How Project Management Training Can Launch Your Career in Cleantech

How Project Management Training Can Launch Your Career in Cleantech

At least 20% of all the entry level, cleantech jobs that Dayaway lists are for project management, supply chain and logistics roles  (click to see fresh postings ).   Considering that the majority of our other cleantech jobs are for STEM degrees, PM/S/L roles are an excellent entry point for environmental science, business, and liberal arts majors.  But what would you do in these roles and what are the requirements where you might need extra project management training?

Project Management, Supply Chain & Logistics Roles

Project management is all about managing dates, costs, quality and efficiency.  Supply chain roles include a lot of PM with emphasis upon making sure a business acquires the materials and services it needs for the end product or service it sells.  Logistics also employs PM expertise to assure that materials and services move efficiently from point A to point B.  While these roles can require 10 to 15 years of experience, it is equally true that the analytical, critical thinking and communication skills possessed by a new grad English or Environmental Science major will transfer nicely to a PM/S/L role with a little bit of training.  So about that project management training . . .

Why & How You May Need to Supplement Your College Training

Very few colleges or universities spend a whole lot of time teaching project management, supply chain or logistics skills.  No worries.  There is an abundance of great online project management training for these roles.  Listed below are some online training courses and programs we have found by doing what you would have done – google!   This training list varies by certification, testing, cost, duration and other factors. These courses do not target cleantech specifically, but that’s less important since your first step should be on mastering fundamentals.


Project Management Training (including Supply Chain and Logistics)

Category 1- online only

Category 2- in person/on-site training, but less than 3 days (one visit only)

Category 3- everything else

Training  Category Description Duration Cost
Intro to Project Management Principles and Practices Specialization – University of California, Irvine (Coursera) 1  You will gain a strong working knowledge of the basics of project management and be able to immediately use that knowledge to effectively manage work projects. At the end of the series you will be able to identify and manage the product scope, build a work breakdown structure, create a project plan, create the project budget, define and allocate resources, manage the project development, identify and manage risks, and understand the project procurement process. 2 months (at 5 hours/week) $49 per month
Foundations of Management Specialization – IESE(Coursera) 1 This Specialization will give you a comprehensive introduction to the practice of management through the lens of four key disciplines: accounting, finance, marketing, and organizational behavior. 6 months (at 4 hours/week) $49 per month
CPIM– Certified in Production and Inventory Management


1 Demonstrate professional knowledge in increasing organization’s profitability by optimizing its production and inventory management within “four walls” of organization. Course divided into two parts. Part 1 is 600 pages of reading and Part 2 is 900 pages of reading. Each CPIM exam part consists of 150 questions answered in 3.5 hours. Part 1: $550

Part 2: $690

Bundle Package: $1,900

ECT Centre of Technology- Project Management Expert Certificate


1 Courses were developed from the European Galileo Project to help the growth of the Renewable Energy sector in Europe. This expert learning pathway helps participants become experts in their chosen field. Approx. 80 hours of learning time Approx. $1,000
CREM- Certificate in Renewable Energy Management


2 This 40-hour program covers renewable energy technology applications and solar fundamentals (with an eye towards the business side of it), policies that create the market to better help you select that perfect project site, and how to finance and manage a renewable project.

The majority of CREM is held online, however there are three onsite days where the participant is required to be present in Raleigh, NC.


40 hour course; 1.5 months long $1,998
ASCM S&OP Education Certificate


3 Prepares you to collaboratively participate in the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process. By earning this certificate, you demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the principles and functions of sales and operations planning.  Watch this online presentation given by Anthony Zampello, ASCM Master Instructor, that gives an introduction to Sales and Operations Planning. 1 seminar and 1 workshop (full day events, locations vary) Seminar: $499 (non-member)

Workshop: $699

ASCM Supply Chain Risk Management


3 Prepares you to participate in the development of a global risk mitigation strategy. By earning this certificate, you demonstrate your commitment to protecting your employer from supply chain risk and your ability to balance rewards and risks in the decision-making process. 1 seminar and 1 threat casting seminar (both separate all day events) Seminar: $499 (non-members)

Threatcasting Seminar: $499 (nonmembers)


Project Management Institute- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) 1 If you’d like to manage larger projects and gain more responsibility or add project management skills into your current role. Requires a 23 hour online course and 3 hour online 150 multiple choice exam. 23 hour online course +

3 hours for online 150 question multiple choice exam (retake every 5 years to recertify)

Online Course: $400

Exam: $300 (non-member)

CompTIA Project+ 1 CompTIA Project+ is designed for business professionals who coordinate or manage small-to-medium-size projects, inside and outside of IT. The exam certifies the knowledge and skills required to manage the project life cycle, ensure appropriate, communication, manage resources, manage stakeholders, and maintain project documentation 90 minute multiple choice exam Exam only: $319

Study guide book: $139

CertMaster Practice: $189

Bundles also exist to make it cheaper.

Association for Project Management (APM) – Project Fundamentals Qualification 1 It is for those wishing to gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession. No prior knowledge or experience is required for this qualification, which will offer the individual the knowledge to make a positive contribution to any project. 60 multiple choice question exam (1 hour) Study Guide: £29.95



Practical Project Management for Managers and First Time PMs


1 This course is designed for:

  • new and want-to-be project managers
  • project managers who have had no formal training and who want to start to formalize what you have learned on the job
  • beginners and also for intermediates with a few projects under your belt
  • managers and professionals who are starting to need to deliver projects as a part of your day-to-day responsibilities
  • This course will give you a great leg up if you need to get involved in your first project… in any capacity


3 hour course $50
Project Management Certification | Project Management Course



1 This Project Management course Udemy about how to Become a Project Manager, is designed to provide you with the in-depth knowledge and skills you need to become a successful Project Manager in any industry 2.5 hour course $200
Beginning Project Management: Project Management Level One


1 In this fundamental course we will explore the big picture of project management and the project management life cycle. You’ll finish this course with a great grasp of what project management is, what your roles and responsibilities as a project manager will be, and how to move forward in your career as a project manager. This course is designed for people that are new to project management. 3.5 hour course $75
Certificate in Project Management

(UW Continuum College)


1,3 In this certificate program, we’ll equip you with the tools you need to guide sophisticated projects involving cross-functional teams. Our comprehensive curriculum covers Predictive and Agile methodologies and aligns with the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam. Master the major competencies that employers are looking for in today’s project managers.


Varies, online is self-paced and classroom instruction lasts between 5-8 months (depending on accreditation) $4,991


Introduction to Project Management



1 This online, self-paced series provides entry-level information on each Knowledge Area of the PMBOK Guide®—Sixth Edition and will enable you to effectively put project management principles to work at your own organizations. Each module features a pre- and post-assessment, allowing you to measure your progress.







PMI Member


Online Project Management Certificate Program

(Center for Professional Education,
The University of Texas at Austin)


1 In this course, you will discover a proven framework for leading and directing projects and project teams to deliver results on time and within budget. Learn the essential processes of project management and be able to incorporate them into your career with confidence. While this is not a test-prep course, the program does provide the education requirements needed to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification exams.



Online Self-paced,  

Students have 4 months from the date of registration to complete the program





Essentials of Project Management

(Graham School, The University of Chicago)

1,3 Essentials of Project Management covers the core materials included in the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification exam which is offered by the Project Management Institute.


Online: 8 week course length


In-person: 2 two day in-person courses



Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)


1,3 The CSCP program helps you demonstrate your knowledge and organizational skills for developing more streamlined operations Candidates must pass one exam to earn the CSCP designation and are required to maintain the CSCP designation every five years.



Self-Study, but classroom review courses and group training are available through APICS



$690 exam fee



1,3 As an APICS CLTD designee, you will have the skills and knowledge it takes to get noticed by employers and stand out from your peers. Earning the APICS CLTD certification will demonstrate your commitment to advancing both your career and your company’s operations.


Self-study with the CLTD Learning System


Learning System Price:



Exam Price:


Project Management Certificate

(Bellevue College Continuing Education)


3 The Project Management Certificate Program was developed by local experts and is based on the latest edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide. The program is designed to help you develop practical, real-world skills to enhance your career and improve the productivity of your workplace. Students with any level of experience, from none to multiple years in the field, are welcome to participate in the program.


153-hour program


Approx. $4,000 total
Associate in Project Management (APM)

Global Association for Quality Management (GAQM)




1 The Associate in Project Management (APM)™ certificate is an entry-level certification in the field of Project Management Framework, The APM certificate demonstrates that the candidate has a required knowledge in the field of Project Management confining to the entry-level of project management, candidate who have little or no knowledge of project management can appear for the APM certification.


15-20-hour program Premium Package
(E-Course Version)-$175Standard
Certified Junior Agile Project Manager

International Association of Project Managers (IAPM)


1 Internationally recognized, the online “Certified Junior Agile Project Manager (IAPM)” certification is the perfect first certification for agile project management novices, students or people who are interested in a future career in agile project management. It qualifies you to work in projects and is a persuasive argument in a job application.


Self-study, training partner workshops may also be available Based on nationality, for US residents approx. $125
PRINCE2® Project Management Certifications




1 The PRINCE2 6th Edition Certification Scheme builds on PRINCE2 5th Edition but places a new emphasis on tailoring the method to the needs of organizations and project management environments.

It comprises the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner qualifications as well as the PRINCE2 Agile certification scheme


Self-study, proctored online exam Prices vary as AXELOS partners w/ training organizations for certifications
Professional Certificate in

Logistics for micro and small businesses -MYPES

(Spanish Language Program)


1 This Professional Certification program will teach you to improve the logistics processes of your company in such a way that you develop strategic tools to increase the profitability, sustainability of your business and manage to stay connected with the demands of the value network.


Self-study, 5 months @3-5 hours/week $90
Project Management Certificate

University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel


1 The Project Management Certificate gives you the essential project management skills you need to progress in your career and become a better leader. Designed for a wide range of professionals and skill levels, this 36-hour course will prepare you to tackle simple and complex projects from start to finish, on time, and within budget. It also fulfills the project management education hours required to qualify for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Exam.


Classroom (UGA Gwinnett Campus) March 13-28, 2020


$2,499 (Includes materials)
Applied Project Management Certificate

The University of Utah Continuing Education & Community Engagement


3 This certificate program includes a 3-day project management simulation in which students work in a team-based environment using computer simulations to solve realistic problems, while practicing a variety of project management techniques. Students will also be exposed to Agile methodologies, trying their hand at agile activities such as sprint poker and backlog management. Finally, students will bring it all together with a PMP® exam preparation bootcamp course.


123 hours of instruction / satisfies 35 contact hours of formal project management education for the PMI® PMP® credential.


Project Management Certificate

University of Delaware Professional & Continuing Studies


3 This certificate gives you hands-on experience with practical tools, including the use of software, risk assessment and team techniques that support effective project management. It is also a great starting place to fulfill the requirement of project management education hours for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation.


10-week course starts Feb. 5 in Wilmington, DE and March 16 in Newark, NJ


CSPCM- SCPro Fundamentals Certification 1 The Supply Chain Management Principles certification track is a great place to start and is considered to be a ‘launch pad’ to begin your supply chain educational and certification process. It provides a high-level overview of each of the functions in a supply chain.


The program offers 8 training certification tracks: Supply chain management principles, customer service operations, transportation operations, warehousing operations, demand planning, inventory management, manufacturing/service operations, supply management/procurement.

Doesn’t state for fundamentals course; but a Level 1 certification took 2-4 hours/week for 2-3 months. $1,600 for 8 courses ($200 for each)
Supply Chain Management Certificate by Michigan State University 1 With the steady demand in this critical business discipline, this set of certifications give you the opportunity to learn from the best in this industry and field. There are a plethora of options to choose from based on the varying level of experiences.

For example, the Master Certificate in Supply Management and Logistics requires three 8-week courses for $2480 each or $6845 total.

56 days per course $6,845 (but ranges depending upon certificate desired)
Supply Chain Management Certification by Rutgers Business School (Coursera) 1 Divided into 4 basic courses, the lessons will cover concepts under logistics, operations, planning, and sourcing. Beginner level program, and all core concepts are covered from scratch. The capstone course will give you an opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the lectures to solve a real-world business case. 5 months (at 4 hours/week) Can audit for free (only read/view course content)

Otherwise $49/month

Supply Chain Principles- Georgia Tech (Coursera) 1 This SCM certification is specifically designed to help you get a strong footing the core principles of the supply chain. 5 weeks total (4-6 hours per week) $49/month
Supply Chain Management Certification by UCL (edX) 1 This business and management course is designed to help you make effective supply chain decisions by taking into consideration all aspects of your business. The study materials along with videos can be accessed for free, and certification is available for $50. 6 weeks (6-8 hrs per week) Free ($50 for certificate)
Supply Chain Management Course by KAIST (Coursera) 1 This class will help you understand the fundamental principles of value creation for the consumer and the market. Approach the various issues of this fields and ask questions from a dynamic learning perspective that will have a long term impact. 14 hours $49 per month
Value Chain Management Specialization (Coursera) 1 This Specialization is part of the University of Illinois iMBA Program. When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you’ll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network. 3-6 months, self-paced $49 per month
Financial Management Specialization – University of Illinois (Coursera) 1 Covers the fundamentals of strategic financial management, including financial accounting, investments, and corporate finance. You will learn to evaluate major strategic corporate and investment decisions and to understand capital markets and institutions from a financial perspective, and you will develop an integrated framework for value-based financial management and individual financial decision-making. 7 months (at 6 hours/week) $49 per month


Project Management Training Creates Career Options

Many people have wonderful life-long careers in PM/SC/L roles.  Others use them as a great way to learn about a company, make contacts and discover other roles.   So, whether these roles are a career home or stepping stone, consider PM/SC/L as you look to start your career in cleantech.

None of these training organizations requested or consented to being on this list; we only believe that they provide PM/SC/L training based on our research.  Please do your own due diligence before signing up for a course (especially to see where their attendees get jobs after completing the training).