PMI Austin Chapter – exam preparation classes

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PMI Austin Chapter


PMI Austin Chapter offers Saturday exam preparation courses designed to help students pass PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP®) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) exam. The 40-hour course is taught over five Saturdays and meets the 35-hour requirement for PMP® certification. 

The course is taught by PMP certified instructors from diverse backgrounds and industries. They provide an array of test-taking hints and views on project management. Attendees can participate in a review course with sample questions and scenarios likely to be encountered during the actual test. 

Class materials are based on the newly-released PMBOK® Guide 6th edition. Cost is $1095 for PMI Austin Chapter members and $1195 for non-members. Students who register at least 2 weeks before class start date can request to receive class materials early. Due to the intensity of the course, it is highly recommended that students read class materials in advance.

PMI Austin Chapter PMP Exam Prep Class Video

Register Now for any of the 2019 Exam Prep Class Sessions:


Registration Questions: Contact Geoff West, Director of Certification Administration at [email protected].

Interested in Teaching one of our Saturday classes? Apply here if you are interested in becoming a volunteer instructor for the PMI Austin Chapter PMP®/CAPM® Exam Prep Course.

Discover more information on PMI’s PMP® exam requirements. 


PMP certified instructors

Ken Jones, PMP

Ken Jones has been an Instructor for PMP Exam Preparation course for more than 10 years and serves as Chair of Education Material Selection for PMI Austin Chapter. He is a highly ranked instructor with dynamic and interactive teaching style. He has taught all aspects of project management as defined by the PMBOK ®. He has been invited to teach for many organizations in both the public and the private sector. He served as an Instructor at the University of Phoenix, Austin Campus and taught undergraduate business classes, including several sessions of a two-course series on undergraduate statistics. Ken has also taught for the University of Texas Austin Project Management Certificate Program. He was a Technical Reviewer for Head First PMP, O’Reilly Press, 2009 and a Contributor for The Standard for Program Management, Project Management Institute, 1st Edition 2006. Ken currently works as Senior Program Manager with NXP Semiconductors.

George McLaughlin, PMP, CCM

Mr. McLaughlin is a principal in McLaughlin and McLaughlin, an international project planning and management consulting firm. He provides Program and Project Management as well as Dispute Resolution (Claim Preparation, Litigation Support and Testimony). He provides training / workshops on a worldwide basis on topics that include planning and management of large and complex projects.
Over recent years, Mr. McLaughlin has been Program or Project Manager on Hydrogen Plant, Sulphur Recovery Plant, Data Center Program, and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. He has provided services in the following project types: Oil Sands Downstream/Upgrading, Carbon Monoxide Plant, Ethanol Production, LNG Terminal and Production, Power Generation, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Hot Briquetting Iron, Piping Manufacturing and others.
Mr. McLaughlin has spoken before the Austin PMI, Houston PMI, AACE, EVM World and other international organizations. He is certified PMP, certified CCM, and a licensed General Contractor in California. He is a member of College of Performance Management. He is a member of PMI. Further, he is a member of Society of Construction Law, American Bar Association and The State Bar of Texas (Construction Law Section). Mr. McLaughlin holds a BS (US Naval Academy), MS (Catholic University of America) and MBA (The Wharton School).

Berne Miller, PMP CPL

Berne Miller has more than 25 years experience in the project management field. He has managed or supervised planning and execution of projects in communications, education management, electrical generation and distribution, financial management, natural resources extraction, facilities construction, and regional economic development. Other assignments have included heading the technical services division of a government systems acquisition organization, a short stint as a corporate strategic planner, and postings in executive ranks.
Berne is reputed to be creative, adaptable, and productive with the project management hard skills (tools and techniques), soft skills (communications and cross team collaboration), and business skills (creating value for the business) essential for project success. Formerly Program Manager for a portfolio of commercial software development projects in the Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure division of IBM's Software Group in Austin, Berne is an independent consultant, coach, mentor, and trainer in project management, strategic planning, and continuous process improvement. Students say he tells great stories.

Geoff West, PMP

Geoffrey W. West has more than 10 years of Program Management and 18 years of Project Management experience. He has managed or supervised construction projects for education, financial, medical, office, restaurant and warehouse facilities. HE has also been involved with manufacturing and machining programs.
Geoff is an instructor in the PMI Austin, PMP Exam Preparation program and is currently serving his second term as Director of Certification.



Sharmila Patel, PMP®, LSSBB

Sharmila is Master Program Manager with 18+ years of success in product, services, and solution program management, product certification, software design/ development and qualification engineering at Hewlett Packard.
Her expertise includes creation and execution of program strategy and device certification, process definition and execution, and product development that successfully build brand image and drive product adoption. Sharmila has BS in Electronics and Post Graduation study in Computer Science. She is Project Management Professional (PMP)-2010 and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB)-2012 certified.


Leticia Olivarez, PMP

Leticia has over 15 years project management experience in non-profit, association, private and government sectors. She is currently the Dell Technology Consumer Desktop (Gaming) Graphics Program Manager. 

She earned her PMP in 2009 and proud to be part of the Austin project management community. Her Austin PMI© involvement includes volunteering as Vendor Events Chair, Vendor Relations Director and Volunteer Chair and joined the PMP Exam Prep Instructor team in 2017.

Balakrishnan Thiagarajan, PMP, PMI-ACP, PgMP

Bala is an experienced Technical Project/Program Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology industry for over 24 years. He has a passion for both technical and project management disciplines; which is the reason he acquired both Master in Computer Science and Master in Business Administration degrees. Bala is firm believer in continuous learning and hold PMP, PMI-ACP, and PgMP certifications from PMI. Taught PMP for several groups of PMI students over the period of one year at PMI Austin. Currently, he is working as a consultant as part of the core Agile transformation team that transitioned Waterfall processes to Agile in one of the largest state agencies in the country.

Sanjay Kumar Das, PMP, CSM, ITIL

Sanjay is an IT Professional and a social entrepreneur. He has more than 20 years of Software Solution Development and Global Project Management experience in Classical Waterfall and Agile Methodologies with Fortune 100 and startup companies. He has been part of PMI since 2002 and was a contributor to PMI OPM3 Standards foundation. He is the co-founder of HelloDoctor24x7 a Tele-medicine help-line in India to serve the under-served.


PMI Austin Chapter has partnered with Banyan Group Project Management Solutions to offer PMP® and PMP-ACP® Exam preparation courses, as well as an Intro to Agile class. Weekday courses will be available both in the classroom and online.

For information about cost, schedule, and upcoming classes and to register, visit the Banyan Learning Austin PMI Chapter page

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