Velociteach was awarded Best of the Best Registered Education Provider (REP) by PMI in 2012, so why is Velociteach not a PMI Authorized Training Provider (ATP) now?
The short answer is PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) Handbook says, ATPs are only one of several types of education providers who can deliver the educational hours required to apply for the PMP Exam. Andy Crowe founded Velociteach with a goal of empowering others to learn project management in a simple, dynamic way that encouraged personal and professional growth. We believe we can do that best using our materials and teaching our way.
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Is Velociteach a part of PMI’s ATP Program?
No. On Nov 11, 2019, PMI announced that the REP Program would be replaced by the ATP Program. In this letter, PMI revealed a major departure in how the Project Management Institute would partner with training companies. A quote from the letter: “Across the network, training partners will be required to use PMI-provided course materials to lead PMP Exam Preparation.” Per PMI, the ATP program was designed to align all program participants to the same material version and the methodology that PMI preferred when teaching PMP students. To our knowledge, PMI did not consult with REPs before this change to understand potential issues or to potentially integrate other lines of business into the program.
Given our long partnership with PMI, we wanted to understand how this new relationship would work. Velociteach went through a meticulous journey of discovering the details of the ATP program (what was allowed and what was not) through the summer of 2020. Eventually, PMI answered some of our specific questions, including those about the textbook Andy Crowe first wrote 2 decades ago that is the cornerstone of the Velociteach curriculum. PMI stated that Velociteach would have to abandon the book – we could not join the ATP program and continue to publish the Amazon bestseller for PMP prep. The same was true for our online, self-paced courses and other content/assets we’ve developed and updated through the years.
We value our relationship with PMI, but this ATP change went against the very DNA of our company. Therefore, we decided not to join the ATP program.
By not joining the ATP program, Velociteach has the freedom to do what we do best. Velociteach continues to publish the bestselling PMP Exam prep book on the market, hold the most effective PMP boot camps, and deliver the number one online, self-paced PMP exam prep course. And, we continue to partner with universities and other training providers who use our content with their students.
There were other factors involved as well.
Do I have to get my PMP training from an ATP?
No. You don’t have to take PMP training from an ATP. You are free to choose the source you believe is best! ATPs are only one of several types of education providers who can deliver the educational hours required to apply for the PMP exam. The image below from PMI’s PMP Exam Content Outline (ECO) notes that the PMP applicant must have at least 35 contact hours of formal project management education. It does NOT mandate that those hours must be from any particular type of provider. PMI does not mandate that the 35 hours of project management education come from an ATP. Making such a mandate would imply a conflict of interest and jeopardize their ANSI Standard.
In addition, in the PMP Exam eligibility information outlined by PMI, the same point is noted. One must obtain 35 hours of project management education/training, but it is not specified that it must be received from a particular type of provider.
Wouldn’t the ATP course be better since PMI makes the PMP exam?
No. That would imply a conflict of interest that PMI cannot allow. PMI takes steps to ensure all content providers have access to the same resources and information about the exam, including the Exam Content Outline (ECO). This Exam Content Outline serves as the blueprint for the PMP Exam and is readily available online to anyone. In 2020, PMI outsourced the development of their ATP PMP Prep materials to an independent third party and confirmed that third party has no special access to exam content. So, the PMI-provided course materials used by ATPs do not have any “inside information” as that would invalidate PMI’s ANSI standard.
ATPs are mandated to purchase and use the PMP Prep materials from PMI. In fact, ATP instructors are required to teach that content in its entirety. These mandated materials place a serious constraint on training companies as it no longer allows them to differentiate their offerings. All ATPs must use the same curriculum including slides, workbooks, and limited student resources. When comparing ATPs, the customer may as well look for the lowest price, because the curriculum is the same.
As a non-ATP, Velociteach has the freedom to provide our proprietary, robust materials that we have been honing since 2002. With access to the exam blueprint (the PMP ECO) and actual student feedback, Velociteach is able to make small adjustments to the materials to ensure student success. And, with this new PMP Exam, the Velociteach content and approach have proven to be extremely successful for PMP Exam test takers.
What differentiates the Velociteach PMP exam prep course from the ATP course?
Was Velociteach a part of PMI’s REP Program?
YES. PMI created the REP (Registered Education Provider) program in 1999, and Velociteach joined in 2003 shortly after the company started. Through the years, Velociteach team members have served in local PMI chapter leadership positions and on PMI Global Teams (Ethics Review, the REP Advisory Group, PMBOK Guide updates, and many more). Our contributors and partners include recipients of many PMI honors, including the distinguished PMI Fellows award.
In fact, Velociteach won the 2012 Continuing Professional Education Provider of the Year Award from PMI. We were delighted to have been chosen from over 1,600 providers for this exceptional honor.
Velociteach was an REP until PMI ended the program.
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