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Project Management Certificate Program

Project Management Certificate Program in Downtown LA

Program Description

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Professional Certificate in Project Management program will prepare individuals with the leadership, communication and technical skills required to effectively plan, manage and control projects. Found in many industries, project management roles are in high demand. The Project Manager works with a number of individuals toward an end goal, and is tasked with keeping the team on task and within budget. He or she must communicate well with a variety of people, including management and clients internally and externally, keeping in mind the message may vary depending on the audience. Students will earn a Certificate of Completion for completing the two required courses for this program.
Cal State LA's certificate program delivers lectures, real-world case studies, and hands-on exercises that will provide best practices according to the Project Management Institute's (PMI®) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). Upon completion of the program, those who qualify will be better prepared to take the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) or Project Management Professional (PMP®) exams offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The program fulfills the educational requirement needed to sit for the exams. Achieving the PMP certification will help distinguish you as an expert in the profession of project management that is recognized both domestically and internationally, as it sets the standard for excellence in project management.
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Employment Outlook

According to Project Management Institute (PMI), a non-profit membership association for project managers, a project is defined as "a unique, temporary group activity designed to produce a unique profit, service or result" and project management is "the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently." Recent studies show the need for project managers is growing and, with it, salaries are increasing. According to PMI, the median salary for a project manager in the United States was $105,000 in 2011, and may increase with various certifications. Separately, a 2012 study by Anderson Economic Group predicts that 32.6 million employees with project management skills will be needed by 2016, and nearly 1.2 million project manager positions with need to be filled each year through 2016.

Who Should Enroll?

Individuals who are either looking to enter the project management field or who already manage projects in both the public or private sectors such as engineering, architecture, computer and other high-tech fields, construction and real estate development should enroll.

Tuition & Fees

To earn a certificate of completion, students must complete the two courses listed below.
Course 1: PMGT 7001 – Initiating and Planning a Project (2 units) $600
Course 2: PMGT 7002 – Executing, Controlling and Closing a Project (2 units) $600
Tuition: $300 per unit
Total Program Cost: $1,200
Textbooks, Materials, Expenses (parking): Not included
Tuition and Fees must be paid prior to the start of classes each term.

Course Schedule

To earn a certificate of completion, students must complete the two courses listed below with a grade of “C” or better for a total of 60 seat hours.
(Two units/30 hours) Thursdays
Dates: 01/26/2017-03/16/2017

After an initial overview of project management and how it is the most effective means of delivering a product, service or result within time, cost and resource constraints, you will gain a working knowledge of how projects are initiated and planned for. This includes defining and planning the triple-constrains of scope, time and cost; identifying and planning the project’s risk; as well as planning for quality, communication, and procurement of outsourced resources and services.
(Two units/30 hours) Thursdays
Dates: 03/30/2017-5/18/2017

Once the project planning is complete, it is time to launch your project! This entails ensuring you identify and acquire a high-performing team and leading them to project completion. Managing risk, issues and changes, requires that you utilize methods, practices and tools that will allow you, your team and stakeholders to use data driven, measurable and quantified project status reports to make the most informed decisions. This will be accomplished by learning Earned Value Management that is considered one of the most effective methods for tracking project status and forecasting project results.

How to Enroll

To enroll in the program, you must first claim a seat through the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) Online Portal (you will be prompted to create an account if you don't already have one). Registration and payment instructions will be sent to those students who claim seats.