CertWise™ Essentials of Project Management Program

Save time and money by investing in project management training.

Now offering in person courses.

Project management is a critical skill for team members and leaders in all industries and professions. Regardless of your position, the ability to manage projects efficiently and economically will help you achieve your goals.

This course is ideal if you're exploring a new career field, or if you have experience in project work but want to better understand the basics of project management. It will give you tools and skills you can use immediately in your organization. This program is not intended as a preparation course for project management certification. The content is aligned with the PMI's PMBOK® Guide, sixth edition, and can serve as a stepping stone if you wish to pursue certification in the future.

This course is geared towards working professionals who need a fundamental introduction to project management practice and application. Students will gain practical skills needed to successfully execute a project. Content covered includes:

  • Module One: Project Management: The Discipline and the Profession
  • Module Two: Planning and Balancing Project Work
  • Module Three: Executing, Controlling and Closing the Project
  • Module Four: Strategic Value of Projects

This program requires four days of online instruction and the successful completion of online activities.

Students are required to have Internet access, and use a web camera and microphone to participate in the online live sessions. This equipment is not provided by the university.

The online course costs $750. Early bird pricing is $650.

Please note that the charge to your credit card will appear on your statement as "University Outreach, DeKalb, IL.

  • For 21 or more calendar days in advance of start date: Full refund, no fee.
  • For 15 to 20 days’ notice in advance of start date: Cancellation fee of 30% of regular registration price.
  • For 8 to 14 days’ notice in advance of start date: Cancellation fee of 40% of regular registration price.
  • For 7 or less days’ notice prior to start date: Cancellation fee of 50% of regular registration price.
  • No show, no contact, contact after course begins: No refund.
  • All cancellation requests must be in writing to: Outreachregistration@niu.edu or fax 815-753-6900.

NIU CPE reserves the right to cancel courses within 14 days of class start and prior to shipment of materials if enrollments are not sufficient.

NIU uses the CertWise Learning System. Course materials include online learning modules covering key project management topics, end of module assignments, and interactive online study tools, including case studies, templates and quizzes. Participants will receive an e-mail communication with instructions for accessing the online component a few days prior to the class start. If not received within 48 hours of class start, check your spam filter first, and contact Jennifer Kopecky jkopecky@niu.edu or phone 815-753-0771 for assistance if you don't find it there. Students registering within 5 days of class start may not have immediate access to the online resources.

You have a choice where to take your Essentials of Project Management course. Here's why you should choose our program at NIU.

  • Both our in-person and online courses are taught by experienced, professional instructors. They are real people doing real project management work and they've earned professional certification in project management. They're here to support you.
  • Our classes are structured with set meeting times, so you can stay on track to program completion.
  • Because you will be led by an instructor, you can ask questions easily and learn from the questions your fellow classmates are asking.
  • In fact, you'll be growing your network of project management professionals as soon as you start the course, because your classmates (soon-to-be certified) are learning right alongside you.
  • Taking a face-to-face course? Our clean, modern facilities are conveniently located in the Chicago suburbs, so you don't have to spend time commuting far from home. We're adhering to the strict CDC guidelines for cleanliness and safety in all of our buildings.
  • Certified PMP® instructors bring practical real-world application experience to the classroom.
  • Cost effective learning. Registration fee includes the CertWise online study materials.
  • Convenient payment plan option available for early registrations.
  • Approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding for unemployed and underemployed Illinois candidates.
  • Deliverable on-site as a contract training for groups of 10 or more students.

Stephanie Gambro, MBA, PMP, S-CP, SPHR, SSGB

Areas of instruction: project management, human resources
Current position: business transformation director, ADP

Background

Stephanie has over eighteen years of experience driving strategic changes within multiple large multi functional organizations. Working with Executive Leadership teams she helps develop and lead strategic programs to improve organizational effectiveness and profitability. Stephanie holds a BA in Business from DePaul University and a MBA from Northern Illinois University. She also holds the following professional certifications; Project Management (PMP), Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), Society for Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

  • 24/7 access to each topic of study.
  • A case study to apply your theoretical studies to practical solutions.
  • In-class learning activities to improve understanding and retention.
  • Ability to share resources and network with instructors and classmates through a secure Blackboard community.
  • Impact your job performance immediately with practical expertise.
  • Advance your career with a strong foundation of project management knowledge, skills and tools to become a better project leader, team member or manager.
  • Apply the skills you learn from coursework to case study scenarios.
  • Learn from an expert instructor with experience in the field.
  • Earn 6.5 hours of professional development credits that may be used for recertification credits in associated professional credentials (HR, internal audit, facility management, etc.).
  • Network with classmates and instructors.

This course is ideal if you're exploring a new career field, or if you have experience in project work but want to better understand the basics of project management. It will give you tools and skills you can use immediately in your organization. This program is not intended as a preparation course for project management certification. The content is aligned with the PMI's PMBOK® Guide, sixth edition, and can serve as a stepping stone if you wish to pursue certification in the future.


Course Overview

Price: $750, $650 early-bird.

Class Dates/Time: Four consecutive evenings or Saturdays.

Modality: Instructor-led online and instructor-led in-person

Materials: Course materials and online resources included.

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NIU Continuing and Professional Education
NIUCPE@niu.edu

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