Project management implies that the head of the project, along with the team, contributes to the creation of a full proof plan that is under a budget and has a timeframe. It requires a certain level of strategy planning, involving managing the people under you, and making use of the limited resources available to you.
The simple fact is that going through project management courses can raise your status in the eyes of your current and potential future employer. Considering the dwindling economy and the need for project managers it has evoked recently, this might be the best time to do this course.
As someone with years of experience as a successful project manager with a good track record in sales and marketing, I personally went through several online courses to verify their validity.
I am Alexander Lubka, a project manager and sales consultant, and as someone who knows what this field is like, I have found the three best courses that will teach you the most. Let’s take a look.
1 . Improving Your Project Management Skills: The Basics for Success
This one stands out among other project management courses for beginners, as it only takes 3 days to complete. Accredited to the PMI Registered Education Provider, this is an initiative by the American Managers’ Association and costs about $2,195. Despite the short duration and what might appear to be an expensive fee, the course covers a generous portion of what the role entails and how to go about it.
You will learn about several techniques of management and the tools needed through this hands-on workshop. A complete overview is provided on the core concepts surrounding management and the terminology used. You will be taught about Gantt charts, scheduling, budgeting, risk taking and shareholder management. The course is effective because it doesn’t just throw concepts at you, but the workshop propels you to apply them and learn in real time.
2. Essentials of Project Management Series
This online project management course from Project Management Institutecosts about $400 and the entire course is available on-demand. You can go through the course at your own pace. If you live an especially busy life, you will certainly like this one.
It’s structured into 13 modules and teaches the concept and terminology surrounding project management. You will get explanations about the lifecycle of a project, the ridiculous constraints one has to work under sometimes, and you can also take a look at project management cases- about 47 of them. This course will prepare you for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam. This certificate is quite useful as proof of your skills and potential in the field.
3. Project Management Basics
While technically free, this project management course from GoSkills actually offers you a valid certificate from Project Management Institute on completion. In reality, GoSkills is a site that requires the users to pay for their membership. However, they offer a 7 day free trial and the 8 hour course can be completed in that time easily. So, while not being free, you can still learn without any cost.
In this time, you will learn the principles of project management, how the W(Who, What, When, Why) questions help you set boundaries in a project, risk projection, and scheduling and resource management.
You don’t necessarily have to get a degree to learn project management. There are enough online project management courses that are available for free, as are some expensive ones. While it is easier to flaunt your degree, what matters is that you learn the work properly first. Even so, my expertise suggests these are the best ones for a beginner to learn.