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Project Management Certificate Courses - Online


Purdue University offers its online Project Management Essentials, Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Preparation and Agile courses as a series to help learners effectively plan, orchestrate and control complex projects in their organizations. The online courses also help learners prepare to pursue certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) if they choose.

Project Management Essentials is the first step for professionals who seek fundamental knowledge and skills to immediately apply to their projects and advance their careers. It also helps learners earn the educational hours required by PMI for PMP certification.

Many of our learners follow up Project Management Essentials with the Agile Certificate Online Course and finally the PMP Exam Preparation course. This course is an in-depth review designed for experienced project managers who want to gain a firm understanding of PMP exam content, identify areas of opportunity for strengthening their grasp of PM principles and develop a comprehensive study plan.

The Agile Certificate Online Course can be completed at any point in the series, or as a stand-alone course. It offers a deep dive into the Agile methodology and commonly used frameworks. Learners gain an understanding of cutting-edge practices they can immediately apply to their careers. They also earn the prerequisite contact hours in Agile training required by the PMI and will be prepared to sit for the PMI Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP)® or PMP certification exam.

Employers worldwide consider the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam certification the industry standard for project managers. As a result, the knowledge, skills and experience required are transferable across industries and continents.

Quick Facts

Project Management Essentials

Online Yes
Format Instructor-led
CEUs 3.5
Course Availability Approximately 8 times per year
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PMP® Exam Preparation

Online Yes
Format Instructor-led
CEUs 3.5
Course Availability Two times per year
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Agile Certificate Course

Online Yes
Format Instructor-led (Asynchronous)
CEUs 2.1
Course Availability Four times per year
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To learn more about Purdue University's online Project Management Courses and download a brochure, fill out this form. You can also email us at or call us at (888) 390-0499 to speak to one of our program advisors.

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Instructional Excellence with a Personal Touch

PME (Project Management Essentials) and Agile learners obtain training from industry experts who meet Purdue University’s high standards of academic excellence. Our instructors not only work in the field, but also teach project management in a range of professional settings.

All of our subject matter experts are PMP credential holders, most of them also are certified Six Sigma Black Belts and one is a Master Black Belt. Because Purdue project management instructors are active professionals with decades of consulting and industry experience, they are ideally positioned to provide our learners with a wealth of field knowledge and know-how, solid foundational skills and exceedingly effective preparation for the PMP and PMI-ACP exams.

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Certificate of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the PME course, the PMP Exam Preparation course or the Agile Certificate Online Course, participants will be awarded a certificate of achievement from Purdue University.

To learn more about any of these courses, download our brochure.

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Superior Course Content and Design

Purdue’s project management instructors and online course development specialists teamed up to create world-class proprietary content and a full complement of instructional materials for our series.

We employ quality-assurance measures to ensure that these learning tools are engaging and effective. Course content is field-tested by our learners, providing our instructors with tangible feedback that they use to frequently update the curriculum and ensure that the tools, techniques and processes they teach in this course are consistent with the evolving standards of today’s organizations.

  • Our Essentials course materials and activities align closely with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) but are not designed for rote learning. Instead, they incorporate activities that help learners retain project management knowledge and immediately apply it in the workplace. Through four assignments, they learn how to gain buy-in, manage risk and establish effective stakeholder communication, among many other valuable skills.
  • PMP Exam Preparation is a live, virtual course based on the PMBOK® Guide. Enrollment includes 90-day access to all of the course material, which is 100% aligned to the Project Management Institute’s PMP® Exam Prep content.
  • Content for the Agile Certificate Online Course closely follows the PMI global standards set forth in the Agile Practice Guide. Through assignments like an Agile suitability analysis, a risk assessment and sprint burndown charts, learners gain skills to become more effective project managers.

Employers recognize the superior quality of Purdue’s course content and design, and they send their employees directly to us for training.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact a program advisor at (888) 390-0499 or email


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