We’ve heard reports of some students spending less than $500 to obtain their PMP® certification while others have invested thousands of dollars. Based on our experience, most students’ budgets fall somewhere between these ranges. Also, not all students pay out of pocket; some students are fully reimbursed by their employers.

Each situation is different, so be sure to check with your employer to see if they offer education reimbursement as part of your benefits package, or your local job service to determine if they have funds available for skills enhancement (many programs of this nature are needs based).

What is your PMP Certification Training Budget?

The most important advice is to plan ahead for your expenses. The first 2 costs are the compulsory 35 hours of project management education and the PMP® exam fee, which is reduced if you are a PMI® member. Check out the complete membership benefits to determine if you want to invest in a PMI® membership or not.

Finally, keep in mind that additional study materials, such as sets of practice questions, may be needed so it is best to plan out a budget that offers some flexibility. Managing budget and cost is one of the project management practice.

Nowadays, with many more affordable online and mobile training solutions, the cost of PMP® preparation is no longer a barrier to your success. Researching all your options, and finding out what resources were beneficial to others will help you spend each dollar wisely, and ultimately lead to exam success without breaking the bank!

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