PMBOK Knowledge Areas and Processes


Essential purchase for CAPM and PMP exam preparation


The PMBOK is the Project Management Institute's definitive guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. Although members of the PMI get a free digital copy, you cannot print pages, nor cut & paste from it.

Therefore I highly recommend aquiring your hardcopy version as well. It makes a handy reference to have next to your desk, but at nearly 1,000 pages it will not fit in your hand luggage, so the digital version is also a win.

The 1,000 pages is because this 6th (2017) Edition includes the PMI's Agile Practice Guide.

DO NOT BUY THE 5th Edition.



Sandra Mitchell's Cert. Prep. course is worth subscribing to LinkedIn Premium.  Subscription affordable but you avoid having to do a different online course for the equivalent of about 10x. Her course is outstanding and gives you the 35PDU's (for only 6.5 hrs of great video plus supporting exercises and a four hour test exam).

The course on its own is not sufficient to go and write the exam. To swap the name around it will 'prepare you to write the certificate exam' but it does assume you have or will read the PMBOK, and possibly some other material. I was more than pleasantly surprised to see the quality of supporting documentation in the downloads of the course. She provides many hints and tips in the course and the supporting material. In addition the course is accompanied by an online practice test of 200 questions. So I am recommending the course in the strongest way but not negating the amount of work that is still involved in preparing thoroughly.

The fact is in the exam you get about 1-minute to answer each question therefore you need to understand what lies behind the principles and the practice that is being checked. I actually wrote the exam in 1998 (which might age me a little) but I do have to redo it as my certification lapsed in 2017. It is in light of having studied the pmbok and having put a lot of experience in my backpack that I still found the course to be of the highest quality particularly considering the cost!

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