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. 

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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.

Webinars

Register for a live webinar or 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

Cal State LA and the local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) are working together to ensure that our state has a well-trained and sustainable workforce. If you have been laid off due to poor economic conditions, company closure or mass layoff, you may be eligible to receive free career development training.

To find out if you qualify for paid training, contact your local American Job Center (formerly One-Stop Center) to have them determine your eligibility to receive free training. Be sure to mention that you want to take classes through the College Professional and Global Education at Cal State LA. Visit CareerOneStop to find your nearest American Job Center or call 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627) for more information. Important: You must contact your local American Job Center for application and approval first. Free enrollment in our WIB-approved programs is not available without prior written approval.

Federal financial aid is not currently available for the Certificate Program in Project Management. However, you can apply for a private student loan here.

Job Training Assistance

Cal State LA and the local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) are working together to ensure that our state has a well-trained and sustainable workforce. If you have been laid off due to poor economic conditions, company closure or mass layoff, you may be eligible to receive free career development training.

To find out if you qualify for paid training, contact your local American Job Center (formerly One-Stop Center) to have them determine your eligibility to receive free training. Be sure to mention that you want to take classes through the College Professional and Global Education at Cal State LA. Visit CareerOneStop to find your nearest American Job Center or call 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627) for more information. Important: You must contact your local American Job Center for application and approval first. Free enrollment in our WIB-approved programs is not available without prior written approval.

Approved Programs Offered by Cal State LA:

Certificate in Project Management

Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Medical Billing and Coding

Healthcare Revenue Cycle Administration Certificate

Pharmacy Technician

Course Schedule

For Spring 2021, we are conveniently offering two programs - Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings - for all participants to engage in without disrupting their professional careers.

View/download the Spring 2021 Wednesday evening program schedule here.

View/download the Spring 2021 Saturday morning program 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.

Courses:
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.

Enroll/Register

The Spring 2021 program will meet via Zoom on the listed times and dates noted in the program schedules 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 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021 to ensure you receive all crucial information to start the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for both program schedules will open Monday, October 19, 2020.

Enroll in the Wednesday evening program schedule here.

Enroll in the Saturday morning program schedule here.

Contact

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