Project Management Essentials with CAPM® Prep

Project Management career opportunities are increasing even when the job market is challenging. Developing the project management skills employers demand can improve your marketability and may be transferable from one industry to another, giving you a lot of flexibility.

In this course, you'll learn the knowledge and skills essential to project managers and those who work on projects in other support roles. The materials in this course are aligned with the international recognized standards of...

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6 Months / 100 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES248

What you will learn

  • Understand the essential elements of a project management foundation
  • Learn how to execute a project from start to finish
  • Be familiar with most common project management concepts and terminology
  • Master the creation of project-driven budgets and timelines
  • Learn how to predict and prevent risks
  • Follow concepts from The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK? Guide)

How you will benefit

  • Gain skills that will help you enter a thriving field with increasing career opportunities
  • Develop a fundamental knowledge of project management expectations and realities
  • Define interpersonal communication skills as they pertain to communicating with stakeholders
  • Meet or exceed the educational prerequisites for the CAPM certification

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
  1. Project Management Essentials
  2. Project Management Foundation
  3. Project Integration Management
  4. Project Scope Management
  5. Project Time Management
  6. Determining / Managing Project Costs
  7. Project Quality Management
  8. Project Human Resource Management
  9. Project Communications Management
  10. Project Risk Management
  11. Project Procurement Management
  12. Project Stakeholder Management
  13. Final Exam

Nikki Choyce, PMP has been involved in the project management field for almost 20 years and has worked as a consultant and trainer for much of that time. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and very active in the project management community. She has worked in a variety of industries, including Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Marketing, Aerospace, Construction, and Telecommunications. She has worked with Microsoft Project for over 10 years.

Erica Kirwan has more than 15 years of experience in process and project management. Previously, Kirwan served as Senior Project Manager for a Fortune 200 financial services company. She earned an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Public Administration.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, you will need to meet the following CAPM Certification requirements to take the exam:

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate degree or the global equivalent)
  • 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam. (This course meets the education requirement.)

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Windows Media Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  • CAPM Exam Prep

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes. This course will prepare you to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification exam. Upon completion of the coursework, you will have acquired the project management knowledge and terminology use you need to pass the exam. You will need to set up your test and pay any fees required separately.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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A project manager is someone who is in charge of the overall success or failure of a project. As a project manager, you must start by fleshing out an idea and selling it through the organization. You will then pull together your team, organize and clearly lay out the steps involved, lead the team throughout the project lifecycle, manage the budget, make important decisions that could impact the outcome of the project, engage and update stakeholders, deliver a complete project that meets objectives, ensure that there a smooth transition as the project is handed over and rolled out, and finally share the knowledge you gained along the way from successes as well as mistakes. You will have ultimate control over all parts of a project including initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, control, and closing.

It is possible to become a successful project manager without an advanced degree. You will need to obtain your high school diploma or equivalent at minimum, as well as experience managing projects. You will also need to complete an online training course that will help you understand national and global standards of project management in order to achieve success in every phase of your projects. The training course you choose should prepare you to sit for respected certifications such as CAPM® or PMP® like one of these courses. You may find it beneficial to earn your bachelor's or master's degree in business management, engineering, computer science or a field related to your chosen industry in order to continue to climb the corporate ladder and open up more opportunities.

The salary of certified project managers varies widely depending on the industry in which you choose to work. The overall national median salary of a CAPM® certified project manager is between $53,000 and $79,000. Many of the highest paying project management jobs can be found in information technology.

Yes, demand for project managers is high and continuing to rise due to an increasing number of jobs that require project-oriented skills. The Project Management Institute (PMI®) conducted a Talent Gap report in which it was estimated that an additional 700,000 jobs for trained project managers would be needed in the United States by the year 2020.

Project managers can work in almost any industry. Some of the more common industries for project management jobs include information technology, engineering, construction, healthcare, finance, and law. Your work environment will depend largely on the industry in which you work, but you will work with closely with other people and technology regardless of the industry you choose.

In order to be a good project manager, you will first and foremost have to be a great communicator. It is your job to sell an idea to stakeholders, team members, and those financing any project you manage. You must communicate with everyone affected throughout the project, and ensure that you keep momentum moving in your favor. You must have integrity and enthusiasm. You must also understand how to effectively delegate responsibilities to the right team members. It's also important to have a high level of empathy in order to understand how the project will affect others, and you must always remain calm under pressure.

CAPM® stands for Certified Associate in Project Management. The CAPM® credential is awarded by the Project Management Institute, and it is viewed as the first step in project management certification. Earning your CAPM® will show employers that you're a serious candidate who adheres to national standards of project management excellence. The CAPM® exam is a multiple-choice test composed of 150 questions which you will be given three hours to complete. It is a proctored exam, but the PMI® now lets you participate in online proctoring sessions meaning that you can take the exam from the comfort of your own home. In order to sit for the CAPM® exam, you must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and 1,500 hours of project experience OR have completed 23 hours of project management education. Once you pass, you will be awarded the CAPM® designation. You must retake the exam every five years in order to remain certified.

Yes. You can become a project manager without obtaining certification as long as you possess the proper knowledge, training and experience to get the job done. However, we encourage all students to sit for CAPM® and/or PMP® certification. A certification will open up more opportunities for you. These certifications are highly-respected worldwide, they prove your commitment to the industry and your understanding of global standards, they place you ahead of your competition for jobs, and they show that you are continuously learning through professional development. Certifications also make a big difference in the amount of money you can earn as a project manager.

Project management is important because it ensures that stakeholders, financers, and team members all have the same expectations set when it comes to what will be delivered, when it will be delivered, and how much it will cost to deliver a completed project. The most effective project managers will negotiate milestones and deadlines that are reasonable and achievable and are communicated with all parties affected by a project plan.

Yes. You will find that this course starts from the ground up — laying a solid foundation of project management terminology and concepts. Then after you gain a great foundation in project management, you will move on to mastering more complex concepts that will provide a level of expertise you can bring into any industry. You can even qualify to take national certifying exams such as CAPM® when you complete the course and gain the necessary experience.

A few of the careers you could choose to pursue after you've successfully completed the CAPM® Prep Course include:

  • Project Manager (junior through senior level)
  • Learning Management System Specialist
  • Computing and Analytic Administrator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Agile Coach & Scrum Master

Project Management Institute (PMI)
The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 to bring professionalism and community to the project management sector of business. Its education and advocacy efforts, publications, certifications, and professional development programs affect the lives of 2.9 million professionals throughout the world. PMI wants to help standardize the project management profession, and help businesses improve their organizational success. Most of all, they want to help individuals advance their careers and earning prospects, and they're doing just that through their certified courses.