Project Management Fundamentals Certificate

Project Management Fundamentals

Project Management is a continually growing field across many industries. Employers are looking for professionals who have the skills to oversee a project from start to finish in the most effective and efficient way possible. Employees of any specialty from assistants to directors can use and will benefit from project management skills in their day to day responsibilities.

This certificate program provides participants with essential fundamental project management training. Professionals who are interested in the field of project management, and who may have experience but do not have formal training will learn common methodologies used by project managers today. Students will complete the certificate with a well-rounded set of both hard and soft skills needed to understand project management best practice.

Courses will provide students with greater understanding about the principles of project management, project team management and project assessment. Students will gain skills in project management techniques and methodologies. After completion of this certificate students may consider preparing for the CAPM or PMP exam depending on individual circumstances. This full certificate satisfies the PMI 35 contact hours of formal project management education for the PMI PMP credential or 23 hours for the PMI CAPM credential.

Students may also register for classes individually rather than the full certificate program.

Certificate Application Fee $25.00   Apply Now!

Upcoming Classes

Class Title Next Start Date
Fundamentals of Project Management I 03/04/2019
Fundamentals of Project Management I 01/31/2019
Fundamentals of Project Management II 04/08/2019
Fundamentals of Project Management II 02/14/2019
Project Risk Management 03/12/2019
Project Risk Management 04/11/2019
Project Leadership, Teambuilding and Communication 03/21/2019
Project Leadership, Teambuilding and Communication 04/15/2019
Project Management Tools featuring MS Project 03/07/2019
Project Management Tools featuring MS Project 03/18/2019


This certificate is ideal for individuals who have participated in project coordination and management, who would like to pursue a career in project management, or who would like to know the common methodologies and practices of formal project Management. This certificate gives essential knowledge in project management basics and will prepare the students to bring project management practices to their workplace, and/or to determine if the CAPM and PMP certification is the right path.

Who should take this certificate?

This certificate is designed for a variety of individuals:

  • Individuals new to project management.
  • Individuals who have been in project management but want to understand the concepts and popular methodologies of project management.
  • Individuals who are interested in pursuing the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications and want to brush up on the fundamental skills.

Experience in project coordination or management is encouraged but not required.

Required Courses:   5

Total hours of instruction:   35

Schedule:   Most certificate courses will be offered in spring, summer and fall semesters. Most classes will be offered as a day time or evening option.

Format:   Classes are held in an in-person format with experienced instructors from local organizations. Classes can be taken as part of the certificate or individually.

Location:   Classes will be held at the University of Utah Sandy Campus or the Research Park Site.

Required courses Held in: Fall Spring Summer
Fundamentals of Project Management I
Fundamental of Project Management II
Project Management Tools featuring MS Project
Project Risk Management
Project Leadership, Teambuilding and Communication

Other Certificate Details

  • Sequencing requirements – Student’s may take the above classes in any order they like.
  • Prerequisites – There are no prerequisites for any of the courses in this certificate.
  • Computer access – Personal laptops are not required but may be brought to class for note taking. MS Project will be held in a computer lab with the software installed. Personal laptops may not be used in this class."
  • Time to complete – Students may take up to 2 years to complete all required courses.

Certificate Completion Requirements

  • Satisfactory grade in all required courses.
  • Individual classes may have project to complete during the class to earn a satisfactory grade which will be communicated in the class syllabus.
    • Grades
      • All certificate students will receive a satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade at the conclusion of each class and the certificate program. Requirements to achieve a satisfactory grade will be detailed in the class syllabus.
    • Attendance Policy
      • Students are expected to be engaged for the full length of each class.
      • More information including drop policy here

Fundamentals of Project Management I – PROEA 601

Project management is rapidly becoming one of the most valuable careers that crosses many industries. Get into the game by gaining an understanding of the project management field and how to be an effective project manager. You'll learn common project management terms, industry best practices, and how to correctly manage projects. Topics will be covered at a high-level, but attendees will walk away with a solid understanding of end-to-end project management steps/skills and methodologies. You'll also learn the differences between the agile vs. the waterfall methods, gain an understanding of programs, projects, and portfolios, and discuss project artifacts. You'll learn about the Project Management Institute's (PMI) industry certifications, the value of project management, roles and careers, and the nine knowledge areas as defined by PMI. You'll walk away with valuable templates that you can apply immediately to your work. To gain a comprehensive understanding, we encourage you to take the Fundamentals of Project Management II course and other required courses to attain the Project Management Fundamentals Certificate.

Fundamentals of Project Management II – PROEA 602

A continuation of Fundamentals of Project Management. We'll dive deeper into the nine knowledge areas as defined by the Project Management Institute(PMI), such as risk management, quality management, communication management and other areas. You'll have an opportunity to work through a project management plan and will walk away with valuable templates to take back and apply immediately.

Project Management Tools Featuring MS Project – PROEA 605

This class dives into the creation of a project through a tools perspective. This class is interactive and allows you to work with some of the most popular project management tools on the market. During this training, time will be spent with project management templates that support effective project management. Along with some project management basics, students will learn how to use calendars, tasks, milestones, task relationships, project resource management, critical path method application, project plan, collaboration through various tools, task structures, views and reporting. Tools that will be discussed and used are: MS Project 2016, Smartsheet, and MS Excel.

Project Risk Management – PROEA 603

Risk is a profit maker or profit killer in business. This course teaches project managers how to identify risk, quantify its potential impact and create a plan to respond to the occurrence of risk events. It also provides attendees with an understanding of how to effectively manage and update their risk management plans. This course is targeted for an audience with basic and intermediate level project risk management skills. This course also offers 7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 7 Professional Development Units (PDUs). Check with your industry association for approval requirements.

Project Leadership, Teambuilding and Communication – PROEA 604

Apply your project leadership skills to more effectively help your team ensure project success. Leadership profiling, team-building and project communication activities provide an exciting, hands-on learning environment. We'll leave class with an understanding of the importance of leadership and communication skills to complement technical management skills; learn to create appropriate alignment among your team members; and understand how to empower the team by generating authority and accountability among team members as they make decisions and accomplish tasks.

Certificate Instructors

Instructors for this certificate have been selected based on their professional experience, education, and ability to teach in a dynamic and engaging manner. Each of the instructors brings unique experience from banking, healthcare, technology, finance, and accounting organizations. These instructors are all engaged in their fields and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this program.


Brent Hansen
Business Development Manager
Family Search

Brent HansenBrent is a product management and project management leader with over 20 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 meeting business requirements using proven process improvement methodologies and tools such as business process management, capability maturity model and project management systems, resulting in improved quality, customer satisfaction and profitability. Brent’s specialties are in product management, account management, international business, PMO, project management best practices, program management, project management, strategic planning, Business Process Improvement, training and mentoring, risk management/mitigation, and team development.

Education: DBA in International Business, MBA, BSBA, BAM, and BS Marketing


Randy Cox
Senior Project Portfolio Manager
University of Utah

Randy CoxRandy 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.

Reed Shell
Senior IT Director

Reed ShellReed is a 30 year Information Technology professional who has worked for Fortune 50 companies, non-profits and small businesses. Reed speaks fluent agile and is a Certified Scrum Professional. He is a Project Management Professional who is active in the project management profession and currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Operations for the Project Management Institute Northern Utah Chapter. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Boise State University (go Broncos!) and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from prestigious George Fox University. Reed enjoys leading teams and has studied teamwork as a hobby. He is a national presenter on his research into Superbowl and basketball coaches and how they coached winning teams. When he is not managing people, process, projects, or presenting, you will find him in his kayak soaking crab pots at his favorite bay on the Oregon Coast or rockhounding with his wife and best friend of 32 years.

Brian Corrales
Senior Manager
Family Search

Brian CorralesBrian Corrales is an action-oriented business professional who loves to manage complex strategic initiatives and and projects that deliver business value. He graduated from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management in Information Systems and holds various project management related certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master and Certified Product Owner from Agile Manifesto co-founder Alistair Cockburn, and Pragmatic Marketing. Brian is a husband and a father of 3 children. When not working on strategic initiatives, Brian enjoys the outdoors and also operates a part-time martial arts school in Salt Lake City.

Program Cost - Tuition for the full certificate program is $1,395 +$25 administrative cost.

Tuition for individual classes is as follows:

  • PROEA 601: Fundamentals of Project Management I -- $279
  • PROEA 602: Fundamentals of Project Management II -- $279
  • PROEA 605 or : Project Management Tools Featuring MS Project -- $279
  • PROEA 603: Project Risk Management $279
  • PROEA 604: Project Leadership, Teambuilding and Communication -- $279

  • 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.
  • Financial aid is not available for this noncredit certificate. Students are encouraged to inquire with their employers to determine if tuition assistance is available.
  • Professional Education Tuition Installment Plan and other payment options can be found here https://continue.utah.edu/proed/payment-options.

#1 - Register for the Certificate

Registration for this certificate, and payment of the $25 nonrefundable fee, signifies the intent to complete all courses associated with this certificate program. Fees cover additional student services provided for our certificate students.

#2 - Register for your Certificate Classes

Once you’ve registered for the certificate and received a confirmation from our team, you may begin to register for individual certificate classes.

  • Certificate students will register themselves for classes.
  • You may take as many classes during a semester as desired.
  • Students have two years to complete all certificate classes.
  • Payment for classes is required at the time of registration.
  • Classes may be taken individually or as part of the certificate.
  • Students may also enroll in the certificate after they’ve begun taking classes but must register as a certificate student to receive their certificate of completion.

Certificate Completion Requirements

  • Students must receive an “S-Satisfactory" grade in all classes for successful completion.

How is my accomplishment recognized?

  • A certificate is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all required courses
  • The completed certificate will appear on University of Utah official transcripts
  • Students will be awarded a University of Utah digital credential (badge)
  • Upon completion of all required classes students then will fill out the Completed Certificate Request Form. Once the form is received confirmation of your completion will be verified, Certificate and digital credential will then be issued to student 10-14 days after form is received.

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. 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.

Is there a minimum or maximum number of classes a student may take in a semester?

There are no minimums or maximum number of class restrictions for students. The certificate must be completed within two years.

Will I have flexibility in what classes I take and when?

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)

Are these classes eligible for federal financial aid?

Students pursuing a certificate are considered "non-degree seeking," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid loan programs.

Does it matter which course I take first or in what order I take the classes?

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)

Does this certificate prepare me for the CAPM or PMP?

While this certificate does review material covered on the CAPM and PMP exams, it is not a test preparation course and students would be advised to also take an exam prep course if they are pursuing the PMI accreditation.

Do these classes count toward PDUs for PMI?

We are in the process of becoming a Registered Education Provider through PMI, and as soon as that process is complete each class that counts toward PDUs will have the appropriate PDU identification in its description.

What is the difference between MS Project and Project Management Tools?

MS Project is an overview of the software and teaches students some basic skills that a project manager might find useful. Project Management Tools is a course designed toward project managers who don't currently have a project management software, or are in the process of choosing a new software, and would like to know the ways in which various software can help them accomplish their tasks.

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