Project Management Certificate

Registration for Spring 2020 is now open. Class will begin on January 21, 2020.

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Jim Robison, DBA, CFPIM, PMP

The Sonoma State University Project Management Certification Course includes both traditional (waterfall) and Agile project management. The course satisfies all of the educational requirements necessary to sit for the Project Management Institute (PMI) Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) examination, the Project Management Professional (PMP) examination, and the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) examination.

Traditional topics include the project lifecycle phases of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Other topics include project integration, scope, scheduling, cost, quality, human resource, risk, procurement and stakeholder engagement.

Agile topics include the Agile manifesto, Agile values, environmental and organizational considerations, and iteration planning. Agile methodologies discussed include Scrum, eXtreme Programming (XP), Feature Driven Development (FDD), Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), Adaptive Software Development (ASD), Crystal, Kanban, and Lean Software Development (LSD).

Project tailoring will be examined, including hybrid projects that combine traditional and Agile tools and techniques. The course also includes hands-on training with Microsoft Project.

There are no educational or experience prerequisites for the Sonoma State University Project Management Certification Course. The cost is $2050, which includes use of Microsoft Project 2019 in the SSU computer laboratory. The cost of the course does not include the PMI exams, which are optional and are not required for successful completion of this course.

The required textbooks are available at

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 6th Edition & Agile Practice Guide Bundle. Published by the Project Management Institute. ISBN: 978-1-628253-82-5 .
  • Microsoft Project 2019 Step by Step by Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson, ISBN: 978-1-509307-42-5.
  • Project Math: Tools and Techniques for Project Managers, Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters, Project Sponsors and Business Analysts, Project Management Offices, Team Members, and Engaged Stakeholders by Dr. James A. Robison, ISBN 978-1-718009-99-8.