Project management is important for managers to ensure plans, expectations, deliverables, and deadlines are met across a variety of areas including engineering, research and development, data processing, construction, facilities management, manufacturing, corporate planning, finance, and marketing.
The four-course Project Management Certificate Program prepares students for careers in the planning and business fields.
Penn State is a Project Management Institute (PMI)® Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). We are 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.
Program Scope and Sequence
Each project management course is approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to receive one Professional Development Unit (PDU) for each contact hour (21 PDUs per course). PDUs are necessary for individuals who wish to maintain their status of Project Management Professional (PMP) and for individuals who wish to register for the PMP certification exam.
A certificate is awarded upon completion of the four required courses. Courses MUST be taken in sequence and CANNOT be taken concurrently. If an individual has a PMP designation through the Project Management Institute, course prerequisites are not mandatory. Participants not wishing to take the entire sequence are welcome to take any course that interests them pending prerequisite knowledge.
Who Should Attend
This program is specifically designed for managers and supervisors involved in projects working in the fields of engineering, research and development, data processing, construction, facilities management, manufacturing, corporate planning, finance, and marketing.
Throughout this program, students will be able to apply project management practices such as project initiation, planning and scheduling, project cost management, and project risk management, to achieve success in a wide variety of fields, including; marketing, financial services, information technology, government, construction and others. Upon completion of the certificate program, students will have earned 84 educational PDUs that they can put towards achieving the PMP credential through the Project Management Institute.
Continuing Education Units
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded based on a standard of one unit per ten (10) hours of classroom contact.
DAWIA Continuous Learning Points (CLP) are awarded to NAVSEA employees based on the DAU standard of one point for each contact hour (21 CLPs per course).
BUSAD 5538: Project Initiation and Planning
Introduction to project management – the role of the project manager, project communications, and project leadership as well as the planning process including objectives, scope, and success criteria. The first of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management.
BUSAD 5539: Project Scheduling and Integration
The Work Breakdown Structure, Project Schedule, PERT/GANTT/CPM methods, and Project Integration. The second of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management. Prerequisite: Project Initiation and Planning.
BUSAD 5540: Project Costing and Control
Continues the Project Cycle and introduces selection criteria, procurement, cost estimating, and control mechanisms. The third of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management. Prerequisite: Project Initiation and Planning, and Project Scheduling and Integration.
BUSAD 5541: Project Risk and Change Management
The fourth of four required courses introduces risk and change management, team conflicts, quality, ethics, and closeout. Prerequisite: Project Initiation and Planning, Project Scheduling and Integration, and Project Costing and Control.
Registration, Schedule, and Cost
All courses will be delivered remotely via Zoom. Registration links for future classes will be published here as they become available.
|Course #||Course Title||Sessions||Times||Dates||Cost|
|Project Initiation and Planning||7||6:00 – 9:00 p.m.||Thursdays
Aug. 27 to Oct. 8
|Project Scheduling and Integration||7||6:00 – 9:00 p.m.||Thursdays
Oct. 22 to Dec. 10
|Project Costing and Control||7||6:00 – 9:00 p.m.||Thursdays
Jan. 14, 2021, to Feb. 25, 2021
|Project Risk and Change Management||7||6:00 – 9:00 p.m.||Thursdays
March 18, 2021, to April 29, 2021