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Deliver Projects On Time, Under Budget with New Certificate Program

Friday, January 11, 2013

A new year brings new projects and goals for managers and professionals. To accomplish those, the University of San Diego is offering a certificate program in project management.

“Managing projects effectively has always been important although most large-scale projects historically have been relegated to the construction and defense industries,” said USD Decision Sciences Professor Charles Teplitz.

“But today with our rapidly changing products and customers demanding customized service, nearly every business project is treated as a project. It’s become extremely important for managers of businesses and nonprofits to posses the skills necessary to get projects done on-time and within budget, “ said Teplitz, a certified Project Management Professional who helped lead a  project management institute at USD that offered a popular certificate program in the 1990s and is serving as an advisor on the new program.

Managers and professionals can gain a competitive advantage through the program, added Jodi Waterhouse, director of Corporate and Professional Education for USD’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education. “If you are looking to separate your resume from others with credentialing or to add new and much needed skills in today’s workplace, the USD Project Management Certificate is for you.”

The program begins with an overview in project management and includes courses communicating with project teams, managing project quality, and project management leadership. The curriculum is designed with new and recent updates from the Project Management Institute, includes a capstone project and can be completed in six to eight months. It also prepares professionals to take the Professional Management Professionals (PMP) exam at the Project  Management Institute.

“Participants will increase their awareness and competency levels in project planning, monitoring, control and closeout, using sophisticated project management tools and techniques to facilitate and manage the work,” Waterhouse said.

The eight-week project management overview course begins Monday, Jan. 28. Courses take place in USD’s Manchester Conference Center and many courses will also be available online. One-unit courses are $349 and two-unit courses are $698. Those who enroll up to two weeks prior to the first day of a course will receive a 10 percent discount.

For information or registration go to www.sandiego.edu/projectmanagement or call (619) 260-4585.

– Liz Harman

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