The Project Management Fundamentals Certificate explores the core principles of project management as documented in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide) – Fifth Edition.
This program will prepare you to move into a project management role. You will learn the competencies required to move a project through the project life cycle phases of conceptualization, initiation, planning, execution, control, and closing; the principles of project management, quality management, procurement management, dynamic leadership; and the best practices used in different industry sectors.
This certificate will be of value to those contemplating a career change or new to the project management industry; interested in developing a project management knowledge base; or preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® designation or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® designation.
Daytime, evening and weekend classes are offered on the main and downtown campuses.
In general, most students who have other significant time commitments complete the program in two years.
Students are encouraged to contact a student advisor to discuss their specific situation.
You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.
To be admitted students must be 18 years of age; successful completion of a Senior High School diploma and relevant workplace experience is recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.Apply for Certificate Admission
Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions
Advanced Standing* may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted for up to a maximum of 60 hours towards this certificate.
To apply for advanced standing:
- Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying the course for which you are requesting exemption, and the equivalent course credits you have obtained.
- Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card).
- Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course that you are submitting for advanced standing.
- Include a proof of attendance and final grade of the equivalent course from the educational institution you attended.
Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates
If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education certificate, you may be able to transfer* some credits between programs. For details, please review the Transferability section in the certificate programs that you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.
Pre-Approved Seminar Credit (Maximum 30 hours)
Students may receive a maximum of 30 hours credit from pre-approved U of C Continuing Education Business Seminars and part-time English as a Second Language (ESL) classes taken in the last five years. Credit equals approximately 2/3 instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. a 15-hour course or seminar will give you 10 hours credit.
Please note that you must apply for advanced standing for seminars and ESL courses that you have completed with U of C Continuing Education as not all of them apply. To find out if you are eligible for advanced standing credit, please contact a student advisor.
*Note: The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 120 hours for this certificate.
On completion of this certificate, up to 120 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards certificates in: Professional Management, Business Analysis, Marketing, Public Relations Management, Office Applications, Human Resource Management, and Business intelligence. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.
Many of the courses in this certificate align with the educational requirements of the PMP® designation and prepare students to write the PMP® exam. Click here for the list of courses that align with the PMP® designation.
PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential is an industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® designation demonstrates that individuals have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects. For more information on the PMP designation, go to pmi.org/certification.aspx
To graduate, a student must satisfy all certificate requirements including:
- Successful completion of the core, optional and elective program requirements.
- Attain a minimum of a C in all courses used to meet program requirements.
- Attain minimum instruction hours to meet program requirements.
Note: If a student attains a grade of C-, D+ or D in one course only, a program director has the discretionary authority to approve a student for graduation. It will be the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval. Approval is usually granted for exceptional circumstances and it is the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate. Student advisors are available to meet with students to review status and determine outstanding certificate requirements.Apply for Certificate Graduation