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Project Management Certificate Program: Description

Our Project Management Certificate Program was developed by local experts and is based on the latest edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide. The program is designed to help you develop practical, real-world skills to enhance your career and improve the productivity of your workplace.

See an overview table of required and elective courses in the program for more details. Courses in the program may be taken as standalone units or as part of the full certificate program.

Program instructors have the professional project management and teaching experience to teach you the tools and techniques to deliver quality products on time and within budget. And they can help you develop the communications, leadership, and team-building skills you need to be an effective project manager as well.

Program Components

Required courses focus on basic principles of project management, project planning and scheduling, and using MS Project, as well as execution, monitoring, and control of projects. Communications, requirements, and resource management and process development and improvement are other required courses.

To customize the certificate to meet their individual career needs, students can choose electives from a broad range of subject areas. Electives are grouped into two categories based on the type of skills they develop: technical skills, such as how to manage projects with Excel and SharePoint, and soft skills, such as managing people well and giving great presentations.

In addition, the program requires completion of a final project management practicum course. In this course, students apply what they’ve learned in the other courses by working with a team to manage a real-world project.

To earn the certificate, at least 153 course hours must be completed. Required courses comprise 141 course hours, and electives comprise the remaining 12 course hours.

Accommodating and Flexible

The program’s small classes let instructors give students personal attention.  Classes are taught during evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Our flexible program lets you start any quarter you like and finish at your own pace. You can take as few as one or two classes a week. Most students finish the program in three quarters.

Apply Core Courses to Earn Your PMP

And because Bellevue College Continuing Education is a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider, required courses count toward the education requirements for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certifications. Beginning project managers with a PMP® certification make an average of $3,000 to $4,000 more a year than noncertified project managers, so certification pays.

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