Project Management Certificate Program

Project management is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It's a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals -- and thus, better compete in their markets. It has always been practiced informally, but began to emerge as a distinct profession in the mid-20th century. Today, it is one of the top skills demanded by organizations around the world.

The Project Management Institute (PMI), the recognized leader in the field, offers several certificates; all of which require a specified number of educational hours provided by a recognized educational provider, and all (except the entry-level certificate) require a specified amount of project management experience.

The Sonoma State University Project Management Certification & Exam Preparation Course will meet the 23-hour educational requirement to sit for the entry-level Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam and will offer experienced project managers the 35-hour educational requirement necessary to qualify for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. The course will not include the PMI exam as that must be administered by a PMI-licensed testing facility.

Upon successfully completing the SSU course, students will receive a Certificate in Project Management issued by Sonoma State University, regardless of their status with the PMI exam.

The proposed course will also provide training in the use of Microsoft Project, and a copy of the software will be bundled with the text. The inclusion of M/S Project training will differentiate the SSU course from other project management courses, and the issuance of an SSU Certificate in Project Management will distinguish our course from the exam-prep only courses.

Who Should Attend:

  • Professionals who seek to complete the educational hours necessary to qualify for the PMI exams or individuals qualified to sit for a PMI exam but desiring a structured learning environment before actually taking the exam.

  • Current project managers who have not had the benefit of formal training or the benefit of a distinction that recognizes their expertise and experience.

  • Professionals seeking to make a career change into project management.

  • Senior managers responsible for overseeing projects and hiring or appointing project managers.