Project Management Certificate Program


Phone: 703-993-2109

Fax: 703-993-2121

The Project Management Certificate curriculum goes beyond "What is project management and conceptual practices" to provide practical "How To" guidance, tools, techniques, and well-honed processes that can be immediately implemented within participants' working project environments.

The Project Management Certificate program consists of four core courses and one elective. The core courses walk participants through project management basics which include how to plan, execute, control, and complete projects. Practical case scenarios reinforce tools and techniques to develop project schedules, calculate project budget forecasts, evaluate project cost and schedule performance, monitor and control projects, so they can get back on track to meet time and budget expectations. Project communications, team, conflict management, and stakeholder management are covered from several perspectives to help managers become project leaders.

Participants select the elective from four different course options that enable them to delve more deeply into a variety of professional topics and customize their learning experience.

The elective topics include:

  • Earned value management
  • Managing projects with MS Project
  • Negotiation, conflict management, and risk management

The final course of the Project Management core curriculum prepares participants to take the PMP® Certification Exam offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

  • Four-day courses are recommended for 28 PDUs
  • Three-day courses are recommended for 21 PDUs
  • Two-day courses are recommended for 14 PDUs
To receive a Certificate of Completion, participants must, within 18 months, successfully complete all four core courses and an elective of their choice.

It is highly recommended (but not required) that the Essentials of Project Management course be taken first and PMP® Exam Prep taken last. Remaining courses may be taken in any order.

Students who complete the entire Project Management certificate series and take the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam within three months of the last day of their last course are guaranteed to successfully pass the exam. If a student does not pass the PMP® exam, they will have the opportunity to re-take the PMP® exam prep course at no cost. Students must notify us within three months of not passing the exam to be eligible to re-take the exam prep course at no cost.
This course is designed for:
  • Managers who are seeking a variety of tools and techniques to help them enhance the productivity of work groups and project teams
  • Managers and group leaders who want to build their collaborative skill sets to build stronger relationship with other teams
  • Recently assigned project managers and individuals who aspire to be project managers
  • Individuals seeking to pass the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification examination offered by Project Management Institute

  • Earn the George Mason University Certificate of Completion.
  • Small class size encourages interactive learning environment.
  • Gain from experience and insights of course instructors who each have over 25 years of proven experience in the project management field– including finance, energy, environmental, construction, defense, and IT.
  • Experience relevant work situations from real-word case studies, group projects, and discussions.
  • Develop skills and knowledge using practical review and drills to help assure achievement of the PMP® (Project Management Professional) credential.
  • Network with other project management professionals.

An Introduction to Project Management, Sixth Edition by Kathy Schwalbe, is provided to all participants taking the Essentials of Project Management Course.

A 120-day access period to the PM Final, on-line examination simulation software is provided.

Registration fees include materials for class. Exception: *For the Project Management Certification: PMP® Exam Preparation course, the PMBOK® Guide is extra and can be purchased on the PMI website at: or by calling 1-866-276-4764. Please purchase prior to the first day of class.

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