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Project Management Course Information

Just Beginning Your Career?

The CAPM® credential is appropriate for early career professionals or project team members seeking opportunities to manage larger projects and gain more responsibility or add project management skills to your current role. Individuals who contribute specialized skills to a project team can benefit from this certification by allowing them to align their work with that of project managers.

CAPM candidate eligibility requirements:

  • A Secondary degree (High School, Associate or Global Equivalent)
  • 1500 hours of project experience OR
  • 23 hours project management education

Have Experience and Want to Take Your Career to the Next Level?

The PMP® credential is one of the most highly demanded credentials in the global marketplace and is appropriate for mid to senior level professionals who lead and direct projects. PMP®s command higher salaries than non-credentialed professionals.

PMP candidate eligibility requirements:

  • A secondary degree with 5 years of project management experience with 7500 hours leading and directing projects
  • A Bachelor’s degree with 3 years of project management experience and 4500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education.

This program meets the education requirements for both levels of the examination. Visit for additional details about these credentials.

Can I take this course if I don't intend to sit for the exam?

This program is open to anyone who wants to increase their project management leadership skills.  Sitting for the exam is not a requirement however there will be topics covered in the class sessions that may be more directed to those preparing for the exams.

What content is covered in this program?

This course teaches to the five process groups defined by the profession

  • Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing the Project

Knowledge Areas include:

  • Project Management Concepts Project Management Framework
  • Project Management Skills Integration Management
  • Scope Management Time Management
  • Cost Management Quality Management
  • Human Resource Management Communications Management
  • Risk Management Procurement Management
  • Stakeholder Management Exam Preparation

What study materials are used?

NIU uses the CERTWISE Learning System for PMP® Exam Preparation and the PMBOK® Guide as the study materials for both exam levels, however the body of knowledge content covered in the program is more comprehensive than what is covered on the CAPM® exam and focuses on detailed content relevant to the PMP® examination.

Features of this comprehensive learning system include:project management learning system

  • Detailed print materials that can be retained as reference materials for years to come
  • Online pre-test to evaluate current knowledge and identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Smart Study™ tool to help you build your customized study plan
  • Chapter quizzes to test comprehension, retention, and apply concepts
  • Process group quizzes to practice test questions by domain area
  • Flashcards to review key terms and definitions
  • Online post-test to gauge knowledge gained and determine areas requiring further study
  • PMP practice exam designed to emulate the exam day experience
  • Progress reports to track your study activities and exam scores
  • Resource center with test-taking tips, link to supplemental resources, etc.

What sets the NIU program apart from other providers?

  • Certified PMP® instructors bring practical real-world application experience to the classroom.
  • Work-friendly program formats (Saturday, Evening, and Intensive options)
  • Cost effective learning – Registration fee includes the CertWise print and online study materials, lunch and break service
  • Convenient payment plan option available for early registrations
  • Approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding unemployed and under-employed Illinois candidates
  • Deliverable on-site as a contract training for groups of 10 or more students.
  • ** This course satisfies the 23 hour education requirement for CAPM candidates and the 35 hr. education requirement for PMP candidates.

CAPM®, PMP®, PMI®, and PMBOK® are registered trademarks of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®


Contact Donna M. Mann, Director, Credentialing Programs, phone (815) 732-6249

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Donna Mann, Director
Credentialing Programs
Phone: 815-732-6249

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