There is a wealth of online courses available to the aspiring student in any number of subjects, from math and finance to science to history. But what about complex concepts such as project management? Can one really learn what one needs to know in this subject area and do so in an efficient manner, one that will allow you to pass the PMP Certification exam?
The answer to that is a resounding yes, for a number of reasons. First of all, there is the inherent practicality of an online course. Most of those applying for the PMP Certification are seasoned professionals, those who have spent many hundreds of hours gaining the type of project management experience required simply in order to take the test. It’s likely that even as they’re working towards the Certification, they are continuing in a demanding job that leaves little time to go to a specific location to take a class at least once if not several times a week. With online training, on the other hand, a student can study when he or she has the time, at home with family, and in between involvement in other activities. The flexibility is critical for a busy professional.
This same type of flexibility extends to the type of online training you enroll in. You can find free online training courses as easily as those that you pay for, and in making a decision as to which one is right for you, it pays to be self-aware enough to know what kind of student you are, and what your limitations might be. Are you a self-starter? Someone who can set your own deadlines and stick to them? Do you procrastinate until the last minute and then cram everything into one marathon session? The answers to these questions will help you determine the path that’s right for you. If you have the discipline to keep yourself focused and on track without outside assistance, then a free online course could be your best option. This of course requires the discipline to maintain a study schedule, one that you deviate from only rarely, if ever.
On the other hand, if you’re the type of person who waits until the last minute and then does everything in a flurry, a free, self-disciplined course would not be right for you. You need the structure of some kind of formal instruction, where you’ll check in with assignments and exams designed to keep you on track. Preparing for the PMP® exam is not something that can be crammed in at the last minute – it requires consistent training and practice, and so if your tendency is to put things off, consider the fact that the structure of a formal online course could be a huge asset for you.
In sum, online project management training is a convenient and viable option for many people, but make sure that you explore the different online options available, and choose the one that fits your needs best. PMCAMPUS offers a PMP 35 Contact Hour course which is structured and organized in three steps- explore, connect, master. This “35 Contact Hour PMP Prep” online course” is dedicated to all PMP exam aspirants and provides you not only with the required 35 contact hours of project management and will also give you the best chances to pass the PMP certification exam on your first try. Contact us if you need help selecting the right online training option for your course of study for the project management exam.