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Online Professional Certificates through edX

We have teamed with edX to develop a series of online professional certificates that empower project management professionals with the tools they need to succeed in today’s workplace.  Each of the certificates (listed below) consists of five or six individual online courses.  These courses were designed to be asynchronous which allows individuals to sign up and start the courses when they want and at their own pace.  All courses are free for the first four (4) weeks and take approximately ten (10) hours to complete.  Successful completion of all course requirements earns students 10 PDUs per course.  For a small fee, edX and UMD will issue a Verified Certificate which provides proof for an employer, school or other institution that the course was successfully completed by the student.

The Professional Certificates currently available include:

VIRTUAL Project Management Symposium

This event is DC’s premier Project Management Symposium.   In a VIRTUAL two-day envirnment, the Symposium features four (4) keynote speakers and fifty-five (55) individual sessions in five (5) concurrent tracks.  Attendees include project management professionals from all over the United States and the world representing a variety of backgrounds including government, non-profits, industry and academia.  The 2021 VIRTUAL event is scheduled for April 22-23, 2021.  Speakers will present on trending topics, best practices, lessons learned and case studies.  Review the article about the 2020 event.  If you missed the 2020 Symposium, you can still experience all the presentations through the session recordings.  Find our more information or register.

Review the event testimonials and you will want to register for the 2021 event immediately.

More information about the 2021 event can be found on the Project Management Symposium website.

Agile Project Management Professional Certificate

Deliver innovative solutions by unleashing your team’s potential.  Master Scrum and the principles of Agile project management to deliver faster, more innovative solutions. After learning the basics of Agile, you’ll explore other frameworks to understand differences in scale, structure, and empowerment. Then you’ll dive into the science and essential principles to achieve the benefits of the Agile method: Speed, Innovation, Leadership, and Control.

We’ve teamed with edX to empower professionals with the tools they need to master Agile Project Management on the job – all without having to be enrolled in a formal educational degree program.

Agile Professional Certificate

Project Management Symposium

For two days, project management professionals from all over the United States and across the globe will join together to share project management knowledge and experiences on trending topics, best practices, academic research, lessons learned and case studies.

  • Participate with over 600 project management professionals from a variety of industries including government, non-profits, industry and academia.
  • Learn from 4 featured speakers and 55 individual sessions in 5 concurrent tracks.
  • Participate in the live event plus review all the other sessions you missed through the session recordings.
  • Earn up to 44.25 professional development units (PDUs) between the live event plus the session recordings.
Project Management Symposium Website

Half-Day Workshops

Bring our in-person workshops on Mastering Agile Project Management straight to your organization.  The five-part series can be delivered on-site at your location or on the University of Maryland College Park campus.  The five sessions focus on Applied Scrum, Speed, Innovation, Leadership and Control.  Each session includes exercises to reinforce instructional materials. Minimum number of participants is 10 with a maximum of 25.

“The Mastering Agile Project Management workshops provide clear direction to channel team efforts in a more concise manner. I highly recommend this program to any organization relying on teams to get things done.”  — Debbie Gray, Director of Human Resources, GTMR Inc.

These workshops were developed in partnership with the PMI Southern Maryland Chapter.

Contact Kathleen Frankle (kfrankle@umd.edu) for more information about delivering the series at your organization.

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Project Management and the Art of Communication Professional Certificate

Learn the art of communication for program success.

You may have heard that “90% of a project manager’s work is communication.” Well that’s even more true as a program manager. But do you know why communication is so important and what is good communication for making projects successful?

If you have even a little project management experience, you know communication is no longer just the transfer of information and giving directives to project managers and project teams. Modern communication theory is based upon creating shared understanding – “the coordinated management of meaning.” And nowhere is it more important to manage and coordinate meaning – and understanding – than in programs and projects.

More Information about this Certificate

Re-Imagining Leadership Professional Certificate

Build the Power Skills that Foster a Positive Workplace!

Our education and professional experiences focus on technical, how to do it, skills. So, we progress from doer to manager to leader, primarily based on our technical competencies. This model of promotion has been in use for decades, but it is now obsolete. Few of us intentionally learn soft skills along the way, finding ourselves a bit overwhelmed when asked to work in complex teams or to assume a managerial or leadership role.

Our Re-Imagining Leadership Professional Certificate offers an extraordinary opportunity to spend some quality time with yourself to assess your current level of soft skills, clearly define your core self, and build soft skills which are essential to professional, not to mention life, success.

Re-Imagining Leadership Certificate

Product Management Professional Certificate

Lead the Product Life Cycle from Discovery to Delivery!

Product management is one of the fastest growing and most lucrative jobs available today. Companies have awoken to the desperate need for product managers to create products that customers love, that integrate design, functionality, and business solutions.   It is essential to understand that modern product development means rapidly responding to customers and evolving the value delivery systems of the organization. This one of a kind product management certification covers the skill sets needed for the entire product lifecycle.

Product Management Certificate