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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.

 

Fall 2021

Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 7 and 8
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BSPMP-0200-001, $595
SRC 1118

Spring 2022
Thursday, Feb. 3 and 10
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BSPMP-0200-001, $595
SRC 1127

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.

Fall 2021

Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 14 and 15
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BSPMP-0210-001, $595
SRC 1118

Spring 2022
Thursday, Feb. 17 and 24
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BSPMP-0210-001, $595
SRC 1127

 

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.

Fall 2021

Tuesday, Sept. 21
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BSPMP-0220-001, $399
SRC 1118

Spring 2022
Thursday, March 3
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BSPMP-0220-001, $399
SRC 1127

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

Fall 2021

Tuesday, November 9
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).

The Power to Influence Without Authority

Do you ever depend on someone in a different part of your organization who doesn't have the same sense of urgency as you? Do you have situations where you need your sponsor to take action or a colleague to deliver, yet you don't have the authority to make it happen? Increasingly we are responsible for delivering initiatives with people who do not report to us while relying on stakeholders we don't have authority over. 

Our ability to influence can make all the difference in getting commitment and achieving our objectives as leaders. In this session, we'll talk about what influence is (and how it differs from manipulation). We'll talk about a 5-part model from neuroscience that will help improve your ability to influence without authority. We will review Dr. Robert Cialdini's six weapons of influence, including how to ethically use them (as well as defend against them when people try to use them on us). Andy will share insights from his People and Projects Podcast interviews with influence authors and researchers, giving you practical, evidence-based tips that will help you lead and deliver. You will also walk away with recommended books and resources to continue your learning after the session. 

If you are already PMI certified, you can earn 2 PDUs by completing this course.  

As a result of this workshop, participants can:
  • Explain the difference between influence and manipulation
  • Describe specific strategies to influence others
  • Apply a 5-part model to reduce resistance and gain support from others·        
  • Summarize the cardinal law of persuasion

Fall 2021

Friday, Oct. 1
1 to 3 p.m.
BSPMP-0600-001, $125
Virtual Classroom 

Spring 2022

Friday, Feb.4
1 to 3 p.m.
BSPMP-0600-001, $125
Virtual Classroom 

 

How to Make Better Choices for You, Your Team, and Your Projects

As leaders of teams and projects, we regularly face choices and decisions that have downstream consequences. Do you want to be able to make better decisions in your personal or professional life? Do you want to help your team members make better choices when it comes to decisions on their projects? Or are you simply curious about how and why people make certain choices?
 
In this highly interactive workshop, Andy Kaufman, PMP shares why the familiar pros-and-cons approach seems to make sense but is profoundly flawed. He discusses how our biases influence the options we consider and the choices we make, and how we can fight those biases. Andy shares examples of how team leaders can influence team decisions in positive and negative ways. Is our problem with decisions that we are overconfident? Maybe-and maybe not! Andy will show how overconfidence is overrated as an explanation for poor decisions.
 
You and your team have important decisions that need to be made. No technique can guarantee great decisions every time, but you will leave this session with practical ideas and tools to make better choices for you, your team, and your projects.

If you are already PMI certified, you can earn 2 PDUs by completing this course.  

 As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Describe a phrase that helps identify when they are not evaluating enough options for their decisions.
  • Summarize how biases impact decisions we make.
  • Implement a 4-step process to help them make better decisions.
  • Describe strategies to help validate assumptions before making decisions.
  • Identify approaches to cut their losses on bad decisions.

Fall 2021

Friday, Oct. 15
1 to 3 p.m.
BSPMP-0601-001, $125
Virtual Classroom 

Spring 2022

Friday, Feb. 11
1 to 3 p.m.
BSPMP-0601-001, $125
Virtual Classroom 

 

Developing Your Executive Presence: Improving Your Ability to Confidently Lead and Deliver

We often recognize executive presence when we see it, but it can be difficult to define. There's something about a person with presence. People are more likely to listen to them and willingly follow them. In this fast-paced, highly interactive workshop, Andy Kaufman shares practical insights gleaned from years of working with executives around the world. He builds on the idea that executive presence is based on confidence without arrogance. But what about those daunting moments when you don't feel so confident? Through interviews with senior leaders, leading authors and experts, Andy shows how the imposter syndrome is an issue we all struggle with, from aspiring frontline leaders to CEO's (and shares practical ideas on how to address it). From how we show up, speak up and deliver results, executive presence is not something we innately have or not—it is something one can develop. This fun, insightful, motivating workshop shows you how.

If you are already PMI certified, you can earn 2 PDUs by completing this course.  

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define what executive presence is.
  • Describe what must exist for us to trust a leader.
  • Explain what needs to be in place for people to willingly follow a leader.
  • Describe what the impostor syndrome is and how to recognize it when they are falling into it.
  • Explain why many leaders need to increase their assertiveness in order to improve their effectiveness.
  • Apply the learning to daunting, real-world scenarios.

Fall 2021

Friday, Oct. 22
1 to 3 p.m.
BSPMP-0602-001, $125
Virtual Classroom

Spring 2022

Friday, Feb. 18
1 to 3 p.m.
BSPMP-0602-001, $125
Virtual Classroom 

 

Managing Up: How to Succeed With Your Boss Without Sucking Up

Managing up is not sucking up. It's not a set of insincere political maneuvers designed to fake your way to success. In this workshop, you will learn practical approaches to build and maintain a productive relationship with your boss. You'll learn why waiting for your boss to change doesn't work. We'll discuss why your success and your boss's success are tied together. You'll learn insightful tips on helping your boss trust you. You'll see how understanding your boss's preferences and styles can help you adjust accordingly and how being proactive can make all the difference. Andy will share insights from his People and Projects Podcast interviews with leadership and management authors and researchers, giving you practical, evidence-based tips that will help you thrive with your boss. You'll also walk away with recommended books and resources to continue your learning after the session.

If you are already PMI certified, you can earn 2 PDUs by completing this course.  

 As a result of this session, participants can:

  • Explain the difference between obligation and responsibility, and how that can motivate them on to take the initiative to improve the relationship with their boss.
  • Describe the three components of trust and how to use that knowledge to build trust with their boss.
  • Explain the difference between adjusting their style and being inauthentic--the first is important; the second is not required.
  • Apply a 5-part model to reduce resistance and gain support from their boss and others.
  • Explain the difference between keeping a boss informed and keeping them satisfied.
  • Summarize influence techniques to secure commitments and keep their boss and others on track.
  • Describe approaches to deliver bad news in a good way.
  • Explain a simple formula to manage expectations.

Fall 2021

Friday, Nov. 5
1 to 3 p.m.
BSPMP-0603-001, $125
Virtual Classroom

Spring 2022

Friday, Feb. 25
1 to 3 p.m.
BSPMP-0603-001, $125
Virtual Classroom

Careers

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

 

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