What is Project Management? More specifically, what is a project?
A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result. It is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and, therefore, has a defined scope and resources. Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements. Even professionals without the title "project manager" find these skills and tools useful.
The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading professional organization to standardize and codify this knowledge through PMI’s "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge" (PMBOK® Guide), as well as certifications such as the CAPM and PMP exams.
As business needs and methodologies shift, our Project Management program has expanded to offer multiple courses that lead to successful project implementations following PMI practices. These courses are designed to give practical and hands-on tools for professionals in the workplace – whether that is in construction, software development, or customer-facing services. Our instructor-led courses are not specifically exam prep courses, but cover key information for and are eligible towards the educational units to take those exams. We do offer offer several online, on-demand options for exam preparation, as well.
This 23-hour course is great for those who want to understand the basics of project management or take the CAPM exam. It focuses on the existing predictive methodology (waterfall) taught through PMBOK® 6. Offered virtually via Zoom.
Project Management is our core, 40-hour course. It has been updated to reflect the new systems approach to project management that PMI has shifted towards with PMBOK® 7 and the current PMP exam. Offered in-person ONLY.
The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) is the leading system for implementing Agile, Lean, and DevOps practices at scale. The SAFe Certification Exam is included with the course. Offered virtually via Zoom.
Virtual webinars and workshops (90 minutes - 3 hours, via Zoom) are offered throughout the year for those who want to explore specialized topics and challenges in project management - including those around diversity and equity.
For Project Management and Foundations of Project Management, we recommend students have at least one year of project experience responsible for the planning, scheduling, controlling, resourcing, and motivating of a team of people engaged in accomplishing a set of predefined goals.
Is there an application to take these classes?
No application is required for these courses. If you are interested in becoming certified through the Project Management Institute (PMI), you will need to follow their application procedures.
Why study project management?
Upon successful completion of Project Management or Foundations of Project Management, each student will be able to plan, schedule, and control a project including the acquisition of staff and their motivation. The skills acquired are not restricted to just the project management role but in other aspects of professional and personal life. These skills include creating and maintaining a budget, recognizing and mitigating risk, monitoring and assessing progress in achieving a goal, developing and communicating a strategy and making professional, public presentations.
Will these classes prepare me to take the PMP test?
Our courses are designed to teach the practical application of project management. Course hours are applicable towards the required educational hours to take PMI exams. The PMBOK houses the content from which the Project Management Institute (PMI) draws the questions for the test. Course hours are applicable towards the 35 hours of project management education required to take the PMP.
However, Project Management and Foundations of Project Management are not PMP test preparation courses. About 25% of our students take a separate exam prep course prior to sitting for the PMP exam. You will receive a Certificate of Completion with successful completion of either course.
Why should I take your class instead of another?
Programs specific to test preparation will teach you the material specific to the test, however, they may not teach you the benefits of engaging in certain management practices described in the PMBOK. Project Management and Foundations of Project Management address what to do, why and when you should do it, and what the pros/cons, risks/benefits of using a particular method are. You will have access to the tools that help you become an effective Project Manager. Multiple methods are discussed, as well as how and when to select the appropriate ones in practical application.
Are the courses current with the PMBOK®?
Project Management has been updated to include information from PMBOK® 7 and The Standard for Project Management.
The content and topics covered in Foundations of Project Management are taken from the Project Management Body of Knowledge, version 6 (PMBOK® 6) and other supplemental readings consistent with the CAPM®.
What else do I need to know about this class?
During this class, you will learn criteria on when to use what and, in the handout notes, reference material on details as well as citations to books and papers that detail the methods even further. You will work with a team to develop a project using the project management skills you are learning and present your project in the last session.