SF State Extended Learning's Project Management course is intense and provides a good foundation for taking the PMP certification exam. The PMP exam preparation class, in particular, forces you to get ready for the PMP exam. I would advise students to take the PMP exam soon after taking the "PMP exam preparation" class.
The SF State program taught me the formal PMI methodology. While going through the program, I was able to apply to my on-the-job training to the PMI terminology and process. The Executive Manager who hired me at my current employer was impressed that I went to the effort of learning Project Management the formal 'way'. That's part of the reason he extended the job offer to me.
Good news to report: I passed the PMP exam yesterday. Rita has a pretty good bead on what the questions are like, so there weren't any surprises. However, it's really difficult to gauge how well you're doing as you take the exam, since it's so long. Thanks for the good class; it was much better than the PM course I was taking simultaneously at another institution. It was tremendously satisfying to reissue all my résumés with new awesomeness attached!
My new job is incorporating absolutely everything I have ever done in life, beginning with the technical side of my industry, IT, Business Processes Engineering, P&L responsibility, leadership and most importantly now Project Management. I have a big challenge with this job and I have the tools now to master it.
About the Project Planning & Management Overview Class:
One of the best learning experiences I have had. This was an excellent experience, and, above my expectations. Doug is an engaging, encouraging, and very effective instructor. I left the class much wiser and grateful.
The Project Planning and Management Overview course exceeded my expectations. It was the best continuing education experience I've had.
Coming in to this class with nothing but the barest knowledge of the subject, I left with a firm grasp of the subject matter and felt positive about my learning.
If you are currently managing project or if you are looking to become a project manager, you will benefit from this class! You will be surprised and delighted by how useful the class is and the knowledge of the instructor.
Outstanding, above and beyond all of my expectations. Extremely helpful for project management career preparation and maintaining this career. The materials provided by the instructor and all information shared by the instructor and students is a wealth of information for current and future application.
A real breakthrough approach to managing anything, but especially projects. The foundation and concepts are applicable to all environments all levels which is unique from other classes. The class was a great broad sweep of concepts with highly applicable tools and detail to truly grasp how to apply the PMBOK/PM immediately.