prove yourself, revisited

I wrote a post a while ago about how I’m planning to take the CMP exam in January, and encouraging other planners to do the same.

The exam is around the corner, and I know I’m not the only one who is beginning to feel the pressure of studying during the holiday season.  I’ve gathered some resources to help me prepare, and I can only assume they’ll be helpful to my fellow planners, too!

PCMA and MPI are the primary organizations providing study resources to planners taking the exam.  They sell the books that the exam is pulled from, have online courses, and provide materials for local courses.  Of course, the CIC is the organization that administers the exam, so there’s a bit of info on their site, too.

CIC CMP Resources

  • Becoming a CMP – this is the main page for starting out on your CMP quest.
  • Practice Exams – these are actual questions taken from past exams (they’re called “retired questions”).  You can select which exam you want to take, and each exam costs $25.95.

PCMA CMP Resources

  • CMP Study Package – three books that are recommended reading by the CIC, available for $195 (members) / $210 (non-members).
  • Online Prep Course – you can take it at your own pace for $299 (members) / $399 (non-members)
  • CMP Study Course – Local groups organize their own courses, and PCMA provides materials and curriculum for $150.  If you go this route, you can add the Online Prep Course for only $99.  Check with your local chapter to get details on a study course near you.  The study course also entitles you to two practice exams!

MPI CMP Resources

  • Online Study Guide – a nice informational video describing the course is available on the website.  Pricing isn’t displayed unless you log-in.

There’s a study course on the weekend of November 14-15 that my local PCMA chapter is putting on.   I’ll be there – will you?


2 thoughts on “prove yourself, revisited

    • Krys Slovacek says:

      Leneia, I completely understand! I’m nervous, too. The study materials are massive, and the test is based on what’s in the books, not necessarily what you might practice in your normal business routine. That’s the part I’m having the most trouble with. Good luck to you, too!

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