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Project Management Certificate Program FAQs

When is this course offered?
PDC offers the Project Management Certificate Program three times per year: in the fall, spring and summer.

For what level of project manager is this program intended?
This program is intended to boost the knowledge of the person who:

  • Has been a member of project teams for several years and now wants a position as a project team leader
  • Knows that project management is the direction in which his or her career is headed but who has not yet attained the requisite knowledge or 4,500 hours in project management required to sit for the PMP certification exam
  • Has been thrust into project management and needs a fast-paced, intensive education in the discipline
  • Wants to further define and develop project management, team member, or leader skills

How does this program differ from some of the others offered in the Austin area?
The UT PDC project management course is unique because:

  • It focuses on both hard skills (tools, tips, techniques, mechanics, and concepts drawn from both PMBOK® and the project management life cycle concept) and soft skills (team and personal dynamics, communication, and facilitation skills).
  • Students are surveyed at the start of the program so instructors can customize course content to meet both individual and group needs.
  • All instructors are PMP certified by the Project Management Institute and are practicing project management as a career. They bring a wealth of real world experience into the classroom.
  • The PDC is a PMI® Registered Education Provider. The course is approved by the Project Management Institute and satisfies their high standards of quality for project management education as well as providing 4.8 CEUs and fulfilling PMI's 35 hour educational requirement on the application for PMP® certification.
  • This program is approved by PMI® for 48 PDUs, once you become a PMP®.
  • The course is delivered in accessible modules delivered over ten weeks. Students are able, therefore, to assimilate knowledge and implement it in the workplace as they progress through the course. Results can be discussed in class for maximum application and learning.
  • The learning environment is structured as a project management "lab" environment so students can experience and meet the challenges of real-world project management issues in a safe setting. A strong course support network ensures that students have ample opportunity to be successful.
  • The PDC is developing an academy of related courses for project managers so that certificate program alumni can continue to refine their skills in a number of specialized classes.

How will I benefit from getting a UT PDC certificate?
Making the personal investment in a certificate shows your employer a serious commitment to your field and increases your value in the workplace. Achieving a certificate can give you a competitive edge in hiring and promotion situations. Some of our certificates prepare you to take accreditation exams or meet state-mandated requirements for continuing education. And, over the course of a certificate program, many students have opportunities to work closely with instructors and fellow students, providing a valuable professional network for the future.

How long does it take to complete a program?
The Project Management Certificate Program takes approximately three months to complete. Customized on site programs may take less time.

Do I need to take the prerequisite course, Principles of Project Management?
Principles of Project Management is required for those new to project management and who need a better understanding of the project management framework. If you have worked in project management for at least one year, are comfortable with the project life cycle, and have a basic understanding of some of the tools and techniques commonly used by project managers, you do not need to take Principles of Project Management. Feel free to call the coordinator at (512) 232-4334 to discuss your individual situation.

Does this course prepare me to take the CAPM® or PMP® Certification Exam?
Although, this course provides you with the 35 project management educational hours required by PMI it is not an exam prep course. This course provides you with the concepts that are provided to you in a PMP® Exam Prep class but it is not to be substituted for an exam prep class. Students will need additional preparation time. For your convenience, PDC Offers a PMP®/CAPM® Exam Prep course designed to help you take the PMP®/CAPM® exam.

Does UT PDC give the Certified CAPM or PMP Exams?
No. The exam is administered by a Prometric Center. Once you are eligible to take the credential exam, PMI will notify you by e-mail and send you examination scheduling instructions. The examination scheduling instructions direct you to the website for PMI's exam administration partner, Prometric, to schedule your examination date and location.

Further information regarding the examination and PMI certification is available on their website.

UT PDC offers a separate PMP exam preparation course. Please see the website for further information on the PMP® Exam Prep Course.

Will I receive college credit?
UT Professional Development Center courses do not offer college credit. All participants, however, who complete the program satisfactorily will receive both PDUs and CEUs.

Will there be any job search assistance with this program?
This program does not include a formal job search component. Participants are encouraged to join the Austin chapter of PMI where job openings are announced at meetings, through networking, and on the Austin PMI website.

Can I claim the cost of my continuing education class as a deduction on my income taxes?
An individual may be able to claim a tax deduction or a tax credit for the cost of attending continuing education programs. Please keep a copy of your receipt and consult with your tax advisor about whether your payment meets the regulations that apply to tax deductions and tax credits.

Is the PDC program affiliated with PMI?
UT PDC is a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). All project management course instructors and mentors are PMI certified Project Management Professionals (PMP).

What textbook will we use? Are books included in the tuition?
The Guide to the Project Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), 5th Edition. The cost of the guide is included in the tuition.

What if I have a question or concern? Is there someone I can speak to?
Yes. You can contact the program coordinator at 512-471-4633.

How do I register?
You may register for the Project Management Certificate Program with the secure online registration form or by contacting our registrar at (512) 232-4334 or (800) 687-7345. You may also download the registration form.

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