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Update 7/18/16: This post has been updated with additional online project management courses that have proved themselves worthy over the past nine months. We’ve updated the piece to have ten options instead of the original five.

When it comes to project management, education matters.

When looking at salary trends, the better-educated and higher-certified project managers make far more than those who rely on their experience alone. And the difference is substantial, totaling tens of thousands of dollars between otherwise equal PMs.

Luckily, project managers interested in furthering their careers through education have tons of online options. These are the ten best online project management courses available, when taking cost, benefits, time commitment, and final certification into consideration.

Online Project Management Certifications

While PMP and CAPM are the two main go-tos for certification, Coursera and ALISON offer alternatives.

Coursera: Project Management Specialization Courses

UCI Certification

Coursera, a MOOC platform, offers a specialization in project management. Students can  pick-and-choose individual project management courses (like Budgeting and Scheduling Projects and Managing Project Risks and Changes) for $49 for each course, or do the entire specialization for $196. Coursera only offers a certification for those who have completed the entire program. For those interested in free coursework, they can take the first three classes without paying a dime.

The program isn’t a cakewalk. It’s hosted through University of California-Irvine and taught by Margaret Meloni, MBA, PMP. Students are expected to put in 2-4 hours a week for each four-week course and demonstrate their overall understanding of project management in the capstone class.

ALISON: Diploma in Project Management

ALISON

This free, highly-rated diploma in project management is offered through ALISON, another MOOC dedicated to bringing free education to the world. Most students finish the course in 10-15 hours. While this course is best for project managers with work experience, it covers all the basics of project management, from different methodology to case study analysis.

In order to complete the course, students must maintain an 80% average on all exams. With hundreds of positive reviews, this ALISON course is largely respected in the project management field.

The Best Online PMP Prep Courses

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Brain Sensei: Complete PMP® Exam Prep Course

If nothing else, Brain Sensei has the best promotional video online. Period. Take a minute to watch it above.

The idea behind Brain Sensei is that most project management certification training is boring (and I can’t disagree). It takes a fun, modern approach to PMP exam prep, where project managers learn from animated stories and examples about what project management is and how to implement it effectively.

In spite of how fun Brain Sensei’s course is, it doesn’t skimp on exam prep. The courses offer over 900 test prep questions with 35 hours of prep material. For $399 CAD (about $305 USD), this course is one of the most affordable, enjoyable options available online.

Colorado State University: Online Project Management Certificate

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Online schooling has changed the way education is undertaken by brick and mortar schools, leading to an expansion in courses offered online. Colorado State University now offers the same project management certification class taught at the university in a condensed, 16-week instruction.

The class prepares you for the PMP exam for a tuition price of $3,395, which leads to PMI certification as well as the Associate Project Manager certification. Possible funding of the course can be awarded through the Colorado Workforce Development Center to aid in mitigating costs.

The online format in no way detracts from the lessons, and those who complete Colorado’s course will be well prepared for project management in a multitude of fields, from architecture to telecommunications.

Master of Project Academy: All Courses Bundle

MoPA

Even though Master of Project Academy is relatively new to the PM field (it entered the marketplace in 2012), its courses cover everything you need in a direct, accessible manner.

I recommend looking at its project management All Courses Bundle. It includes 27 online project management courses, including:

  • PMP certification training
  • Agile Scrum certification training
  • ITIL Foundation certification training
  • CAPM certification training
  • Cisco CCNA training (full course)
  • Microsoft Project training

All the reviews of Master of Project Academy are overwhelmingly positive. Students call out their favorite teachers and rave about how easy passing the PMP exam is following Master of Project Academy’s instruction.

Best of all? It only costs $99 a month. The plan is self-paced, all online, and has a 100% money-back guarantee for 30 days.

Simplilearn PMP® Certification Training Course Online Classroom Flexi-Pass

Simplilearn

Simplilearn’s Flexi-Pass classroom is great option for students who want to get their PMP outside of regular office hours. It allows PMP hopefuls to pace their own learning. It’s also a great option for people who are already PMP certified and want to maintain their current certification, as it offers 35 PDUs.

The pro version offers 32 hours of instructor-led training, and students have said that access to their professors has seriously helped with their exam prep.  

The course also comes with five full simulation exams, plenty of case studies, and well over 25 hours of online learning. Simplilearn’s money-back guarantee leaves something to be desired; if you have completed more than 50% of the class or wait for longer than seven days, Simplilearn will not refund a penny.

Yet, from looking at reviews and course material, its stingy money-back “guarantee” isn’t something to worry about. The course covers everything someone looking to get certified would want in a clear, accurate manner. For $699, Simplilearn offers an outstanding PMP-certification course that easily makes our list.

Trainings 24×7 – PMP

Trainings

Trainings 24×7 offers several options in project management certification courses, some more detailed and in-depth than others. The more detailed the course and greater the preparation, the higher the price.

Trainings 24×7 conducts live, online training courses and “do-it yourself” certification study courses, and gives you the option of different packages depending on the depth of training you require. Its offers range from a free starter training package to in-depth PMP courses that go as high as $150 dollars.

The programs and prices are offered based on the number of chapters offered, timespans of availability, and feedback in the form of “experience calculators.” The materials and courses offered are all accredited by the Project Management Institute and even provide you with certificates of achievement which are relevant to the package that was chosen.

Online PMP and CAPM Courses

The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers the industry-standard in project management certification: Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

They have an impressive catalog of online PM courses to maintain your PMP certification (by earning PDUs) or to just improve your professional toolbox. You can take these courses with an instructor, which often costs several hundred dollars, or On Demand, which ranges in price from under $50 to a few hundred dollars.

These are some of the Project Management Institute’s best courses.

A/E’s, Owners, & Contractors: Managing Projects to Success

AE PMI

This course costs $325 for non-PMI members and $225 for PMI members. It’s meant specifically for construction managers looking to improve their construction project management skills. (But make sure you know which construction certifications work best in the industry first.)

This course offers resources on how to evaluate and plan construction projects from economic, political, physical, and social lenses. It provides resources on how to best manage everyone involved in the construction process, from owners to architects to engineers to contractors. The course is offered on demand and is worth five PDUs.

Agile in the Program Management Office

Interested in learning how to transition from a Waterfall to an Agile project management office? Jack Duggal, the Managing Principal of Projectize Group, leads this week-long interactive course for experienced project managers. It costs $625 for non-PMI members and $500 for members. This course is recommended for more experienced project managers, including those hoping to become PMO Director.

This course is worth 10 PDUs and one CEU.

Advanced Risk Management

Risk Management PMI

This class is designated for project managers with advanced knowledge of formal project-management practices. The purpose of the course is to decrease the number of negative events while maximizing the number of positive events.

Advanced Risk Management breaks down risk management both quantitatively and qualitatively, looking at confidence curves, math for risk management, and the human influence on risk. This course is taught for 14 PDUs and 1.4 CEUs, and costs $875 for non-members and $725 for members.

More?

Naturally, project management certifications are not the end-all of project management. Project managers looking to refine their skills should also invest in specializing within their respective industries, learn how to use project management software, and demonstrate basic business skills, like communication and leadership.

I’m sure there are other great project management courses out there that I missed. What do you recommend? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Rachel is a content manager for Capterra, a free online resource that quickly matches businesses to their software needs. She specializes in construction and project management . She also runs her own blog on content marketing. On the rare occasion Rachel isn't writing, she's reading, hiking, jogging, or spending time with her friends and family.

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PMP is known as one of the best and respected certifications in the project management field. Recently, I have become pmp certified and got promotion.

Those who are pmp aspirants i would like to mention some pmp exam training websites which definitely will be handy. List of 5

1. Trainings24x7
http://trainings24x7.com/pmp/

2. Simplilearn
simplilearn.com

3. Knowledgewoods
knowledgewoods.com

4. The Knowledge Academy

5. Greycampus

Best of Luck for PMP Exam!

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please i need course in risk management or Project management to do PMI-RMP

The Coursera set of courses has gone up in price. Now it’s offered for $69/unit. There are no reviews of the courses or the instructor that I could find, so I’m a little leery about putting my money down sight unseen. I may take the first class for free, then decide if I want to pay for it to get the certification.

Hi,
I work as an IT Analyst and i am looking forward to take up my career in Project Management.
Could you please advise which course would be more suitable for me to help me in job change.

With the company that offers a project management courses, its very important to have a great deal of amok to make it more appropriate.

I was also looking for the same kind of certification online. I am glad to read this blog.

I was also looking for the same kind of certification online. I am glad to read this blog.

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I am looking over each of these sites (thank you for the great oversight btw) and Alison looks great, but I have one concern. Each of the review by previous students are from South America, Europe, and other continents, but none from North America. Why is this? I a fully aware that this is a global industry, but is there a reason that North Americans aren’t taken advantage of these courses? Do they not translate completely to course credit, real-work application to North American standards? I ask because this is the only site that is completely free and I want to take advantage of it. Please reply, any insight is appreciated. Thank you!

Good post!! thank you for sharing

Here is a (non exhaustive) list of the most popular online training providers who are actual Registered Education Providers (REP) of the PMI, deliver PMI approved certificates and are very affordable, in the range $50-$200 per course. Many also offer a wealth of free resources and several have 100% pass guarantee and display their passing rates publicly:

simplilearn, pmsimplify, pmcampus, pmstudy, proxalt, pointadvantage, pmeducate, tools2succeed, betterpm, pmchampion, 4pmti, learningtree, pmtrainingonline, springboktraining, elearningchampion, etc…

I hope this helps other candidates to make a better informed choice for themselves!

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Hi Rachel,

Good article – what about PRINCE2 as an additional online Project Management course? PMP is obviously widely recognised, but PRINCE2 would be the dominant qualification in the UK and Australia, with 66% of PM’s holding this accreditation in the UK, and 46% in Australia.

I took mine online with ILX Group, and it was excellent.

In case anyone’s interested, I have a few blog posts with advice on which way to go:

Which PM Cert should I do? – http://projectmanagementcourseshq.com/project-management-certification/

Best PRINCE2 Training options – http://projectmanagementcourseshq.com/prince2-certification-training/

Hope you don’t mind me posting links, but I think in the interest of covering the whole spectrum, including PRINCE2 would be important

Good article though

Aidan

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@Jj Tijerina, In light of your concern I recommend the following article which mentions…

“In the United States, ALISON is now offered through government workplace centers in 18 states. When a job seeker goes to EmployFlorida or Virginia Workforce Connection, for example, he or she can work with a counselor to survey the job market and assess skill gaps. The client may then be referred to traditional brick and mortar training or ALISON courses. ALISON also supplies digital literacy training to public schools in the United States.”

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Thanks for this great article on PM classes and certifications. I am presently a Technology Support Specialist looking to transition into a Project Management career. While I have managed or co-managed projects when I was an Associate Technology Director a few years ago, I don’t have any “official” Project Management experience to speak of. My question is, can I find a job as a Project Manager by completing one of these courses and getting certified (except for PMI, which requires a certain number of hours for certification)? Or do I need to transition to a PM role from within whichever company I work for?

Hi Rachel,thanks a lot for the post.I found its really helpful.You can get certifications and free resources by visiting http://goo.gl/VvtX1s

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you have shared a very informative post. Project management courses are in a big demand these days. Every working professional who is working on management level should be aware of these courses as these courses will not only help him to enhance his professional skills but also help him to become more successful in his career.

Alison — Since you invited additions, I’d like to mention Project Road Training’s PMP Exam Prep e-Learning course, which manages to make the material compelling and relevant in the real world, while focusing on teaching the foundational concepts most critical for PMP exam preparation.

The course can be found at http://www.project-road.com

There is also an e-Book available for free on the website, which provides good guidance on how to prepare for the PMP exam.

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I am very interested in taking one of the online project management courses. Can you tell me what software I would need to have on my laptop to complete the 3 part course? Thank you.

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Hi Charlene,

With Strategism’s online PMP course, you can save the hassle of installing software and experiencing lag. Strategism offers the flexibility of attending multiple training sessions scheduled at multiple time slots. The added advantage is you get to attend identical training sessions conducted by well renowned PMP trainers.

The online training session is very similar to an in-person or a traditional classroom training since it’s conducted over an online platform where you can interact with a live trainer to get your doubts clarified. Feel free to reach me at 510 474 5261 or drop me an email at joe.richard@strategisminc.com

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I’d love for you to consider Velociteach’s InSite e-learning courses! We offer mobile online self-paced learning for project management — technical skills, leadership skills, soft skills, certification prep, all great content! PMI actually resells some of our courses on their marketplace (the same marketplace you referenced above)

Velociteach also offers live instructor-led virtual online courses for PMP prep as well (4-days). Velociteach (Author Andy Crowe’s PM Training company) was awarded by PMI as their Provider of the Year in Continuing Education in 2012, out of over 1,600 REPs worldwide. For more info on Velociteach visit our website for feel free to reach out.

Thanks for helping spread the world about Project Management education!

What would people recommend as the best online Project Management program that is also cost efficient for a college student? Thanks for all responses

this is nice list of PMP training http://www.janbasktraining.com/

Hi, I am having an experience of 12 years in sales and marketing field. Now I am looking forward for doing a certification course in Project Management to develop my skills and boost my career growth prospects. I am looking for an online certification course in Project Management. Can you please suggest which are the best online course available for Project Management Professional (PMP) certification? Also would like to know more about Diploma in Project Management from ALISON?
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