Certificate in Project Management Program in San Gabriel Valley

Project Management

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Program Description

Offered by Cal State LA in Monrovia and at Cal State LA Downtown, the Certificate Program in Project Management will prepare individuals with the leadership, communication and technical skills required to effectively plan and manage projects. Found in many industries, project management roles are in high demand. Project Managers must communicate well with a variety of people, including management and clients both internally and externally, keeping in mind the message may vary depending on the audience. Students will earn a Certificate of Completion for completing the two required courses for this program.

Cal State LA's certificate program delivers lectures, real-world case studies, and hands-on exercises that will provide best practices according to 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). The program fulfills the educational requirement needed to sit for both exams. Achieving the PMP certification will help distinguish you as an expert in the profession of project management domestically and abroad. Read how the Cal State LA Project Management Certificate Program is helping students reach career goals.

View the prerequisites for the PMP and CAPM Certification Exam.

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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 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

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) and Project Management Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition.

Textbooks, Materials, Expenses (parking): Not included

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

Financial Assistance

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

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Healthcare Revenue Cycle Administration Certificate

Pharmacy Technician

Course Schedule

The next Certificate in Project Management Program in Monrovia is scheduled for Fall 2021. Read more 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.


(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-constrains 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.
(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 next Certificate in Project Management Program in Monrovia is scheduled for Fall 2021. Read more here.

Location & Parking

Monrovia Community Center
119 W. Palm Avenue (Free street parking is in the vicinity.)
Monrovia, 91016
Get driving directions to the Monrovia Community Center here. (via Google Maps)


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