Project Management Essentials with CAPM® Prep

Project Management career opportunities are increasing even when the job market is challenging. Developing the project management skills employers demand can improve your marketability and may be transferable from one industry to another, giving you a lot of flexibility.

In this program, you’ll learn the knowledge and skills essential to project managers and those who work on projects in other support roles. The materials in this program are aligned with the internationally recognized standards of project management. This program is oriented to concepts and knowledge areas such as Time, Cost, Risk, and Communications. Each lesson focuses exclusively on a single topic so that you can more easily grasp that topic before moving onto the next.   

Once complete, students will meet or exceed the educational pre-requisites for either the Certified Associate In Project Management (CAPM®) certification offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

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Materials in this course are based on the text, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. 2013.

Project Management Institute (PMI) recently updated the PMBOK Guide with changes to the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam and CAPM exam taking effect in the first quarter of 2018. This course currently references the PMBOK Guide – Fifth Edition and the current version of the PMP and CAPM exams. We welcome you to enroll in this current version of the course as it reflects the current version of the PMP and CAPM exams.

Projects are temporary endeavors and can be simple or complex. While simple ones can be managed with a little bit of planning and common sense, complex projects need a more formal approach. Gain a strong knowledge of project management foundations in this program. You will learn the key elements of good planning such as estimating, establishing project boundaries (scope), and scheduling. You’ll also learn how to anticipate potential problems (risks) and ways to mitigate them.

This program is based on The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), which establishes the international standard regarding the project management discipline. This program also meets or exceeds the requirements for those interested in the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification. Students who are interested in earning the CAPM credentials must schedule and pay for the exam on their own after program completion.

As your experience grows, so will your need for increased competencies. After this program, you can continue your professional development by moving onto the Mastering Project Management and/or Microsoft Project programs.

When you register, you receive six (6) months to complete this program.

Fee $1195
Location Online
Course type Online - Self Paced
Start dates TBD

Course Requirements

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection, e-mail account, Microsoft Word (for assignment submissions), and Windows Media Player (which is available as a free download). We recommend that you use the latest version of Internet Explorer in place of other Web browsers.

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program. 

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You will receive the required textbooks for this program:

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
  • CAPM® Exam Prep

There are no prerequisites to this program other than an interest in project management.

Instructor Bio

Nikki Choyce, PMP has been involved in the project management field for almost 20 years and has worked as a consultant and trainer for much of that time. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and very active in the project management community. She has worked in a variety of industries, including Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Marketing, Aerospace, Construction, and Telecommunications. She has worked with Microsoft Project for over 10 years.

Erica Kirwan, PMP has managed numerous projects within a Fortune 200 Financial Services company as a Senior Project Manager. She has more than seven years of experience in process & project management methodologies and holds a Master of Public Administration degree, a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, and a Certificate in Project Management.

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