Course Detail: BUS505 - Project Management Certificate

Developed in conjunction with the Project Management Institute's (PMI) - Northeast Indiana Chapter.

The Program
This program is designed to provide you with the skill and knowledge needed to be a successful project manager. The six modules are closely aligned with PMI® PMBOK© Guide and have been developed in cohort with the Northeast Indiana Chapter of PMI Professional Development group.


  • Learn step-by-step skills you can use immediately
  • Further your career by gaining familiarity with the latest edition of the guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK© Guide)
  • Network with other project management professionals and make valuable contacts
  • Receive ready-to-use software templates. Earn either 3 professional development units (PDUs) or 0.3 CEU per module [PDUs are sponsored, approved and registered with the Project Management Institute by the Northeast Indiana Chapter].

Who should participate?

  • New or aspiring project managers
  • Experienced project leaders who want to advance their management skills
  • Anyone who wants to lead a project from planning to successful completion
  • Project managers seeking an entry into the Project Management Institute's certification process
  • Current project management professionals seeking PDUs to maintain certification

The Sessions
Fundamentals, Project Scope, and Change Management:
Discover the processes described in the PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge©, gain an overview of the project management project phases and discover what it means to be a project manager. Participants will receive the following templates: Initiation Checklist, Charter/ Scope Statement, Work Breakdown Structure Worksheet, WBS Dictionary and Project Plan.

Scheduling and Cost Management:
Learn how to develop project schedules using task interdependencies, resource allocation, and Critical Path Management (CPM). Techniques for estimating, budgeting and analyzing costs and the basics of earned value will also be covered. Participants will receive a Project Schedule template.

Project Communication and Human Resources:
Explore the various communications styles, ways to build high-performance teams, innovative methods to resolve conflict, effective motivation concepts, and communications techniques. Learn tips and techniques for the management of multi-cultural, multi-national project teams. Participants will receive the following templates: Communications Plan, Roles and Responsibilities Matrix, and Responsible/Accountable/Informed/Consulted (RACI) Matrix.

Project Risk Analysis:
Understanding and managing project risk is what distinguishes a good Project Manager from a great Project Manager. Distinguish yourself among your peers by gaining a good foundation in how to analyze, mitigate, and manage project risks. Qualitative analysis as well as Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) will be discussed in detail. Participants will receive the following templates: Risk Management Plan, Risk Register, Qualitative Risk Assessment Spreadsheet, and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).

Project Quality Management and Project Closing:
Discover how quality planning, assurance, and control concepts integrate with project management practices to create a system for implementing quality management at the process and project levels. You will learn the uses of Ishikawa, Pareto, and other quality methods and understand the importance of properly closing a project. Participants will receive the following templates: Project Quality Plan and Lessons Learned.

Project Management Capstone Review:
Complete this capstone module and the five previous modules to earn the well-recognized Purdue University Fort Wayne/PMI-NEIC Project Management Certificate. From an earlier module, you would have selected a project and constructed a portfolio of completed templates, plans, and working documents. With your portfolio and classroom discussion, you will be able to demonstrate your understanding of the key elements of Project Management. Student portfolios will be independently reviewed by a Project Management Professional (PMP).

This program is designed as an overview of project management principles and is not a PMP Exam Prep course and will not result in PMP Certification.

Student Testimonials:

"The Capstone Project was very helpful as it gave me a new tool to track current projects in our shop."

"The course touched on all major PMP points and terminology."

"The instructors made it fun and engaging while still teaching us a lot of valuable skills."

Students must successfully complete the Capstone Project and miss no more than 1 (one) class session to receive the PFW Project Management Certificate.

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