Program Overview:

Project Management Professional Certificate

Northwestern University is a Project Management Institute® Global Provider of project management training.  We have three certificate tracks leading to CAPM® (Certified Associate in Project Management), PMI-ACP® (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner) and PMP® (Project Management for Professional) certification from PMI®. We also offer electives for PDU credit toward those certifications.  Students will learn from industry experts the best practices to make them best-in-class project managers.  We offer weekday, weeknight, weekend and online learning to fit your needs.

Registration for Summer 2016 is open. Classes begin mid-June. Save your seat by registering today!

Program Goals

  • Communicate the value of project management
  • Establish the structure for a successful project
  • Assemble, motivate and lead the project team
  • Ensure the project scope delivers the expected business value and desired outcome
  • Implement the proper mechanisms to prevent, minimize and respond to risks
  • Develop and use various mechanism to communicate project information
  • Ensure the project is completed per the agreed-upon project standards, budget and schedule

Students will also learn how to explain concepts expected by the PMP® or PMI-ACP® exams in both Project Management for Professionals and Agile Project Management.

    We are a Global Provider for the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's foremost advocate for the project management profession. All of the core courses as well as all electives are eligible for professional development units (PDUs) from PMI®.

    Project Management Institute (PMI)
    PMP is a registered mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.

    Project Management for Professionals Track for PMP® Certification

    Choose if you have experience in project management and plan to sit for the PMP® exam. This course will meet the 35-hour project management education requirement for PMI.

    • Course length: 37.25 hours 
    • Offered in fall, winter, spring and summer
    • Offered in-person at Northwestern's Chicago campus and online over 11 weeks
    • Don't have 11 weeks? Try our NEW 5-week accelerated course!

    You can earn a certificate of completion from this single course.*

    The PMP® is the gold standard of project management certification. To earn a PMP® certification from PMI, you must sit for their exam and meet additional eligibility criteria.

    *This option is not available to students enrolled prior to fall 2014.

    Project Management for Practitioners for CAPM® Certification or hands-on training

    Choose if you are a a new project manager, a career changer or just want hands-on training. This course meets the 23 hours of project management education requirement to sit for the CAPM®.

    • Course length: 24 hours — earn a CAPM
    • Offered in fall, winter, spring and summer
    • Offered in-person at Northwestern's Chicago campus on weekdays and Saturdays

    Choose an additional two electives to earn a certificate from Northwestern University. These electives are offered on a rotating basis. Check the course schedule for currently scheduled offerings. Courses may meet for two to three full days, or once a week at night for several weeks.

    Please note: Agile elective courses are not recommended for students in the Project Management for Practitioners track.

    The CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management. To earn a CAPM® certification from PMI, you must meet certain prerequisites.

    Agile Project Management for PMI-ACP® Certification

    Choose if you need to know the skills to get projects done quickly and that have constantly moving parts. This course meets the 21 contact hours required by PMI to sit for the PMI-ACP®

    • Course length: four days — exceeds the 21-hour requirement by PMI-ACP®
    • Offered in fall, winter, spring and summer
    • Offered in-person at Northwestern's Chicago campus on weekdays and Saturdays

    Choose an additional two electives to earn a certificate from Northwestern University. We have specific Agile electives, or choose from the general pool.

    The PMI-ACP® is for those who believe in and apply agile principles and practices on projects. It requires a combination of training, experience and an exam. The certification recognizes knowledge of the agile tools and techniques across agile methodologies, not simply limiting a practitioner to one agile approach. To earn a PMI-ACP® certification from PMI, you must meet certain prerequisites.

    Core Courses:

    • PROJ_PMI 401-0 Project Management for Practitioners
    • PROJ_PMI 402-0 Project Management for Professionals (On Campus)
    • PROJ_PMI 402-DL Project Management for Professionals (Online)
    • PROJ_PMI 403-0 Agile for Project Management Professionals

    Elective Courses:

    • PROJ_PMI 204-0 Developing People and Teams
    • PROJ_PMI 206-0 Tech Planning for Leadership in Volatile Times
    • PROJ_PMI 211-0 Soft Skills for the Project Manager
    • PROJ_PMI 225-0 Power Excel Skills for Project Managers
    • PROJ_PMI 315-0 Risk Management
    • PROJ_PMI 345-0 Practical Project Planning
    • PROJ_PMI 350-0 Agile for Traditional Project Managers
    • PROJ_PMI 360-0 Agile Estimating and Planning