Project Management Fundamentals Certificate - Online

Project Management Fundamentals Online

Cohort Start Dates:  Spring - March 20, 2019

Project Management is a dynamic and growing field across many industries. Employers are looking for professionals who have the skills to oversee a project from inception to completion in the most effective and efficient way possible. Professionals at any stage of their career from assistants to directors can benefit from project management training.

This online certificate program covers the frameworks, process and tools for Project Management using the PMI PMBOK (Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge) complemented with real-world applications and perspectives that you can incorporate into your work whether or not you are PMP® or CAPM® bound.

Over the full program, students will learn how project managers frame projects, anticipate challenges and use the tools of the trade. They will also complete a project during the program with the assistance of a personal coach.

Personalized weekly coaching will be provided for all students with a ratio of approximately 1:5 which allows our coaches to learn about your individual situation and how best help you get what you need from this course.

All students receive a one-year student membership from PMI ($129 value) and a digital version of the PMI PMBOK 6th edition ($67 value). PMI members receive access to many additional project management resources including discounts on the CAPM® and PMP® exams.

Full Certificate Tuition $1,499.00   Register Now!

This certificate is designed for a variety of individuals:

  • Individuals who are new to managing projects and would like to learn standard frameworks and tools that will help them on the job.
  • Individuals who have managed projects before, but haven’t had formal project management training and would like to increase impact and results.
  • Individuals who would like to pursue a career as a project manager and are focused on earning their PMP® or CAPM® credentials from PMI.
  • Individuals who would like to increase salary or readiness for a promotion by adding a valuable skill to their resume

Note – This is not an exam preparation course but it will satisfy the PMI formal education requirement. Those wanting to take the PMP® or CAPM® should work with their coach to determine next steps to best prepare for these exams.

Duration:   8 weeks
This is an instructor-led online program with a fixed start and end dates as opposed to an on-demand start model. The program is offered once a semester and students must start with the cohort.

Format:   This is an online, instructor-led, cohort course.

Online Course Experience:   This is an instructor-led online program with a fixed start and end dates as opposed to an on-demand start model. The program is offered once a semester and students must start with the cohort.

Through a series of reading materials, learning activities, videos, and online interactions with other students and your instructors / coaches, you can expect a flexible and engaging experience. Students generally may move through the course at their own pace as long as activities, discussions and assignments are completed by their due dates. You’ll experience the class by using the U of U Canvas (Instructure LMS) portal which is like a class website.

Individual coaches:   Students will have a personal project management coach with weekly interaction opportunities. Coaches will provide feedback on assignments and guide you through your capstone project required for completion.

Capstone project:   all students will complete a project as part of this program. Weekly assignments are due that build on one another and lead towards a complete project. Students will work with their coach to choose an appropriate project.

Time Commitment:   To meet the 35 hour PMI education requirement, students will be expected to spend 4 to 4.5 hours a week in active learning.

Frequency:   This certificate program is currently scheduled to be offered once in the spring, fall and summer semesters.

Grades:   All certificate students will receive a satisfactory (s) or unsatisfactory (U) grade at the conclusion of each class and the certificate program. Requirements to achieve a satisfactory grade will be detailed in the class syllabus.

Drop Policy:  More information including drop policy here.

Module 1
Focus: Project Management Introduction

Intro to Processes and Knowledge Areas
Introduction to PMI

  • Project Charters
  • PMI’s Framework and Standards
  • Personal goals
  • Meet your Coach

Module 2
Focus: Stakeholder and Communication

Stakeholder and Communication
Communication Plan / Conflicting Concerns / Ways to Communicate / Stakeholder Register / Communication Plan /Triple Constraint / Stakeholder Analysis / Stakeholder Register

Module 3
Focus: Project Scope and Deliverables

Scope Management / Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) / Reading Source Compare / WBS / Subject Matter Expert / Scope Creep / Scope Statement / Requirements Management / Scope Management Plan / Scope Creep

Module 4
Focus: Resources, Schedule

Planning the Project / Project organization /Project scheduling / Network diagram
Resource challenges / Creating a schedule / Resource plan / Critical path / Resource needs / Timeline, task, and schedule

Module 5
Focus: Project Cost and Change

Project Planning
Estimating and Budget / Change control Requirements / Estimating / Cost management Plan / Track and manage hours / Budget

Module 6
Focus: Risk and Quality Control

Project risk / Risk effects on project outcomes / Quality / Risk mitigation / Accounting for cost of risk / Quality standards / Submit a Risk Register

Module 7
Focus: Project Procurement and Ethics

Procurement / Project closure / Professional ethics /Procurement / Contract / Project closure / Ethics

Module 8
Focus: Project Plan

Submit a Project Kickoff Meeting Plan
Submit Project Planning folder

Certificate Instructors

Dr. Brent Hansen
Brent is currently serving as Business Development Manager (BDM) for the LDS church. Prior to that he was the Customer Experience Manager (XM) for Africa and Pacific Areas

Brent HansenBrent Hansen, D.B.A., PMP®, IPMA-C® is currently working as Business Development Manager (BDM) for FamilySearch International. Prior to this he was Experience Manager (XM) for Africa and Pacific Areas. He is a Product Management and Project Management leader with over 25 years of experience leveraging information technology to execute business strategies, improve productivity, and contain costs in technology, automated material handling, financial, records management, and insurance industries.

He has expertise in delivering business using proven process improvement methodologies and tools such as business process management, capability maturity model and project management, resulting in improved quality, customer satisfaction and profitability.

Randy Cox
Senior Project Portfolio Manager
University of Utah

Randy CoxRandy Cox, PMP, is a project management and productivity expert. He received his undergraduate degree in Business, Corporate Communication, and Applied Information Technology from the University of Baltimore, and his MS in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Johns Hopkins University.

He also has six professional certifications: PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, A-CSM, SAFe, ITIL along with a certificate in Finance and Accounting from the University of Utah.

He’s worked as a business analyst, senior business analyst, IT project manager, IT program manager, IT project portfolio manager, ScrumMaster, and Agile Coach for a variety of organizations that include mom-and-pop companies as well as such household names as T. Rowe Price and The Washington Redskins.

In addition, Randy is a writer, he teaches a variety of courses for the University of Utah’s Professional Education Department. He also coaches and consults a limited number of clients.

Kim Grant
Project Management Professional (PMP)

Kim GrantKim Grant, PMP, has more than 25 years of experience across a wide range of businesses—from banking to gaming to manufacturing—demonstrating that best practices in project management are both portable and valuable. She has a career-long interest in delivering technology solutions that enhance human productivity and reduce operating costs. Kim believes that developing people and their capabilities are the keys to driving sustainable business improvement.

She’s currently the VP, Sr. Program Manager, Treasury and Deposits Operations for Zions Bancorporation. In this role, she manages a broad portfolio of technical enterprise operations projects. Key responsibilities include horizontal oversight of project execution to ensure that projects realize business benefits, as well as ongoing project management of high profile projects.

She work with operations management to improve business processes, create value, and mitigate risk. She also develops the PMO's strategic relationship with business partners as well as key Affiliate and technical operations stakeholders. Act as an effective change agent in support of enterprise objectives.

Program Cost - Tuition for the full certificate program is $1,499.

  • All students receive a one-year student membership from PMI ($149 value) and a digital version of the PMI PMBOK 6th edition ($67) value. PMI members also receive discounts on the CAPM and PMP exams.
  • Students will also receive a 2nd textbook that focuses on project management for non-project managers.
  • Tuition is due at the beginning of each course offering a pay-as-you-go option. Tuition listed above is for the 2018-2019 academic year and subject to change without advance notice.
  • For this certificate, installment plans and deferral payment plans are available for noncredit students. Visit Options for more information.


If your company is paying for your certificate or will reimburse you for the cost of the certificate, we can help you with processing the full certificate cost. Please contact our student services team at or 801-585-1780.

Certificate Completion Requirements

  • Students must complete all assignments, projects, discussions and assessments required and described in the class syllabus.

How is my accomplishment recognized?

  • Students will receive a certificate of completion.
  • The completed certificate will appear on University of Utah official transcripts.
  • Students will be awarded a University of Utah digital credential (badge).

Digital Credentials / Badges

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Why choose the University of Utah?

We understand that you have a choice when it comes to taking professional development courses and we work hard to earn your trust with each and every class!

By selecting the University of Utah, you’ll enjoy the following benefits whether you’re coming to us as someone new to the job market, a career changer, a seasoned professional or a lifelong learner.

Resume Power - Benefit from the University of Utah reputation for credibility and quality. Choosing the University of Utah for your certificate program makes a clear statement about your commitment to excellence.

Instructor Excellence - Learn from instructors with real world experience and professional credentials.

The Power of the U Network – Students have access to a valuable University of Utah peer and faculty network.

Networking – Meet and network with other students pursuing or working in the industry.

Student Support – Count on the ongoing support of a dedicated student services staff that will assist you every step of the way.

Are there exams? Am I graded?

There are no exams but there are assigned readings, discussions and projects that must be completed. Certificate classes are graded with a "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" option. For successful certificate completion, students must achieve a "satisfactory" grade in all classes.

Can I apply these classes to a degree at the University of Utah?

This certificate is noncredit and cannot be applied to any for-credit degree.

Are these classes eligible for federal financial aid?

We are seeking approval for both of these programs and anticipate approval for fall 2019.

Is this program approved for GI Bill funds or AFCOOL funds?

Once admitted, students are responsible for enrolling in individual classes on their own through the Professional Education website. Students may consult with the certificate program manager if they have questions about specific courses. (See contact us section)

How will I interact with my coach?

Interaction method and structure will take place by mutual agreement between you and your coach. Interaction could be via email, phone call or video-conference interface. Live interaction with your coach is not required of students.

How does this certificate program differ from the in-person Project Management Fundamentals Certificate?

Both certificates are similar in content with the online program offering the flexibility of an online program with personalized coaching as students create a project plan over the length of the course. Both meet the PMI requirements for formal project management education hours.

Due to project work, the online course requires greater student hourly commitment per week.

Andrea Miller
Director Professional Education / University of Utah

Phone: 801-587-8822
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