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Project Management Certificate

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Most professional development courses for the foreseeable future will be delivered online. A small selection of courses will be offered in-person. Courses that are available virtually are denoted with "Online Option" in the course title.

  • Cost: $4,190, reflects 10% discount for registering all courses in certificate at once. The discount is the equivalent of getting a one-day course for free!
  • Credits: 60 contact hours, 6.0 CEUs
  • Courses: 9 courses to complete the certificate, 6 required and 3 electives
  • Location: U of M Twin Cities campus in Saint Paul, Continuing Education and Conference Center
  • Webinars: CCAPS offers free webinars on a variety of topics to help you hone your business acumen. Catch up on past webinars and register for our upcoming webinar  "New Year, New Career" on December 10.

Being an in-demand, successful project manager requires a combination of process and human interaction skills. With this certificate you'll lay a strong foundation of knowledge and the interpersonal aspects of being an effective project manager.

  • Negotiate and resolve conflicts
  • Manage risk and change
  • Build and motivate project teams
  • Ensure project control and successfully close projects


Video: Project Management Testimonials

Project Management Certificate Courses


Required Courses (42 contact hours)

(Courses are listed in recommended sequence. Nine courses are required: the first six listed below, plus three electives)

Begin by understanding what a project is and how you can improve your role as a better project manager, while building a solid foundation of the project management essentials.

Following this course you will:

  • be made aware of the multiple dimensions of project management.
  • understand the role of the project manager.
  • differentiate between types of organizations and how they affect project management.
  • identify project phases and what needs to happen at each.
  • be introduced to the ten knowledge areas in the Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK® Guide.

Learn how to communicate with stakeholders, analyze the organization, develop a budget, and identify roles and responsibilities during the critical planning stages of your projects.

Following this course you will be able to:

  • define the organizational context for project managers.
  • identify how your project fits into the organization's strategy and how projects are selected and prioritized.
  • analyze the role of external documents such as the business case and project statement of work (SOW).
  • understand the project manager's role in developing an effective project charter.
  • learn how to identify stakeholders and their requirements and devise strategies for engaging them.

Accurate and complete project plans enable effective management of projects to estimate resources, communicate project details to all stakeholders, assign roles, direct program work, and measure and assess project status.

Following this course you will be able to:

  • identify detailed project requirements.
  • use a work breakdown structure (WBS) to accurately determine task sequencing, a schedule, and a budget.
  • develop a plan to manage changes to project scope.
  • develop a plan to communicate with all stakeholders.
  • plan for any vendor procurements.
  • identify potential project risks and plan to deal with them.

Manage and monitor changes throughout a project, communicate with stakeholders, and take steps to close the project.

Following the course you will be able to:

  • use the project plan as a baseline to track progress and identify variance.
  • create and use an integrated change control system to manage project changes.
  • take timely and effective corrective action to keep the project on track.
  • implement quality control measures to assure deliverables match requirements.
  • formally close a project or project phase.

Discover strategies to mold and motivate your project team through team building and for solid decision-making.

Following this course you will be able to:

  • recognize the organizational culture and its influence on project teams.
  • use a leadership style that positively influences the project team.
  • take appropriate action to influence others.
  • build team orientation within a project.
  • understand at a suitable level all issues associated with a project.
  • facilitate solutions across all issues related to the project.

Learn to encourage a trust-based context for handling uncertainty through project risk management planning, while gaining knowledge to monitor and control risk on a project effectively.

Following this course you will be able to:

  • recognize the need for risk and opportunity management.
  • lead your team to identify and effectively manage project risks and opportunities.
  • use risk management techniques to initiate and manage change requests.
  • identify new risks, then correct and update the risk response plan.
  • integrate risk management with other project management activities.

Elective Courses

(Choose three from the list below)

Comprehend and evaluate business problems and solutions to become a strategic business partner in your organization.

Following the course you will understand:

  • how your work impacts the bottom line of an organization.
  • how your role and work links to overall strategic direction.
  • how to influence up by describing and applying strategic alignment to business decisions, communications, and everyday interactions with colleagues.
  • what KPIs (key performance indicators) are and how these link from the very top of the business leadership through to technology and work efforts.
  • how work efforts deliver value to the business at the enterprise level.
  • how to discuss and apply methods of evaluating the cost/benefit of work efforts and projects.
  • how business initiatives are selected and funded.

In our rapidly changing globalized workplaces, effective intercultural communication is more important than ever. 

Following this session, you will be able to:

  • analyze and apply key issues of intercultural communication, including awareness, self-reflection, cultural assumptions, and cultural intelligence.
  • evaluate solutions for effective communication on cross-cultural teams (including virtual or remote teams) that consider language and cultural diversity, technology, trust, and collaboration.
  • identify and implement practical strategies to improve your communication across cultures.

Develop a solid foundation to begin working with Agile methods.

Following the course you will understand:

  • Agile Manifesto Values and Principles.
  • how Agile methods can assist teams and organizations in achieving desired outcomes and goals.
  • the difference between popular Agile methods of Scrum, eXtreme Programming (XP), Lean Software Development, and Kanban.
  • the paradigm shift from project work to working on products.
  • the move to customer-focused delivery vs. technology-focused delivery.

Develop your negotiation skills by learning to apply proven strategies and techniques to everyday situations as you learn about the negotiation process.

Following this course you will be able to:

  • evaluate your own and others' negotiation styles.
  • recognize hidden needs and agendas.
  • establish common goals.
  • counteract ploys and pressure tactics.
  • make concessions without giving in.

Understand complex systems and chaos and how they manifest in your organization, and learn to develop strategies for managing stress and minimizing risk due to this chaos.

Following this course you will be able to:

  • understand complex systems and chaos and how they manifest in your organization.
  • recognize emergent behavior in the organization.
  • identify where and when chaos is likely to occur.
  • develop risk mitigation schemes for your work.
  • manage your work and life within the chaotic environment.
  • recognize and avoid common problems caused by chaos.

Meet the needs of your audience, accomplish your goals, and write for precision, clarity, and style.

Following this course you will be able to:

  • plan writing projects with a thorough understanding of a target audience.
  • format technical documents and avoid common errors of grammar.
  • appreciate document structure and the strategy of style.
  • improve the use of precise language in order to avoid confusion and ambiguity.
  • optimize the combination of words with images in technical documents.

Learn strategies to take new products from concept to commercialization.

Following this course you will be able to:

  • distinguish between innovation and invention.
  • recognize and apply techniques used to generate and screen new product ideas.
  • develop a clear marketing strategy for a selected new product idea, while taking into account the major factors contributing to success and failure in new product development.
  • develop an action plan for improving NPD in your business.
  • use success factors in NPD: corporate strategy, strategic management, cultural factors, organizational structure, information, uncertainty management, people, and process.
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 Stories from the Field 

Dick DeBlieck

Instructor Weighs In

What skills are necessary to be a successful project manager? Instructor Dick DeBlieck explains which characteristics will help a professional advance in the field and shares other tidbits about the profession and the advantage of taking a course at the U.



Group photo of Collaborative Leadership Team

Agile Levels Up

In today’s fast-paced, globalized business environment, it’s more important than ever for project managers to have the tools needed to usher projects efficiently from concept to end user. Agile is such a tool. An agile instructor, a student, and the program director explain how CCAPS delivers this popular program.


Josh Kline

Student Puts Skills to Work

Josh Kline needed to rev up his leadership and project management skills after taking on a major project at Land O'Lakes. He signed up for the U's Project Management Certificate evening courses and immediately put his new skills to work on the job the next day

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Lisa Beckham
Professional Development Enrollment Advisor

As your enrollment advisor, I'm here to help you choose which programs are the best fit to meet your career goals. There are three ways to connect with me: give me a call at 612-301-3091, drop me a line, or schedule an appointment on my calendar below.  

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I work with an extremely talented enrollment team where I advise adult learners about professional development programs to help them achieve their career goals. Before working for the University of Minnesota, I spent six years working with College Possible, a nonprofit organization that supports students in gaining access to and navigating through college.

When not at work, I love reading fantasy books, watching goofy cartoons, traveling, and walking for exercise. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and playing board games.

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