What is the PMP® exam prep cohort group?

A cohort group consists of students who want to band together with other students who are studying in the Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management program with the goal of getting their PMP® credential from PMI. Our PMP® exam prep cohort groups range in size. Cohort students will usually progress through the same scheduled virtual sessions together, with roughly similar timing goals for taking the PMP® exam (such as in Q3 of 2017).

These students collectively begin and complete the program together. If they are unable to attend a session live, they need to review the session video recording within one week of when the session was held.

This is a blended learning program including live interactive sessions with an expert instructor, some individual online learning, and some required offline reading and assignments. All individuals in the cohort group complete their online courseware, learning logs, and practice exams individually. They are also individually responsible to determine when they are ready to sit for their PMP®

exam based on the scores they receive on practice exams and their own schedules.


Pros and Cons of a Cohort Group

Students who are on the PMP® exam prep track of the Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management program have the choice of having their sessions with their instructor individually or to join in with a cohort group.

What are the upsides of joining the cohort group?

  1. Other students often ask questions you might not think about, but want answered.
  2. Hearing other students reflect on the content in their own voices may aid your understanding.
  3. Sessions are more interesting and interactive with more participants.
  4. Professional connections often develop in the group.
  5. More people creates an atmosphere for more energetic camaraderie and a larger support system.
  6. Session agendas and dates are predetermined and your schedule is set so that you have a solid plan. (Note: This might also be seen as a downside for some.)
  7. Your sessions will be recorded and you can review them multiple times.

What are the downsides of joining a cohort group?

  1. Session agendas and dates are predetermined and your schedule is set so that you have a solid plan. (Note: This might also be seen as an upside for some.)
  2. You may have less opportunity to talk when your sessions are shared with other students.
  3. Due to predetermined session agendas and dates sessions will not be rescheduled based on individual needs the way the individual sessions are.
  4. The timing of the start and end for the currently-offered cohort groups may not align with the timing you desire.
  5. Due to more participants students may not receive the desired amount of one-on-one interaction with the instructor.

How To Get On The Waiting List For The Next Cohort Group

In order to get on the waiting list for the next cohort group you must already be registered in the Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management Program. Once registered, please indicate that you would like to join the next cohort group during your interview with the program lead.  See more information on this program here.

Frank Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow

Keynote Speaker, PMP Exam Prep, Project Leadership

Frank P. Saladis is a dynamic and engaging instructor. Students have found his teaching style to be entertaining, energetic, and encouraging as he finds an inspirational approach to a variety of real life situations. He is a professional trainer who presents his thoughts in a lively and logical fashion, which makes him an excellent team member and consultant. He has published numerous leadership and project management books and articles. He is also an internationally known presenter at the Project Management Institute Annual Symposium, Project World and other project management events.

Frank is the owner of Blue Marble Enterprizes, Inc, a consulting firm that provides training and consulting on professional project management and leadership training. Frank is the originator of the now globally celebrated International Project Management Day. For his contributions to the promotion and development of project management, Frank received the prestigious PMI Fellow Award in 2013, the PMI Person of the Year Award in 2006 and the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in 2015.

During Frank’s 30+ years in the telecommunications environment, he held the position of National Project Manager for AT&T Solutions Information Technology Services and was a member of Cisco Systems Professional Services Project Management Advocacy organization. His responsibilities included the development of project management offices (PMOs) and the development of internal training programs addressing project management skills and techniques.

Frank is a graduate from the PMI Masters Class and has a Masters Certificate in Commercial Project Management from George Washington University.

Published Works:

  • Your Future as a Project Manager (2005)
  • Audio Book – Your Future as a Project Manager (2005)
  • Value-Driven Project Management (2009)
  • What Functional Managers Need to Know about Project Management (2009)
  • What Executives Need to Know about Project Management (2009)
  • Bringing the PMBOK® Guide to Life (2009)
  • Mastering People Skills: A Guide for Project Managers (2012)
  • Positive Leadership in Project Management – A Practical Guide to Enhancing Individual, Team and Organizational Performance (2013)
  • A Day in the Life of a Project Manager (2013)
  • Project Management Workbook and PMP® / CAPM® Exam Study Guide (Multiple Editions)
  • Author- AT&T IMS Project Evaluation Review Process
  • Co-Author-AT&T IMS Project Management Guideline

Location: Greater New York City, New York Region

Case studies with Frank Saladis as instructor: Austin Simonis

Currently Offered Through:

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Small Business Development Center
Phone: (920) 496-2117
See this on the UW-GB website.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Small Business Development Center
Phone: (608) 785-8783
Email: sbdc@uwlax.edu
See this on the UW-L website.

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Professional Education Programs and Services
Phone: 715-232-2793
Email: profed@uwstout.edu
See this on the UW-Stout website.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Small Business Development Center
Phone: 715-346-3861
See this on the UW-SP website.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: (715) 836-4648
Email: couillcd@uwec.edu
See this on the UW-EC website.

University of Wisconsin-Superior
Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Phone: (715) 394-8352
See this on the SBDC at UW-Superior website

Texas A&M University
Extended Education and Community Development
Phone: 903-334-683
See this on the Texas A&M website.

Lorain County Community College in Ohio
Small Business Development Center
Phone: (440) 366-4370
Email: sbdc@lorainccc.edu
See the program at LCCC.

Northwest New Jersey SBDC
Phone: (908) 269-8475
Email: info@nw-njsbdc.com
See registration page.