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Project Management

Expert project managers are in very high demand. Earning a certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)—the world’s most respected association for project professionals—demonstrates that you have trained for and mastered the full range of skills to effectively lead complex projects.

College of DuPage can help you get the classroom training hours you need to prepare for PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Associate Project Management (CAPM®) and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) exams. Our expert project management trainer, Andy Kaufman, is a highly-regarded executive coach, keynote speaker, author and podcast host who has help hundreds of professionals train for and obtain PMI certifications.

Project Management Certification Information

Each PMI certification requires different combinations of educational attainment, project management education hours, verifiable experience in leading real-life projects and a passing grade on an PMI-administered exam. You can explore the requirements of each certification on the PMI website, or learn about certification paths from Andy when you take our two-day Essentials of Project Management course (listed below).

In addition, in order to maintain certification once you have earned it, PMI requires professional development units (PDUs)—additional hours of project management education and relevant on-the-job and/or volunteer experience. All COD project management courses can be used as PDUs to maintain PMI certification.

Watch this short video to learn more about our online Project Management courses!

Upcoming Courses

Improve your skill set or the productivity of your team. This two-day, hands-on course kicks off your preparation for PMP® or CAPM® certification. Whether you are already on a project management career track or would like to move in that direction, this course is an ideal way to show your employer that you are serious about becoming a leader in your field. 14 project management education hours.

Spring 2022
Thursday, Feb. 3 and 10
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BSPMP-0200-001, $595

Receive in-depth instruction on advanced topics such as earned value, procurement management, stakeholder relationship management, quality management and team leadership. This course helps project managers improve outcomes and successfully deliver complex projects. 14 project management education hours.

Spring 2022
Thursday, Feb. 17 and 24
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BSPMP-0210-001, $595


Take the next step in your career and work toward certification as a Project Management Professional. This one-day course helps you review principles of project management and prepare for the PMP® exam. Completion earns 7 project management education hours. Required textbook not included.

Spring 2022
Thursday, March 3
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BSPMP-0220-001, $399

Please purchase or rent the required textbook:

PMP® Exam Prep, Tenth Edition, by Rita Mulcahy
ISBN: 9781943704187

Please note: 35 project management education hours are required to sit for the PMP® exam. These hours are met by registering for Essentials (14 hours), Advanced (14 hours) and Cert Prep (7 hours).

Now is the perfect time to earn your Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) at College of DuPage. This is the fastest growing credential from Project Management Institute. Agile training is an excellent next step for to those who have been trained on traditional project management approaches, including those who have already earned certifications from Project Management Institute (PMI).
Agile projects are characterized by short work iterations and incremental development of products, made possible by focusing on business priorities and customer value. By producing smaller deliverables more frequently and efficiently, agile practices can be an excellent choice for teams that work in product development, programming, business analysis and other collaborative areas.

The first of two courses, Foundations provides you content that is aligned with exam objectives developed by Project Management Institute. Completion earns 7 PDUs for certified Project Management Professionals (PMP®).

Please purchase or rent the required textbook: Agile Practice Guide, by PMI. ISBN-13: 978-1628251999

Spring 2022
Thursday, April 7
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BSPMP-0500-010, $315
Live interactive webinar


The second of two courses, Agile Certification Prep gets you ready for the exam. Completion earns 14 PDUs for certified Project Management Professionals (PMP®).

Please purchase or rent the required textbook: PMI-ACP Exam Prep, Updated Second Edition: A Course in a Book for Passing the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Exam, by Mike Griffiths PMI-ACP PMP CSM.

Dates to be determined

Please note: 21 project management education hours are required for PMI-ACP®. These hours are met by registering for Foundations (14 hours) and Cert Prep (7 hours).


By 2027, employers will need 87.7 million individuals working in project management-oriented roles, according to PMI's 2017 Talent Gap Report. Project managers stand to benefit from a hiring push in project-rich sectors, such as healthcare, financial services and construction. Experienced project managers earn a median salary of $108,200.

What Participants are Saying

"Andy is very good at what he does. Giving us his real world information helps me to have a better understanding of all the moving parts of project management."
-Michael Baxter, Project Manager, Scientific Games Inc.

"The entire training was valuable to me."
-Deitra Tribble, Project Manager, Glanbia Performance Nutrition

"Instructor is awesome!"
Stan Hoff, Field Test Manager, Navistar


Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785