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Project Management Certificate Program

The Convenient Way to Become a Certified Project Manager

UC Davis Extension’s online, self-paced Project Management Certificate Program gives you the flexibility to schedule your learning around your lifestyle. Whether you want to invest a few hours each week or power through in a weekend, you learn at the pace that fits your schedule.

The Project Management Certificate Program is a rigorous, reality-based educational experience. The practical knowledge, tools and techniques you walk away with from each lesson can (and should) be immediately applied in the workplace.

Designed for working professionals, the program features:

  • Online Convenience – Engaging online courses let you learn on your schedule and in almost any location
  • Veteran Instructors – Learn from working project managers who understand the realities of today’s work environment
  • Real-World Learning – Class projects and case studies offer relevant, dynamic learning opportunities
  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities – Make critical connections with the instructors, professional associations and peers who can advance your career
  • Career Flexibility – Project management skills are in high demand across many industries, giving you flexibility in the job market
  • Immediate ROI – The lessons you learn can be immediately applied and, after as few as two courses, you’ll be qualified to take the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Certified Associate in Project Management® exam

You’ll earn academic credit required to take the PMI® Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification exam. If you’re already PMP® certified, UC Davis Extension courses offer the PDU credit you need to retain certification.

UC Davis Extension is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P. ®) of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), and this program is continually updated to reflect the most recent edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). All courses in the program are approved by the University of California, Davis--one of the top public universities in the nation.

About the Program:

The program consists of nine required online courses, with curriculum structured to build upon and reinforce your learning from previous classes. You’ll complete the program with a clear understanding of modern project management concepts and the expertise to put them into practice, including:

  • How to develop, implement and evaluate a successful project plan
  • Time management skills to ensure your projects deliver on schedule
  • The ability to analyze projects for cost, time, scope, risk and quality
  • Quality management techniques to effectively organize and lead project teams
  • Proven best practices in contract negotiation and administration

If you want to continue your education, UC Davis Extension maintains an agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville that allows you to apply up to 20.5 units (equates to 12 credits) towards its online master’s degree in Project Management.

Courses Approved By:

All courses in the Project Management Certificate Program are approved by UC Davis Graduate School of Management. UC Davis Extension is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P. ® number 1182) of the Project Management Institute® and an Endorsed Education Provider of the International Institute of Business Analysis™.

Estimated Cost:

Tuition for the entire Project Management Certificate Program is approximately $7,695. The certificate application fee ($45), textbooks and parking are not included in the tuition fee.

Program Requirements:

Certificate candidates must successfully complete 20.5 units of coursework with grades of "C" or better. Fundamentals of Project Management and Project Integration and Scope Management are prerequisites for all other courses in the program. Advanced Project Management Topics is the final course in the Certificate.

You may substitute the Essentials of Project Management classroom course for the online Fundamentals of Project Management course. Either of these courses is acceptable for the certificate program.

Quarterly schedule of courses

Required Courses

X455.30

Being an effective project leader requires a clear understanding of the essential elements of the project management framework and processes. Using the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® Guide, learn the basic characteristics of projects and project management, with emphasis on the five process groups of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing. Explore the key areas of expertise, and discover the significance of project stakeholders and organizational influences. This course lays the foundation for, and is a prerequisite to, the remaining courses in the Project Management Certificate Program.

You may substitute this online course with the Essentials of Project Management course in order to fulfill the requirements for the Project Management Certificate Program.

This course aligns with the most current industry standard as developed by the Project Management Institute. As a PMI® registered education provider, UC Davis Extension has been approved to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
X455.31

Build on your knowledge of the project management framework and processes. Successful project outcomes depend on an effective project management plan as well as adherence to a scope management process. They also begin with the proper integration of related project elements across project process groups and knowledge areas. 

Explore integration processes, including developing the project charter and project management plan; directing and managing execution; monitoring and controlling work; integrated change control; and project closeout. The scope management portion of this course covers the processes that ensure all the work, and only the work, required for successful project completion is included in your projects. Scope processes include scope planning and definition, creating a work breakdown structure, and scope verification and control.

This course aligns with the most current industry standard as developed by the Project Management Institute. As a PMI® registered education provider, UC Davis Extension has been approved to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses.

 

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
X455.34

Examine time management processes so your projects deliver on time and perform as expected. Explore activity breakdown, estimation, sequencing and scheduling. Gain a better understanding of network diagrams and critical paths, and learn how they can help you manage time better. Learn to develop realistic project schedules and how to efficiently complete projects within a projected timeframe. Class discussions, exercises, brainstorming sessions, class projects and reading assignments reinforce concepts presented.

This course aligns with the most current industry standard as developed by the Project Management Institute. As a PMI® registered education provider, UC Davis Extension has been approved to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
X455.35

Learn to plan and budget projects so you achieve project goals within the expenditure allocated. Examine techniques for estimating costs and the relationships among project schedules, Work Breakdown Structures and cost estimates. Discover the differences between project cost estimates and budgets, and learn to use contingency and management reserves. 

You will consider the various factors involved in budget reviews and approvals and techniques for identifying cost variances and budget baselines. You will also learn to recover cost overruns and explore in-depth the concept of earned value management: how to set up an earned value management system and calculate Estate At Completion project costs using earned value management.

This course aligns with the most current industry standard as developed by the Project Management Institute. As a PMI® registered education provider, UC Davis Extension has been approved to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses.

This course is not currently scheduled.
X455.36

Enhance your ability to monitor projects so they meet their intended goals. Examine the critical components of project quality: planning, control, assurance and improvement. Learn about the business and technical aspects of project quality management, including determining what assets and resources you need to launch a new program or revitalize existing ones.

Explore quality management processes such as identifying customer requirements, cost-benefit analysis, benchmarking, cause and effect diagrams, flowcharting, control charts, Pareto diagrams and quality audits. Acquire hands-on experience with some of these methods.

This course aligns with the most current industry standard as developed by the Project Management Institute. As a PMI® registered education provider, UC Davis Extension has been approved to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
X455.16

Effective project managers possess strong abilities in organizational planning, leadership, team building, communication, performance coaching and staff management. Learn how to use human resources to achieve project goals and ensure timely and appropriate communication is generated, collected, disseminated, stored and ultimately achieved at the end of a project. 

Develop the capacity to create human resource plans and to acquire, develop and manage project teams as specified in the Project Management Institute's PMBOK® Guide.

This course aligns with the most current industry standard as developed by the Project Management Institute. As a PMI® registered education provider, UC Davis Extension has been approved to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses.

 

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
X455.33

Learn processes for identifying, analyzing, planning for and responding to project risks. Gain a thorough understanding of how to maximize the probability and consequences of positive events and minimize the probability and consequences of adverse events to your project objectives. Using the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, gain the knowledge to develop and plan the risk management aspects of your projects and learn to identify possible threats and opportunities. 

Discover how to perform risk analyses and quantify probability and consequences. Learn to plan mitigation and contingency measures and iteratively manage outcomes.

This course aligns with the most current industry standard as developed by the Project Management Institute. As a PMI® registered education provider, UC Davis Extension has been approved to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
X455.32

A key concern of project managers is project procurement—the process of identifying and acquiring the necessary goods and services to implement and complete project plans. Learn how successful project managers plan, conduct, administer and close the procurement process. Examine integration considerations involved in the different project lifecycle phases and how principled negotiation can help you bargain effectively when procuring needed goods and services. 

Emphasis is on the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® Guide's six-step procurement process: plan purchases and acquisitions, plan contracting, request seller responses, selecting sellers, contract administration and contract closure.

This course aligns with the most current industry standard as developed by the Project Management Institute. As a PMI® registered education provider, UC Davis Extension has been approved to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses.

This course is not currently scheduled.
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Build upon and extend your knowledge of the concepts and practices already learned and acquire the ability to successfully manage more challenging projects and to achieve reliability and consistency in project results.

If you’re already a good project manager, but you strive to be better, explore project management within the framework of more complex project environments.

This course aligns with the most current industry standard as developed by the Project Management Institute. As a PMI® registered education provider, UC Davis Extension has been approved to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses.

This course is not currently scheduled.
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