Learn to Organize & Lead Successful Projects

Whether you are an experienced project manager or report to a project lead, JMU’s Project Management certificate program teaches you the skills and knowledge necessary to run successful projects, giving you a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Gain an Advantage with a Project Management certificate

The JMU Project Management certificate includes:

  • Intensive, focused training with PMP® certification mapping and lesson labs following the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  • PMP® certified instruction from qualified instructors with over 20 years of project management training experience
  • Instructor assistance with your PMP® credential application
  • Five months access to a practice PMP® exam
  • Certificate from the state’s premier university, which enhances your résumé
  • The 35 education hours required for PMP® examination, administered by Project Management Institute
  • 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course Outline

In-Person: Harrisonburg

October 16 - 25, 2018
Tuesdays & Thursdays
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Course Investment: $2,200

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Online Program

September 18 - October 4, 2018
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:00pm – 8:00pm, Eastern Time

Course Investment: $2,200

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Program Overview

Enhance your Professional Skills and Marketability

Professionals with the experience and expertise in planning and managing successful projects continue to be in high demand by top employers.

The Project Management Certificate Program at James Madison University was designed and developed to provide experienced professionals with the advanced skill sets necessary for organizing and leading productive projects within the business arena.

Certificate Program Details

JMU’s intensive certificate program is intended for professionals who want to distinguish themselves and validate their project management expertise by obtaining the globally recognized Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification through Project Management Institute (PMI®).

JMU’s Project Management Certificate program provides the 35 hours of training required to sit for the PMP® certification exam. For more information about applying for the PMP® certification exam, visit the PMI website at www.pmi.org. The PMP® exam cost is not included in the price of JMU’s Project Management course.

Our program thoroughly explores the inner and outer workings of project logistics, management, constraints, risks, and execution necessary to deliver projects within the desired scope.

Even if you choose not to pursue your PMP® certification, any experienced professional responsible for managing projects will benefit from this certificate and training. Whether in the private or public sector, individuals who have earned their Project Management certificate from JMU will have the expertise to execute successful projects.

Program Focus Areas:

  • Process of Project Management
  • Initiating a Project
  • Planning a Project
  • Developing and Managing Cost Estimates and Budgets
  • Planning Quality, Staffing, and Communication
  • Analyzing Risks and Planning Risk Responses
  • Executing, Managing, and Controlling Project Work
  • Closing Project Work
Choose the format right for you!

JMU offers two program formats to help you earn your certificate in project management - in-person classroom and online.

Both include:

  • Curriculum based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  • Five months access to a practice PMP® exam
  • Access to the instructor-led materials for one full year
  • Receipt of a JMU Project Management certificate upon successful completion of the program
  • The 35 education hours needed to sit for the PMP® exam offered through Project Management Institute
  • 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Classroom Program Format

  • All classes are held at the Harrisonburg, Virginia campus
  • Two-week program
  • Classes meet on campus for a total of four days, from 8:30am-5:30pm
  • Readings are required between sessions

Online Program Format

  • All classes are held in a 100% online classroom environment
  • Three-week program
  • Six live, virtual instructor-led classes in addition to self-paced online assignments
  • Classes meet online for a total of six evenings, from 6:00pm-8:00pm

"The Project Management Certificate and training provide a framework for consistently delivering projects within Scope, on Schedule and within Budget. For the student preparing to take the PMP® Exam, the course will prepare you to take and PASS the exam with confidence!"

Darryl Agee, MBA, PMP®

Meet Your Instructors

David M. Hylton, PMP® is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with over 19 years-experience in Project Management.  He has been employed with Sentara Healthcare (formerly Rockingham Memorial Hospital) since 2002.  At RMH, David developed and managed large electronic health record programs and helped develop a Project Management Office (PMO).  At Sentara, David is part of the IT Program Management Office (PMO) where he has participated in the development of the PMO and provides project management oversight for IT projects.

David is a graduate of JMU and lives in Broadway, VA.  David obtained the Project Management Institute’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) credential in 2010 and the PMP® certification in 2012.

Paul Powers, PMP® is currently a Senior Project Manager in the business intelligence industry employed by a data visualization leader called Qlik. He works as part of a global project management team implementing solutions for both private and public organizations. Prior to his tenure at Qlik, Paul was a Senior Project Manager for James Madison University. He managed a variety of projects to include document collaboration, responsive mobile design and information technology service management.

In addition to JMU, Paul spent 17 years in project management consulting roles for the large global organizations of IBM, McGladrey and Infor.  During his consulting tenure, Paul advised many industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, government, financial services, telecommunications, real estate, banking and retail.  His client list ranges from Fortune 500 companies to national retailers. While consulting with the federal government, he worked on two award winning project teams and was recognized as an innovator for business intelligence software implementations.

Paul became PMP certified in October of 2010. He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Economics from the University of Tennessee. He has an extensive software training background.  In addition to teaching, he has served as a project management mentor to entry level IBM consultants.  Paul has also built project management systems utilizing Qlik and SharePoint products. 

Paul and his wife practice forestry on their property bordering the George Washington National Forest. He, his wife and newly adopted Plott hound enjoy outdoor activities in the Shenandoah Valley area.

Enrollment & Financing

Online: View Upcoming Classes and Online Registration Credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) can only be accepted through online registration.

By Mail: To pay by check*, please complete the Registration Form and mail with payment to the address shown on the form no later than 3 weeks prior to the start date to allow for mail time.

*A $50 fee will be assessed for any check returned by the bank.

Additional Payment Options: Additional payment options are available for this program including private student loan options. Visit the payment options page for more details.

Registration Deadline:  Registration closes 2 weeks prior to class start date. If space is available, late registrations may be accepted up to 5 business days prior to the class start date and will incur a $25 late registration fee.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to two weeks before the program start date, and receive a refund of course registration fees, less a $25.00 administrative fee and any credit card processing fees. After that date, no refunds will be given. Participants may transfer to a future program (within one year of your original program), based on availability, with no penalty. We will accept participant substitutions with at least 2 business days notice. To withdraw from a course you must send a request in writing to outreach@jmu.edu.

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