour final review session at the end of the semester.
  • Courses offered at convenient locations throughout northern Illinois.
  • A variety of course formats to accommodate your schedule and learning style.
  • A team of certified practitioner instructors who bring a wealth of real-world, practical experience to the classroom.
  • Cost-effective learning - course fees include all instructional materials.
  • Ability to earn continuing professional development units and certificates of completion.
  • Certification preparation courses are approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding for qualified unemployed candidates.

This program is open to anyone who wants to increase their project management leadership skills. Sitting for the exam is not a requirement; however, some topics covered in class sessions may be more directed to those preparing for the exams.

PMP Exam Eligibility Requirements
General Education Project Management Experience Project Management Education
Category A Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate degree or the global equivalent) Minimum of five (5) years of non-overlapping project management experience, with  7,500 hours leading and directing projects 35 hours of project management education
Category B A four-year degree (bachelor's degree or the global equivalent) Minimum of three (3) years of non-overlapping project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects 35 hours of project management education 

PMP Exam Details

  • 200 multiple choice questions (175 scored questions and 25 unscored/pre-test questions).
  • Four-hour time limit.
  • Computer-based testing (CBT) format administered by Pearson VUE testing centers (paper-based testing is available under limited circumstances).
  • Exam is administered in English.
  • Exam content weighted by the five domains from the PMP® examination content outline:
    • People (42%)
    • Process (50%)
    • Business environment (8%)
  • Exam eligibility period is one year from your exam application approval date. You may test three times in one year.
  • You'll receive a printed copy of your results immediately after completing your exam. This will include pass/fail status and a proficiency level by domain (proficient, moderately proficient, below proficient).

For complete details regarding the PMP eligibility requirements and the PMP exam, please review the PMP® Handbook (PDF).

Course Overview

Price: $1,695 online; $1,995 in-person.

Discounts: PMI member, NIU alumni, current NIU student or staff.

Class Dates/Time: Online class meets one evening per week for 7 weeks. In-person class meets 4 Saturdays.

Modality: Instructor-led, online and instructor-led in-person

Materials: Course materials and online resources included.

Contact Hours: 35 hours, meets CAPM and PMP exam requirements for contact hours.

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