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Project Management Essentials 15 PDUs   

This is the recommended first course in the Project Management Certificate Program. Successful completion fulfills 15 Professional Development Units toward SPSCC certificate completion and can be submitted to PMI subject to their audit process.

This two-day course addresses the nuts and bolts of general project management essentials for anyone charged with leading a project team to successful completion. Participants will discuss practical and fundamental knowledge areas and processes outlined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge, as well as participate in hands-on activities that will help them to plan and execute projects on time, stay on budget, and work with maximum efficiency.  The course will address both traditional waterfall project management approaches and Agile project management.

 Performance Objectives:   Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Define project management and contrast it with program management.
  • Identify the relationships between projects, programs and portfolios.
  • Distinguish between traditional/predictive project and agile/adaptive project delivery frameworks and methodologies.
  • Explain key project management process groups.
  • Identify and apply the ten knowledge areas of project management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic project management terminology and concepts.
  • Relate the importance of stakeholder management to project success.
  • Demonstrate the importance of the project initiation process and project charter.
  • Understand the key elements of a project charter and its relationship as a communications tool.
  • Understand how to elaborate on the project charter to develop a realistic project management plan, budget and schedule.
  • Manage project controls to ensure project success.
  • Relate the project management principles to practical, real-world experiences.
  • Explain the fundamental concepts and application of Lean-Agile solutions delivery.


This course addresses the following knowledge areas identified by the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 7th ed. (PMI):

  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management


Audience:  All interested employees responsible with the planning and management of any type of project.

Please note: Students who register less than three days prior to class may not receive their book until after class ends.

  • Project Management Essentials 15 PDUs
  • Fee: $395.00
    Item: 31405
    Dates: 6/20/2024 - 6/21/2024
    Building: SOL01
    Room: 0L1-182
    Instructor: Heidi Brownell

    Number of Sessions: 2 L01-182 - ThFr 8:00AM - 4:30PM

    Refund Policy: Cancellations must be received five business days prior to the first day of class in order to receive a full refund.


  • Project Management Essentials 15 PDUs
  • Fee: $395.00
    Item: 14003
    Dates: 8/21/2024 - 8/22/2024
    Building: SOONL
    Room: Online
    Instructor: David Pratt

    Number of Sessions: 2 Online - WeTh 8:00AM - 4:30PM

    Refund Policy: Cancellations must be received five business days prior to the first day of class in order to receive a full refund.


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