As Skills Gap Widens, More Look to LinkedIn Learning's Project Management Courses

January 12, 2017

LinkedIn Learning has 115 PMI-certified courses for project managers.

It’s undeniable – the skills gap is real and growing. Organizations like the Department of Labor are evidencing this phenomenon and we’re also sensing it more tangibly through a growing sentiment among members that the new economy is leaving them behind.

So how can we play a role in closing this gap? By offering more affordable on-demand courses that arm professionals with the certifications they need to advance their careers.

And that’s exactly why we’re so excited to be a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) approved by the Project Management Institute to offer professional development units through our training. In the past year, the number of people using or LinkedIn Learning to earn their Project Management Professional (PMP)® certifications has exploded, as we’ve seen a 200 percent increase in the number of people taking our courses for PDU credit.

Examining how LinkedIn Learning Solutions Serves Project Managers

PMI offers a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. To become a PMP, a person must have at least three years of work experience and take a PMP® preparation course, along with passing the PMP® exam. To keep their PMP® certification, a professional must complete 60 hours of professional development units – PDUs – every three years.

You might be wondering why a PMP® certification is worth pursuing. Well, a PMP® has been shown to make 20 percent more than their counterparts, with US PMP®s earning an average salary of $108,000 a year. And it’s worth noting that the PMP® certification isn’t just for people with the title of project manager – anyone in any field who manages projects stands to benefit from being certified.

Companies have seen the benefit of these certifications as well. Research has found organizations who have more than a third of their project managers PMP®-certified complete projects on time, in scope and within budget much more frequently than peer organizations.

Three years ago, became a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) approved to offer PDUs for our training, allowing us to provide coursework for PMP® preparation and PDU certification. Since then, we’ve created 115 courses on both and now LinkedIn Learning covering leadership, strategic and technical topics for creative, government, technical, healthcare and small project managers.

The top 10 LinkedIn Learning courses that have been used to earn PDUs are:

  1. Agile Project Management
  2. Rescuing Troubled Projects
  3. Time Management Fundamentals
  4. Preventing Scope Creep
  5. Project Management Fundamentals
  6. Managing Virtual Teams
  7. Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  8. Project 2013 Essential Training
  9. Managing Project Communication
  10. Agile at Work: Building Your Agile Team

What this means going forward

Our vision at LinkedIn is to create economic opportunity for each member of the global workforce. And our commitment to project managers is but one example of this vision in action.

By offering low-cost, on-demand courses needed to earn and keep a PMP® certification, we give project managers throughout the world a path to advancing their career. It also helps organizations, as more PMP®s enable projects being completed on time and under budget.

Bottom line – the only way to fully address the skills gap is through highly accessible educational programs that promote a lifetime of learning. And this is one example of what that can look like.

Interested in becoming a PMP® or looking for a way to earn PDU credits? Click here to check out all of our courses.