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Recommended Resources for PMI- SP Preparation to Pass the Exam in First Try

After I passed PMP exam, I have considered to go for another certification for my professional development.

Like others, most of my time is being occupied by professional and personal commitments. I can’t afford to waste my time by studying material that is inaccurate and doesn’t align with PMI’s standard. In the last month, I have been doing research for the study materials for PMI-SP (scheduling professional exam). Then I found the tips from PMI to review the following books.

1) PMI-SP handbook

2) PMI-SP Exam Content Outline

3) Practice Standard for Scheduling

4) The latest edition of PMBOK guide. Currently, the latest one is 5th edition.

I went through these documents at least twice and I have tried to get the big picture of how these books related.

The first one, PMI- SP handbook is very helpful in understanding of application process and scheduling my examination. But it doesn’t cover any topic related to scheduling professional. In my opinion, “PMI – SP Exam Content Outline” and “Practical Standard for Scheduling” books are closely related to PMBOK guide’s project management knowledge area; project integration management, scope management, time management, cost management (related to Earned Value Management), communication management, stakeholder management and risk management.

But, I wasn’t confident that I could pass the exam by just reading these books, so I kept doing research for the additional study material. I then reached out to the discussion forum of which is a great resource for project management professional.

Thankfully, one of the contributors in that discussion forum had listed the recommended and optional resources. The list is overwhelming.

After I went through the list of study resources, I bet my luck by buying online training module from, That online training costs me $ 419.97 USD.

Can you guess what happened after I bought that online training?

I got bored after I went through the first chapter – Scheduling Strategy. I got confused with the concepts and it doesn’t seem to help to prepare for PMI-SP exam.

As I wasn’t happy with the online training that I purchased, I went back and checked the recommended and optional resources again to buy something different. This time, I bought a book - PMI Scheduling Professional Certification (PMI-SP) – 2nd edition from Amazon UK. It costs me $ 45.65 GBP. I’m excited to receive this book and hopefully it could save my study time to pass PMI – SP exam in first try. I will share my thoughts with you if I believe it to be a recommended resource after I’ve reviewed it.

How’s about you? Would you recommend any study resources for PMI- SP preparation to pass the exam in first try?


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