Online Project Management Certificate Program

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Develop your project management knowledge independently and on your own schedule.

Program Overview: 

What does it mean to be a project manager? Can’t you manage projects, even if it’s not part of your job title?

Project managers are professionals who understand and manage the processes of work. They have the ability to see beyond staff roles and output (the product or project) to the connections between, and they nurture those connections to get results. Today, professionals with project management skills are needed in every industry and at all levels to lead and direct ever-evolving projects and teams.     

The Online Project Management Certificate Program is intended to introduce you to the essential skills and processes of project management that are recommended by the Project Management Institute (PMI) ®, the leading not-for-profit professional membership association for project management professionals.

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. 

This course is self-paced and 100% online, providing you with four months to complete the entire program, accommodating busy schedules and allowing you to learn on your schedule and at the pace you prefer.

Who Should Enroll: 
  • Anyone who leads projects at work and is seeking strategies for improved efficiency and outcomes
  • Managers and supervisors wanting to learn best practices to implement at work
  • IT professionals who are frequently called upon to develop and manage plans for technology implementation
  • Experienced project managers looking for formal training to certify their skills
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Be able to integrate project management functions related to scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource management, communication, risk management, procurement management and agile concepts into your work projects
  • Use project management tools and techniques to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control and close your projects
  • Apply fundamental project management principles, theories, and practices, including the basic concepts described in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute, Inc.
  • Meet the 35-hour education requirement to qualify to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification exams​
Additional Information: 

This program is aligned with the industry standards developed by the Project Management Institute and utilizes A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc.

Due to the self-paced nature of this course, no letter grades are available. If a letter grade is necessary for you for any reason, consider our instructor-led cohort.

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Learn more about what this program covers:

Introduction to Project Management

Projects — whether small or large, simple or complex — are ubiquitous in every industry and in every organization. Project management is the science behind these projects: the planning, execution, monitoring and controlling of all project elements. The first module of our online course is an introduction to projects and project management. The workshops discuss:

  • Project management basics
  • The role of the project manager
  • Project management strategy framework
  • Project management framework
  • Project management methodology

Initiating a project is all about ensuring you and key stakeholders understand the project as thoroughly as possible and in the same way. Module two covers the preparatory steps to follow before getting started, from securing support to defining the project manager’s role to creating a project charter.


Planning places the focus on execution and control - which are necessary for a successfully-managed project. With an effective, thorough plan in place, a project has a better chance of success - but how do you get there? A majority of the online course takes you through all of the steps of planning a project, such as: 

  • Scope planning
  • Requirements planning
  • Defining project scope
  • Creating a schedule management plan
  • Estimating activity resources and durations
  • Sequencing activities for schedule development
  • Developing a schedule
  • Planning cost management
  • Planning human resource management
  • Understanding project risk
  • Planning for project risk
  • Responding to project risk
  • Introduction to quality
  • Procurement planning
  • Contract management

Execution is when the “rubber meets the road.” You’re ready to assemble your team and get to work! During the execution phase, the project team works on deliverables and provides you with meaningful information on how things are going. Learn about:

  • Managing project execution
  • Managing project teams
  • Managing conflict
  • Managing change 
Monitoring and Controlling

How do you ensure the project plan is carried out correctly and is delivering the expected results? You have to pay attention to all aspects of monitoring and controlling the project.

  • Monitoring and controlling communications, risk, stakeholder engagement and quality
  • Monitoring and controlling scope, schedule and cost
Project Closeout

Tie up loose ends, protect your organization from liability, support continuous improvement and prepare your organization for future projects during the closeout phase, covered in the final module of our course.

Continuing Education Hours: 
Project Management Institute: 35 PDUs-Ways of Working
Continuing Education Units: 3.5 CEUs

Interested students may be eligible to apply for the Road to Success Scholarship, which could cover up to 80% of this program's tuition.

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PMP, PMBOK, CAPM and PMI are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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Students have 4 months from the date of registration to complete the program.
Online Self-paced
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