Project Managers - Are you looking to Upskill with an Online Course?

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The project manager (PM) field is expected to continue to grow in demand and in salary, but PMs with formal education and certifications will get priority over experience.  Are you prepared for this shift?

Purpose:  You're going to learn what low cost online courses are available to increase your knowledge (and maybe your salary) in the project management industry.


  • Project managers are in demand.
  • In the U.S. the average salary is $112,000.
  • Project managers with more education and/or certifications will take priority in hiring.
  • 3 low-no cost project manager programs and courses from top universities and industry leaders.

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According to a 2018 report by Project Management Institute, project managers are in high-demand and the salary is proving that.  The Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey (10th Edition) showed that project managers in the United States averaged $112,000, second only to Switzerland ($130,966).

However, a correlation between education and salary is very clear.  In order to increase your salary, the most direct path is to get more education.

We have reviewed some of the best low-no barrier education options for project managers to upskill their knowledge and remove that pay gap.


1.  Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate

Who is it for?
Project managers with 3-5 years experience.

Who provides it?
It is through Coursera, but provided by the Project Management Institute

Time frame:
It will take 6 months and consists of 4 courses (6 weeks each)

Each course is $777, or you can pay for the entire program up front at a discount for $2,980.


2.  Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices Specialization

Who is it for?
Beginners.  This is perfect for someone who is interested in becoming a project manager or are currently in an assistant project manager role.

Who provides it?
This program is also through Coursera, but is taught by University of California, Irvine Professor Margaret Meloni, MBA, PMP

Time frame?
This program is on-demand.  You can complete it at your own pace.

$49/month - the faster you finish it, the less you pay.


3.  Fundamentals of Project Management

Who is it for?
Pre-beginners.  This course is for people who are interested in learning more about the project management role.  This would be ideal for career changers or students who are "trying on" career paths.

Who provides it?
This course is available on  Alison is a platform that provides free or low cost e-courses and educational programs.

Time frame?
On-demand.  Finish at your own pace.


From newbies to mid-career project managers, there is a class for you.  This list is by no means an exhaustive list of project management classes available.  Capterra created a list of the top 10 online courses available.  Project managers can also scan through Coursera, Alison, or LinkedIn Learning to find other project management courses.  You can find anything from complete programs to one-off courses on a specific job task you want to improve.

Project managers are in-demand.  Now is a great time to expand your knowledge and gain new skills.