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Project Management Certificate Program

Course Details

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The Project Management Certificate Program (PMCP) will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to successfully manage projects and project teams.

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Veteran Administration Approved Program

Successful project management is a vital skill in today’s business world. Organizations are faced with increasing pressure to complete projects in shorter timeframes and with fewer resources than in the past. Professionals need practical methods to ensure that projects are profitable and aligned with the strategic goals of their organization. The PMCP provides professionals currently working as project managers, or aspiring to take on project management responsibilities, the skills they need to improve performance, provide leadership and deliver projects on time and on budget. Using a balanced mix of lecture, classroom discussion, group exercises and classroom activities, you will learn the skills necessary to manage a project from initiation through completion.

This intensive, comprehensive program is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 5th Edition. You will learn the critical tools and techniques to work in a project management environment and run projects on time and under budget using standard, worldwide-recognized processes. All instructors are currently working in the industry as project managers and bring valuable real-world experience and instruction into the classroom.

You don’t have to put your career on hold while you complete this program. The evening format or evening/weekend format does not interrupt your day-to-day work schedule and gives you step-by-step skills that can be used immediately in the workplace.

Upon completing the program you will earn 48 educational hours in Project Management, eligibility to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam, and a UT Gold Seal Certificate.

While this program is not a PMP® exam prep course, PDC offers a PMP/CAPM Exam Prep Course for those ready to take the next step and sit for the exam.

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“Rich’s approach to the material is realistic and relatable. He’ll not only help you pass the PMP exam but actually give you knowledge you can use in real life. I learned a lot and had a great time. ”

Dee Kapila
The University of Texas at Austin

“This program exceeded expectation. I have hope in my future again. I have focus in what I desire for my future. I haven’t had that for a long time. But I know I still have a long way to go, but now I have confidence and determination.”

Ourana Cacho
Austin Energy

“I believe a University of Texas certification has a lot of value..”

James Johnson

“The class allowed me to learn project Management concepts in a very clear yet refreshing manner. Rich is a very experienced project manager and his past experiences made the class very meaningful.”

Arnab Bandyopadhyay
Cirrus Logic

“The project management certificate program with The University of Texas at Austin’s Professional Development Center has provided me with valuable ‘best practice’ tools that I can take with me in my career and granted me the opportunity to learn to speak the language of the PMBOK® Guide.”

Jason McCombs
City of Austin

“The class is informative and engaging. Rich does a good job of providing real world examples for discussed topics and fills in gaps where the book falls short.”

Grant Derigo
Apple Computer

“This course is much broader than a crash course on the PMP exam. It offers a more thorough approach to understanding the material and knowledge necessary to be a great project manager. Rich Priska is an experienced project management professional. He offers years of lesson and ‘best practices’ as the backbone of the course.”

Adrian Duaine
Scott & White

Who Should Attend

  • Professionals seeking to make a career change into project management
  • Managers, supervisors and individuals who want to learn project management skills and processes through an in-depth project management program
  • Experienced project managers who have no formal project management instruction
  • Project managers seeking project management training and contact hours to sit for the certification examination

Continuing Education and Recertification Hours

  • 4.8 CEUs
  • 48 PMI approved educational hours
  • Certificate of Completion from The University of Texas at Austin

Our project management courses are aligned with the most current industry standard developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and utilize PMI's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition (Project Management Institute, Inc.). As a PMI Registered Education Provider, The University of Texas at Austin, Professional Development Center has been approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses (Provider # 1616).

The PMI logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc. PMI and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Project Management Certificate Program, students should be able to:

  • Improve organizational performance
  • Learn the ability to integrate all project management related functions related to:
    Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resource Management, Communication, Risk Management and Procurement
  • Apply fundamental project management principles, theories, and practices, including the basic concepts described in the most current version of the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® Guide
  • Use project management tools and techniques that are effective in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing a project
  • Benefit from the experience and insights of course instructors who have teaching
    experience and extensive expertise in the project management field.
  • Meet the 35-hour education requirement to qualify to take the PMP® or CAPM® exam. Visit www.pmi.org for more information about the PMP® or CAPM® credentials.

Program Prerequisites

Students must take Principles of Project Management, a similar course with a different institution, or have a minimum of one year project management experience. Below are PMI requirements for students planning to sit for the CAPM® or PMP® exams.

Interested in CAPM® or PMP® Certification?

To sit for the PMP examination, applicants must meet certain experience and education requirements. These include:

  • At least a four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent) and at least three years (or 4,500 hours ) of project management experience leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education, or;
  • A high school diploma (or global equivalent) with at least five years (or 7,500 hours) of project management experience leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

Students who do not meet the PMP eligibility guidelines may still take this program and sit for the Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM) Certification Exam.

For more information on PMI requirements please visit www.pmi.org.

Future Term Courses and Enrollments

Most certificate programs are offered three terms per year, spring, summer and fall. Individual workshops are offered at least once each semester. Information about upcoming courses is available when enrollment opens each term. Some certificate programs consist of individual workshops while others are cohort style programs, please contact the coordinator for more information.

  • Spring term: Enrollment opens in early October, workshops or certificate programs are offered January – May
  • Summer term: Enrollment opens in early March, workshops or certificate programs are offered June - August
  • Fall term: Enrollment opens in June, workshops or certificate programs are offered September - December

Frequently Asked Questions

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Quick Question for PMCP: What are the requirements for passing the course?

  • To receive UT Certificate, participants must attend 14 of the 16 weekly class sessions, or 6 of the 7 Saturday class sessions, in addition to quizzes and tests per the instructor.


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