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Earn a Certificate in Project Management in Just 9 Months

UC Davis Extension's new online Project Management Certificate is a convenient, affordable way to quickly advance your career. It gives you comprehensive project management training to help you enter the field, earn your PMP® or excel at your current job.

  • Just 6 courses – Complete in 9 months
  • Convenient online, self-paced format
  • Personal interaction with instructors
  • Free career assistance from our partner, TEKSystems®
  • PMI®-approved and fully aligned with PMBOK®, 5th edition
  • Learn from veteran project managers with the practical knowledge to help you succeed in the workplace

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

If you have taken project management courses previously, please contact businessinfo@ucadavis.edu to discuss your transition plan to our new Project Management Certificate.

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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™.

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

Estimated Cost:

Tuition for the 9 Month Fast Track Certificate is $5,610, paid in full at the time of enrollment. You can also opt to complete the certificate by enrolling in individual courses at the per-course price of $1,100, plus the certificate Candidacy Fee of $125 (this fee is waived for students in the 9 Month Fast Track Certificate).  

Textbooks (approx. $350-$500) and parking are not included in these fees.

For more information, call (530) 757-8895 or email businessinfo@ucdavis.edu.

Program Requirements:

Note: Course content is frequently revised to ensure that the program is up-to-date with the latest industry and PMI standards. For this reason, you must complete all of the course requirements of your certificate within five years from the day you enroll in the first course. If our courses are revised during the time you are completing your certificate, any courses you have completed will be valid toward an updated certificate. A certificate will not be awarded if the requirements are not completed and your application for candidacy is not received within this timeframe.

 

*Project Management Institute, PMI, Project Management Professional, PMP, Certified Associate in Project Management, CAPM, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.


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Quarterly schedule of courses

CourseUnitsFWSPSU
Required
Courses
Foundations of Successful Project Management3.0OOOO
Establishing Higher Functioning Project Teams and Managing Resources3.0OO
Mastering Project Time and Cost Management4.0OO
Navigating Project Procurement2OO
Controlling Quality in Project Management2.5OO
Managing Project Risk and Integration3.0OO
F=Fall W=Winter SP=Spring SU=Summer; Schedules subject to change.
O = Online C = Classroom OC = Online and Classroom H = Hybrid


Required Courses

3.0 quarter units academic credit X455.40
Learn the core fundamentals of project management and build your knowledge for effectively initiating a project and managing the project scope. This course lays the foundation for creating a project plan, work breakdown structure (WBS), schedule, budget, communication plan, managing resources, identifying and managing risks, and understanding the project quality and procurement processes. You will learn how to effectively manage a project by understanding project lifecycles, standards, and methodologies developed by Project Management Institute (PMI)®.
Sections of this course open for enrollment:
3.0 quarter units academic credit X455.41
Projects are accomplished by resources to achieve project goals. Effective project managers must manage those human resources using skills in the areas of organizational planning, emotional intelligence, leadership, stakeholder management, team formation and development, communication and performance coaching. This course addresses the PMBOK® knowledge areas of Human Resource Management, Communication Management and Stakeholder Management. This course will teach you to identify, develop, communicate and manage a high performance project team. You will learn to identify and effectively manage all resources required to successfully manage a project, as well as to develop a comprehensive human resources and communication plan to effectively manage stakeholder expectations. You will be able to analyze and report on individual and team performance to achieve project success. 
Sections of this course open for enrollment:
4.0 quarter units academic credit X455.39
This course provides a detailed introduction to project time and cost management.  It teaches you the tools and techniques for estimating activity durations, dependencies between activities, estimating resource requirements.  You will learn how to define the critical path and critical chain to enable you to develop a realistic project schedule.  You will learn how to use schedule and resource estimates to determine project costs and develop a robust project budget by rolling up costs. You'll also learn to monitor the project schedule and budget and use Earned Value Management (EVM) to understand schedule and cost variances and report project schedule and budget status.  You will be able to design recovery techniques to get projects back on track and achieve a project that is delivered successfully within allocated time and costs.
This course is not currently open for enrollment.
2 quarter units academic credit X455.38

Most projects require products, services, or results from suppliers outside the organization. The process for acquiring these deliverables is called procurement management and is typically overseen by procurement specialists. However, the project manager and team are also involved because they are dependent on the scope, cost, timeliness and quality of the supplied deliverables.

This course addresses how to define and manage the buyer-seller relationship, negotiate agreement on differences, and minimize the potential for adverse consequences and litigation. Students learn performance management and control and how effective closure helps realize the full value of project efforts.

This course distinguishes how procurement management concepts integrate with project management practices to select a supplier, procure services, and manage a contract. The student will explore procurement management processes such as make-or-buy analysis, identifying qualified vendors, writing a procurement statement of work, selecting a contract type, evaluating proposals, managing contracts and contract changes.  The student will also discuss negotiation strategies.

This course is also for anyone interested in learning key project quality management concepts and tools. Current project coordinators or Business Analysts wishing to expand their project management knowledge will also benefit.  Anyone in the work place who finds themselves overseeing “special assignments” is likely performing project management activities and will benefit from the knowledge and skills acquired in this course.

This course is not currently open for enrollment.
2.5 quarter units academic credit X455.43

Organizations of all sizes are constantly instituting quality management and continuous programs to enhance the quality of their products and services, increase productivity, and reduce costs.

Project quality management refers to all of the processes and activities needed to determine and achieve project quality. At its most basic, this means meeting the needs of customers.  As the project manager, there are three key quality management concepts that will help you deliver a high quality project: customer satisfaction, prevention over inspection, and continuous improvement.

This course teaches students how quality management concepts integrate with project management practices to create a system for implementing quality methods in a project.  Students will 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.  

This course is for professionals who plan, manage and control projects, as well as anyone interested in learning the latest project management tools and methodologies. It is also for anyone interested in learning key project quality management concepts and tools. Current project coordinators or business analysts wishing to expand their project management knowledge will also benefit.  Anyone in the workplace who finds themselves overseeing “special assignments” is likely performing project management activities and will benefit from the knowledge and skills acquired in this course.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
3.0 quarter units academic credit X455.42

Project risk is an uncertain event or condition, if it occurs, has a positive or negative effect on one or more project objectives such as scope, schedule, cost, and quality.  Risks are bound to occur on any project.  Effective project managers must manage and control project risks to ensure project objectives are met. 

This course teaches how an effective project manager identifies, analyzes, plans and controls project risks. The student will interpret and analyze how project risk management integrates into project management methodology, techniques, tools, and artifacts such as the project charter, project management plan, and the stakeholder register. Furthermore, students will also demonstrate comprehension of how to draft and actively manage a risk management plan and risk register in the course of a real project.

This course also furthers the skills and application of project integration which focuses on directing, managing, monitoring and controlling a project.  Students will construct a change management plan, project closure workbook, and other key project artifacts.  This will help students learn how to properly manage and navigate project change and how to close a real project at time of completion.

This course is for professionals who plan, manage and control projects and anyone interested in learning the latest project management tools and methodologies. This course is also for anyone interested in learning key project risk management concepts and tools. Current project coordinators, project sponsors or Business Analysts wishing to expand their project management knowledge will also benefit. Anyone in the work place who finds themselves overseeing “special assignments” is likely performing project management activities and will benefit from the knowledge and skills acquired in this course.

Sections of this course open for enrollment: