Project management— A high-demand skill set
Successful companies and organizations in all fields use project management to achieve breakthrough results. The powerful and versatile tools of project management are transferable to any work environment around the world and can be used to manage any project, no matter how complex. In addition, project managers earn excellent salaries.
To be a successful project manager, you need to understand business requirements and also know how to effectively plan, organize, control and lead a project through its entire life cycle. This certificate gives you hands-on experience with practical tools, including the use of software, risk assessment and team techniques that support effective project management. It is also a great starting place to fulfill the requirement of project management education hours for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation.
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UD’s Project Management Certificate program has been updated to align with PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition
To earn the Project Management Certificate, you must complete each module with a passing grade and earn a “C” or above as the course grade.
Module 1: Project Management Framework, Initiating and Planning
This module provides an introduction to project management concepts and the terminology commonly encountered in the world of project management. Further, it describes the constraints and benefits of project management and then presents an overview of project management standards and related disciplines. After forming into project teams, students begin to identify a problem or opportunity that needs to be solved. This will lead to the process of selecting and prioritizing projects. Topics include:
- Project Management Foundational Concepts
- Standards for Project Management
- Project Management Knowledge Areas
- Project Management Processes
- Defining Organizations and Matrixes
- Determining Project Life Cycles
- Selecting and Prioritizing Projects
Project teams will initiate a project by completing a project charter. After completing the project charter, the project teams will identify project stakeholders and develop a stakeholder register. The project teams begin the process of planning a project in earnest by conducting a risk analysis, creating a communication plan, developing a work breakdown structure, and defining the required tasks. Students then estimate the duration and work for all tasks in the project. Topics include:
- Summarizing Project Objectives
- Project Strategy and Business Case
- Developing a Project Charter
- Identifying Project Stakeholders
- Developing a Project Management Plan
- Defining the Project Scope
- Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
- Identifying and Managing Project Resources
- Estimating Activity Resources and Durations
- Developing a Project Schedule
- Cost Analysis and Budgeting
- Developing a Communication Management Plan
- Identifying and Assessing Project Risk
Module 2: Scheduling, Execution, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing
This includes planning the work involved in the project and determining the project schedule. After finalizing the project plan, the project baseline is set against which progress is tracked and performance is measured so that corrective action can be taken when necessary to meet project objectives. Topics include:
- Procuring Project Resources
- Refining Your Project Schedule
- Tracking Progress against the Project Management Plan
- Viewing Variances with Graphical Indicators
- Controlling Variances
- Measuring Performance and Projecting Forecast with Earned Value Analysis
- Team Development and Leadership
- Quality Management
- Status Reporting
Closing a project formalizes acceptance of the product, service or result and brings the project or a project phase to an orderly end. As the final requirement for completion of the certificate, students present their capstone project and share lessons learned. Topics include:
- Lessons Learned
- Closing a Project or Phase
- Archiving Historical Information
- Capstone Project Presentations
The Project Management Certificate is designed to help you:
- Understand the role and functions of the project manager
- Plan and manage projects using tools such as Work Breakdown Structures, Gantt charts, and PERT charts
- Manage your time, budget and project team more effectively
- Apply these tools immediately by completing a project plan and budget as part of the course of study
- Meet the education requirements for your Project Management Institute (PMI®) credential.
- Acquire practical, use-it-next-day skills to manage any project, large or small.
- Get hands-on experience using powerful, versatile tools to keep your projects on track, on time and on budget.
- Earn the required Project Management Education Hours toward a Project Management Institute (PMI®) certification
- Earn PDUs (Professional Development Units) for recertification purpose through the Project Management Institute (PMI®)
Who should participate
- Newly appointed or aspiring project managers
- Experienced project leaders who want to take their management skills to the next level
- Managers who want to apply the discipline of project management to make their organizations more effective and more competitive
- Business and management professionals who want to enhance their planning and resource management knowledge
- Project managers seeking an entry into the Project Management Institute’s PMP® (Project Management Professional) certification process
The Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects. The PMP credential is offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI®).
This program is an excellent starting place to attain the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation, which remains the global standard for professional project managers.
About the Project Management Institute (PMI®)
The Project Management Institute was the first organization to offer a credential specifically for project managers, and continues to be one of the world’s largest professional membership associations. With half a million members and credential holders in more than 185 countries, it seeks to advance the project management profession through globally recognized standards and certifications, collaborative communities, an extensive research program, and professional development opportunities.
Learn more about the top 11 benefits of attaining the PMP® credential.
- There are no academic prerequisites for this program. Project managers can come from virtually any educational or experience background.
- Project managers have to be able to understand and communicate both the technical and business cases for a project.
- Access to a computer (PC or MAC) with internet access is required for this course. A laptop is preferred.
"Since completing the program, I have moved into a new role managing large scale global projects." - Shams Naim
"This course introduced me to Microsoft Project, which I find to be a very useful tool."
- Ginny Kucharski
"I pursued the Project Management Certificate in order to increase my value as an employee with my company." - Randy Huber
Ronald J. DeLuca, MCPM, PMP
Ron DeLuca, MCPM (Master Certified Construction Project Manager), and PMP (Project Management Professional), is Director for the University of Delaware's Project Management Certificate Program and has served on the PMI-DVC (Project Management Institute-Delaware Valley Chapter) Board of Directors as Vice President of Education and Development.
For several years, Ron has taught corporate outreach project management training programs for pharmaceutical, informational technology, government and not-for-profit organizations. He teaches Project Management at Temple University Fox School of Business, and for the National Association of Home Builders, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) courses, sanctioned by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is a licensed instructor for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware Real Estate Commissions, and the Pennsylvania Board of Certified State Appraisers.
Ron is President and founder of DeLuca Project Management & Associates, Inc., a company specializing in Project and Construction Management. After securing financing at 21.99%, he completed his first speculative major building project in 1983. Since then, his projects have been showcased in publications, including a front cover story of Builder/Architect Magazine. He has been a featured guest on radio and television, and consults as an expert witness concerning construction liability cases for the TASA Group. He was elected President of the Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania and has served on the Board of Directors at both the state and national levels.
Toni Bush Neal
Toni Bush Neal is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 23 years of experience in successfully developing and driving the execution of projects for both private- and public-sector companies. In addition to being certified in project management, Ms. Bush Neal is certified in change management and performance measurement and earned certificates in Lean Six Sigma, Balanced Scorecard, and Program Management.
She is a valued advisor to executives and business leaders and a passionate higher education professional who teaches business strategy and project management. Ms. Bush Neal currently serves as a trustee for the Delaware Art Museum and serves on the board of the Wilmington Senior Center. She has also served as a board member for the Delaware State Board of Architects, Trustees of Color, and Dress for Success Delaware.
Ms. Bush Neal holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Delaware, an MBA from Pennsylvania State University, and has completed post-graduate studies at Harvard University and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.