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Project Management Certificate

Build your Foundation for Success- Project management skills and knowledge you can apply immediately!

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PMI Registered Education Provider, Project Management Institute

Upon successful completion of this certificate program, you will be prepared to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam.


Projects and project management has become the foundation for success in the public and private sectors. Enterprises achieve their goals through projects and effective project management. Successful project management requires achieving the scope (e.g., intended result), cost and schedule. In addition, the increasing complexity of work and demands for "more with less" place special demands on the project manager.

These programs go beyond the “What is project management and practices” to providing practical “How To” guidance, tools and techniques, and processes to implement in today’s working world.

The Project Management Certificate program, consisting of four core course and one elective, provides you the opportunity to learn the basics of project management- how to plan, execute, control and complete projects. The core courses focus on key trends in managing projects and demands on the project managers. You will learn how to prepare project schedules, develop project measures and approaches to project control; and how to develop, lead and motivate project teams.

In addition, our Project Management core courses prepare you to take the PMP® Certification Exam offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). PMI is the world's leading organization certifying and representing 60,000 project management professionals worldwide.

The Project Management Certification: PMP Exam Preparation course illustrates the use of key PMBOK Guide tools and techniques through performing numerous actual in-class exercises such as (financial evaluation, project selection, charter development, CPM scheduling, earned value, etc.) Students receive an electronic copy of answers to exercises after the class. A comprehensive set of over 50 electronic tools and techniques (e.g., Project Selection, Charter, Make or Buy Analysis, etc.) are provided in electronic form to Project Management Certification: PMP Exam Preparation course attendees. These tools and techniques may be modified and used by the attendee’s company organization.

After completing the Project Management core courses, you can take in-depth courses to further develop your project management skills. You may select from in-depth courses as your elective. You may also elect to delve more deeply into the use of earned value management concepts and tools. Or you might need a deeper understanding of using MS Project 2010 in you project management environment. A negotiation and conflict resolution course is also an elective option. This elective option allows you to customize a piece of your PM Certificate.

You have 18 months to successfully complete the four core courses and one elective to earn the George Mason University Professional Certificate of Completion.

  • Print registration form (fax or mail)
  • Register online*
  • *Full payment by Visa or Mastercard only required at the time of online registration.

    Onsite Opportunity

    This course is also available on a contract basis and can be tailored to suit your organization's needs. Please contact us to discuss your onsite opportunity.

    Contact Info.
    Herndon Training Center at CIT
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      George Mason University
    Office of Continuing Professional Education
      2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 400
      Herndon, VA 20170-4213
  • Telephone: 703-993-4800
  • Fax: 703-993-4811

    PMP® Exam Guarantee

    Students who successfully complete the Project Management Certificate program (four core courses and one elective) are guaranteed to pass the PMP® exam. Mason’s PM Certificate recipients who do not pass the PMP Certification exam can take the PMP® Exam Prep course one more time for FREE!

    Students must take the exam and contact George Mason’s OCPE office within 120 days of completing the PMP® Exam Prep course to schedule a re-take of the course.

    Project Management courses are scheduled throughout the year and can be taken alone or completed as a series to earn a George Mason University Project Management Certificate of Completion. In addition, this program can be scheduled at your site, at your convenience, through contractual arrangements. Contact us at 703-993-4800 for current course schedules, to register, or to discuss onsite possibilities.



    • Professionals involved directly or indirectly with projects in virtually every industry
    • New managers and prospective managers, as well as newly promoted supervisors from both technical and non-technical professions including: engineering, telecommunications, computer/information technology, biological/health sciences, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, environmental technology, hospitality/food services, professional associations and government
    • Individuals interested in taking the PMP® Certification Exam


    Sample George Mason University Certificate of Completion, Project Management Certificate Series

    To receive a Certificate of Completion, participants must, within 18 months, successfully complete all four core courses and an elective of their choice.

    It is highly recommended (but not required) that the Essentials of Project Management course is taken first. Remaining courses may be taken in any order.


    • Attend selected courses or complete all requirements to earn the George Mason University Certificate of Completion
    • Participate in a learning environment limited to 24 students per course
    • Benefit from the experience and insights of course instructors who each have over 25+ years of proven experience in the project management field– including finance, energy, environmental, construction, defense, and IT. Mason utilizes industry practitioners, not just instructors.
    • Engage in practical course work. Case studies, group projects and discussion of real-work situations make the program relevant in today's business environment.
    • Develop skills and knowledge to ensure your passing the PMP® (Project Management Professional) certification examination.
    • PMP Exam Prep Course attendees receive a comprehensive set (over 50) of electronic tools and techniques (e.g., Project Selection, Charter, Make or Buy Analysis, etc.) in electronic form. These tools and techniques may be modified and used by the attendee’s company or organization.
    • Network with other project management professionals

    Registration fees include materials for class. Exception: *For the Project Management Certification: PMP® Exam Preparation course, the PMBOK® Guide is extra and can be purchased on the PMI web site at: or by calling 1-866-276-4764. Please purchase prior to the first day of class.


    George Mason University is a PMI® Global Registered Education Provider

    PMI Registered Education Provider, Project Management Institute  
  • Four-day courses are pre-approved for 28 PDUs
  • Three-day courses are pre-approved for 21 PDUs
  • Two-day courses are pre-approved for 14 PDUs
  • One-day courses pre-approved for 7 PDUs

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    “Great program- so glad I could take all the courses.”

    “It’s been a real pleasure taking courses at GMU. I’ll be back.”

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