The Project Management Institute (PMI), the premier credentialing body for professionals in this field, defines project management succinctly as:
The application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It's a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals — and thus, better compete in their markets.
This is one of the greatest attractions of this program, anyone who has some college level education, an open mind, willingness to learn, can become a project manager. Of course, there are different levels of project management and, as one progresses up the ladder the skill sets required become more complex and one's educational background becomes a factor that will determine the level to which one may rise.
Our certificate programs will cover 5 levels of certification currently recognized by PMI, that is:
Elementary Introductory - Ready To Work Certificate Program
Comprehensive Fundamental - PM Fundamentals Certificate
Specialist - Project Management Certificate
Intermediate - Senior Project Executive Certificate Program
Advanced - Master Project Management Certificate
In this initial phase, since the majority of people expressing interest are already in some form of employment, the program will be offered completely online only, allowing them to study without disrupting their work schedules. For the same reasons, these courses lend themselves very well to becoming and “add-on” for students currently studying full-time and are about to graduate but want to have an extra edge over the competition as they enter the job market.
These certificates lead to professional membership of the Project Management Institute, which accredits professionals in that profession. It has credentialed membership in over 185 countries. All the courses in this program are also reviewed and approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, a globally recognized issuer of continuing education credits.
In addition to earning Continuing Education Units, for those whose professions have that as a requirement, certain levels of certification may also qualify for direct college credit that could be used towards a management degree at either the undergraduate or graduate level. However, the biggest advantage, by far, is that people with entry level certifications can easily command salaries upwards of $60 000 per year.
Certification in PM is becoming increasingly expensive, obviously because of the demand for people with those qualifications and how much the positions pay. The most advanced levels of certification can cost about the same as the annual cost of tuition for an undergraduate degree program. However, in this case, we enjoy a competitive discounted rate, details of which can be discussed with applicants depending on the level of certification sought. Rates per hour range from just under $4 per credit hour taken to $63.85 per hour for the most advanced levels. The most basic program, which requires 20 hours of class costs only $99, while the most commonly sought certification, the comprehensive fundamental requires 85 hours at about $40 per hour.