Project Management Professional (PMP)®

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is the world’s leading project management certification and is recognised as the most significant and respected project management certification by employers. The PMP® delivers value far into your career. CIO magazine ranked the PMP as the top project management certification because it proves you have the specific skills and experience employers seek. Certified PMPs report earning up to 25% more than non-certified project management professionals.

Millpond (formerly Falcon Training) has been helping project managers across New Zealand and further afield attain their PMP® certification since 2008.

We provide professional classroom based PMP Certification Preparation Training and our materials are updated to align to the latest version of the PMBOK®Guide.

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Salaries of practitioners with the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification are on average 25% higher than those without a PMP® certification

Source: PMI. (2020). Project Management Salary Survey. Project Management Institute (PMI);

Millpond Pass Rate

The combination of classroom training, self study and engagement has resulted in excellent first time pass rates for Millpond delegates.

Having trained hundreds of delegates from all walks of life, Millpond have the right tools for the job to help you pass the PMP® certification. The combination of our training methods, facilitators, self study and collaboration have resulted in ongoing success and results speak for themselves.

What you'll learn

Largely based on the contents of The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – an international standard of best practices of project management.

You’ll learn about all of the important aspects that all Project Managers should know in order to do their job.

Course Outcomes:

Increase your effectiveness working on, or with project teams.

The ability to manage larger projects and gain more responsibility or add project management skills into your current role.

This certification implies that you possess the knowledge in the principles and terminology of the PMBOK®Guide, the standard of project management’s generally recognised good practices.

The knowledge a practitioner gains from earning the PMP® certification can be applied to on-the-job experiences, which help develop growing levels of competence in the practice of project management.

What's included in the course

  • 35 hours of classroom/ virtual training
  • Downloadable course material including video recordings, course slides and PM templates
  • Access to PMI learning portal: PMI.lochoice
  • PMI Student Manual and activities
  • 4 Mock Exams
  • Over 300+ PMI questions
  • A further 300 + practice questions
  • Assistance with exam booking – if required
  • Attendance certificate (35 PDUs)
  • Exam preparation guidance
  • Morning & afternoon tea and lunch (classroom based courses only)

Exam Preparation Course Details

To apply for the PMP® exam, you need to fulfill the following prerequisites:

  • At least NZ NCEA Level 3 / 7th Form Certificate / University Entrance (or the global equivalent), and
  • 60 months leading projects*, and
  • 35 hours of formal project management education/training or CAPM® Certification by the time you submit your exam application (you will receive these 35 hours by completing our training course)


  • A Bachelor’s or four-year degree, and
  • 36 months leading projects*, and
  • 35 hours of formal project management education/training or CAPM® Certification by the time you submit your exam application (you will receive these 35 hours by completing our training course)

*All experience must have been accrued within the last 8 consecutive years prior to your application submission.

  • Project managers who are preparing to pass their PMI PMP® examination
  • Project managers who need 35 contact hours to qualify for the PMP® examination
  • Practitioners who wish to earn 35 PDUs from a PMI Authorized Training Provider (A.T.P)


  • This course is NOT for new project managers
  • This course is NOT for project managers seeking a guide to project management

Classroom based course:

12 week Virtual live and online (VOLT) and on-demand courses:

5 week Virtual live and online (VOLT) course:

Note: course fees do not include the cost of PMI membership or the PMP® exam.

Contact us for corporate rates.






Wrap Up, Exam Tips & Tricks, Next steps

  • 180 questions (the previous exam was 200) but the same number of questions will be scored
  • 230 minutes (3 hrs 50 min) to complete the exam
  • One additional break for a total of two 10-minute breaks
  • Questions will be a combination of multiple-choice, multiple responses, matching, hotspot and limited fill-in-the-blank. See prototype questions to learn more
  • You have the option of:


    • Online proctoring: you can conveniently and easily take an exam in the comfort of your home or office while being monitored by an offsite proctor. Learn more about online proctoring.
  • Exam content outline
  • For more information refer to the PMP® handbook
  • To maintain your PMP, you must earn 60 professional development units (PDUs) every three years

You would be required to take up the PMI® membership and apply for the respective exam on the website –


PMP Exam fees:

  • PMI Member: US $405
  • Non-member: US $555

PMI membership fees:

  • US $129 to join (plus US $10 application fee)
  • US $129 to renew

PMINZ membership fees:

  • US $60 to join
  • US $60 to renew
  • 35 hours of classroom/ virtual training
  • Downloadable Content including: video recordings, course slides and PM templates
  • Access to PMI learning portal: PMI.lochoice
  • PMI Student Manual and activities
  • 4 Mock Exams
  • Over 300+ PMI questions
  • A further 300 + practice questions
  • Assistance with exam booking – if required
  • Exam preparation guidance

A Certificate of Completion for professional project management training with an Authorized Training Partner (A.T.P) of the Project Management Institute, Inc will be issued at the end of the course.

Participants can claim the PDUs (Professional Development Units) with the Project Management Institute (PMI) after completing this course.

To enquire, please contact us here

Phone: +(64) 03 366 4383


Why does your Classroom based PMP® exam preparation course span 5 weeks?

We know real learning and deep understanding takes time. Students have to understand, appreciate, assimilate and apply the knowledge they learn in order to not only pass the exam but also to retain the knowledge and be able to use it in their jobs.

Some of our competitors offer a much shorter exam preparation course, we find these courses feature a high degree of rote learning, or memorization techniques rather than a deep understanding of concepts and principles that we focus on in our training.

Millpond doesn’t only measure success purely based on a pass or fail in the exam, we value real insight and an advancement on your professional development.

That’s why our flagship PMP® examination preparation course is presented 1 day a week for 5 weeks.

Do I have to sit the CAPM® before sitting the PMP®?

No, the CAPM® is designed for people who do not have the required eligibility to sit the PMP. If you meet the PMP® credential criteria, you should definitely sit the PMP exam.


Which certification should you apply for?

The PMP® certification recognises demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. If you’re an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximise your earning potential, the PMP® credential is the right choice for you.

If you’re a less experienced project manager looking to demonstrate your commitment to project management, improve your ability to manage larger projects, earn additional responsibility and stand out to potential employers, the CAPM® certification is right for you.

For further details, please look at our brochure CAPM® vs PMP®

What are the eligibility criteria to sit the PMP® exam?
  1. If you have a university degree you need
    • 36 months, or three years, of leading and directing projects (i.e. being a Project Manager) within the last 8 years, plus
    • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification which must be completed prior to applying for the exam.
  2. Without a degree you need
    • 60 hours, or five years of experience in leading and directing projects within the last 8 years, plus
    • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification which must be completed prior to applying for the exam.
What project management hours can I claim?

PMI® has specific conditions around the kind of tasks and time required to meet the eligibility criteria.
For a full definition of leading and directing projects, refer to the PMI Certifications®  handbook.
If you have any specific questions about your experience, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Should I become a member of PMI®?

It’s not required but we highly recommend it. There is a great exam fee discount for members. Additionally, you get a free pdf of the latest edition of the PMBOK® Guide, access to the PMI Marketplace, networking opportunities, templates, newsletters and many other benefits. Make sure you join before paying the exam fee.

Millpond also offers a discount on the  PMP® exam preparation course for PMI members. Contact us to make use of this offer!

How do I log the hours in my exam application?

You start by completing your eligibility application on line at the PMI® website. It is a fully editable so you can change things around as you go. It calculates the total amount of hours submitted and lets you know when you can press submit. Visit PMI’s certification page and press ‘Apply Now’.

When you register, Millpond offer an offline application form that you can use, which includes tips and instructions to help ensure your application is successful.

How do PMI check my eligibility application?

PMI® randomly select approximately 20% of applications to be audited. If you have been selected for an audit, you will be notified after your application has been approved and scheduled, and you have paid for the exam. If you get past this stage and are not notified, you will not be audited.

What happens if I am audited?

First step. Let us know. We have a complete information guide which steps you through the audit process.

If you are selected for audit you will be directed to download pdf versions of your application form, showing the eligibility criteria you have entered. These cannot be edited at this point. You then email these documents to the people you indicated would verify your experience on your application form. They must physically sign the documents and return them to you in a sealed envelope so you can post to PMI. Remember: you will need to be able to prove everything you entered on your application.

Should I record more hours than what I need to in my application form?

Only put down the hours you require for the certification, as this will make it much easier to prove if you are audited.

Do I have to renew the PMP®?

Yes, you do. The PMP® credential is only valid for 3 years.

During these 3 years you must gain 60 Professional Development Units (PDU’s). You can gain PDU’s by working as a project manager, attending local branch meetings, participating in on-going education, speaking at events, reading related material or through other professional development activities.

This is to ensure you stay committed to your professional project management development.

How long before I get results?

You will get your results straight away.

What is the PMP exam based on?

The PMP® exam is based on the results of a regularly updated role delineation study capturing the tasks a competent project manager should be able to display. These tasks are covered in the PMP® Examination Content Outline.

Although the PMP exam is not based on the PMBOK® Guide, you can choose to read or reference the PMBOK® Guide. Either version 6 or 7 will provide value. PMI advised that the new 2021 exam is not solely based on the PMBOK® Guide, hence they have provided the Student Manual – that is your first and best source of reading material and is included in your course fee.

How many Professional Development Units (PDU's) will I get from undertaking this training?

You will receive 35 PDU’s from undertaking this exam preparation training course with Millpond. 

Do I have to study any course materials before attending the exam preparation course?

No, not before the course begins but definitely during the course period. The course is presented at a fast pace and we assume you are familiar with the basic concepts of project management, especially if you are aiming for the PMP® certification.

Emerging project managers who are looking for the fundamentals, should first consider the 2-day Project Management Techniques course offered by Millpond.

How much will I have to study while on the course?

Yes, you will have study and exercises to complete between course days.

The amount will depend on your familiarity with the concepts, how recently you have been in an education setting, what your particular learning style is and your other time commitments.

The work set could take anywhere from 4-8 hours between each session.

The below is an indication of the expected workload for PMP®:

  • Contact hours (In class/virtual): 35 hours
  • Non-contact hours (in between session – pre-reading, self-study): 4 – 8 hours per week
  • Non-contact hours (study time – post course, pre-exam): 15+ hours

Total contact hours: 35

Total non-contact hours (self-study): 30 – 45

Total time investment (expected): 65 – 95 hours of preparation

Is PMP® or the PMBOK® Guide a methodology?

Neither the PMP nor the PMBOK® Guide is a methodology. Being PMP® certified and understanding the PMBOK® Guide means you can build your own customised methodology. There are many off-the-shelf methodologies out there, many with their own credentials, but most organizations build their own ones so that they get a good fit for their needs.

Can I pass the exam without studying?

Highly unlikely. The exam is hard and requires preparation. Your experience alone will not be sufficient to pass the exam. The Millpond exam preparation course is designed around globally recognized standards for Project Managers and covers specific techniques and methodologies you will encounter in the 4-hour closed book exam.

What if I need extra tuition?

You will get all the extra tuition you need in preparation to sit the exam. If, by some very small chance you don’t pass, we will work with you, to first figure out why you didn’t pass, and then to address areas requiring extra attention.

What’s the difference between the PMBOK® Guide and PRINCE2®?

In short, the PMBOK® Guide contains many of the processes, tools, techniques and templates from which you are encouraged to select those appropriate to your project.

PRINCE2® is a specific methodology developed by the government in the UK for managing low complexity IT projects.

Both offer processes, but the PMBOK® Guide is a collection of experience-based knowledge, while PRINCE2® is a specific set of techniques. Where the PMBOK® Guide is informative, PRINCE2® is instructional.

If the PMBOK® Guide is a toolbox, PRINCE2® is an assembly guide. Additionally, PRINCE2® is just one of many hundreds of off-the-shelf methodologies (others include Method123, UPMM, PRISM, Scrum, XP etc.), available to an organization wishing to have an off-the-shelf solution rather than developing its own methodology. We strongly encourage developing your own appropriate project management methodology, which the PMP® training will help you to achieve.

Exam Preparation Delivery Options and Schedule


The in-class PMP training offers the richest training environment for knowledge sharing. This is the highest level of facilitator-student and student-student interaction makes for truly engaging learning.

Our classrooms are small and interactive, delegates get an opportunity to emerge themselves in the learning environment and network at the same time.

Our highly skilled PMP trainers will cover everything you need to prepare for the PMP exam, including the PMI student course manual, group discussions and mock exams.

Course fees

Duration: The in-class PMP Exam preparation course takes place over the span of 5 days of classroom-led training.

The course is presented one day a week over the 5 weeks to allow time for pre-reading and self study, and also lessen the impact of being away from the office for five days.

Location: Public exam preparation courses available around New Zealand and Australia:

Corporate and in-house training available anywhere in New Zealand, Australia and the rest of Asia Pacific.

Minimum numbers apply.

Course schedule - Register here
Perth, Australia
Wellington, New Zealand
Hamilton, New Zealand
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Auckland, New Zealand
Taupo, New Zealand
Sydney, Australia
Perth, Australia
Hamilton, New Zealand
Melbourne, Australia
Christchurch, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

No training course in your area? Let us know, we’re happy to set something up.


Offering the same professional service as our in-class delivery, a virtual classroom is a facilitated, live and online classroom environment suitable for dispersed organisations and remote team members or individuals.

The PMP Virtual Classroom training is delivered at the highest level and delegates will receive quality live and online certification training.

Over the course our highly skilled PMP trainers will cover everything you need to prepare for the PMP exam, including access to downloadable course content, the PMI Student course manual, group discussions and mock exams.

Course fees

Duration: varies (see course schedule below for further details)


  • Anywhere with an internet connection.
    • Internet connection: The bandwidth requirements to have a seamless video and audio experience is 2.0 Mbps (up and down). Test your internet speed here:
  • You will also need a computer with a video camera and headphones
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