Scope - While most University level PM certificates cover either fundamental or advanced level project management training, this certificate covers three important levels: fundamental level, PMP (or CAPM) Exam Prep, and advanced tools.
Flexibility - After taking Project Management Essentials: Part 1 (or Project Management Essentials for Construction), take the remaining 6 courses in whichever order will benefit you the most.
Timing - Why tie yourself down to an arbitrary schedule? The courses for this certificate are offered multiple times in the year. Complete all course requirements in a short time period, or spread the courses over up to 3 years. Also, all courses take place during the week so you do not have to give up your evenings and weekends to attend.
Small class size - Rather than packing up to 40 participants in a lecture hall, and having to use separate break-out rooms for exercises, we keep our class size small so that each participant gets the attention they deserve.
Double dip - Only PDUs earned once a participant has passed the PMP exam may be applied towards the 60 PDUs required every 3 years to maintain their PMP designation. Participants who take the PMP Exam Prep course and pass the PMP exam early in the program, will be able apply PDUs from all remaining courses towards maintaining their designation. Most participants will be able to earn enough PDUs for their first three year PDU cycle, and be able to carry forward up to 20 PDUs for their next 3 year PDU cycle - all while earning their U of T Certificate in Applied Project Management!
No need to commit - While most certificates require you to commit to the entire certificate up front, with this certificate you are in control. Certificate courses may be taken “stand-alone” without a commitment to complete all course requirements. Once all required courses have been completed, you notify the University of Toronto who will then issue you the certificate.
Proven track record - The courses that make up the Certificate in Applied Project Management include some of the most popular and sought after project management courses available. The Project Management Essentials course, for example, is believed to be the longest continuously running project management course in Canada. These courses are taught by Project Management Professionals who not only have had a successful career as hands-on project managers, but are some of the highest rated project management trainers and consultants in Canada.
This certificate is recommended for participants who...
Want a career in Project Management
Want project management training that focuses on the application of project management - not just project management theory
Want to earn their PMP (or CAPM) designation (participants who already having their PMP designation are exempt from having to take the PMP Exam Prep course)
Want to differentiate themselves from those that just have their PMP or CAPM designation
Want the tools and the knowlege to take on mid-to large size projects,
Need specific project management skills such as:
Techniques for scheduling and managing multiple projects which share a common resource pool
How to use Microsoft Project effectively when planning and managing their projects
How to manage stakeholder expectations when defining and managing project requirements
How to successfully manage project contracting and procurement on mid to large size projects
How to successfully manage the people on the project through effective communication, negotiate, motivation and conflict management
Want PDUs earned from their project management certificate courses to count towards the PDUs required to maintain their PMP designation (Note, only PDUs earned after having obtained your PMP designation will count towards the 60 PDUs required every 3 years to maintain you designation. Most other project management certificates are designed to be completed prior to participants obtaining their PMP designation. As a result, once they do obtain their PMP designation, participants will have to take additional training to maintain their designation in the first three years.
Understand the essential tools of project management for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling and closing out projects both large and small.
Learn advanced scheduling techniques for the scheduling of multiple projects that share a common set of resources
Understand how to identify both high level and detailed project requirements in order to ensure that project results are aligned with business needs
Be able to use Microsoft Project effectively during both the planning and managing of projects
Learn how to hone their “people and leadership skills”, communicate with confidence, defuse potential volatile situations using their conflict management skills and achieve a higher degree of project success
Learn how to avoid serious problems by effectively managing the expectations of project stakeholders
Understands and manage the procurement process and project contracts with confidence
Learn how to write and pass the PMP (or CAPM) exam
Participants who complete this project management certificate program will come away with more than just theory, they will have the tools and knowledge to take on actual projects and handle the types of situations project managers face on projects both of all sizes. They will also have the project management certificate and professional designation that will give them an edge in a very competitive market.
Upon completion of the curriculum, participants will not only acquire the project management tools to handle the kind of situations project managers face in the “real world”, they will be prepared to write the PMP or CAPM exams, and will have a university level certificate in project management to set them apart from the competition.