Project Management Certificate

Provides specialized project management skills to improve team performance

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$3,899

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Project Management Certificate

Provides specialized project management skills to improve team performance

What you’ll be able to do — competencies

  • Explain the purpose of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and its accepted good practices.
  • Summarize tools and techniques needed to effectively plan and deliver a project.
  • Understand accepted and good practices recommended to deliver a product, service, or result.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply accepted and good practices to a variety of project scenarios.

What previous students are saying about this program

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Course Description

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This accelerated certificate program is made up of 10 courses. It balances the art and science of project management. Students will explore real-world best practices that improve project management delivery and gain hands-on experience to run successful projects in today’s dynamic environment. Students will plan projects in both predictive (Waterfall) and adaptive (Agile) approaches to meet organizations unique needs. Students will learn to manage teams with effective team building, leadership, and communication skills. Students will also practice techniques to enhance your effectiveness in leading a project team as well as explore tools to engage stakeholders and drive successful projects.

Prerequisites

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  • Computer skills to access learning materials via e-learning modality and learning management system (Canvas)
  • College-level writing and reading skills

By registering in this certificate program, you acknowledge that you meet the above prerequisites.

Learning Outcomes

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Introduction to Project Management

  • Explain the fundamentals of effective project delivery, Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA,) to better plan projects.
  • Summarize start-up tools to effectively start a predictive or agile project.
  • Summarize course project scenario to apply tools and techniques in project management.
  • Develop a vision statement and project charter to effectively initiate a project.

Essential People Skills Part I (Planning)

  • Define and practice team engagement and develop a team charter to define norms and ground rules.
  • Summarize effective engagement techniques in a virtual environment to improve project communications skills.
  • Recognize the importance of organizational change management (OCM) planning to enable changes from a project.
  • Practice adapting your communication style to increase your ability to effectively and situationally communicate.
  • Recognize behaviors that promote a respectful and open culture to build a cohesive team.
  • Practice key activities needed to foster team development to improve team performance.

Principles of Requirements and Scope Management

  • Describe end-to-end requirements planning, artifacts, management, and roles to effectively plan project scope.
  • Distinguish the differences between requirements management in both a predictive and adaptive environment to effectively plan scope.
  • Describe techniques to effectively elicit and validate requirements to ensure you are solving the situation or condition from the customer standpoint.
  • Analyze requirements and develop overall project scope to reach a collaborated and agreed-upon scope baseline.
  • Practice writing user stories and creating a Product Backlog to support and plan an adaptive project.
  • Practice developing a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to support and plan predictive projects.
  • Summarize steps to complete deliverables to provide customer value.

Principles of Project Scheduling

  • Explore how scheduling tools may be used to develop and manage a schedule.
  • Compare and contrast the differences between adaptive and predictive scheduling approaches to ensure a viable schedule.
  • Explore the relationship between the project baseline and predictive schedule development to reach the schedule baseline.
  • Use a predictive approach to develop a schedule baseline to share with sponsors and stakeholders to gain approval and acceptance.
  • Describe the relationship between user stories, tasks, and sprint planning to better understand adaptive planning techniques.
  • Use an adaptive approach to develop a task board for a case to share project status and monitor progress.
  • Describe schedule optimization techniques to ensure resources are available and aligned.

Principles of Cost Management

  • Describe the key cost management concepts used by Project Management Institute (PMI) for predictive and adaptive frameworks to improve effectiveness.
  • Explore how a cost management plan is used to develop and manage a budget.
  • Analyze a project and understand key financial metrics essential to justify a capital investment project.
  • Analyze the types of resources needed and when needed to determine project costs.
  • Develop a time-phased budget to determine the project cost baseline.
  • Explain differences between adaptive and predictive cost management approaches to develop cost estimates.
  • Describe and apply Earned Value Analysis (EVA) techniques to improve project performance.

Principles of Communications Management

  • Examine how project communications, methods, and techniques to support successful project delivery.
  • Describe the key components of a communications management plan to manage and control project communications.
  • Develop project communications tools to support effective communications for both predictive and adaptive frameworks.
  • Analyze communications methods best suited to effectively manage and engage project stakeholders.

Principles of Risk/Issue Management

  • Describe the key risk management concepts used by Project Management Institute (PMI) for predictive and adaptive frameworks to improve project risk management effectiveness.
  • Explain threats, opportunities, risk review, and responses to manage and control project risks.
  • Recognize key risk management tools used to support risk management effectiveness.
  • Illustrate an understanding of key risk management processes to apply on a project.
  • Explain the issue management process to identify, manage, and respond to issues.
  • Develop and execute an issue management plan to track and control key issues.

Essential People Skills Part II (Delivery)

  • Summarize conflict management skills and effective application guidelines to manage project conflicts.
  • Explore how to create project activities from Organizational Change Management (OCM) models to help an organization adapt to change.
  • Practice techniques to provide effective feedback to improve commitment and performance of the team.
  • Practice techniques to manage meetings more effectively.
  • Practice team decision-making techniques to improve team effectiveness.

Principles of Project Delivery

  • Compare actual versus estimated progress to determine and report project performance.
  • Employ contingency plans and risk responses to manage and control identified risks.
  • Modify project schedule and documentation through a change control process to address performance concerns.
  • Use quality processes to control performance and practice continuous improvement.
  • Execute the communication plan to share appropriate project information with all stakeholders.
  • Manage team and use logs to track project performance.

Project Management Practicum

  • Complete a kick-off meeting to ensure the team is ready to work on the project.
  • Use a project charter to initiate a real project with a shared understanding.
  • Apply project planning tools to prepare for delivery work.
  • Use the project management plan to manage delivery.
  • Present the project deliverables to meet business needs and transfer knowledge.
  • Apply key people skills to foster high performance.

Next available start dates

This certificate program is offered each spring and fall season. It is currently not open for registration. To receive notification when the certificate opens for registration, please sign up for our enewsletter below.

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