Professional Certificate in Project Management

Professional Certificate in Project Management

Classroom Program


9-12 months


18 Units

UCR Extension

Strengthen your knowledge base in every area of project management, from inception planning to implementation to analysis, so you can advance in a well-established industry like construction or a fast-growing one like biotechnology. Our program reflects theories and practices that are closely aligned with Project Management Institute (PMI) standards. Feel confident that you can meet the challenges of any project, large or small, regardless of time or budget constraints, with a solid leadership approach, advanced analytical skills and effective communication.

Designed For

Those who are:

  • Business analysts
  • Operations managers
  • Supervisors
  • Tech professionals
  • Consultants

What You'll Learn

  • Defining the scope of a project
  • Scheduling
  • Risk management
  • Quality control
  • Cost control
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Team building

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in firms, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Scheduler
  • Project Manager
“I quickly and easily supplemented my engineering degree with valuable management courses given by professors with practical industry insight.”

Rachel Wong

Diplomatic Security Training Center
Washington D.C.

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI):

  • Top executives report that project management is becoming increasingly important to their companies
  • Project managers can improve business performance in any industry
  • Industries with project management demand: agriculture, healthcare, government and real estate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Project Management Essentials

MGT X470.41

3 units

Examine project management techniques, tools and strategies.

  • Team-based exercises and simulations
  • Proven methodology used to manage projects from inception to implementation
  • Review projects using effective monitoring and evaluation strategies
  • Root cause analysis
  • Project definition
  • Lifecycles
  • Planning
  • Risk management
  • Control and reporting

Project Leadership, Communication and Team Building

MGT X470.33

3 units

Examine how to assess, plan, implement, manage and monitor a project's human resource, communication and leadership requirements.

  • Identify and manage project staffing requirements
  • Leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Personnel reporting and dynamics with two or more managers/supervisors
  • Teamwork and team development
  • Outsourcing
  • Information dissemination
  • Performance reporting
  • Project information storage and retrieval
  • Confidentiality and ethics
  • Professional accountability/responsibility

Quarter 2

Project Scheduling and Risk Management

MGT X470.39

3 units

Explore basic concepts of structured project management, including scheduling, budgeting and risk management from both opportunity and threat perspectives

  • Risk identification and analysis
  • Activity planning and sequencing
  • Schedule development
  • Cost estimating
  • Budgeting
  • Resource allocation

Quality and Performance Management

MGT X470.42

3 units

How to develop a high-quality project plan, establish quality assurance/quality control guidelines and manage procurement of the resources necessary to complete a high quality project on time and on budget. Participants focus on developing skills to help ensure quality throughout a project lifecycle, including quality and performance planning, control, assurance and improvement. Best practices for project administration, planning and execution as well as tools commonly used to perform analysis and project evaluation are discussed. Students are also introduced to more complex quality control theories and practices, including Six Sigma, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria, Kaizen and lean production principles.

Quarter 3

Project Management and Feasibility Analysis

MGT X470.3

3 units

A practical approach to the daily management of light construction projects from initial land acquisition analysis to customer servicing. Designed to provide methods and techniques which can be put to use on the job. Among topics covered: methods of insuring budget compliance, selecting and contracting of subcontractors, supervising and scheduling off-site and on-site construction, government processing and design factors.

“I have led some of the coolest projects in the world, and my background in entertainment, technology, and project management has provided me with a wealth of experiences which I share to help my students solve real-world problems with effective tools and techniques. Project Management is nothing more than bringing order out of chaos, and I empower my students with the knowledge they need to find success in all areas of their lives.”

Michael P. Toothman

Executive Director
Project Driven LLC

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