Project Management Certificate Program

Project Management
Program at-a-Glance
6 Classes
Online
$5,610-6,725

Practical Training for the Modern Workforce

UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s online Project Management Certificate Program is the convenient, affordable solution for receiving the education and skills you need to succeed as a project manager.

What You’ll Learn

All courses in the Project Management Certificate Program are approved by UC Davis Graduate School of Management. UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is a Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute.

This rigorous, reality-based program is designed to give working professionals the practical knowledge, tools and techniques that can be applied in their jobs the very next day. You’ll learn how to:

  • Effectively manage project lifecycles
  • Identify, develop, communicate with and manage a high-performance team
  • Utilize tools and techniques to understand and control project schedules and cost variances
  • Manage procurement
  • Institute quality management measures to enhance the end product and reduce costs

What You’ll Get

Our program offers:

  • A convenient, online format
  • Personal interaction with experienced instructors who have years of project management experience
  • Unique networking opportunities with instructors and fellow students
  • Practical knowledge and current best practices that can be applied immediately to your business or job
  • Career placement assistance through our partner, TEKSystems

Fast Track

Save 15% on the cost of the Project Management Certificate by enrolling in the Fast Track option. Learn more.

*Project Management Institute, PMI, Project Management Professional, PMP, Certified Associate in Project Management, CAPM, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

  • $90,337 is the average salary for a project manager (Glassdoor)
  • 22 million new project-oriented jobs will be created between 2017 and 2027
  • Sectors where the newest, project-oriented job openings are projected to be created through 2027:
    • Manufacturing and construction
    • Information services and publishing
    • Finance and insurance
    • Management and professional services
    • Utilities
    • Oil and gas

(Source: PMI’s 2018 Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap report)

This program requires completion of 17.5 required units of designated online course work with a grade of “C” or better.

Courses in this program count towards educational credit required to take the PMI PMP® Certification exam. If you’re already PMP certified, UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education courses offer the PDU credit you need to retain certification.

Course content is frequently revised to ensure that the program is up-to-date with the latest industry standards. For this reason, you must complete all of the course requirements of your certificate within five years from the day you enroll in the first course. A certificate will not be awarded if the requirements are not completed and your application for candidacy is not received within this timeframe.

For additional information about our enrollment policies, please click here.

Please note: Foundations of Successful Project Management is the recommended prerequisite for all other courses in this program.

Required Courses

Foundations of Successful Project Management
Quarter Academic Credit
3
Learn the core fundamentals of project management and build your knowledge for effectively initiating a project and managing the project scope. This course lays the foundation for creating a project plan, work breakdown structure (WBS), schedule, budget, communication plan, managing resources, identifying and managing risks, and understanding the project quality and procurement processes. You will learn how to effectively manage a project by understanding project lifecycles, standards, and methodologies developed by Project Management Institute (PMI)®.
Course Code
501136
Establishing Higher Functioning Project Teams and Managing Resources
Quarter Academic Credit
3
Projects are accomplished by resources to achieve project goals. Effective project managers must manage those human resources using skills in the areas of organizational planning, emotional intelligence, leadership, stakeholder management, team formation and development, communication and performance coaching. This course addresses the PMBOK® knowledge areas of Human Resource Management, Communication Management and Stakeholder Management. This course will teach you to identify, develop, communicate and manage a high-performance project team. You will learn to identify and effectively manage all resources required to successfully manage a project, as well as to develop a comprehensive human resources and communication plan to effectively manage stakeholder expectations. You will be able to analyze and report on individual and team performance to achieve project success. 
Course Code
501137
Mastering Project Time and Cost Management
Quarter Academic Credit
4
This course provides a detailed introduction to project time and cost management.  It teaches you the tools and techniques for estimating activity durations, dependencies between activities, estimating resource requirements.  You will learn how to define the critical path and critical chain to enable you to develop a realistic project schedule.  You will learn how to use schedule and resource estimates to determine project costs and develop a robust project budget by rolling up costs. You'll also learn to monitor the project schedule and budget and use Earned Value Management (EVM) to understand schedule and cost variances and report project schedule and budget status.  You will be able to design recovery techniques to get projects back on track and achieve a project that is delivered successfully within allocated time and costs.
Course Code
501138
Navigating Project Procurement
Quarter Academic Credit
2

Most projects require products, services, or results from suppliers outside the organization. The process for acquiring these deliverables is called procurement management and is typically overseen by procurement specialists. However, the project manager and team are also involved because they are dependent on the scope, cost, timeliness and quality of the supplied deliverables.

This course addresses how to define and manage the buyer-seller relationship, negotiate agreement on differences, and minimize the potential for adverse consequences and litigation. Students learn performance management and control and how effective closure helps realize the full value of project efforts.

This course distinguishes how procurement management concepts integrate with project management practices to select a supplier, procure services, and manage a contract. The student will explore procurement management processes such as make-or-buy analysis, identifying qualified vendors, writing a procurement statement of work, selecting a contract type, evaluating proposals, managing contracts and contract changes.  The student will also discuss negotiation strategies.

This course is also for anyone interested in learning key project quality management concepts and tools. Current project coordinators or Business Analysts wishing to expand their project management knowledge will also benefit.  Anyone in the work place who finds themselves overseeing “special assignments” is likely performing project management activities and will benefit from the knowledge and skills acquired in this course.

Course Code
501140
Controlling Quality in Project Management
Quarter Academic Credit
2.5

Organizations of all sizes are constantly instituting quality management and continuous programs to enhance the quality of their products and services, increase productivity, and reduce costs.

Project quality management refers to all of the processes and activities needed to determine and achieve project quality. At its most basic, this means meeting the needs of customers.  As the project manager, there are three key quality management concepts that will help you deliver a high quality project: customer satisfaction, prevention over inspection, and continuous improvement.

This course teaches students how quality management concepts integrate with project management practices to create a system for implementing quality methods in a project.  Students will explore quality management processes such as identifying customer requirements, cost- benefit analysis, benchmarking, cause and effect diagrams, flowcharting, control charts, Pareto diagrams and quality audits.  

This course is for professionals who plan, manage and control projects, as well as anyone interested in learning the latest project management tools and methodologies. It is also for anyone interested in learning key project quality management concepts and tools. Current project coordinators or business analysts wishing to expand their project management knowledge will also benefit.  Anyone in the workplace who finds themselves overseeing “special assignments” is likely performing project management activities and will benefit from the knowledge and skills acquired in this course.

Course Code
501139
Managing Project Risk and Integration
Quarter Academic Credit
3

Project risk is an uncertain event or condition, if it occurs, has a positive or negative effect on one or more project objectives such as scope, schedule, cost, and quality.  Risks are bound to occur on any project.  Effective project managers must manage and control project risks to ensure project objectives are met. 

This course teaches how an effective project manager identifies, analyzes, plans and controls project risks. The student will interpret and analyze how project risk management integrates into project management methodology, techniques, tools, and artifacts such as the project charter, project management plan, and the stakeholder register. Furthermore, students will also demonstrate comprehension of how to draft and actively manage a risk management plan and risk register in the course of a real project.

This course also furthers the skills and application of project integration which focuses on directing, managing, monitoring and controlling a project.  Students will construct a change management plan, project closure workbook, and other key project artifacts.  This will help students learn how to properly manage and navigate project change and how to close a real project at time of completion.

This course is for professionals who plan, manage and control projects and anyone interested in learning the latest project management tools and methodologies. This course is also for anyone interested in learning key project risk management concepts and tools. Current project coordinators, project sponsors or Business Analysts wishing to expand their project management knowledge will also benefit. Anyone in the work place who finds themselves overseeing “special assignments” is likely performing project management activities and will benefit from the knowledge and skills acquired in this course.

Course Code
501141

Please note: Foundations of Successful Project Management is the recommended prerequisite for all other courses in this program.

Required Courses

Required Courses Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
Foundations of Successful Project Management 3 Online Online Online Online
Establishing Higher Functioning Project Teams and Managing Resources 3 Online Online
Mastering Project Time and Cost Management 4 Online Online
Navigating Project Procurement 2 Online Online
Controlling Quality in Project Management 2.5 Online Online
Managing Project Risk and Integration 3 Online Online
  • At Your Own Pace: Take individual courses for a total cost of $6,725 (or $1,100 per course).
    • A one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $125 must also be paid in order to receive your certificate.
  • Fast Track: Pay $5,610 in full at the time of enrollment and save over $1,115 on the cost of the program. The $125 registration fee is also waived. Learn more.
  • Textbooks are not included in the cost of tuition.

For information about financing your education, please click here.

Ready to advance your career? Pick the option that best suits your needs and your lifestyle:

  • Register. Fill out a brief certificate registration form and pay the registration fee. By doing so, you declare your intent to complete the program, lock in current program requirements and a program advisor will be made available to you to help you map out your academic path.
  • Fast Track. Enroll in our Project Management Fast Track Certificate Program and we’ll waive your $125 registration fee and a program advisor will be made available to you to help you map out your academic path.
  • Enroll in an individual course. Check out individual courses that are currently open for enrollment. Courses will be applied to the certificate program if you later decide to complete your certificate. All program coursework must be completed within a 5-year period.
  • Sign up for an information session. Learn more about the program by enrolling in a free information session. If an information session for this program is not currently open for enrollment, click on “notify me,” and we’ll contact you when the next one becomes available.

Questions? We’re here to help. If you’ve got a question, email us or call (530) 757-8895.