Project management training is a difficult subject to navigate with hundreds of options to choose from online alone. With so many choices, how do you know which is best for you?
Start by thinking of your own learning preferences and considering the five training options open to project managers. Once you’ve decided which learning approach will suit you best, you can save some time on your search with the following list.
Below are the 10 best online project management training courses to consider. These aren’t listed in any particular order. Some of the top picks support you on the journey to certification; some are just excellent all-around options for building your project management skills.
10 Best Project Management Training Courses Online
- Brain Sensei: Online PMP Certification Exam Prep
- The PM PrepCast
- Project Management: The Basics for Success
- Simplilearn: Project Management Expert
- Master of Project Academy: Project Management Bundle
- Project Manager’s Immersion Program
- The Complete Agile Project Manager
- Project Management for Business Professionals
- UCI Project Management Professional Certificate
BrainSensei: Online PMP Certification Exam Prep
Company: Brain Sensei
This highly engaging online project management course is designed to take you through the topics you need to know for the PMI PMP Exam. It’s a self-paced, comprehensive course that includes six modules with multiple self-assessments.
There are over 900 practice exam questions so you can test yourself to be well-prepared for the test. The complete exam prep course also offers a 100% exam pass guarantee, indicating how confident the company is that its material can get you through the test successfully.
However, even if you have no interest in taking the qualification, this program is 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 dull and learn well through the power of stories.
The PM PrepCast
Trainer: Cornelius Fichtner, PMP
Company: OSP International
The PM PrepCast is a course made up of over 140 video lessons covering the entirety of the PMP syllabus plus a few more extras. 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 its price 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 take the PMP exam, you’ll be able to use this course to verify your education on the topic.
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.
Project Management: The Basics for Success
Trainer: Rob Stone, PMP, M.Ed
Institution: University of California, Irvine
This course is run by the University of California, Irvine and is offered through the Coursera platform. It has great reviews from past students. Unlike some of the other courses on this list, this one is instructor-led, so you’ll have to wait for the next course to be available to take it. While this one isn’t a "sign up and go" course, the benefit is that you get an experienced lecturer guiding you through the materials.
Great for: People with no budget. This course is free, but you can’t access the graded material or receive a final grade or certificate without purchasing the course.
Simplilearn: Project Management Expert
Simplilearn offers a range of courses for project management training online. Most are aimed at people seeking certification, but they also have an 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, allowing you to choose the option that is best for you. Just note that instructor-led programming may not be available right when you're ready to start.
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, affordable course designed to help you build a comprehensive and accurate Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). It aims to give you clarity on the topic through a step-by-step process.
This course is included here to show that you can get highly targeted quality training without having to pay for an overly comprehensive course covering topics you don’t need.
The full course takes 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.
Master of Project Academy: Project Management Bundle
Company: Master of Project Academy
Master of Project Academy is a relatively new training firm offering project management training online, along with other topics. The ‘all courses’ project management bundle gives you access to over 25 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: 1) a monthly subscription or 2) 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, consider how realistic it is for you to complete all the training in a timely manner along with all your other obligations, such as your day job. If you don't have a lot of time to work through the program quickly, the one-time lifetime payment might be a better option.
Great for: People who need a broad base of knowledge and flexibility.
Project Manager’s Immersion Program
Trainer: Mike Clayton
Delivered by a respected trainer and prolific project management author Dr. Mike Clayton, the Project Manager’s Immersion Program is comprehensive. It offers 13 hours of video content, over 50 ready-to-use templates, and a 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 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.
The Complete Agile Project Manager
Company: Project Management Institute (PMI)
PMI members receive discounts on training courses, so if you are already a member, it is worth taking a look at its offerings.
If you aren’t a member but are interested in the courses, it might be worth getting a membership to take advantage of the training discount as some of the prices are significantly lower for members.
The Complete Agile Project Manager course is made up of nine courses covering the complete spectrum of Agile project management and implementing Agile methodologies. 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 geared towards an intermediate level of learner. It will take approximately 17 hours to work through the materials, which cover a host of topics including planning, scheduling, leading an Agile team, and stakeholder engagement.
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.
Project Management for Business Professionals
Trainer: Peter von Stackelberg
Institution: Alfred State College
Another entry-level course, this course is informed by PMI’s standards and draws on its body of knowledge for its content. In the instructor-led online course, you will be asked to create Gantt charts and work on assignments. Don’t worry if you don’t have project management scheduling software as the course uses the free open-source tool OpenProj, although you can probably use whatever your company has in-house if you have access to other tools.
You'll need to wait until the course is open for enrollment. The last open enrollment was in March 2017.
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.
UCI Project Management Professional Certificate
Trainer: Margaret Meloni, MBA, PMP
Institution: Hosted through University of California-Irvine
This paid course offers individual courses for $777 each, or you can choose the introductory four-course specialization schedule for $2,890 through which you can earn an Applied Project Management Certificate issued by a university, and accumulate 12 units that transfer to any University of California-system college.
Great for: People who want to pick and choose their classes based on individual project management educational goals.
The above list offers 10 fantastic options for project management training online. Want more? If you have a preferred supplier or institution, start with what they can offer. You can also look into Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), many of which are free and delivered over the internet.
And if after all that you decide that online project management training isn’t for you, there are classroom training options.