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Project Management

Certificate in Project Management

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  • Overview

    A key factor in the success of any organization in today’s competitive business environment is the ability to successfully and consistently deliver results despite increasing customer expectations, limited resources and competing priorities. Based on the project-orientation of most organizational initiatives, the ability to successfully manage projects has therefore emerged as one of the most critical capabilities that an organization must possess to remain successful.

    The Certificate in Project Management at UMBC Training Centers provides the aspiring or current project manager with the skills and knowledge required to successfully manage projects within government, business, and non-profit environments. The program combines a comprehensive review of major project management processes and knowledge with hands-on learning activities to ensure participants finish with practical skills which can be applied immediately on the job.

    In addition to developing new skills and techniques to be able to successfully manage projects on-time and on-budget, successful candidates will be awarded a Certificate in Project Management from UMBC Training Centers. Completion of this program augments participants’ professional credentials for current or future employers.

    Upon completion of the workshop, students will be able to:

    • Identify and formulate project tasks
    • Consistently estimate individual task time and cost within a tolerance of 10%
    • Schedule resources for each task
    • Compute total project time and cost
    • Use Earned Value Management (EVM) to identify project status and project future outcomes.
    • Identify project slippage and formulate corrective actions
    • Communicate status to management and other stakeholders
    • Apply common charting techniques such as TASK, Gantt, personnel loading, and PERT
    • Conduct meetings efficiently and achieve results
    • Apply common charting techniques such as, Gantt, Resource Assignment Matrix, and network diagram, to create a project plan
    • Work with stakeholders to correctly formulate the scope of project requirements and the constraints on the project
    • Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    • Determine areas of project risk, formulate a plan to counter those risks, and use a Risk Register to manage risk during project execution
    • Develop more reliable estimates throughout the project lifecycle
    • Explain the relationship between project planning and effective execution and control
    • Use Earned Value Management (EVM) to identify project status and project future outcomes
    • Identify project slippage and formulate corrective actions
    • Create and use a Stakeholders’ Communication Plan
    • Increase personal effectiveness by addressing the critical elements of communication.
    • Build openness, trust and respect among team members to improve interpersonal processes and foster interaction.
    • Exercise greater influence by applying the most appropriate influence strategies and addressing conflict constructively.
    • Use network analysis to make schedule and resource decisions
    • Plan and conduct a kick-off meeting

    All content delivered in the Certificate in Project Management is aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). *The PMBOK® Guide is not included in the cost of tuition nor is it necessary for students to have this text to participate in the program. Participants who successfully complete the Certificate in Project Management and who meet certain experience requirements may be interested in pursuing PMI’s® Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. This class also satisfies the majority of your FAC-P/PM level 1 requirements (call for more information).

  • Who Should Take This Course


    This program is suitable for individuals seeking to enter the field of project management or for current project managers who desire additional education and training on project management skills and techniques.

  • Why You Should Take This Course

    Upon completion of the course, students can claim 46 Technical PDUs and 10 Leadership PDUs from the Project Management Institute.

  • Schedule
  • Course Outline


    • What is a project?
    • Common reasons why technology projects fail
    • Critical factors for project success
    • How project management relates to project life cycle processes and activities
    • The role of the project manager
    • Successful and unsuccessful common traits

    Basic Functions of a Project Manager

    • Defining objectives
    • Identifying and ordering tasks
    • Establishing estimates and other measurement criteria
    • Organizing resources
    • Providing a reporting mechanism
    • Establishing a change procedure
    • Establishing an acceptance procedure

    Planning the Project

    • Assigning objective measures of performance
    • Defining the overall project scope
    • Developing an effective WBS
    • Creating task estimates
    • Assigning resource responsibility
    • Defining the critical path
    • Scheduling the work and developing a timeline
    • Developing the project budget
    • Setting the performance management baseline

    The PM as Leader

    • Personal views on leadership
    • Overview – leadership competencies and principles of leadership
    • Leadership vs. management
    • Understanding your role
    • Understanding yourself and others
    • Build effective working relationships w/ different personalities
    • Communicate effectively w/ different personalities

    Build a Cohesive & Effective Team

    • Stages of team development
    • Create an environment conducive to teamwork
    • Essential interpersonal skills for team effectiveness
    • Team problem-solving
    • Techniques to team progress & effectiveness

    Build Influence & Power

    • Influence strategies
    • Sources of power
    • Build & expand a power network

    Managing Resistance to Change

    • An examination of why people resist change
    • Recognizing symptoms of resistance
    • Developing coping/diffusing tactics

    The Specifics of Estimating

    • What constitutes a good estimate?
    • What is the basis for estimating?
    • Estimate predictions for three plan parameters
    • Four Rules to consider when making estimates
    • Estimating from the top down
    • Estimating from the bottom-up
    • Improving accuracy with three point estimates

    Risk Analysis

    • Assessing the project’s exposure to adverse consequences
    • Components of risk
    • Using the risk analysis questionnaire
    • Communicating the results
    • Using sensitivity analysis to refine the plan
    • Potential Problem Analysis: The Key to Success
    • Assessing adverse consequences

    Controlling the Project

    • Basic tenet: You cannot control what you cannot measure!
    • Establishing the proper elements of control
    • Developing the change control procedure
    • Using a “trouble log” to manage project problems
    • The use of briefing boards
    • Employing Earned Value Management
    • Taking corrective actions

    Project Reporting

    • Reporting to Management
    • Levels of reporting
    • Types of reports
    • Determining information needs

    Project Closure

    • Releasing the final product
    • Delivering project assets
    • Handling contracts
    • Releasing project resources
    • Conducting “lessons learned” sessions
  • FAQs
    Is there a discount available for current students?

    UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Online courses are excluded from this offer.

    What is the cancellation and refund policy?

    Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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