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What Is a Project Management Course?

Even if “project management” is not in your job description, project management skills are essential for a host of different careers. Whether you’re overseeing the design, construction, and maintenance of a large new commercial building or planning the annual office retreat for 10 coworkers, you’ll need to know how to budget, schedule, communicate, manage a team, stay organized, troubleshoot, and more. PMI’s 2017 Job Growth and Talent Gap Report estimates that employers will need to fill nearly 2.2 million new project-oriented roles each year through 2027.

Since project management tools and technologies are always changing, regularly refreshing your knowledge is critical to your success.

A training course in project management is something that everyone in the workforce may want to consider. It can increase your efficiency and productivity while boosting morale and keeping costs in check. But what exactly is a project management course, and how do you select the right one for you?

What does a project management course entail?

The content and instruction of a project management course will vary based on experience level, but all courses are guaranteed to focus on:

  • Planning and defining scope
  • Budgeting
  • Time management
  • Organizational skills and tips
  • Communication
  • Leadership skills
  • Risk management and contingency planning

Project management courses can be conducted entirely online, in person, or through a combination of the two. They range from free to hundreds of dollars per course. 

Selecting a project management course

Educational platforms such as EdX and Lynda provide free and paid online courses. You can also study through well-known industry resources such as the Project Management Institute, American Management Association, PRINCE2, and Scrum.org. Many of these organizations offer in-person courses, as well as local universities like Georgetown University in the United States, the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, and the University of Adelaide in Australia.

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