Project Management Certificate Program

logo The Project Management Certificate Program is designed to develop and enhance foundational project management skills along with the ability to utilize basic PM tools. Overall learning outcomes include the development of:

  • Working knowledge of PM concepts
  • Ability to plan and manage projects utilizing prescribed tools, templates and processes
  • Interactional skills to manage team members and stakeholders
  • Change management skills

Upcoming Course Offerings

General Project Management Track

Next offering: TBD

Information Technology Track

Next offering: July 26, 27 & 28, 2016. Three-day workshop. Participants must be able to attend all days. Nomination forms are now being accepted.

Eligibility and Requirements

Nomination form

Participants must complete a self-nomination (DOC) and obtain their manager’s approval, be currently managing a project or plan to start one within the next six months, and complete all core courses and electives.

Complete all courses and electives

The program consists of core courses and electives. Participants must be able to attend all sessions and complete the core courses and required number of electives.

Core Courses and Electives

General Project Management Information Technology
Certification General Staff Track Certification IT Staff Track
Designed for staff who manage projects and project team members Designed for IT professionals and IT professional team leaders
> Master essential project management skills, concepts and techniques
> Define roles and responsibilities of the project manager and team members, conduct effective meetings and effectively manage differences
> Define and develop the foundation of a project plan: projects requirements document, work breakdown structure, cost, schedule, and other resources
> Create a project control and monitoring system
> Manage stakeholder expectations and create communication to facilitate project acceptance and implementation
> Master essential IT project management skills, concepts and techniques
> Learn project management concepts, tools, and techniques which meet the unique challenges of (IT) projects
> Define roles and responsibilities of the project manager and team members, conduct effective meetings and effectively manage differences
> Estimate IT project cost and schedules using proven techniques
> Identify, interpret and manage concrete project requirements
> Cover all the PMBOK® Guide processes of a typical project as well as additional information related specifically to initiating, planning, executing, controlling & closing ND IT projects
Start by taking the Project Management CORE courses (3 days): Start by taking the IT Project Management CORE courses (4.5 days):
Project Management Fundamentals – General (2 days) Project Management Fundamentals-IT (3 days)
Stakeholder and Change Management (1 day) Stakeholder and Change Management (1 day)
IT Project Process (OIT Staff – 1/2 day)
Also choose from ELECTIVES (2 days): Also choose from ELECTIVES (OIT Staff – 2 Days):
> Team Dynamics (1 day)
> Meeting Facilitation (1/2 day)
> Speak with Confidence (1/2 day)
> Resolving Conflict While Maintaining Relationships (1/2 day)
> Communicating with Colleagues and Co-Workers (1/2 day)
> Team Dynamics (1 day)
> Meeting Facilitation (1/2 day)
> Speak With Confidence (1/2 day)
> Resolving Differences While Maintaining Relationships (1/2 day)
> Communicating with Colleagues and Co-Workers (1/2 day)

Core Courses – Descriptions

Project Management Fundamentals – IT

Facilitator: ESI-Lindsay Chamberlain
Dates: Tuesday through Thursday, July 26-28, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (all days)
Location: Innovation Park
This three-day program provides an understanding and practice of basic project management concepts and tools that enable participants to successfully lead small to medium-size projects from planning to implementation. This course will provide the opportunity for you to:

  • Master essential project management skills, concepts and techniques
  • Define roles and responsibilities of the project manager and team members across a project life cycle
  • Define and develop the foundation of a project plan: projects requirements document, work breakdown structure, cost, schedule, and other resources
  • Create a project control and monitoring system
  • Cover all the PMBOK® Guide processes of a typical project to include project initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing
  • Link project goals and objectives to clear, compelling stakeholder needs

A pre-test is administered to measure existing knowledge of project management concepts and tools as well as, a post-test to measure learning gains. Instructional methods include instructor input, group discussion, in-class application of the tools, group exercises. CEUs, CPEs or PDUs are awarded by George Washington University.

Project Management Fundamentals – General Staff

Facilitator: ESI-Instructor
Dates: Next offering TBD
Time: Next offering TBD

This two-day program provides an understanding and practice of basic project management concepts and tools that enable participants to successfully lead small to medium-size IT projects from planning to implementation. This course will provide the opportunity for you to:

  • Master essential project management skills, concepts and techniques
  • Define roles and responsibilities of the project manager and team members across a project life cycle
  • Define and develop the foundation of a project plan: projects requirements document, work breakdown structure, cost, schedule, and other resources
  • Create a project control and monitoring system
  • Cover all the PMBOK® Guide processes of a typical project to include project initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing
  • Link project goals and objectives to clear, compelling stakeholder needs

A pre-test is administered to measure existing knowledge of project management concepts and tools as well as, a post-test to measure learning gains. Instructional methods include instructor input, group discussion, in-class application of the tools, group exercises. CEUs, CPEs or PDUs are awarded by George Washington University.

Stakeholder and Change Management – 1 Day

Facilitator: Bil Murray, Murray Associates
Date: Wed., Aug. 24, 2016
Time: 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m.

Participants will learn how to analyze stakeholder engagement, manage their expectation and build mutually beneficial relationships that support the changes inherent in the project. Participants will develop an understanding of reactions to change as well as the skills for anticipating and managing resistance. With a specific project in mind, participants will create a communication plan and an elevator speech to ensure that they have addressed all the requirements for a successful project implementation.

Orientation to ND OIT Project Management Process – 1/2 Day (Required for OIT Staff)

Facilitator: ND OIT Staff
Date: Next offering COMING
Time: Next offering COMING
This is a “must do” for all OIT staff who will manage projects at Notre Dame. This provides an orientation to the ND-specific project management process and a live walk-through of the ND Project Management website. Participants will learn documentation requirements, standards, and architecture. Also covered is how to update a project portfolio using IN-Notes.


Elective Courses

Meeting Facilitation-Advanced

Facilitator: Ellen McNally, Varnum Consulting
Date: Wed., Oct. 12, OR Thur., Nov. 3, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Grace Hall, Lower Level Training Room

Move things forward faster, keep them on track and build maximum participation during meetings. Learn how to manage through an agenda, generate a wide variety of ideas, reach consensus, monitor progress, deal with difficult participants and get buy-in for change.

Expected outcomes include:

  • Reduced meeting times.
  • Improved outcomes in planning, problem solving and decision making.
  • Enhanced credibility as a meeting leader.
  • Improved ability to build relationships and get buy-in for change.

Speak with Confidence

Facilitator: Denny Faurote, The Faurote Group
Date: Thur., Oct. 27 OR Thur., Dec. 1, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Do you panic at the thought of standing in front of others to make a presentation or freeze in a group when it comes to your turn to provide an update? This program can help you communicate effectively in formal presentations, impromptu situations and small group presentations through small group exercises.

Team Dynamics

Facilitator: Bil Murray, Murray Associates
Date: Thur., Sep. 1, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Especially for team leaders and project team managers, learn how to form and maintain teams by creating individual buy-in to group goals and overcoming the common dysfunctions of teams.

Resolving Conflict While Maintaining Relationships

Facilitator: TBD
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Grace Hall, Lower Level Training Room

Be more effective in handling conflict using specific communication tactics that help you clearly understand the other person’s issue when you find yourself wanting to disagree or to express a very different opinion. Manage the aftermath and get the relationship back on track.

Communicating with Colleagues and Coworkers

Facilitator: National Seminars, Skill Path
Date: Thur., Jul. 28; Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Date: Tues., Oct. 4; Time: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Date: Thur., Oct. 29; Time: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Build the communication skills essential to becoming a highly respected, confident professional who has earned credibility in the workplace. Identify verbal and nonverbal skills that project authority and give one an assertive means for controlling difficult situations and difficult people.