Projects are becoming more complex, project managers and teams are often being asked to do more with less, and executives and clients expect innovation, agility, and responsiveness. We offer project management training, leading to a Professional Certificate in Project Management, designed to give project managers (and any other professionals who work on projects) the tools they need to successfully manage any type of project – regardless of scope or industry.
Who Will Benefit
- Professionals planning, managing, and controlling projects within an organization
- Managers who need to fine tune and formalize their project management skills
- Those interested in learning the latest project management tools and methodologies
- Anyone managing multiple tasks
- People who want to take the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam
- Anyone interested in a career in project management
To earn the Professional Certificate in Project Management, you must successfully complete seven (7) core courses and two (2) electives. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years. If you are not pursuing a certificate, you may take as many individual courses as you wish, with the exception of the Capstone: Project Simulation.
|Core Courses (complete all 7)||Hours||Cost||Day||18SU||18FA||19SP|
|PM 0004 Introduction to Project Management: Framework and Integration||15||$449||Tu||9/4-10/2||3/7-4/4|
|PM 0014 Project Risk Management||15||$449||Tu||11/13-12/18||5/16-6/13|
|PM 0002 Resource Management & Team Building||15||$449||Tu||5/15-6/12||10/9-11/6||4/11-5/9|
|PM 0008 Scope, Schedule and Cost||21||$649||Tu||6/19-7/31||1/8-2/19|
|PM 0005 Procurement||18||$549||W||8/1-9/12||4/2-5/7|
|PM 0013 Communication and Stakeholder Management||15||$449||MW||9/24-10/15||2/26-3/26|
|PM 0016 Capstone: Project Simulation
Prerequisite: 6 core courses above
|Elective Courses (choose 2)||Hours||Cost||Day||18SU||18FA||19SP|
|PM 0018 Quality Management||15||$449||M||7/9-8/6|
|PM 0015 Earned Value Management||15||$449||Th||8/2-8/30|
|CM 0014 Ethics and Compliance||18||$449||Th||9/6-10/11|
|PM 0020 Agile||15||$449||W||1/16-2/13|
|CM 0003 Effective Negotiation Skills and Techniques - Level I||18||$449||Tu||2/20-3/27|
|PM 0019 Microsoft Project Fundamentals||15||$449||M||4/8-5/6|
*Dates subject to change
Enrolling in the Program
Enroll in the program at any time, even before registering for a course. It’s free, and offers many benefits:
- Secure your curriculum (should the requirements change in the future).
- See upcoming courses when you log into your student account.
- Track your progress.
Enrolling in a program doesn’t mean you’re registered for courses. You still must register and pay for each course you wish to take.
Location of Classes
SDSU Extended Studies/Gateway Centers, Hardy Avenue entrance, unless otherwise noted.
SDSU CES is a PMI Registered Education Provider
PMI and PMP are registered trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
Textbook/course material information is available at shopaztecs.com/es.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 594-3946.
This course is designed for those who have already been introduced to project management, but are looking to gain more understanding about the project management framework, project management standards, and the project management knowledge areas. Some of the topics covered will include: terminology and definitions, the role of a project manager, benefits of project management, project life cycle and organization, project management processes, and the project management knowledge areas. A focus on project integration management will cover the development of a project charter, project scope statement, and project management plans.
Project managers must understand, plan for, and manage risks. In this course, participants will learn and apply a proactive approach to threats and opportunities based on an understanding of the risk management process.
November 13 - December 18
In quality organizations, project managers spend large portions of their time sponsoring teams for success. This "how-to" course defines the environment, roles, responsibilities, behaviors, and activities that support teams in an organization. Participants will learn when and why teams make project management sense, and the prerequisites for maximizing their results.
This course will focus on the processes required to ensure that the project includes all the work required, and only the work required, to complete the project successfully, the processes required to accomplish timely completion of the project, and the processes involved in planning, estimating, budgeting, and controlling costs so that the project can be completed within the approved budget. A main focus will be on creation of the work breakdown structure (WBS), activity duration estimating, and cost estimating.
Most projects involve buying goods or services. Project managers don’t have to be expert technical buyers, but they do need to understand the buying process, particularly how to clearly define what they want and manage what they get. Clearly drawing the line between scope performed by the team and what has been outsourced has important ramifications for the ultimate success of the project. Participants will learn the processes required to ensure their projects meet their original goal and gain an understanding of the activities that determine the quality policy, objectives, responsibility, and implementation.
Project human resource management includes the processes that organize and manage the project team. This course provides an overview of project human resource management processes and provides a process flow diagram of the inputs, outputs, and other related knowledge area processes.
Project communications management is the knowledge area that employs processes required to ensure timely and appropriate generation, collection, distribution, storage, retrieval, and ultimate disposition of project information. This course provides information on the critical links among people and information that are necessary for successful project communications.
Participants will work on a team project to drive home the relevance of the course content. Participants will demonstrate knowledge and mastery of good project management principles and apply these skills to current projects.
Prerequisite: All six core classes must be successfully completed to be eligible for PM16. A course registration link will be emailed to students who have met the prerequisites. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Today, high quality is no longer an option; it's a mandatory deliverable. Project quality must be defined and project managers must deliver on quality metrics. This course will help project managers understand the key elements related to managing project quality, and understand when to apply Continuous Improvement and Quality principles to meet deliverables and commitments.
- Understand the key elements, tools and processes used in the Planning, Performing and Quality Control phases
- Understand the history of the evolution of the Quality Movement
- Learn Continuous Improvement history and methodology including Plan, Do, Check; Act (PDCA); and Lean Six Sigma (LSS)
- Learn DMAIC methodology: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control
This course will discuss the practical aspects and critical requirements of compliance and ethics within any organization. Emphasis will be on compliance and ethical issues relating to contracting, project management, and the statutory and other regulatory requirements of these activities. The course will cover topics such as: creating and maintaining an ethical workplace; how to ensure compliance with laws, rules and regulations; what can go wrong, and the business implications if it does.
This course examines the theory and practice behind the Agile Scrum methodology. Following an overview of the basics and benefits of Scrum, we will track deeper into the Scrum standards and process including roles and responsibilities, ceremonies, and artifacts. Other topics include the impact of tangible and digital tools on the flow of conversation and collaboration within the Scrum team dynamic, as well the need to reconcile the "ideal" Scrum implementation with real-world constraints. Mapping Scrum to Waterfall and the critical need to integrate Scrum into the organizational culture will also be covered. This is an interactive course that utilizes small group collaboration activities in-class to further the examination of content.
Designed to enhance knowledge of negotiations and provide negotiating experience to individuals involved in contract administration, pricing, purchasing, project management, marketing, and engineering. Classes will include a combination of lectures (covering buyer, seller, government, and commercial perspectives) and mock negotiations, seeking to reach agreement on a variety of issues.
Many users get frustrated and overwhelmed when trying to use MS Project, and even experienced users often use the suite of tools incorrectly, overlooking many complex features. This course covers proper techniques necessary for building an effective project management schedule using MS Project 2013 with an emphasis on the relationship to the project lifecycle.
Vision and strategy cannot have a meaningful impact if they aren't put into action. Program Management is a critical set of tools and methods that enables organizations to plan and execute complex efforts to realize business value. This five-week course builds on the core Project Management curriculum and provides an overview of the tools, methods, and skills involved in Program Management including:
Alignment of the Program with the Organizational Strategy
Program Benefit Management
Establishing and Leveraging Program Governance
Stakeholder Communication and Management
The Project Management Certificate Program at SDSU's College of Extended Studies profoundly increased my ability as a project manager. The real-life approach to project management offered by experienced project management instructors has fundamentally increased the contributions I make to my employer.
— Ignacio Sedeno, City of San Diego
The Professional Certificate in Project Management at SDSU's College of Extended Studies helped prepare me to take the PMP® exam. The one-night-a-week class format fit my busy schedule, and the instructors were first rate. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in becoming a project manager, and also to existing project managers to enhance their skills.
— Marc Daniels, Project Manager, i-Net Profits, LLC
I'm in the information technology business – that's been my career for the last 28 years. I don't necessarily want to change careers, I'm trying to enhance my career path within that field. Rather than a wholesale switch, I've found that a lot of the jobs I'm been applying for prefer you have project management certification. I've managed a lot of projects informally, so this will enhance my resume to say I have that skill and have been through the certification process.
— Al Lessig
SDSU Research Foundation Program
The College of Extended Studies is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Investment Act for this program.