Interested in Securing a Project ManagementCertificate? Here are Some Courses You Can Take Online

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Being a project manager is more than just being great in managing team deadlines. PMP certifications are the second highest in-demand certifications in our 2019 list of top 10 IT certifications. Those interested in joining this highly sought-after area will consider obtaining the certificate of Project Management Professionals (PMP).

Not only does it mean that you know everything you need to learn in order to excel in this profession, it is something that most employers in a job candidate are looking for. A PMP certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) means that the holder was fully trained in techniques covering team task management, staff management, and even budget tracking.

The certification of Project Management Professional (PMP) is not the only certification that the PMI offers. The PMI offers a total of 8 project management certifications, most of which are trained in various disciplines. Such disciplines include, apart from the basic PMP certification, program management, portfolio management and business analysis, agile methodology for growth, risk management, and scheduling.

An additional certification is the certification of the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), which is more of an entry-level certification that demonstrates a fundamental understanding of the terms and principles of project management. The CAPM is a good starting point for people seeking to get their feet wet quickly in project management.

If you have your heart set on the full PMP certificate, things will be more in-depth than with the CAPM. Candidates are evaluated in five specific areas: induction, preparation, execution, tracking, control and closure. However, before individuals are certified, they will have to complete at least 35 hours of related training before they can take the exam.

They will also need 4,500 hours of project management experience if they have a Bachelor's degree. It will take 7,500 hours for those without a degree.

Generally, it takes years to obtain PMP certification, but it's worth it. As of August 2019, according to the 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report of Global Knowledge, PMPs are currently earning an average of $135,798 per year. This is the second highest paid qualification right behind the Google Certified Cloud Architect, which needs much more technological acumen.

Elizabeth Harrin, Professional Project Manager, author of project management books, and founder of the online community, teaches a subject in Stakeholder Management through her Masterclass in project management. She further recommends these online courses for aspiring project managers:

  • Cornelius Fichtner's PM PrepCast
  • BrainBOK
  • BrainSensei
  • OnlinePMCourses

There are also different options for online PMP courses through popular e-learning portals:

1.       Udemy: This online academy offers a selection of project management courses, the most popular being the PMP Exam Prep Seminar= PMBOK Guide 6, which provides participants with all the resources they need to pass the PMI Certification Exam.

2.       The Agile Crash Course: Agile Project Management, Agile Delivery Course is designed to help learners at the conclusion of the course become Agile accredited. Agile is a software development and project management technology technique that focuses on cooperation between teams and leaders.

3.       Coursera: An online learning platform with over 3,500 courses, many of which are affiliated with universities and colleges. Coursera offers a range of IT-focused accredited and non-accredited courses. Coursera has an IT Project Management Course, which is part of its larger course on "Business Technology Management Specialization."

4.       LinkedIn Learning: This popular LinkedIn department has several PMP courses including Project Management Foundations, Cert Prep: Project Management Professional (PMP), and Cert Prep: PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), among many others. 

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