Ask any project manager how they got started in project management and it’s more than likely that you will hear some variation of the line “I just fell into it.” If you’re reading this and that sounds like something you’ve said before, this article is for you.
Other professions have the benefit of having a set career path that was laid out for them from the very beginning. Case in point: you can’t “fall into” becoming a doctor, lawyer, or psychologist. You follow a clearly-laid out educational path that trains you well ahead of time for the challenges that you will later face in that particular career.
Being a project manager is a bit different than that. Yes, there are post-secondary courses out there that can help prepare you for a career in project management but chances are that if you felt like you stumbled into your position, you might have had to learn a lot of your PM skills on the job or as each specific role demanded rather than through some form of formal education.
So how do you deal if you don’t quite feel 100% confident in your PM skills yet but don’t have the time to go back to school?
The answer is online project management training.
Online project management training has many benefits. To name a few, these benefits include:
In other words, online project management training is probably the best way you can address your current and specific project management concerns in the most convenient way possible. There are a lot of courses out there, but we’ve picked 4 for you today that are worth checking out.
The APM (Associate in Project Management) is a great option for those who are looking for an entry-level course that is affordable and covers all the basics of getting started in project management. Expect to learn planning, risk assessment, quality management, terminology, and current thinking. There is also an exam at the end of the course to test what you’ve learned.
This 7-week online certification is for project managers who need training catered towards digital projects. Expect in-depth training on core PM topics and skills taught through weekly video lessons, discussions, assignments, coaching sessions, and an expert panel. You can learn more about this course here.
You’ve probably already heard of this course. This is the least cost-effective of the list but it’s definitely very thorough. Intended for project managers who already have some experience in the field, it’s led by the Project Management Institute and is internationally recognized. Expect to learn in-depth concepts and practices about the core stages of a project process.
This is a 16-week long online course offered by Colorado State University. The certificate can stand alone or help you prepare for your PMP certification. Directed towards working professionals, the online course is a condensed version of their in-person course. With this certificate, you can expect to learn how to identify and manage project risk and effectively execute projects.
Have you taken any online project management courses? Think we missed any? Let us know in the comments below!