IPDI offers a variety of online project management and business development training courses.

Why online courses? Its simple – it makes sense… Download the brochure and read why.  IPDI’s online classes in project management and business development are a convenient and affordable way to study for professional certification exams, as well as earn the CEU (Continuing Education Units) and PDU (Professional Development Units) necessary to maintain your professional credentials and certifications.

According to a recent salary study, Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is the highest paying, non-security related certification available with a average salary of $119,227.  Learn more about IPDI’s onsite and online PMP® Prep courses.

Project Management Long Courses

  • PMP® Exam Prep Course (5th Edition) This completely online and self-paced project management program builds successful project managers at all levels of the organization. It provides a comprehensive preparation for the PMP® certification exam including exam-taking tips, 12 comprehensive module quizzes, five process group tests, and two… more
  • Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Exam Prep This course is designed to prepare learners for the Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam by exploring the methodologies, practices, tools, and techniques that Agilists need to master to become proficient practitioners. Students in this course will increase their knowledge of… more
  • Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Practice Exams & Exam Strategies This course is designed to give learners an assessment of their readiness to take the Project Management Institute’s PMI-ACP® Exam. The course contains two 120-question practice exams, which cover the information in the current PMI-ACP® Agile reading list. The practice exams provide a… more
  • Agile Team Challenges This online course is designed to help Agile practitioners decipher and solve the problems that arise regularly in their work. The course consists of 20 short case studies that test the student’s understanding of Agile practices and provide guidance for resolving common… more
  • Integrating Agile and Waterfall Practices This online course is designed to help Agile proponents recognize and resolve many of the common integration issues that emerge when these two methodologies are combined. The course consists of 20 short case studies that simulate the communication and interchanges that can… more
  • Project Management Institute Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® Exam Prep This completely online and self-paced nine-module risk management course helps educate project managers in identifying and responding to project risk. This course provides a comprehensive preparation for the Project Management Institute’s PMI-RMP® certification exam including exercises, self-assessments, and case… more
  • Introduction to Agile The Introduction to Agile course explores the methodologies and practices of Agile development and explains the key concepts and principles that form the foundation of Agile project management. This self-paced course contains vocabulary games, flashcards, and interactive exercises to supplement and enhance your understanding of… more
  • Managing Real World Projects This online, self-paced six-module course presents a stream-lined approach to project management based on the best practices of experienced, effective project managers. It cuts through the clutter and focuses on the key principles of project management in the real world, offering tools and techniques for… more
  • Project Management for Information Technology Project management refers to the art, or science, of directing projects. This course, Project Management for Information Technology, focuses more specifically on how project management concepts can be applied to IT projects, as well as on project management issues that are unique to IT projects…. more
  • Project Management Team Leadership The vast majority of project work in today’s organizations is done in a team setting. In this environment, project management team leaders have a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to develop and exhibit leadership skills. This course first discusses the roles and responsibilities of the project… more
  • Quality Management Basics Quality Management Basics provides a firm foundation for anyone looking to understand quality management practices and techniques. The course combines instructional material with interactive exercises, vocabulary games, and flashcards to explain the core concepts and strategies of effective quality management. Case studies and examples from… more

Project Management Simulations

  • 4CShare Global Project Management Simulation In this simulation, you’ve been named the project leader for an exciting new project—the development of a knowledge sharing database for your company, Four Corners BioPharma, Inc. The project will involve establishing processes for storing and sharing knowledge in your multinational corporation and developing the… more
  • HealthMax Software Project Management Simulation Through this simulation, the learner will play the role of a project manager on a new product development project at HealthMax Software. The goal of the project is to develop HealthRecords, a new medical records software system. For HealthMax, a small company, the success of… more

Project Management Short Courses

  • Agile Team Challenges This online course is designed to help Agile practitioners decipher and solve the problems that arise regularly in their work. The course consists of 20 short case studies that test the student’s understanding of Agile practices and provide guidance for resolving common… more
  • Effectively Managing Project Stakeholders This online course is created to help project managers understand and resolve issues that can emerge from interactions among project stakeholders. The course includes a brief tutorial to help students understand familiar strategies for managing stakeholder expectations, as well as ten… more
  • Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers Emotional intelligence (EI) is our ability to identify and control our emotions to achieve positive outcomes in our relationships. Project managers with high EI are better equipped to deal with team members, vendors, stakeholders, and sponsors and to handle and resolve conflicts…. more
  • Ethics for Project Managers Business ethics represent the standards for right and wrong that govern how businesspeople act. The term also refers to the study of moral principles in the workplace. This one-module course reviews the major ethical issues facing project managers. It looks at the specific challenges project… more
  • Integrating Agile and Waterfall Practices This online course is designed to help Agile proponents recognize and resolve many of the common integration issues that emerge when these two methodologies are combined. The course consists of 20 short case studies that simulate the communication and interchanges that can… more
  • PMP 1 – Introduction to Project Management This course was designed as a supplemental study guide for the major content areas of Chapters 1 and 2 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) , Fifth Edition. In this course, you will consider some of… more
  • PMP 2 – Project Processes and Project Integration Management This course was designed as a supplemental study guide for the major content areas of Chapters 3 and 4 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) , Fifth Edition. In this course, you will be introduced to… more
  • PMP 3 – Project Scope Management This course was designed as a supplemental study guide for the major content areas of Chapter 5 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition. In this course, you will consider many of the key… more
  • PMP 4 – Project Time Management This course was designed as a supplemental study guide for the major content areas of Chapter 6 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition. In this course, you will consider how to best plan… more
  • PMP 5 – Project Cost Management This course was designed as a supplemental study guide for the major content areas of Chapter 7 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition. In this course, you will consider the general approaches to… more
  • PMP 6 – Project Quality Management This course was designed as a supplemental study guide for the major content areas of Chapter 8 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition. In this course, you will learn how the project management… more
  • PMP 7 – Project Human Resource Management This course was designed as a supplemental study guide for the major content areas of Chapter 9 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide) , Fifth Edition. In this course, you will learn how to acquire and… more
  • PMP 8 – Project Communications Management This course was designed as a supplemental study guide for the major content areas of Chapter 10 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition. In this course, you will learn about how project management… more
  • PMP 9 – Introduction to Project Risk Management This course was designed as a supplemental study guide for the major content areas of Chapter 11 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition. In this module, you will define the core elements of… more
  • PMP 10 – Project Procurement Management This course was designed as a supplemental study guide for the major content areas of Chapter 12 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition. In this course, you will consider the various aspects of… more
  • PMP 11 – Project Stakeholder Management – Fifth Edition This course was designed as a supplemental study guide for the major content areas of Chapter 13 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition. In this course, you will learn about how to effectively… more
  • PMP 12 – PMP® Practice Exams & Exam Strategies – Fifth Edition This course is designed to give learners an assessment of their readiness to take the Project Management Institute’s PMP® Exam. It contains five process group assessments, as well as two 200-question practice exams, which cover the Project Management Institute’s standard, A Guide to… more

Six Sigma

  • Six Sigma Green Belt Prep Course and Exam This self-paced course prepares learners for the successful completion of the MindEdge Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Exam by explaining the concepts, strategies, tools, and techniques they will need to complete process improvement projects and activities. The course is divided into 10 modules that explain… more
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Prep Course and Exam This self-paced course prepares learners for the successful completion of the MindEdge Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Exam by exposing them to the Six Sigma concepts, strategies, tools, and techniques used in process improvement projects. The course is divided into modules that explain key foundational… more
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Exam This two-and-a-half hour timed exam tests competency and comprehension of Six Sigma principles, strategies, tools, and techniques. The test includes 100 multiple-choice questions chosen at random from MindEdge’s question database, and covers all aspects of the DMAIC methodology and its implementation. Questions are posed in… more
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Exam This one-and-a-half hour timed exam tests competency and comprehension of Six Sigma principles, strategies, tools, and techniques. The test includes 50 multiple-choice questions chosen at random from MindEdge’s question database, and covers all aspects of the DMAIC methodology and its implementation. Questions are posed in… more

Communication

  • Certificate in Business Communications Because corporate higher-ups and stakeholders can’t support your ideas—or recognize you for them—without first understanding what they are, communicating clearly and concisely in written and oral formats is critical to your professional success. From clarifying and structuring your ideas to designing… more
  • Communicating Collaboratively Communicating effectively with team members and groups has become more important as organizations have relied on collaborative work to advance their goals. This course, Communicating Collaboratively, will help you improve your collaborative communication by providing best practices and effective tips and techniques…. more
  • Effective Business Writing The ability to write clearly and directly is highly prized in organizations. This course focuses on improving business writing. The ideas, techniques, and checklists in this course apply to all forms of business writing: memos, reports, brochures, proposals, presentations, catalogs, and websites. Other topics include… more
  • Effective Presentations The ability to communicate clearly and effectively is increasingly important in organizational settings. This course helps learners organize, structure, and create effective presentations. Since many organizations use PowerPoint as a way of communicating information, this course offers advice and guidance on the most effective and… more
  • Effective Emails, Memos, and Letters Communicating clearly and concisely in written formats like email, memos, and letters is very important in a workplace setting. This course, Effective Emails, Memos, and Letters, will help you improve your use of these common business communication vehicles by providing best practices and effective tips… more
  • Effective Presentations The ability to communicate clearly and effectively is increasingly important in organizational settings. This course helps learners organize, structure, and create effective presentations. Since many organizations use PowerPoint as a way of communicating information, this course offers advice and guidance on the most effective and… more
  • Effective Public Speaking Confidence is a key to delivering an effective speech or presentation. This two-module course, Effective Public Speaking, helps you to develop the skills you’ll need to become an outstanding and confident public speaker. It reviews the seven stages of public speaking through games, interactive exercises,… more

Creativity & Innovation

  • Certificate in Innovation and Critical Thinking Because organizations must innovate to stay alive in today’s highly competitive marketplace, organizations need employees who can channel their creativity and innovation toward organizational challenges and goals. This suite of courses will first help you become re-acquainted with your own stores of… more
  • Creativity in Teams and Organizations This course looks at spurring creativity and innovation in teams and organizations. Drawing on the latest academic thinking, it outlines the key factors for creative teams. Further, the course focuses on tools and techniques designed to yield more productive thinking in collective… more
  • Innovation in Teams and Organizations This course looks at innovation in corporations and the public sector. It reviews the latest academic thinking on innovation, including Clay Christensen’s seminal thinking on disruptive technology and the proper response. Further, it explores some of the internal responses to the need… more
  • Introduction to Critical Thinking This course is an introduction to the importance of critical thinking in the business world. Critical thinking is an intellectual model for reasoning through issues to reach well-founded conclusions about them. Asking questions is at the heart of critical thinking. This program is designed… more
  • Personal Creativity This course addresses Personal Creativity. Through tools and exercises drawn from Adrian Brown’s book, Creativity & Innovation, it seeks to help unlock the creativity within individuals. By stimulating creativity through various techniques (mind-mapping, DO-IT, SCAMPER, right and left brain thinking)… more

Entrepreneurship

  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship This online certificate program introduces key issues in entrepreneurship for those looking to start a business on their own. What does it take to build and grow a business from scratch? What personal characteristics are shared by successful entrepreneurs? What types of resources are available… more
  • Accounting and Finance for Entrepreneurs This course provides an introduction to key topics in accounting and finance for those involved in new ventures. It reviews financial accounting basics, including GAAP Principles and financial statements, and also covers key issues in finance, broadly defined as any financial or monetary activity that… more
  • Business Law for Entrepreneurs This course covers the basics of business law for an entrepreneur. It reviews legal structures for a new venture, intellectual property, employment law, contracts, government regulation, and personal and real property. After completing this course, you should be able to discuss the… more
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship This course explores the different aspects of entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs create and establish successful new ventures. It reviews issues and activities involved in starting a new business, including the decisions that must be made before an enterprise can be launched and established…. more
  • Leadership and Management for Entrepreneurs This course explores the leadership and management issues entrepreneurs face as they create and establish successful new ventures. It reviews the key managerial roles of planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling and their application in entrepreneurial settings. Further, the course addresses self-management for the entrepreneur–how… more
  • Strategic Marketing for Entrepreneurs This course reviews the strategic issues that an entrepreneur faces while starting a new venture or business, and highlights the questions about market acceptance that must be answered during every stage of the entrepreneurial process. After completing this course, you… more

Finance

  • How to Read a Financial Statement This course covers financial reports and their meaning. You will learn the fundamentals and important of the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows, and how they can be used to manage a business. You will also be exposed to financial (ratio) analysis…. more
  • Introduction to Business Statistics This course will introduce you to the importance of statistics in the business world. Statistics is the science of collecting, organizing, and analyzing data in order to make more effective decisions. Understanding statistical techniques can help any manager responsible for marketing, management, accounting, sales, or… more
  • Introduction to Finance This course introduces the discipline of finance in an organizational setting. Among the basics covered: responsibilities of financial managers; roles of finance in a typical business organization; legal forms of businesses; agency relationships; and relevant financial markets of interest to financial managers. Further you will… more
  • Time Value of Money and Risk This course covers time value of money (TVM) principles and risk and return. You will review the basic TVM techniques used in evaluating all financial decisions and their cash flow implications. For Risk and Return, you will learn how risk influences investment decisions, and how… more
  • Understanding and Managing Budgets This course covers budgets and how they are used in organizational settings. You will gain an understanding of the uses and functions of master budgets, operating budgets, sales, production and cost of goods sold budgets, and cash budgets. You will also learn how organizations are… more

Human Resource Management

  • Certificate in Human Resource Management An effective human resource management strategy is a valuable asset to any company, but those running small businesses often cannot justify designating a full-time HR professional to manage employee relations, compensation, policy-making, performance management, and employee appraisals. This suite of courses will… more
  • Compensation In this course, you will consider the many issues surrounding the key aspects of pay policy: legal requirements, pay equity within an organization, competitive pay within the relevant industry, how and when to grant raises, and different ways payment can be structured… more
  • Employee Selection In this course, you will learn about the process of selecting the best candidate from a large, diverse pool of high-quality applicants. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Principles of Human Resource Management , the course discusses how to conduct an effective job interview… more
  • Equal Employment Opportunity In this course you will learn about many of the major employment laws, Equal Opportunity issues, and the anti-discriminatory regulations employers must be aware of in hiring, promoting, and firing employees. After completing this course, you should be able to… more
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management Human Resource Management includes the vital tasks of recruiting, screening, interviewing, training, appraising, disciplining, rewarding, and developing the employee—both for business and non-profit enterprises. Since all managers (especially line managers) have HR responsibilities, it is important that they have an understanding of… more
  • Performance Management This course considers the different elements of performance management. In its broadest sense, “performance management” is what every good manager does every day: Makes sure employees know what they need to do to achieve the organization’s goals, checks to make sure the employees are doing… more
  • Talent Management and Career Development Drawing on material from Harvard Business School professor D. Quinn Mills’ book, Principles of Human Resource Management , this course covers the challenges and issues that organizations face in developing and retaining their employees. After completing this course, you should be… more

Job Search

  • Ace Your Job Search! This course focuses on career planning, enhancing resume writing, and improving interviewing skills for those seeking employment. Part One of the course, “Tailoring Resumes and Cover Letters for a Perfect Fit,” will help learners craft a resume that is targeted, elegant, and… more

Leadership

  • Certificate in Leadership What is leadership and why is it important? How does a leader encourage change without triggering fearful resistance? What are the key elements to leading an effective team? What is the role of charisma in leadership? How can a leader achieve work-life balance? This suite… more
  • Introduction to Leadership This course examines how to be a successful (that is, effective) leader. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live , a text used at Harvard Business School, this course asks the crucial questions about leadership in today’s organizations… more
  • Leaders and Work-Life Balance This course addresses the question of work-life balance, one which is of great importance to leaders in all settings. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live , a text used at Harvard Business School, this course looks at… more
  • Leading and Managing Change Whether adopting new technology or adapting to a drastic shift in an organization’s core focus, managers play a fundamental role in effecting changes. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live , a text used at Harvard Business School… more
  • Leading Teams This course addresses the key issues surrounding leadership in a team. Why is it important? What does it require for a team leader to lead his team effectively? Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live , a text… more

Management

  • Effective Negotiations Every day we are involved in negotiations of one form or another. Even though negotiations are an integral part of our lives, techniques for managing these situations are not instinctive; they must be learned. “This was one of the best web-based learning… more
  • Handling Difficult Employee Behavior This course is designed to prepare managers to deal with troublesome and difficult behavior by employees. By effectively addressing, coaching and counseling employees, you can improve their behavior and improve morale, staff retention, productivity and teamwork. This course uses videos to illustrate each behavior type… more
  • How to Coach Managers who lead and manage through coaching—providing encouragement, feedback, and support—are more successful in “working through others.” This brief course focuses on the skills and techniques of positive coaching in an organizational setting including listening actively, providing constructive feedback based on observation, reinforcing positive employee… more
  • Managing in a Modern Organization This course considers the fundamentals of management and how managers can be effective in organizational settings. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Principles of Management , a text used at Harvard Business School, this course addresses managing in the modern organization…. more
  • Managing People To be successful and move ahead in his or her career, a manager must understand how to manage people, including motivating workers and coordinating their activities. This course will explain how the goals, empowerment, measurement system of management can be employed and how organization structures… more
  • The Manager’s Toolbox  The Manager’s Toolbox is a suite of online courses designed for the new manager. New managers face challenges every day that they have likely never encountered before. The Manager’s Toolbox seeks to give the learner a head start on managing issues correctly and professionally more.
  • Principles of Negotiation Principles of Negotiation seeks to help you accomplish your negotiating goals while preserving your business relationship. Further, you will learn how to identify and exert power in a negotiation and identify behaviors that can challenge or stall a negotiation. “Overall,… more
  • Time Management One of the more precious resources a manager has is his or her time. Managers can become more effective by employing time management and scheduling techniques, delegating, outsourcing key tasks, and employing technology. Effective time management helps managers achieve their goals. After… more

Marketing

  • An Overview of Marketing This course provides an introduction to marketing and marketing planning, and addressing the definition of marketing, the marketing mix (the Four Ps), the strategic importance of marketing, and customer values and satisfaction. After completing this course, you should be able to:… more
  • Marketing Planning This course reviews the marketing planning process, the components of an effective marketing plan, and the role of market research and how marketers segment, target and position their product or service. The course then looks at planning and the Four Ps (product, pricing, promotion, and… more

Nonprofit Management

  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management This online certificate program introduces learners to key current management issues for nonprofit organizations. Fundraising, board and volunteer development, budgeting, reading financial statements, leadership, marketing, and setting strategic direction are all addressed, and video commentary on these crucial topics will give you insight into how… more
  • Budgeting in a Nonprofit Organization This course covers budgets and how they are used in nonprofit organizational settings. You will gain an understanding of the uses and functions of budgets and the relationship between strategic budgeting and tactical budgeting. You will also learn about the organization-wide budget and different budget… more
  • Capital Campaigns This course covers the key terminology and practices surrounding running a successful capital campaign within a nonprofit organization. You will learn about the phases of conducting a capital campaign—evaluation, feasibility study, organization, solicitation, and post-campaign activities—as well as how to avoid common pitfalls in capital… more
  • Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations Fundraising is one of the central activities of a nonprofit organization. To help finance operating budgets, nonprofits must raise money every year. In addition, special projects and improvements to facilities may be needed. In these situations, fundraisers will often launch large capital campaigns or apply… more
  • How to Read a Nonprofit Financial Statement This course will develop your ability to appropriately interpret the major financial accounting statements that are used by nonprofit organizations. Ideally, you will gain an understanding of the types of financial statements that are used by nonprofit organizations, and how they differ from for-profit financial… more
  • Introduction to Grant Writing Strategic grant writing helps align the identified needs of a nonprofit (and its clients) with funding sources, whether foundations, government agencies, corporations or individuals.This course offers a guide to the basics of grant writing, an increasingly crucial method for raising money to fund projects and… more
  • Introduction to Nonprofit Management This course covers management best practices for leading a nonprofit organization. You will gain an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the issues that leaders face in this exciting and growing field. You will also be exposed to the major areas of responsibility for nonprofit… more
  • Leadership in a Nonprofit Organization This course addresses the key issues surrounding leadership. What is leadership? Why is it important? What does it require to be a leader? How does leadership in a nonprofit environment differ from the private sector? What is visionary leadership? What role should ethics play? This… more
  • Leading the Courtney Museum Simulation Leading the Courtney Museum is a simulation designed to challenge and engage participants while exploring key real-world leadership issues confronted by nonprofit managers. The learner assumes the role of executive director of the troubled Courtney Museum, and deals with a series… more
  • Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Development Volunteers are the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations. Board members are a special type of volunteer. They help to guide the direction of a nonprofit, to promote the organization in the community, and to ensure that the nonprofit’s mission is fulfilled. After… more
  • Principles of Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations When we think of marketing, we typically think of the activities that a for-profit company engages in. However, marketing is an important function for nonprofit organizations as well. Marketing is the way that nonprofits determine the needs of their clients and their donors. As in… more
  • Social Media for Nonprofits This course introduces learners to the use of social media in communicating, marketing, public relations, and fundraising for nonprofits. It explores the major social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn,Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest) as vehicles for nonprofits to reach their members, volunteers, and donors…. more
  • Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations We hear a lot about for-profit companies, such as Apple Computer or Wal-Mart, and the successful strategies they have developed. Even though nonprofit organizations are not concerned with profit maximization, they too can benefit from following a strategy. A nonprofit’s strategy… more

 

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