Certificate Program in Project Management in Downtown LA

Alternative instruction will continue for Fall 2020 semester.  Students should remain in communication with their instructors and follow their instructions. 


Program Description

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown and in the San Gabriel Valley, the Certificate Program in Project Management prepares students with the skills required to effectively plan and manage projects. The program curriculum includes lectures, case-studies, and hands-on exercises in accordance with the Project Management Institute's (PMI®) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). Upon completion of the program, those who qualify, will be better prepared to take the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) or Project Management Professional (PMP®) exams offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Cal State LA's program fulfills the educational requirement needed to sit for both exams. Achieving PMP certification can help distinguish you as an expert in the profession of project management both domestically and abroad. Read how the Cal State LA Certificate Program in Project Management is helping students reach career goals.

View the prerequisites for the PMP and CAPM Certification Exam.

Employment Outlook

According to Project Management Institute (PMI), a non-profit membership association for project managers, recent studies show the need for project managers is growing and, with it, salaries are increasing. According to PMI, the median salary for a project manager in the United States was $105,000 in 2011, and may increase with various certifications. Separately, a 2012 study by Anderson Economic Group predicted that 32.6 million employees with project management skills would be needed by 2016, and nearly 1.2 million project manager positions would need to be filled each year through 2016.

Who Should Enroll?

Individuals who are either looking to enter the project management field or who already manage projects in both the public or private sectors in fields such as engineering, architecture, computer or high-tech fields, construction or real estate development should enroll.


Register for a live webinar here.

Register to view/listen to a pre-recorded Certificate Program in Project Management webinar presentation here.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $300 per unit

Total Program Cost: $1,200

Textbooks, Materials, Expenses (parking): Not included

Participants are expected to purchase the following mandatory textbook: The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management (Fast Forward MBA Series) by Eric Verzuh (ISBN 1119086574)

Tuition and Fees must be paid prior to the start of classes each term.

Financial Assistance

If you are currently unemployed, you may be able to enroll in this program for free. Read more here.

Federal financial aid is not currently available for this program. However, you can apply for a private student loan here.

Course Schedule

View/download the Certificate in Project Management Program Fall 2020 Course schedule here.

To earn a certificate of completion, students must complete the two courses listed below with a grade of “C” or better for a total of 48 seat hours.

PMGT 7001 – Initiating and Planning a Project
(2 units /24 hours)
After an initial overview of project management and how it is the most effective means of delivering a product, service or result within time, cost and resource constraints, you will gain a working knowledge of how projects are initiated and planned for. This includes defining and planning the triple-constraints of scope, time and cost; identifying and planning the project’s risk; as well as planning for quality, communication, and procurement of outsourced resources and services.
PMGT 7002 – Executing, Controlling, and Closing a Project
(2 units /24 hours)
Once the project planning is complete, it is time to launch your project! This entails ensuring you identify and acquire a high-performing team and leading them to project completion. Managing risk, issues and changes, requires that you utilize methods, practices and tools that will allow you, your team and stakeholders to use data driven, measurable and quantified project status reports to make the most informed decisions. This will be accomplished by learning Earned Value Management that is considered one of the most effective methods for tracking project status and forecasting project results.


The Fall 2020 program will meet via Zoom on the listed times and dates above. The instructor and participants will actively engage in live discussions and lectures and utilize Canvas. Login information will be emailed to registered participants a week before the program begins. As a result, it is required that you register by Friday, August 14, 2020 to ensure you receive all crucial information to start the program.

Enroll in the Fall 2020 Certificate in Project Management Program here.


For more information, please contact the College of Professional and Global Education via email or (323) 343-4915.