Project Management Certificate Program
This program offers a structured sequence of courses to prepare students for careers in the planning and business fields. It's designed for managers and supervisors who are involved in engineering, research and development, data processing, construction, facilities management, manufacturing, corporate planning, finance, and marketing.
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Penn State is a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.).
We're committed to enhancing the ongoing professional development of PMI® Members, PMI-certified Project Management Professionals (PMP®), and other project management stakeholders. We also offer Project Management Supplemental topics.
The courses must be taken in sequence and cannot CANNOT be taken concurrently. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded for each contact hour (2.1 CEUs per course). Professional Development Unit hours are necessary for individuals who wish to record the status of professional development requirements.
A Penn State certificate is awarded upon completion of the four required courses.
Continuing Education Units
Continuing Education Units (CEUs), based on a standard of one unit per 10 hours of classroom contact, are awarded to Project Management students.
The required courses listed below are approved for Act 48 credit.
Penn State reserves the right to cancel courses because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.
Spring 2016 Schedule of Courses
BUSAD 5538: Project Initiation and Planning
This course is an introduction to project management and explores the role of the project manager, project communications, project leadership, the planning process, objectives, scope, and success criteria. This is the first of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management.
Mondays and Thursdays, January 18 through February 8, 2016
6 to 9 p.m.
BUSAD 5539: Project Scheduling and Integration
Topics include the work breakdown structure, project schedule, PERT/GANTT/CPM methods, and project integration. This is the second of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management.
Prerequisite: Project Initiation and Planning
Mondays and Thursdays, February 15 through March 7, 2016
6 to 9 p.m.
BUSAD 5540: Project Costing and Control
This course continues the project cycle and introduces selection criteria, procurement, cost estimating, and control mechanisms. This is the third of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management.
Prerequisites: Project Initiation and Planning; Project Scheduling and Integration
Mondays and Thursdays, March 14 through April 7, 2016
6 to 9 p.m.
BUSAD 5541: Project Risk and Change Management
This is the fourth of four required courses and introduces risk and change management, team conflicts, quality, ethics, and closeout.
Prerequisites: Project Initiation and Planning; Project Scheduling and Integration; Project Costing and Control
Mondays and Thursdays, April 11 through May 2, 2016
6 to 9 p.m.
Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam Preparation (35 hours)
Participants receive a strong overview of the knowledge required to pass the PMP® Certification Exam. This course is designed to focus on the mastery of the knowledge-level and the application-level questions on the PMP® exam. The course covers all knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute's (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Participants will also learn the style of questions expected on the PMP® Exam as well as cover material that is not contained within the PMBOK® Guide, but which is considered fair game for the PMP® Exam. Review of tips for taking exams, methodology, and strategy will also be covered.
Mondays and Thursdays, May 9 through June 16, 2016
6 to 9 p.m.
Students with Disabilities
Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation and/or have questions about physical access available at Penn State Beaver, please contact Jill Tress, coordinator of disabilities services and the Center for Academic Achievement, 724-773-3867. If additional assistance is needed, please contact the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education, 724-773-3700.