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Online project management professional (PMP) training courses can be expensive and time-consuming, so it’s important to know you’re investing in a worthwhile prep course. Thankfully, there are plenty of high-quality, free PMP certification training courses at your disposal. Completing one or more of these courses can help you get ready for the PMP certification exam.
Whether you are entirely new to project management, learning the basics for PMP certification or ready to take the next step in your project management career, a free training course can help put you on the right path.
Why Should You Earn a Project Management Certification?
Employers are always looking to hire the best person for the job. The best candidate should fit a company’s culture and vision, but they should also be skilled and qualified to perform the tasks at hand. On the job market, project management certification can help you stand out against the competition.
The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers the PMP certification to verify professionals’ experience and skills. With the PMP designation, you may qualify for more employment opportunities and increased earning potential.
PMI surveyed professionals worldwide and found that the median salary for those with PMP certification is 16% higher than those without, on average.
Free PMP Certification Courses
Each of the free PMP certification courses below has both strengths and weaknesses. They all entail different time commitments and resources. Note that some of our listed resources are free for only a limited time before requiring payment.
None of these free PMP certification courses will result in the PMP credential. You can only earn PMP certification by taking the official PMI-administered exam. However, the below courses can help you prepare to earn this certification.
Time Commitment: 1 hour
Master of Project Academy’s free PMP training course is 100% online and self-paced, containing three sections of learning material. The course includes over 25 lectures, plus an assortment of resources for those wanting more information.
This course includes a handout, a short quiz and a situational project case example. The free materials in section two include a PMP question bank, flashcards, a formula sheet and a sample of Master of Project Academy’s PMP prep eBook. The course also provides a walkthrough of the PMP application process, including photos of each step.
There is no final exam at the end of the course. The only requirement to obtain the certificate is to complete each module.
Time Commitment: 1.5 hours
Udemy offers multiple free PMP courses, each created by a different instructor. One such course is the introduction to PMP exam tutorial, created by Bayhas Al Sawady, PfMP, PMP, ACP, PMO-CP. Like many of the courses on this list, this course is introductory. It acts as a starting point for those wanting to learn or review the basics of project management.
This course includes five sections of content. Each is limited to multiple short video lectures and does not include any supplemental materials to support learning. The sections provide an overview of project management, the project management framework, organizational influences on project life cycles and project management processes. The course also gives a brief review of PMI and its Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide.
Like all free courses offered by Udemy, this one does not result in a certificate of completion. This course may lead to a paid PMP exam prep course, also created by Sawady. Note that PMI has not designated this program as an authorized training partner.
Time Commitment: 3 hours and 20 minutes
The project management foundations course—taught by Bonnie Biafore, PMP—teaches students the fundamentals of project management through videos, activities and quizzes. This class uses downloadable exercises to walk students through each module.
Completing this course results in a LinkedIn Learning certificate of completion. It also provides options to receive National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) continuing professional education (CPE) credits, along with PMI professional development units (PDUs) and contact hours.
All course content must be completed to obtain the 8.6 available NASBA CPE credits. You must also score 70% or higher on the 43-question final exam within one year of completion. Earning the 3.5 PMI PDUs and contact hours only requires course completion.
Time Commitment: 9 hours of self-paced video lessons
Cost: 90 days of free access
The PMP basics course is crafted for aspiring project managers, introducing basic project management knowledge through video presentations. This course comprises 17 sections, each associated with a video lesson. It does not include assignments, projects, tests or quizzes, which can be a drawback if you’re looking for more resources.
The lessons cover an array of project-planning concepts like project cost, time, quality management, communication, human resource management and popular project management tools. Lesson lengths range from less than 15 minutes to more than 90 minutes.
After watching 85% of the lesson videos in this course, you can obtain and download a completion certificate. If you are looking for more advanced training, Simplilearn is a PMI-authorized training partner that offers a paid PMP certification course.
Time Commitment: 1 hour per week, 5 months
Cost: Included with Coursera Plus membership ($49/month)
The University of California, Irvine offers Coursera’s project management principles and practices specialization course for professionals with little to no experience in project management. This introductory course covers the knowledge and skills necessary to manage work projects. It is also 100% online and entirely self-paced.
Throughout this course, learners complete projects and assignments that require an understanding and application of project management skills. These include defining a project’s scope, building a work breakdown structure, creating a project budget and identifying and managing risks.
While this course is ultimately an introduction to project management, Coursera also offers a paid professional certificate. This subsequent course also fulfills the PMI’s educational requirements for the PMP credential and prepares learners to pass the PMP certification exam.