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.
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Take a look at these frequently asked questions.
Daytime, evening and weekend classes are offered on the main and downtown campuses.
The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you have other significant time commitments and take only one or two courses per term, you will likely complete the program in two years. If you are planning on taking multiple courses per term, you will complete the program faster. However, when planning, it is important to take into account the extra time that will be required for reading and assignments. For every hour of classroom time, plan on working one more hour at home (3 hours in class; 3 hours at home). For most online courses, expect to work approximately six hours per week per course. Students are invited to contact a student advisor for planning assistance.
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 up to a maximum of 60 hours towards this certificate.
To apply for advanced standing, click here.
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 most UCalgary Continuing Education Business Seminars and some part-time English as a Second Language (ESL) courses 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 UCalgary Continuing Education as not all of them apply. To find out if you are eligible for advanced standing credit, please contact a student advisor.
The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 120 hours for this certificate.
On completion of one certificate, you may wish to pursue studies in another.
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.
If you wish to pursue another certificate program please complete the Application for Admission for your next certificate, and contact us requesting transfer of the equivalent course credits, or contact a student advisor for assistance at 403-220-2866. You must request the transfer of the equivalent courses credits to apply to your next certificate — this will not happen without your request.
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
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate.
View our Graduation page for details.
Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.
Continuing Education Student and Registration Services
Phone: 403-220-2866 or 1-866-220-4992