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Purdue University developed its online Project Management Essentials and PMP® Exam Preparation courses as a complementary series to help students effectively plan, orchestrate and control projects in their organizations and, if they choose, pursue Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Purdue instructors are industry experts who not only work in the field, but also teach in a variety of professional settings and are ideally-positioned to provide our students with unparalleled project management training. Our university-based project management series also features world-class proprietary content and a full complement of Purdue-developed instructional materials.

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 can be taken as a stand-alone course, but it also helps students earn the educational hours required for PMI’s PMP certification.

Many of our students begin registration for our PMP Exam Preparation, the second course in this online series, after completing Project Management Essentials. 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. Details about PMI’s PMP exam prerequisites can be found on their website (

Online Project Management Essentials

Purdue University’s Project Management Essentials course provides students with fundamental project management knowledge and skills and a strong start on the path toward becoming a certified PMP through the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our students typically are project managers in the early stages of their careers who want to hone their skills and are considering or planning to take the PMP exam, but the Essentials course also can benefit professionals whose responsibilities include managing projects.

Course Overview

Project Management Essentials is a 100% online, instructor-led course that runs for eight weeks. PME instructors engage students in a stimulating range of learning activities that includes directed study of the PMBOK® Guide (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Fifth Edition). Students gain familiarity with basic project management concepts and terms. They also are empowered to begin effectively applying their newly acquired knowledge and skills to current projects.

Online PMP® Exam Preparation

PMP Exam Preparation, an in-depth review course, is the second online course in this series after Project Management Essentials, offered by Purdue University Engineering Professional Education. This offering assumes you already meet the criteria necessary to qualify to take the exam. You must be an experienced project manager (minimum 3 years). Before you may qualify to take the PMP exam, the Project Management Institute (PMI) requires that you have at least 35 hours of project management education. This course assumes you are already familiar with the content of the PMBOK® Guide. If you feel like you need a refresher on the content of the PMBOK® Guide, it is strongly suggested that you begin registration for the Project Management Essentials course first. Please visit PMI’s Website for detailed information about other prerequisites and the PMP exam, offered by PMI.

Course Overview

PMP Exam Preparation is a 100% online, self-study course based on the PMBOK® Guide. It includes four live webinars presented by your instructor for in-depth review of some of the most challenging learning material. These webinars are recorded and available to students for later review.

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