10 Best Project Management Training Courses Online
From Self-Paced to Instructor-Led, We've Got You Covered.
Are you looking to improve your project management skills? Project management training online is a difficult subject to navigate! Google it: there are hundreds of options out there. How do you know which is the best for you?
You can start by thinking of your own learning preferences and considering 5 training options open to project managers. Once you’ve decided which learning approach will suit you best, let me help save you some time.
I’ve rounded up the best online project management training courses to select 10 that are worth your time (and, in some cases, cash).
These aren’t in any particular order. Some of my top picks support you on the journey to certification; some are just excellent all-around options for building your project management skills.
Let’s dive in:
This highly engaging online project management course is designed to take you through the topics you need to know to for the PMI PMP Exam. It’s a self-paced course, and it’s very comprehensive.
It includes six modules with multiple self-assessments, so you can see how you are doing. There are over 900 practice exam questions so you can test yourself and be confident that you are well-prepared for the exam. The complete exam prep course also offers a 100 percent exam pass guarantee — that’s how confident they are that their material can get you through successfully.
However, even if you have no interest in taking the qualification, it’s still worth checking out. Told through animated stories set in feudal Japan, it’s an affordable and enjoyable option.
Great for: People who find traditional online courses a bit dull and learn well through the power of stories.
Trainer: Cornelius Fichtner, PMP
Company: OSP International
The PM PrepCast is a course made up of 140 video lessons covering the entirety of the PMP syllabus and a bit more besides. With the aim of getting you quickly up to speed, the course has an impressive record of success stories. It’s a low-cost option when you compare prices to similar classroom-based courses.
The other benefit of this course is that it counts towards your 35 hours PMP study requirement. If you have no prior formal project management training but do intend to go for the PMP exam, you’ll be able to use this course to evidence your learning.
Great for: People who want an online option but who prefer to study on a mobile or tablet device. People who need to pace their study and prefer bite-sized, accessible lessons.
Trainer: Rob Stone, PMP, M.Ed
Institution: University of California, Irvine
This course is run by the University of California, Irvine and offered through the Coursera platform. It’s had great reviews from past students, and it’s instructor-led so you’ll have to wait for the next course to be available. Unfortunately, this one isn’t a ‘sign up and go’ course, but the benefit is that you get an experienced lecturer guiding you through the materials.
Great for: People with no budget! You can access this course for free, but you can’t access the graded material or gain a final grade or certificate without purchasing the course.
Simplilearn offers a range of courses for project management training online. Most are aimed at people seeking certification, but they also have and Introductory course. Their Project Management Expert bundle includes six courses covering PMI certifications and a software course.
Some of their courses are instructor-led online classes, others you can get immediate access to as self-paced learning, so watch out for those options and choose the one that is going to be the best for you. If you need to start now, an instructor-led course isn’t going to be a good option.
Great for: People who learn best in a group: the instructor-led classes will help you structure your learning and benefit from a classroom format.
It is a quick, cheap course designed to help you build a comprehensive and accurate Work Breakdown Structure. It aims to give you clarity where there might not be any right now through a step-by-step process.
I’ve included this one to show that you can get highly targeted quality training without having to pay out for a comprehensive course covering topics you don’t need!
The full course will take you around 5 hours to complete so you could easily block out a day to work on this. And, as with many of the courses in this list, there is a full money back guarantee.
Great for: People who want help specifically with improving their planning and scope management skills.
Company: Master of Project Academy
Master of Project Academy is a relatively new training firm, and they offer project management training online, amongst other topics. The ‘all courses’ project management bundle gives you access to six courses covering PMP, Microsoft Project, and Agile Scrum. If you don’t need all these topics, you can buy the courses separately.
What’s interesting about their payment model is that you have two options: a monthly subscription or a lifetime one-off payment. If you choose the monthly subscription and then work your way through the course material quickly, you could save a lot of money against the lifetime access deal. However, think about how realistic it is for you to complete all the training on top of your day job: both options are there to give you flexible options.
Great for: People who need a broad base of knowledge and flexibility.
Trainer: Mike Clayton
Delivered by a respected trainer and prolific project management author Dr. Mike Clayton, the Project Manager’s Immersion Program is comprehensive. You’ll get 13 hours of video content, over 50 ready-to-use templates and the trainer is available inside the self-paced course to answer your questions.
Based broadly on the project management life cycle, this course takes you through literally everything you need to know: all the processes, techniques and skills. It doesn’t lead to an industry-recognized qualification, but sometimes having the knowledge and confidence is worth more than an exam certificate.
There are sample videos on the site so you can see if the trainer’s style is a good fit for your learning needs.
Great for: Experienced project managers wanting to take their skills to the next level and dive deep into advanced techniques.
Did you know that PMI also has online learning courses? PMI members also get money off the training courses so if you are already a member it is worth taking a look at their offerings. (And if you aren’t a member but are interested in the courses, it might be worth getting membership to take advantage of the training discount: some of the prices are significantly different.)
I’ve singled out the Complete Agile Project Manager course. It’s made up of nine courses covering the complete spectrum of Agile project management. It is all about effectively implementing Agile methodologies, so it’s a good choice if your company is making the move to Agile or you have just joined an Agile team.
The course is self-paced and pitched at an intermediate level of learner. It will take you around 17 hours to go through the material which covers planning, scheduling, leading an Agile team, stakeholder engagement and more.
Great for: Project managers who want to take the next step in their career and develop Agile project management skills. Teams who are looking to implement Agile methodologies for their projects.
Trainer: Peter von Stackelberg
Institution: Alfred State College
Another entry-level course, this is informed by PMI’s standards and draws on its body of knowledge for the course content. It’s a practical introduction, and if you sign up for this instructor-led online course, you’ll be asked to create Gantt charts and work on assignments. Don’t worry if you don’t have project management scheduling software: the course uses the free open source tool OpenProj, but I expect you could use whatever your company has in-house if you have access to other tools.
This course is delivered on behalf of Alfred State College through the Canvas platform.
Great for: People who need a hands-on course that covers the mechanics of project management like scheduling, risk management, and reporting.
Those are 10 fantastic options for project management training online. Want more? If you have a preferred supplier or institution, then start with what they can offer (check the reviews). You can also look into MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses that are available free and delivered over the internet. There is bound to be something that suits your learning needs!
And if after all that you decide that online project management training isn’t for you, then read up on what to consider when choosing a classroom course. Good luck with your studies!