While PMP and CAPM are the two main go-tos for certification, Coursera and ALISON offer alternatives.
Coursera, a MOOC platform, offers a specialization in project management. Students can pick-and-choose individual project management courses (like Budgeting and Scheduling Projects and Managing Project Risks and Changes) for $49 for each course, or do the entire specialization for $196. Coursera only offers a certification for those who have completed the entire program. For those interested in free coursework, they can take the first three classes without paying a dime. The program isn’t a cakewalk. It’s hosted through University of California-Irvine and taught by Margaret Meloni, MBA, PMP. Students are expected to put in 2-4 hours a week for each four-week course and demonstrate their overall understanding of project management in the capstone class.
This free, highly-rated diploma in project management is offered through ALISON, another MOOC dedicated to bringing free education to the world. Most students finish the course in 10-15 hours. While this course is best for project managers with work experience, it covers all the basics of project management, from different methodology to case study analysis. In order to complete the course, students must maintain an 80% average on all exams. With hundreds of positive reviews, this ALISON course is largely respected in the project management field.
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