Best PMP Online Training Course – 7 Popular Courses Compared
A PMP online training course is the cheapest way to obtain 35 contact hours. PMP certification exam is one of the toughest exams, so one must choose the training carefully. A few days ago, I received an email from one of the Blog followers. He wanted to know, which is the best PMP online training course. This was a not a rare occurrence for me. I keep on receiving similar emails. PMP aspirants either ask me for a review or they want me to recommend the best PMP online course.
So, I thought let me write a formal article to share my opinion about the PMP online training courses. There are two types of PMP certification online courses:
In this article, I have reviewed and compared 7 popular on-demand PMP online training courses. I have written a separate article to find out the best instructor-led course.
Let me be frank here. It is not easy to pick the best on-demand PMP online training course. There are tens (if not hundreds) of such courses available on the Internet today. Just try searching “PMP online course” on Google and you will be astounded by the results. So, I started by shortlisting 7 popular courses. I critically reviewed these courses and compared them on the key features.
By the end of this article, you would know the best PMP online training course.
In addition to finding the best PMP course online, you would also get know about the key features of a self-learning course. If you want, you can use these key features to evaluate any other self-learning course that is available on the Internet today. You can grade the course of your choice against these key features and decide if you can buy your chosen course.
On-demand PMP Online Training Course
An on-demand course is also called a self-paced course. However, a more appropriate nomenclature is a self-learning course. But the You get access to online training material like videos, audios, presentations, and workbooks in these courses. Usually, these courses do not prescribe a study schedule. You have to study on your own. You can use either a PC or a mobile device with Internet access for study & preparation.
Should you invest in a Self-Learning PMP Online Training Course?
To answer this question let us look at different flavors of PMP preparation courses. There are 3 main modes of getting a PMP training:
In my opinion, if your are confident of studying and understanding things on your own, then you should go with a self-learning course. Otherwise, you should invest in one of the other two training modes. Usually self-learning courses are much cheaper than the other forms of training courses. If you enroll into a self-leaning course, then you can potentially save a lot of money.
Self-Learning PMP Online Preparation Course
Now, let us take a look at self-learning PMP online preparation course from 2 different perspectives. You can invest in a self-learning course either as your primary preparation course or as a secondary preparation course.
Primary preparation course – You want to use this course to get 35 contact hours certificate (in order to apply for the exam). You would use the course content as the main source of study & preparation. You do no intend to buy any other training course besides this course.
Secondary preparation course – You have already chosen a primary course, but you want a different perspective & additional study material to enhance your learning. Your primary course could be an online classroom course or a regular classroom course. You are using your primary course as the main source of study, but you want to utilize your free time by using a self-learning course.
A self-learning PMP online preparation course will give you lot of flexibility with the study time. You can study practically anywhere and at any time. You can listen to the audios and watch videos while you are doing mundane jobs like jogging, commuting, waiting at Doctor’s, transiting through airport etc. These courses can potentially save 25% of your preparation time.
Everyone should invest in a self-learning PMP online preparation course either as a primary course or as a secondary course.
Key Attributes of a Self-Learning PMP Online Course
We already know that there are tens of online courses out there. In this article, I have critically reviewed & compared 7 popular courses and found out the best PMP course online. I believe, it would suite your needs. You will be able to buy an online course after reading this article. However, if you want to explore more, this article will also give you tips to evaluate other courses that are not covered in this article.
So, what are the key factors that make a self-learning PMP online training course good? What are the things that you should look out for before enrolling in such a course? Here is a list of key attributes that are must for a self-learning online course.
Mobile Access – In my opinion, this is the most important aspect of a PMP online course. You should be able to access the course material on a mobile device to save study time. Without this attribute, a self-learning course is as good as useless.
Content Coverage – A PMP online course should provide lot of study material besides the video and audio content. The video and audio content is good for understanding the concepts, but actual learning comes from practice tests, downloadable workbooks, formula guide, glossary etc.
Study Assistance – Many courses provide study support through emails, private forum discussions, and webinars; while some others do not provide this feature. Since you are studying on your own, this is a crucial feature to clarify the doubts. You might feel lost in the absence of such a feature. A PMP online course should provide such a feature.
Content Quality – The quality of content is another important aspect of a PMP online training course. You would have to study & understand things on your own. You will face problems, if the content quality is not top-notch. The written content, pictures, graphics and illustrations should be clear & readable (in presentations & videos). The speech quality should be excellent in both video & audio content – the instruction should be clear, well-paced, and without any discernible accent. Overall, the content should be engaging & interesting.
Note: Some courses come with a pass guarantee. I believe, this should not be a key attribute for taking a decision on a course. In my opinion, pass guarantee is just a marketing gimmick and nothing more. A pass guarantee is not a bad attribute in itself. If all the other things are equal, then pass guarantee could be an icing on the cake. Otherwise, do not get swayed by it. Usually, under this guarantee, the training provider either refunds your fees or allows you to continue to access the course till you pass the exam. But, do you want to enroll in a course to fail the exam? You neither want your money back nor waste time & money on additional PMP attempts. So, a better approach is to invest your time & money in a good, credible, and popular course.
7 Popular PMP Online Prep Courses
Udemy provides a huge collection of online courses at a very reasonable price. At the time of writing this article, it was offering 40,000 different courses including project management courses and other courses. You can find many PMP online courses on Udemy. I have included Joseph Phillips’ course for the comparison. I have included this course as it is the most popular course on Udemy. Joseph Phillips is the author of a popular PMP preparation book – PMP Study Guide by Joseph Phillips. He is a well respected figure in the Project Management training industry.
Unlike the above training providers, Simplilearn is a popular certification training company. It offers slew of courses that includes project management courses and many other. You can find their online PMP course on their website – SimpliLearn PMP Training.
PMStudy is a an old and established training company. It focuses only on project management training and offers many products for PMP preparation. You can find their solution on their website – PMStudy.
Andy Crowe is renowned project management author and speaker. He is the author of a best selling PMP preparation book – The PMP Exam By Andy Crowe. His course is available on his company’s website – Velociteach.
RMC Learning Solutions was founded by the famous Rita Mulcahy. She was the author of the most popular PMP preparation book – PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy. The company offers many project management training products. All the products, offered by this company, are based on Rita’s style of instruction. You can find the course on their website.
Comparison of PMP Training Online
Joseph Phillips vs Cornelius Fichtner vs Christopher Scordo vs Simplilearn
vs PMStudy vs Andy Crowe vs Rita Mulcahy
|Cornelius Fichtner||Christopher Scordo||Joseph Phillips||Simplilearn||PMStudy||Andy Crowe||Rita Mulcahy|
|35 Hours Certificate||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mobile Access||Downloadable Videos||Requires Internet||Through Mobile App||Through Mobile App||Through Mobile App||Requires Internet||Requires Internet|
|Video Content||50 hours||40 hours||49 hours||29 hours||4+ hours||35 hours||16 hours|
|Course Workbook||129 pages||450 pages||323 pages||No||No||No||No|
|Knowledge Area Study Guide||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Chapter Questions||300||About 300||280||83||345||500||About 100|
|Final Practice Questions||200||200||400||1000||800||200||1500+|
|PMP Formulas Guide||Guide with 105 Q available at USD 29.99||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|PMBOK Guide Process Chart||Complete ITTO Guide available at USD 4.99||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|Flashcards||1500 flashcards Available at USD 29.99||300 flashcards available at USD 29.95||660||No||200. Not downloadable.||250 flashcards available at USD 29.95||No|
|PMP Memory Map||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|PMP Tips & Tricks||Yes. As part of the course and through weekly newsletters.||Yes||Yes||No||Yes. Limited.||No||Yes|
|Study Assistance||Yes. Through Forums.||Yes. Limited.||Yes. Directly from author.||Yes. Through Peers.||Yes. Limited.||No||No|
|Access Period||Lifetime||90 days||Lifetime||180 days||90 days||3 months||180 days|
|Refund Policy||90 days||24 hours||30 days||7 days||None||30 days||None|
|Price||USD 199||USD 349||USD 150||Varies with country.
US price – $299
India price – INR 8,999
|USD 299.95||USD 349||USD 868|
- PM PrepCast is available in three variants – Basic, Elite & Executive. PM PrepCast Elite is a combo product – it comes with PM Exam Simulator by Cornelius Fichtner that contains 1800 practice questions. PM PrepCast Basic is priced at USD 199 while PM PrepCast Elite is priced at USD 265.
- Velociteach’s course is also available for 1 month & 6 months access for USD 219 and USD 499 respectively. I have considered 3 months access for comparison, which is available for USD 349.
- Simplilearn’s course is priced differently in different countries. You can check the price for your country by clicking here.
- PMStudy’s course starts from USD 89.95 but it includes only 30 days of access. USD 89.95 package does not include 35 contact hour training certificate. I have considered 90 days access for comparison, which is available for USD 299.95.
I have not considered pricing, access period and refund policy while arriving at the following ratings. I have not considered them as the courses should be compared on the technical factors like quality & content; pricing should not influence the rating. Moreover, everyone’s budget is different. However, you should consider the price and other factors before taking the final decision.
|Cornelius Fichtner||Christopher Scordo||Joseph Phillips||Simplilearn||PMStudy||Andy Crowe||Rita Mulcahy|
|Mobile Access||(5.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)|
|Content Coverage||(4.0 / 5)||(4.5 / 5)||(4.5 / 5)||(3.5 / 5)||(3.5 / 5)||(3.5 / 5)||(3.0 / 5)|
|Study Assistance||(5.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(3.0 / 5)||(0.0 / 5)||(0.0 / 5)|
|Content Quality||(4.5 / 5)||(4.5 / 5)||(3.5 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)|
|Overall Rating||(4.6 / 5)||(4.3 / 5)||(4.3 / 5)||(4.1 / 5)||(3.9 / 5)||(2.9 / 5)||(3.0 / 5)|
Rational for Rating
- ‘Mobile Access’ rating – I have given 5 star rating if the videos can be downloaded and viewed offline on mobile phone and a 4 star rating if the videos access requires Internet connection.
- ‘Study Assistance’ rating – I have given 3 star rating for limited assistance, 4 star rating for assistance through customer support & peers and 5 star for assistance though moderated forums.
Best PMP Online Course
The PMP Exam preparation is an expensive affair. The training cost is one of the major expenses. Many aspirants choose an on-demand course in order to save the money. You should choose the course carefully – It should not burn a hole in your pocket. If you search the Internet, you will find that most of the online courses are priced between USD 200-400. Any course that is priced in this range or less can be looked into provided it has good quality material.
If we look at the first table, Joseph Phillip’s course and Rita Mulcahy’s course seem to be the outliers – they are not priced within the suggested range.
Let us talk about Rita Mulcahy’s course first. The content is excellent, but the course is steeply priced & amount of study material is very less. I would not recommend you to invest in this course. You can buy an online classroom course in this price.
Joseph Phillips’ course price looks too good to be true. In fact, if you search on Udemy, you will find even cheaper options. I have carefully selected this course (out of many PMP courses available on Udemy) as Joseph Phillips is author of a popular PMP preparation book & he is well regarded in the Project Management training industry. Secondly, the course offers good content coverage. Even if you are not thinking of investing in an online course, you can invest in this course as a secondary course – it offers great value at a very low price.
After doing a test run, review and thorough evaluation of the listed on-demand courses, here is my final recommendation.
Primary Preparation Course
Cornelius Fichtner is renowned educationist and well respected figure in PMP training industry. Every year thousands of aspirants successfully pass the exam by studying from Cornelius’ training material. This course has got highest rating in our comparison and it is reasonably priced. The best part is that it provides downloadable access to the videos. If you decide to choose this course, then I would recommend you to buy in PM PrepCast Elite as it offers a better value over the Basic variant. The Elite variant comes with 1800 practice questions PMP Exam Simulator. The Simulator is separately priced at USD 125, but you save $59 by buying it as part of PM PrepCast Elite.
Joseph Phillips is the author of best selling PMP preparation book – PMP Study Guide by Joseph Phillips. This course has good rating in our comparison. This course has the best content coverage and it is most cost effective. The best part is that it provides unlimited access to the study material. If you want lot of study material and want to save some money, then you should immediately buy this course.
Christopher Scordo is a well known personality in the PMP training industry. His book (PMP Exam Prep: Questions Answers & Explanations by Christopher Scordo) is one of the best selling books for PMP preparation. This course provides the best study material with excellent content quality. Additionally, it offers more content coverage then any other course. This would have been my first choice, if we could have downloaded the course videos. If you are not worried about spending few extra bucks, then this is a great choice.
Secondary Preparation Course
You would buy a secondary course only when you have (or are going to have) another primary course. The important criteria for choosing a secondary course would be price and content coverage – you can ignore the factors while making a decision.
Even if you are not thinking of doing PMP certification in near future, you should buy in this course today. This is a good course for someone who is yet start the PMP exam preparation. It will give you good study material that will motivate you to pass the exam quickly. It provides excellent content coverage at a very reasonable price.
Simplilearn is a professionally managed company that offers slew of courses. If you are looking for a big and well-established brand then Simplilearn’s PMP course should be your top choice. They provide good videos, decent study material and excellent support.
PM PrepCast has the best rating among the 7 courses compared in this article. It is reasonably priced and is a preferred choice thousands of PMP aspirants.
Disclosure: I have not received any compensation (in cash or kind) from the Authors or the Training Companies or anyone else associated with any of the training courses. But this article contains affiliate links – it means that, if you click & buy from these links then, I will receive a small commission. This commission helps me in maintaining this blog for free. However, you don’t pay anything extra. I do not actively use any of these products since I am already certified. But, I recommend only those products that I believe will definitely help the certification aspirants.
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