The Project Management Certificate provides a comprehensive overview toward successful project implementations. The ten week course is highly interactive and energetic and will include a combination of lecture, Q and A, group exercises, and tests to evaluate knowledge transfer. Key tenets of good project management practice is excellent communication, empowering leadership, strong people skills, a firm and consistent management style, combined with experience and wisdom.
Project Management Q & A
Who should take this course?
Anyone who is responsible for the planning, scheduling, controlling, staffing and motivating a team of people who are engaged in accomplishing a set of predefined goals (e.g.. build a home, write a software program, start a business) would benefit from this course. The reason is that it incorporates the necessary planning methods, the basics of accounting and the means by which progress can be measured. Recovery schemes for projects that are behind schedule, over budget or undergoing other jeopardizing factors are also provided to ensure success.
Prerequisite: At least one (1) year of experience managing projects or leading tasks.
What benefits will I get from this course?
Upon successful completion of this program, 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 this class prepare me to take the PMP test?
The content and topics covered in this program are taken from the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). The PMBOK houses the content from which the Project Management Institute (PMI) draws the questions for the test. However, this is not a PMP test preparation course. This course is designed to teach the practical application of project management. This course does meet the 35 hours of project management education required to take the PMP.
Why should I take this class instead of one of the others?
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. This class addresses 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.
Is this course current with the PMBOK?
Actually, as the PMBOK is only updated roughly every two to four years, some of what is covered in the class supersedes PMBOK content.
Are there other ways to prepare for the PMP test?
Yes; several other options including books, CD’s, online classes, and test prep workshops varying in cost from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
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. Then your team will present your project at the last session.
- Understand project management terminology, processes, tools and techniques.
- Become familiar with the different project management methodologies.
- Learn how to apply the phased-based templates for the phases of a project.
- Identify how to document, communicate, and handle team challenges during a project.
- Be prepared to create a project health report for budget, schedule, scope, and quality.
- Experience real-time team exercises that can be applied in the workplace immediately.
Lead Instructor Cass Tang talks about the program
Instructor Cass Tang is the founder and president of All Project Solutions Inc., a Pacific Northwest Company serving clients nationwide since 2007. Tang has worked as a senior adviser, consultant and a mechanical engineer with over 25 years of experience in the fields of industry, manufacturing, finance, healthcare and technology. Tang has been teaching Project Management at UW Tacoma since fall 2012.
Above all, the key to the certificate program is providing a framework, the necessary terminology and giving students a hand-on experience to apply the concepts in a safe, collaborative and fun environment, said Project Management instructor Cass Tang. Tang contacted the KeyBank Professional Development Center Director Lisa Reeves to find a way to share her skills. “After speaking with Ms. Reeves, we both shared our individual visions and created a dynamic curriculum for the UW Tacoma community,” Tang said. “It was Ms. Reeves’ trust and confidence in me, giving me a chance to show how I can help her build student enrollment, and allowing me to use my creativity and experience to create the Project Management Certificate program that it has become today.”Read more...
Registration, Tuition and Fees
No admission application is required.
Register and pay course tuition and fees: $1899 plus a registration fee. Upon successful completion of the Project Management program, you will earn a Certificate of Completion and 4.0 continuing education units (CEU's).
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