Project Management

Our Project Management Certificate is instructed by Project Management professionals with decades of combined experience, and works hand-in-hand with the local Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter to expose students to the body of knowledge required to prepare for the credentialing exam.

In order to earn a certificate in Project Management, four required courses and two additional classes (72 hours) must be completed. Upon completion of the courses, students will be prepared to pursue the Project Management credentials from the Project Management Institute (PMI). These courses can also be used to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) to fulfill Continuing Certification Requirements. Free information sessions are available for this program. Call 706.507.8070 for information. You may also choose to view a video of this information session.

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REQUIRED COURSES

You may register for these courses separately or as a part of a discounted certificate package. Not all Project Management courses are available every semester.

  • Project Management Fundamentals: The Buck Starts Here
  • Managing Project Scope: Scoping it Out
  • Managing Project Quality: Quality Assurance
  • Effective Project Communication: Is That What I Said?

ADDITIONAL COURSES

  • Managing Project Risk: Risky Business
  • Microsoft Project Software: Keeping it All in Check
  • Managing Project Procurement: Getting What You Need
  • Managing Project Portfolios and Corporate Project Offices: The Longview
  • Managing Project Schedules: Timing is Everything
  • Project Management: Untangling IT Project Management and the SDLC (12)

TEXTBOOKS (REQUIRED FOR ALL PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSES)

“I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Project Management Certificate classes offered by Continuing Education at Columbus State University this year. After completing my certification, I have been able to apply the knowledge I acquired towards the projects I support at work. I have been able to successfully use my new skill sets to organize my projects in more efficient ways, increase my work quality, and improve my relationships with my team and management. By doing so, opportunities for growth within the company have been offered to me.
The classes are beneficial not only to people interested in becoming PMP certified, but to people who could use assistance and knowledge on daily projects. As for me, I am now one step closer to receiving my PMP designation. I certainly feel more prepared, and I value the education I received from these classes. My certification plays an essential role as I continue my journey towards working in a Project Management Office.”
-Mahesh Ramroop


Course Descriptions

Project Management Fundamentals: The Buck Starts Here

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Take charge in your projects! Your instructor will teach you to create and use fundamental project management tools, including charters, work breakdown structures and schedules, scope definitions, change management, performance measures, status reports, communication models and team building activities. Classes will be taught through a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies and practical hands-on exercises.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 5th ed.

Authors: (PMBOK Guides)
Publisher: Project Management Institute
ISBN: 1935589679

Managing Project Scope: Scoping it Out

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Having trouble telling the difference between the scope of the product and the scope of the project? Often these important factors will still need to be further developed at the time the project manager is assigned. Learn how to determine scope definition and decomposition to keep your project on schedule and within budget.

Managing Project Quality: Quality Assurance

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Managing projects in the midst of Six Sigma “fever” can be frustrating. Learn how to utilize basic quality tools on your projects to help you resolve issues, document related processes and develop your quality-management plan. Ensure quality standards and metrics are established early on to facilitate the monitoring and control process of your project, as well as foster a spirit of continuous improvement. Discover what “gold plating” is and why it’s not as great as it sounds

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 5th ed.

Authors: (PMBOK Guides)
Publisher: Project Management Institute
ISBN: 1935589679

Effective Project Communication: Is That What I Said?

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Excellent communication skills are crucial for resolving project challenges and completing projects on schedule. Gain a better understanding of these skills while managing projects effectively. Course topics include standardizing communication project plans, responding professionally and effectively to situations throughout the project’s lifecycle, managing meetings and handling conflict within the project.

Managing Project Risk: Risky Business

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Does your method of managing project risks depend on using a checklist based on previous mishaps? Think again! Learn how to perform qualitative and quantitative risk analysis to ensure your risk management plan is complete. Develop risk response strategies from avoidance to acceptance scenarios, document the known triggers and ensure each item has an owner. Establish management’s risk tolerance early in the project, and develop contingency plans and alternatives to avoid interruptions and keep you on schedule.

Microsoft Project Software: Keeping it All in Check

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Covering everything from setting up a calendar in Microsoft Project to applying advanced formatting, this course will teach you how to create project schedules, work with various project views, create outline tasks, assign task relationships and apply constraints and deadline dates. Discover how to create and assign resources as well as accurately evaluate and adjust project time factors, resources and costs. Your instructor will also explain customized tables, filters, forms, project reports and sharing information with other users.

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 5th ed.

Authors: (PMBOK Guides)
Publisher: Project Management Institute
ISBN: 1935589679

Managing Project Procurement: Getting What You Need

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Most large companies use centralized procurement/contracting services, so how will this affect your work as the Project Manager? Learn what types of contracts are used for which types of projects, as well as the overall contract process. Even if you are not the one negotiating the terms, make sure you know what your role and responsibilities are as the Project Manager for your projects governed by contracts.

Managing Project Portfolios and Corporate Project Offices: The Longview

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Whether you are a “team of one” managing multiple projects for your company or a team of many, consistency is critical to the success of your projects and credibility of the discipline. Explore essential procedures and documentation that form the basis of establishing project management methodology, as well as how to navigate through your corporate environment to ensure buy-in from everyone.

Managing Project Schedules: Timing is Everything

COURSE DESCRIPTION

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 5th ed.

Authors: (PMBOK Guides)
Publisher: Project Management Institute
ISBN: 1935589679

Project Management: Untangling IT Project Management and the SDLC (12)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Did you know that there is a unique lifecycle for IT Project management? Learn how IT Projects have a Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) in addition to a Project Management Lifecycle and discover the most used methodologies in IT Project Management (waterfall, agile and SCRUM). At the end of this class, you will understand how IT Project Management differs from other project management areas and have the skills necessary to successfully manage IT Projects.