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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 move our 21st century working world forward. Managers within both public and private sectors measure their success by the achievement of the projects they oversee. Their competency is determined by the skill with which they balance the competing core project constraints: Scope, Schedule, and Cost. In addition, increasing workplace complexity and the need to “do more with less” places extraordinary demands on project managers.

The Project Management Certificate curriculum goes beyond the “What is project management and conceptual practices” to provide practical “How To” guidance, tools, techniques, and well-honed processes that can be immediately implemented within participants' working project environments. The Project Management Certificate program consists of four core courses and one elective. The core courses walk participants through project management basics which include how to plan, execute, control, and complete projects. Practical case scenarios reinforce tools and techniques to develop project schedules, calculate project budget forecasts, evaluate project cost and schedule performance, monitor and control projects, so they can get back on track to meet time and budget expectations. Project communications, team, conflict management, and stakeholder management are covered from several perspectives to help managers become project leaders. Participants select the elective from four different course options that enable them to delve more deeply into a variety of professional topics and customize their learning experience. The elective topics include: earned value management, managing projects with MS Project, negotiation and conflict management, and risk management.

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  • *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.

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    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
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  • The final course of the Project Management core curriculum prepares participants to take the PMP® Certification Exam offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). PMI is the world's leading organization certifying and representing 600,000 project management professionals worldwide. The PMP Exam Preparation course reviews and reinforces key PMBOK Guide concepts, as well as the tools and techniques used by today’s professional project managers. The review topics include: financial evaluation, project selection, charter development, CPM scheduling, earned value, etc. PMP Exam Preparation course participants will be registered for a 60-day subscription to an online sample PMP question bank, which they can use as a tool to review and reinforce their content knowledge.


    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.



    • Managers who are seeking a variety of tools and techniques to help them enhance the productivity of work groups and project teams
    • Managers and group leaders who want to build their collaborative skill sets to build stronger relationship with other teams
    • Recently assigned project managers and individuals who aspire to be project managers
    • Individuals seeking to pass the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification examination offered by Project Management Institute


    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.


    • Earn the George Mason University Certificate of Completion.
    • Small class size encourages interactive learning environment.
    • Gain from 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.
    • Experience relevant work situations from real-word case studies, group projects, and discussions.
    • Develop skills and knowledge using practical review and drills to help assure achievement of the PMP® (Project Management Professional) credential.
    • Network with other project management professionals.

    An Introduction to Project Management, Fourth Edition by Kathy Schwalbe, is provided to all participants taking the Essentials of Project Management Course.

    A 120-day subscription to an online PMP Prep question bank is provided to all participants completing the PMP Exam Preparation course.

    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 website 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

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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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    PMI, PMP, CAPM, and the PMI Registered Education Provider logo are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.




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