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Mosaic is a deliberately small business focused on excellence in project management training. All of our courses are developed and delivered by
Dr. Lynda Bourne and Patrick Weaver.
Dr. Lynda Bourne DPM, PMP, FACS.
Lynda has extensive experience as a Senior Project Manager and Project Director specialising in delivery of IT and other business-related projects and has worked as a Senior IT Project Management Consultant. She is an internationally recognised consultant, author and trainer.
Lynda is Director of Professional Services with Mosaic Project Services.
Patrick Weaver PMP, PMI-SP, FAICD, FCIOB.
Patrick has over fourty five years experience in the Project Management industry. His career initially focused on the planning and managing of construction and engineering projects. The last twenty years has seen his businesses and experience expand to include the successful implementation of project controls in a range of government, ICT and business environments and the development of a range of sophisticated training options.
Patrick has been a PMI member for over 25 years and is the Managing Director of Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd.
We do not employ contractors, in a typical PMP or CAPM certification course, Lynda has developed the 'soft skills' of communication and stakeholder management; and Patrick developed the 'hard skills' of scope, time and cost and we share the rest.
We are required to track our student pass rate by PMI. To date, we have a 98% 1st time success rate for all candidates who've book directly into a Mosaic course.
The few who do not pass first time have generally failed to follow our advice but are still eligible for our guarantee to ‘work with you until you pass’. Virtually everyone has passes on the second attempt.
Our Mentored Email™ PMP and CAPM training course fees include all of our costs and charges - you have no more to pay! Our price includes:
- Foreign exchange and bank fees (other than those paid to your local bank),
- Credit card fees,
- All of our training materials, and
- Access to over 2000 questions.
(Note: we will not charge you anything extra, however, our fees do not include your payments to PMI USA for the examination).
Our trainees also have free access to our comprehensive library of White Papers and other resources:
There are a number of reasons that work together to explain why we can offer cost effective courses:
The simple answer to this question is yes! PMI advise all of their approved Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.) of planned changes in the examinations many months in advance of the change occurring. We then plan our course update and changeover to meet the needs of our trainees.
The last significant change in the PMP examination was the updated PMP Role Delineation Study our courses are fully updated to align with this update.
More recently the CAPM and PMP examinations, and our courses, have been updated to align with the new '6th Edition' of the PMBOK® Guide.
1. Mosaic guarantees to work with each trainee who has purchased an exam preparation course until they pass their examination*.
This guarantee is conditional on the trainee making reasonable efforts to comply with any recommendations and suggestions made by Mosaic’s trainers. Whilst there will be no charge for Mosaic’s ‘support until you pass’; Mosaic will not pay for examination re-sit fees or any other associated costs and expenses incurred by the trainee.
*Note: PMI change and update their examinations at regular intervals (at least once every 4 years), this guarantee does not apply if a person has simply neglected to take the examination they were trained for. However, where an examination change occurs after a person has failed an examination and before they can reasonably re-sit the 'old exam', the guarantee will apply to the provision of support based on the new examination requirements (subject to Mosaic having developed new materials).
3. Our training meets PMI's strict eligibility requirements.
Mosaic is a PMI approved R.E.P., as such, PMI guarantee to accept our training as meeting the requirements of an 'approved training course' required to be eligible to apply for your examination.
4. Our lowest prices are guaranteed.
Our mission is to offer the best value PMP and CAPM courses! If you find a similar* course available for less** we will beat their price by $50 every time. Our prices are all inclusive - no more to pay***.
*Similar means: the course is offered by a PMI approved R.E.P., has similar inclusions.
**Available for less means: the actual price charged to the student, many advertised prices do not represent the actual cost, once GST and various fees are included.
*** No more to pay means: we do not charge you anything extra for the course and will work with you until you pass your PMP or CAPM Exam (including any re-sits). However, our fees do not include any payments you make to PMI for membership and exam fees.
There are a number of certifications in the Australian market - other places may vary. Our assessment based on observation of the job market is:
At the project management level choosing between PMP, the RegPM CPPM and PRINCE2 is more difficult. Most job applications seem to see any one of the three as being acceptable - you have done the work and studied project management. Some organisations have a strong bias to either AIPM or PMI and because PRINCE2 is focused on the PRINCE2 methodology, organisations using PRINCE2 have a preference for PRINCE2 Practitioner.
Apart from the obvious PRINCE2 link, generally PMP seems to be preferred in organisations with an international focus, IT, banks, finance, etc. RegPM in organisations with an Australian engineering focus (but this seems to be a fairly mild preference most of the time).
The practical difference between RegPM and PMP is that the PMP credential can be obtained by passing an exam; the RegPM credential requires you to be employed as a project manager, using the 'PMBOK processes' in the real world, to demonstrate competency in their application.
If you would like to discuss this further feel free to Contact Us we are AIPM members as well as PMI and have held the MSP credential from the 'PRINCE2 family'.
The only significant difference between the CAPM and PMP credentials is the eligibility requirement - they are both difficult exams.
PMP candidates are required to have had a minimum of 36 months directing and leading the work of others to achieve a project objective. CAPM candidates do not have to meet this requirement.
'Directing and Leading' others means you role description is similar to 'team leader', 'test manager', 'senior analyst', or virtually any management role associated with the oversight of a project (or projects). Importantly you do not need to be the 'project manager'; although, of course, project managers qualify.
There are minor differences in the course materials to deal with the different examination specifications. The CAPM requirements are fully contained in the PMBOK® Guide. The PMP requirements are defined in the PMP examination specification, with the PMP examination incorporating some additional aspects of general management (see PMP exam below). There are also some minor differences in the style of the examination questions.
The CAPM examination is 150 questions in 3 hours, the PMP exam is 200 questions in 4 hours.
Given the examinations appear to be of similar difficulty, our recommendation is to sit for the PMP exam if you are eligible - there is no point in taking the CAPM exam in preparation for the PMP exam later. However, if you are not eligible for the PMP examination, the CAPM exam does provide a good starting point for your career development, with a view to taking the PMP in 3 to 5 years time.
Feel free to contact us if you need more help deciding which examination is best for you.
The content of the PMP test, is detailed in PMI's PMP Examination Content Outline, this is a direct output of the role delineation study (RDS) which is a job analysis of the project manager role.
PMI update the RDS every 5-7 years, independent of the PMBOK® Guide development schedule, to identify any changes to the profession and ultimately determine what content should be included in the test. Each new version of the RDS may result in structural changes to the exam and the incorporation of new areas of study.
When PMI are developing or updating the exam, each question written must align to at least two published reference books. The references used are not limited to PMI global standards or publications and there are some items on the PMP exam that do not reference any PMI standards or publications at all. However, each question must align to the RDS and generally will not contradict anything in the PMBOK® Guide.
When the PMBOK® Guide is updated, PMI ensures that the terms used in the test align with those used in the global standard to minimize confusion. During this terminology update, PMI is not changing the structure of the exam, the scoring model, etc. only updating the terminology. Candidates studying for the examination will certainly need to include the current edition of the PMBOK® Guide as one of their references (which is why we have to update out training materials each time the PMBOK is updated), but trainees also need a wider understanding of project management - the purpose of our training materials.
Note: CAPM is different. The CAPM exam is based on understanding the current version of the PMBOK® Guide.
We develop our own materials and write our own questions. We have 20 years experience developing world-class PMI coursework. Our materials are developed by:
Dr. Lynda Bourne DPM, PMP, FAIM.
Lynda holds a Doctor of Project Management from RMIT University. She teaches and has contributed to course development at Masters and PhD levels in Universities around the world. She was a member of the core team selected by PMI to work on the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide with particular responsibility leading the work on Chapters 10 (Communications) and 13 (Stakeholders).
Lynda brings world-class academic rigour to our on-going course development work.
Patrick Weaver PMP, PMI-SP, FAICD, FCIOB.
Pat is an internationally recognised expert in the areas of project controls and project governance. He has worked on numerous standardisation projects for both PMI (starting with work on the PMBOK® Guide 3rd edition between 2002 and 2004) and as an Australian representative on various ISO committees tasked with developing international project management standards.
Patrick brings years of practical project management training experience to our ongoing course development work.
Our unique combination of skills combined with 30 years of PMI experience (starting when Patrick joined PMI in 1986) is brought to our course development work. This is supported by PMI’s contributions to their approved Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.) in the form of intellectual property, examination outlines and other resources to ensure we have the right materials and information to develop world class materials.
Finally, Mosaic’s course materials are regularly subjected to an intense quality assurance process by PMI as part of their overall R.E.P. quality assurance program.
See more on our training development methodology.
We regularly run commercial courses for organisations around Australia and globally - see more on our commercial and in-house training options.
Our unique Mentored Email™ courses are different. We train people from around the world via this convenient self-paced medium:
The PMI R.E.P. Program establishes defined quality criteria and operational guidelines for all participating Education Providers. As a PMI endorsed, Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), Mosaic has agreed to abide by these PMI established quality assurance criteria. Whilst participating in the R.E.P. Program, Mosaic's courses for PMP, PMI-SP and CAPM exam preparation are pre-approved by PMI for both content and the number of hours of eligible training needed to complete the application process.
Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd is R.E.P. #1705, we have been a PMI R.E.P. since 2002. Our annual review cycle is from the 30th September each year.
All current R.E.P.s are listed in the searchable index on the PMI website at: https://www.pmi.org/learning/training-development/reps
The contact component of both our Mentored Email™ and classroom courses are rated at 23 hours for CAPM and 35 hours for the PMP courses. All of our courses are pre-approved by PMI as part of our PMI approved R.E.P. quality assurance processes to deliver the required training hours needed to be eligible for the examinations. However, almost everyone needs to spend some additional time to complete their revision and be prepared for the exam!
All of our CAPM and PMP courses include, in addition to the contact hours, a 90-day licence to use our PM Final on-line exam simulator and on-going support until you pass. The 90 days starts when you are ready and the on-going support is not limited.
The question of how much time you need to commit is more difficult to answer, it depends in part on your prior knowledge and in part on your learning style and on how quickly you assimilate the course materials and become accustomed to the multi-choice question format. We recommend everyone takes their exam between 2 and 6 weeks after completing the course; in this period most people seem to need between 20 and 40 hours of self-study (supported by us and the PM Final questions).
The key to understanding how much time you may need to invest in revision is our 100 question benchmark test that you take at the completion of the contact hours. A score of above 80% suggests you are already more-or-less exam ready. Below 75% indicates more study is needed - we discuss this score with each person individually and make specific recommendations as to how you can best work to assimilate the large amount of very specific knowledge needed for each of the exams.
In Chinese culture the colour red symbolises good fortune and joy, and is a traditionally symbolic color of happiness.
We work to ensure each of our trainees experiences the joy of passing their chosen PMI examination and then goes on to benefit in their professional careers.
Achieving a PMI credential has consistently been shown to equate to higher average salaries world-wide, and we wish you this good fortune!
It is impossible to develop a complete list of Q & As - if you have any more questions about us, our courses, the exams of PMI in general please contact us - we are always happy to assist.