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The PMI-CP Exam Content

The PMI-CP Exam Content

I have received many questions about the PMI Construction Professional (PMI-CP) exam certification; what does it involve? what to expect? how different it is from the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) certification? and many more inquiries concerning this exam.

Therefore, I decided to write this comprehensive guide on what you should expect when you sit for the PMI-CP exam and how to prepare for it to help you decide whether to invest your time and effort in pursuing this certification.

PMI-CP ECO vs. 4 eLearning Courses

To sit for the PMI-CP exam, you have to get 4 eLearning Courses from PMI and pass 1 micro-credential at the end of one of the 4 courses i.e. Construction Project Communications. However, the PMI-CP exam is based on the Exam Content Outline (ECO).

Doing a simple comparison between the 4 exam domains outlined in the ECO and the 4 eLearning courses, you’ll find almost the same content. The table below explains this comparison:

Content of the 4 eLearning Courses

Since the exam is aligned with the courses, here is what the certificate involves according to the content of the 4 eLearning Courses.

Course 1: Construction Project Communications

  • Importance of effective communication
  • Building a communication strategy and plan
  • Feedback loops (Positive, Negative, Internal, and External)
  • Stakeholder management
  • Resistance to change management
  • Active listening
  • Project governance
  • The Big Room (Obeya)
  • Commitment-based management
  • Project Management Information Systems (PMIS)
  • Compass Diagnostic Tool (CII)

Course 2: Construction Interface Management

  • Extent and complexity of IM implementation (PIRI, ICAT)
  • IM maturity stages
  • IM classifications (Soft vs Hard, Internal vs External, Intra-project vs Inter-project)
  • IM elements (Master Interface Plan, Interface Points, Interface Agreement, Interface Control Document, etc.)
  • IM tools (Interface Management System/Software, IM spreadsheets, Interface Data Register, etc.)
  • Interface Management implementation processes
  •  IM Roles (Interface Manager and Interface Coordinators)
  • RACI matrix

Course 3: Construction Scope and Change Order Management

  • Define a clear scope and objectives
  • Scope Evaluation Tools (CII)
  • Applying the Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) tool
  • Scope Management
  • Managing scope creep
  • Change order management
  • Value engineering
  • Technology supporting scope management (BIM, drones, data analysis, etc.)

Course 4: Construction Contract and Risk Management

  • Contract life cycle (discovery, pre-award, proposal process, contract Mgt & execution, contract closeout)
  • Contract clauses (change, dispute resolution, indemnity, time-barred, etc.)
  • Contract and delivery method strategies (Design-bid-build, Design-build, CMAR, IPD, etc.)
  • Contract payment structure (lump sum, cost plus a fee, T&M, etc.)
  • Risk classification and prioritization
  • Integrated Project Risk Assessment (IPRA)
  • Risk Management tools and techniques (Monte Carlo simulations, probabilistic risk management techniques, and risk registers)
  • Risk response strategies
  • Common causes of claims
  • Best practices to prevent and reduce claims and disputes (Dispute Review Board, Documentation, communication, etc.)

Check out the PMI-CP Practice Tests to learn more about the exam format and type of questions.