Self-Study vs. Bootcamps: Which Is Right For You?

Self-Study vs. Bootcamps: Which Is Right For You?
So you decided to get PMP® certified – that’s great! But what’s the best way for you to prepare for the all-important exam? While getting certified isn’t just about the exam, thorough preparation and mastery of the material is crucial to both your career as a project manager and attaining your certification. With that in mind, we’ve laid out some of the differences between bootcamp and self-study approaches to PMP exam preparation.

Pros and Cons of Self-Study

Self-study is excellent for the self-motivated. It lets you study on your own time rather than at a time scheduled by somebody else. Self-study means you can spread your learning out over a long period of time, which research suggests increases retention and mastery of the material. However, it can be difficult to be sure of the accuracy of information found on the internet. You also won’t be connected with a community of practitioners the same way you would at a boot camp.

If you’re going to self-study, use a good self-study book, take some practice exam questions, seek out PMP® exam podcasts, and thoroughly read and study the PMBOK Guide at least twice, taking good summarizing notes.

Pros and Cons of Boot Camp Training

Boot camp offers a structured environment and efficient studying. We offer a guarantee that you will pass the exam, and if you don’t, we will help you get there. It offers a supportive group environment and networking that is hard to achieve with self-study. With boot camps, you can be sure that you are receiving a high quality of education, because your instructors are certified and trained. Some may find that boot camp is too much material in too short a period of time, and need to supplement the intensive course with significant self-study anyway. Boot camps can also be expensive, and it can be a barrier for some to take the time or get to the locations that the courses are offered in. That’s why Tarka Consulting offers you some of the most affordable boot camps around, throughout the year, in centers close to where you live in Alberta!

Whether you choose a boot camp or self-study, make sure you are aware of all the requirements to attain the PMP® certification you seek to meet your goals. At Tarka Consulting, we offer boot camps that come with the support you’ll need to continue to study and master the material. Get in touch today to learn how we can help you super-charge your career in project management!