PMP Certification, time required for study prior to taking the exam

Apparently there is a 35 hour course requirement to be completed before taking the PMP examination.

Also, there are online sources in which I can get the 35 hour requirement.  

My question is:  how long does this take in the real world.  Can I take a week off of work and grind this out and completed the 35 hour requirement in order to prep for the exam

Over what amount of weeks can I schedule this education profided I take time off of work and have no other items to complete (can I assume one week) ?

Over what amount of to,e om weeks should I schedule for this class if I am working at my regular 40 hour / week job?

I just need a ball park figure for either questions

Many Thanks
Anthony LuciaAsked:
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Ivan Rivera, MTI, SCPM, ITIL, Cobit, PMPProject ManagerCommented:
Hello Anthony.

My honest answer is: as many time as you have.

If you are limited of time, my experience teaching PM certification courses is about 6 to 10 hours a week, for up to 12 weeks.

That is from 720 to 1200 hours.

But is all up to you... If you have good learning habbits, you could do it in a shorter period.
Anthony LuciaAuthor Commented:

Thank you for your response, but wouldn't 6 to 10 hours for up to 12 weeks  actually be 72 to 120 hours instead of 720 to 1200 hours?  (Not trying to be argumentative, just want to make sure I am scoping this well).

Ivan Rivera, MTI, SCPM, ITIL, Cobit, PMPProject ManagerCommented:
Sorry, answering from my phone was a bad idea.

You are right. Numbers should be  72 to 120.

My mistake.

But again, the real suggestions is to study as many time as you can. Once finished reading and studing of printed materials you should do as many simulations as posible. More time requiered for each simulation.

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