March 20, 2024

Become a Certified Project Manager (PMP) Without a University Degree

Ever dream of leading the charge on a project and seeing it through to victory? Yeah, Project Manager sounds pretty cool, right? But, you don't have time (or the $$) for a four-year university degree. Keep reading! This post is your guide to a pathway to your PMP certification, without the traditional college route.

It all starts with NuPaths' immersive 26-week project analyst program. We'll teach you the skills to get certified and work with you to land an entry-level project analyst gig so you can climb the ladder all the way to PMP. Sound good? Let's dive in!

Step 1: Level Up Your Skills with NuPaths

NuPaths goes beyond the traditional education model with our fast-paced 26-week project analyst program designed to get you ready for the real-world challenges of project management. By the end of the program, you'll have a stack of certifications that'll make you a standout candidate for entry-level project analyst jobs.

Project Analyst Certifications

  • CompTIA Project+
  • IAPM Junior Agile Project Manager
  • MicrosoftOffice Specialist: Microsoft Excel
  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals
  • Certiport IT Specialist: Database

These certifications not only demonstrate a broad understanding of technology and project management principles but also position students as competitive candidates for entry-level project analyst roles.

Step 2: Land That Entry Level Job

Armed with your NuPaths training and industry certifications, you'll be ready to hit the ground running. Entry-level roles like Project Coordinator or Junior Project Manager are within reach. Thanks to NuPaths' focus on practical skills, you'll be able to jump right in and contribute to project teams, accumulating the necessary experience for PMP certification.

Step 3: Keep Learning (On the Job!)

While working in your entry-level role you will gain the experience needed and continue building your project management education. Guess what? The CompTIA Project+ certification you earned through NuPaths counts towards the 35 hours of project management education required by PMI for the PMP certification. This means you already have a head start, with a portion of the educational prerequisite completed.

Step 4: Preparing for the PMP Exam

Once you have years of experience needed and 35 hours of project management education under your belt, you're ready to tackle the PMP exam. NuPaths sets you up for success with a strong foundation in both the practical and theoretical sides of project management. Then, you can leverage additional resources like PMP exam prep courses to really lock in your knowledge and ace the PMP exam.

NuPaths offers a great alternative to a traditional university education for those looking to follow a pathway to become a PMP-certified project manager. Through its comprehensive 26-week project analyst program, NuPaths’ students not only gain valuable certifications but also the practical experience needed to thrive in entry-level project management roles. Our unique blend of education and real-world experience empowers graduates toward a PMP certification pathway, and a successful career in project management.

Fast-track your PMP pathway - enroll in NuPaths today!

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