Last updated on June 19, 2017
Cheap PMP Training / PDU Courses – 10 Courses Reviewed & Compared
A cheap PMP training could mean either a cost effective & low priced training or a poor quality & shoddy training. In this article, we will find out a few low priced, good quality PMP certification courses. PMP certification exam is one of the toughest exams, so a poor quality exam prep product is out of the question. This blog is not meant for substandard & poor quality products.
An online training is the cheapest way to get 35 contact hours and/or PDUs. In this article, I have reviewed and compared 9 cheap PMP certification training courses that cost under $99. I have also included a free PMP online training course as well in the comparison. After reading this article, you would know which of these reasonably priced courses have desirable quality and good value.
Note: The courses mentioned in this article are not the best courses. But they are cheap PMP training courses having decent quality. If you are looking for the best online course, then you should read my other article – Best PMP Online Training Course.
On-demand PMP Online Course
An on-demand PMP course is the cheapest mode to attain PMP certification training. In this type of course, you get access to online study material like videos, audios, presentations, and workbooks. You can use either a PC or a mobile device with Internet access for exam prep & study. Usually, these courses do not prescribe a study schedule. You have to study & learn on your own. A more appropriate name for an on-demand course is self-learning course.
Should You Invest in a Cheap PMP Training Online?
A self-learning course is good for you, if you are self-disciplined and can follow a strict daily study schedule. In addition, you should have good project management experience to study and understand things on your own.
But we are not looking for any self-learning course. Rather, we are looking for a cheap PMP certification training. We want a cheap PMP training online course that is suitable for passing the exam. It is better to forgo cheap PMP training, if it is not suitable for passing the exam – you do not want to save money on training fee lest you fail in the PMP exam. Failing the exam would prove to be much more costly.
Do not worry! By the end of this article you will find a few good quality, cheap PMP courses. But knowing a good course is only a start. After buying the course you would need self-discipline, sincerity, and hard work to pass the exam.
Cheap PMP Courses
Joseph Phillips is the founder & promoter of instructing.com. He is a well respected figure in the PMP certification industry and has authored a popular PMP exam prep book – PMP Study Guide by Joseph Phillips. Joseph Phillips’ course is hosted on Udemy. It is the most popular PMP prep course on Udemy with a very good rating.
LearnSmart is a leading PMI REP. It is 2 decade old training company. It offers many IT skills and certification courses. LearnSmart’s course is hosted on Udemy. It is one of the highest rated PMP course on Udemy.
Master of Project Academy is a relatively new company in the training space. It focuses only on online project management training courses. You can find their solution on their website – MasterofProject.
PMStudy is a an old and established training company. It focuses only on project management training and certification products. You can find their solution on their website – PMStudy.
Career Academy is about two decade old training company. It provides online training courses project on various subjects like IT, Cyber Security, Networking and project management. You can find their solution on their website – Career Academy.
iZenBridge is a India based training company. It is provides classroom and online certification courses on project management. You can find their solution on their website – iZenBridge.
Whizlabs is also a India based training company. It is provides classroom & online training courses and other certification products on project management. You can find their solution on their website – Whizlabs.
ProXalt is a very small company in the training space. It offers online courses on project management and quality management. They provide PMP exam prep course in two flavors. I have considered both of them in this article.
Cybary provides free online training courses. Most of its courses are on technical subjects. They also offer a free PMP certification training course. You can find their solution on their website – Cybrary.
Note: Udemy provides a huge collection of online courses at a very reasonable price. These include cheap PMP training courses and other PMP prep products. All their courses are priced less than $200. At the time of writing this article, Udemy was offering 40,000 courses on varied topics. You can find many PMP exam prep courses on Udemy. I have included two cheap PMP courses in this article – Joseph Phillips and LearnSmart. I have reviewed a few other courses also but I don’t think they are good enough to be included in this article.
Cheap PMP Certification Training – Key Features For Review & Comparison
Before we look at the courses, let’s answer this. How did I review and compared the cheap PMP certification training courses? What are the key attributes that make a cheap training course good? What are the things that one should look for before enrolling in such a training?
Since we do not want to compromise on quality of the training, I have taken the same key attributes and stringent criteria that we used to find the best PMP online training course. While rating the chosen courses, I have used absolutely same parameters. We don’t want invest in a substandard training, just because it is cheap. Our review and evaluation should be thorough.
Here is a list of key features that I have used to review, compare, and evaluate cheap PMP certification training.
- Registered Education Provider (REP)
- 35 Hours Certificate
- Native Language Trainer
- Mobile Access
- Study Aids
- Study Assistance
- Access Duration
- Content Quality
For details of each feature, you can refer to best PMP online training course. I have considered the first three features as mandatory requirements for review & evaluation. These three features should be present in our shortlisted courses – without these features a PMP training is useless.
PMP Training Online – The Comparison
Joseph Phillips vs LearnSmart vs Master of Project vs PMStudy vs Career Academy vs iZenBridge vs Whizlabs vs ProXalt vs Cybrary
|Joseph Phillips||LearnSmart||Master of Project||PMStudy||Career Academy||iZenBridge||Whizlabs||ProXalt $99||ProXalt $35||Cybrary|
|Course Demo||Available||Available||Available||Available||Available||Available||Available||Not Available||Not Available||Available|
|35 Hours Certificate||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Native Language Trainer||Yes||Yes||Partial||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Mobile Access||Mobile App||Mobile App||Requires Internet||Mobile App||Requires Internet||Requires Internet||Requires Internet||Requires Internet||Requires Internet||Requires Internet|
|Video Content||20 hours||31 hours||25 hours||4+ hours||7+ hours||60+ hours||8+ hours||Unknown||Unknown||5+ hours|
|Course Workbook||630 pages||No||No||450 pages||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
|Knowledge Area Study Guide||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||No||Yes. Not downloadable|
|Chapter Questions||280||365||550||345||1300+||600||195||280 + 120||120||0|
|Final Mock Questions||100||360||200||800||200||800||800||200||50||0|
|PMP Formulas Guide||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|PMBOK Guide Process Chart||Yes||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|Flashcards||660||Yes||No||200. Not downloadable.||No||No||Yes. Not downloadable.||Yes||No||No|
|PMP Memory Map||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|PMP Tips & Tricks||No||Yes||No||Yes. Limited.||No||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Study Assistance||Yes. Directly from instructor.||Yes. Directly from instructor.||Yes. Directly from instructor.||Yes. Limited.||Yes. Limited.||Yes. Directly from instructor.||Yes. Directly from instructor.||Yes. Limited.||No||No|
|Access Period||Lifetime||Lifetime||Monthly, Annual or Liftime||30 days||1 year||120 days||Lifetime||60 days||30 days||Lifetime|
|Refund Policy||30 days||30 days||30 days||None||None||7 days||24 Hours||30 days||None||Not Required|
|USD 89.95||USD 99||Most Countries – USD 98
India – INR 5,900
|Most Countries – USD 69.95
India – INR 2999
|USD 99||USD 35||Free|
|Buy At Available Discount|
- All Udemy courses are available at special discount on this blog. You can buy any Udemy course at 75% discount.
- Many of the Master of Project Academy’s course videos are done by a non-native English language instructor. However, if you decide to buy the course, it is available at a very special price.
- PMStudy’s course starts from USD 89.95 for 30 days of access. This package does not include 35 contact hour training certificate. But PMStudy also offers this course 90 days access with the 35 hour certificate at USD 299.95. However, at that price, you can buy better PMP Online Training courses.
- iZenBridge course has 60+ hours of video content. The video content is inordinately long because instructor spends lot of time in writing & drawing figures.
- I have reviewed ProXalt courses based on the publicly available information. I asked them for course information and sample study material but they did not respond to my mails.
I have not considered following courses for the final rating & comparison:
ProXalt courses – I wrote to ProXalt and requested them for course information & sample study material but they did not respond. I was not able review their course material.
Careeer Academy course – Career Academy issues only 21 contact hours certificate. A PMP aspirant needs 35 contact hours to apply for the PMP exam.
Cybrary course – Cybrary is not a PMI REP and it does not issue a 35 contact hours certificate. Without the certificate, you cannot appear for the PMP exam. You would ask me “Oh! It is a free course. It is not going to cost me anything”. There is an old proverb “time is money”. There is no point in wasting time on something that does not add value to your resume. I think it would be better to watch TV then watching Cybrary videos.
I have also not considered pricing and refund policy while arriving at the ratings. I have not considered the pricing as all the courses are very cheap. Moreover, the courses should be compared on the technical factors like quality & content; pricing should not influence the rating. However, you can consider the price and other factors before taking the final decision.
|Joseph Phillips||LearnSmart||Master of Project||PMStudy||iZenBridge||Whizlabs|
|35 Hours Certificate||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Native Language Trainer||Yes||Yes||Partial||Yes||No||No|
|Mobile Access||(5.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)|
|Study Aids||(3.5 / 5)||(3.0 / 5)||(3.0 / 5)||(3.5 / 5)||(2.5 / 5)||(2.5 / 5)|
|Study Assistance||(3.0 / 5)||(3.0 / 5)||(3.0 / 5)||(2.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(3.0 / 5)|
|Access Duration||(5.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)||(1.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)||(5.0 / 5)|
|Content Quality||(3.5 / 5)||(3.5 / 5)||(3.0 / 5)||(4.0 / 5)||(2.5 / 5)||(3.0 / 5)|
|Overall Rating||(4.0 / 5)||(3.9 / 5)||(3.6 / 5)||(3.1 / 5)||(3.6 / 5)||(3.5 / 5)|
|USD 89.95||Most Countries – USD 98
India – INR 5,900
|Most Countries – USD 69.95
India – INR 2999
|Buy At Available Discount|
Rational for Rating
- Mobile Access – 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 Aids – Refer to the previous table of this article. I have given the rating based on the quantum of study material that is provided as part of the course.
- Study Assistance – I have given 4 star rating for dedicated support by experts through emails, 3 star rating for support through forums, 2 star rating for assistance by customer support, and 0 stars if there is no assistance.
- Access Period – I have given 4 star rating for 90 days or 3 months access and 5 star rating for more than 90 days access. I think 90 days is more than enough to prepare, study and pass the exam. I have given 1 star and 3 star rating for 30 days and 60 days access respectively.
- Content Quality – I have given rating on content quality after thoroughly reviewing the videos and other study material.
Recommended Cheap PMP Training Courses
After doing thorough review and evaluation of the listed cheap courses, here is my final recommendation.
Joseph Phillips is the author of best selling PMP preparation book – PMP Study Guide by Joseph Phillips. He has got good experience and is well established in PMP certification industry. This course is extremely cost effective and provides very good content coverage. This is not necessarily a cheap PMP course. It is priced at $200 but it is available at special discount on this blog. The value of this course far exceeds the discounted price. The best part is that you would get lifetime access to the course.
If you want lot of study material and want to save lot some money, then you should immediately buy this course.
LearnSmart is an old & established training company. They have been providing good quality courses for almost 2 decades. This course is extremely cost effective and provides good orientation of PM Fundamentals. This is not necessarily cheap PMP course. It is priced at $200 but it is available at special discount on this blog. The value of this course far exceeds the discounted price. The best part is that you would get lifetime access to the course.
If you want to learn PM fundamentals, prepare for the exam and also save to lot money then you should immediately buy this course.
The pricing of Master of Project courses is very different from others. You can either buy their courses on a monthly/annual subscription or for lifetime. Although, the course provider is not a PMI REP, its 35 hours certificate can be used for PMP certification.
If you think you can prepare for the exam in 1-2 months, you should buy this course. You can get 35 hours certificate for as low as USD 18.5.
In our final comparison, we looked at 6 courses. Out of these, I have already given definite recommendation for 3 top-rated courses. The other 3 do not meet at least one mandatory requirement viz. 35 contact hours or native language trainer.
Whizlabs – The videos are not done by a native English Instructor but the accent is not so heavy. The other courses provide more value for the money so it is better to forgo this course.
iZenBridge – The videos are not done by a native English Instructor. Even though the accent of the instructor is not heavy, the course content has average quality and videos are quite long. You will need to spend at least 60 hours just to watch the videos. I think, this time can be utilized in more productive tasks.
PMStudy – PMStudy does not give 35 contact hour certificate at the discounted price. The certificate is mandatory for appearing in the PMP exam. You can buy the certificate at an additional cost but then the price goes much beyond $99. I think, it is better to ignore this course.
I believe, my recommendations would suite your needs and you can buy a course after reading this article. However, if you want to explore more, you can use the key features to review, evaluate and compare other cheap PMP training courses that are not covered in this article.
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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