PMI launches a free online course and toolkit to help changemakers kick-start project success in just 45 minutes

PHILADELPHIA CREAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading association of project professionals and change makers, today announced the launch of TO START UP, a new free online course and toolkit to help introduce anyone working on projects to the best practices and tools needed to effectively manage projects from ideation to execution. Much of the working world revolves around projects, which have become more complex than ever due to the Megatrends, including COVID-19, climate change, and more. The need for change makers, regardless of their industry or job level, to be familiar with the principles of project management in order to help drive results, has never been greater.

KICKOFF is the perfect solution for those new to project work who would benefit from learning project management skills to help them successfully navigate the process from idea to launch and execution. The course is packed with digestible content, downloadable templates, a glossary of key terms, and thoughtful questions to ask to help anyone get started on any project at any time.

According to the PMI The pulse of the profession® report, an estimated 11.4% of all project investments are currently wasted due to poor project performance and an inability to adapt and execute with agility in our rapidly changing world. Introducing changemakers to project management strategies and tools allows individual learners and entire teams to have the framework in place to adapt quickly and efficiently to reduce wasted time and investment. KICKOFF is the free, go-to resource for anyone looking to quickly learn the basics of effective and strategic project management to complete projects on time and on budget.

“KICKOFF is an easily deployable resource for ensuring that all employees and team members have the foundational skills to collaborate seamlessly and work smarter,” said Michael DePrisco, COO of Project Management Institute. “KICKOFF empowers everyone, from new project team members to C-Suite executives, with the knowledge to launch a project at any time to drive results and create value.”

No two projects are the same, so KICKOFF uses a guided quiz to tailor the learning experience based on the best project management approach for the project’s needs. Learners are given a series of short modules which can be completed in sequence or in any order. The modules include short content focused on the fundamentals and templates to download or distribute for immediate use. Accessible to everyone from their laptop, phone or tablet, KICKOFF can be completed in just 45 minutes and is available in five languages: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish and French. At the end of the KICKOFF course, learners will receive a badge to share on their professional social media profiles to show their peers and the company that they have the fundamental skills to complete any project.

To register for the free KICKOFF digital course and toolkit, visit:

About the Institute of Project Management

Project Management Institute (PMI) is the leading global association for those who consider project, program or portfolio management their profession. Through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research, we strive to prepare more than three million professionals around the world for the project economy: the future economy in which work and individuals are organized around projects, products, programs and value streams. Now 50 years in the making, we work in nearly every country in the world to advance careers, improve organizational success, and further mature the project management profession through standards, certifications, communities, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, ® builds global online communities that offer more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives. Visit us at,, and on Twitter @PMInstitute.