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At University of Phoenix, we offer a variety of courses and programs to serve the educational needs at various phases of your career in project management. Find out which path is right for you.
To develop PM skills to help boost job performance or pursue career opportunities, consider our Project Management certificate programs. The certificates are aligned with the standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and may be completed in as few as six to eight months.
For those looking to strengthen foundational knowledge and skills, we offer an undergraduate Project Management Certificate based on the PMBOK® 5 body of knowledge.
Our graduate Project Management Certificate is designed for students who already possess a solid foundation of knowledge but want to acquire the practical skills needed to manage projects. Find out more in the Benefits tab.
After receiving Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification, you will need to get recertified every three years. We offer courses that can help satisfy this requirement.
If you’re an experienced project manager and want to expand your skills and earn an official designation, you may be a great candidate for PMI’s project management certification. The Project Management Professional Test Prep program at University of Phoenix covers the body of knowledge needed to sit for this exam. The content of this course is an effective complement to our certificate programs. Entry-level project managers can benefit from taking PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) test. For eligibility requirements, see the PMP info tab.
Our noncredit professional development courses can help you refresh or fill gaps in your knowledge.
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Why earn a certificate or get certified? Find out below.
Why get certified
Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is the globally recognized industry standard that can help you expand your skills and take your career further. You should consider getting certified if you want to:
- Stay up-to-date by learning the best practices, standards, techniques and current trends.
- Enhance job performance with proven strategies and in-demand skills.
- Set yourself apart in the job market.
- Demonstrate your commitment to the field and show your drive to excel.
You need the relevant skills, education and experience to be eligible to take the certification exam. University of Phoenix offers PM certificates as well as a Project Management Professional Test Prep course that covers the body of knowledge needed to sit for the PMP exam.
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification is designed for those just starting out in the field of project management. Our PMP test-prep course can also help you prepare for the CAPM exam. See the PMP info tab for more information.
Why earn a University of Phoenix certificate
Our credit-bearing PM certificate programs are designed for current and aspiring PMs looking for an introduction to the methodology and effective practice of project management, as well as those interested in earning either a CAPM designation or PMP certification, granted by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).
The undergraduate Project Management Certificate is for students who are seeking to develop or strengthen their knowledge of the concepts of project management.
Our graduate Project Management Certificate is designed for experienced PMs who want to build on their knowledge and develop skills that will help them manage projects.
We also offer individual courses for recertification and certification hours. They can assist project managers who want to expand their skills and knowledge.
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Our graduate and undergraduate certificate programs can help you gain the knowledge to enhance your skills and work toward Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) designation or Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification.
Undergraduate Project Management Certificate — ideal for students with less than three years of work experience as a project manager.
- PMBOK® terminology
- Integrated project plans following world-class best practices
- Team creation and development
- Project plan execution
- Monitoring progress against a baseline plan
- Managing stakeholder expectations
- Managing change
- Closing projects
Graduate Project Management Certificate — ideal for students with more than three years of experience as a project manager.
- Effective project management
- Foundational project management skills
- Risk factors
- Leading global, cross-functional teams
- Productivity and profitability
- Methodologies to improve success
- Advanced scheduling methods
Courses for Recertification
After receiving PMP certification, you may need to get recertified every three years. We offer a range of courses that can help satisfy this requirement or just help keep you current.
Ready to become PMP certified? Students need the body of knowledge as well as relevant PM experience. Our Project Management Professional Test Prep course covers test taking strategies, practice questions and features an instructor-led classroom.
Our individual, noncredit courses can help you expand your PM skills.
Ready to take the next step? Our Enrollment Advisors can help you get started.
- PMP® info
Here are some important things to know about taking the Project Management Professional (PMP®) test and getting Project Management Institute (PMI®) certification.
To sit for the PMP exam, PMI has required one of the following:
- A four-year degree + three years of PM experience + 4,500 hours of leading projects + 35 hours of PM education
- A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate degree or global equivalent) + five years of PM experience + 7,500 hours of leading projects + 35 hours of PM education
Your PM experience must span all phases of the project life cycle — Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing. For more information on eligibility, see the "PMP Handbook".
PMI has advised applicants to list their PM education on the application form with start date, end date, course title and course provider.
Historically, entry-level project managers seeking Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification have needed a secondary degree, at least 1000 hours of PM experience and 23 hours of PM education to sit for the exam.
The exam is usually only offered at PMI-approved testing centers. In years past, this computer-based exam has consisted of 200 multiple-choice questions to be completed in four hours. Find a location near you.
To give you an idea of what to expect please reference the attached sample test questions. Download the PDF now.
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What is the difference between Project Management Institute (PMI®) certification and a University of Phoenix certificate?
PMI certification is a globally recognized designation that demonstrates a pre-defined level of experience, education and competency in the PM field. Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification are granted only by PMI. Certificate programs offered by University of Phoenix are aligned to the body of knowledge needed to become certified by PMI and also help students build their knowledge of PM concepts.
How does the University of Phoenix Project Management Professional Test Prep align to PMP exam?
University of Phoenix follows the same PMP examination content outline established by PMI, as detailed below.
Domain Percentage of Questions Initiation 13% Planning 24% Executing 30% Monitoring and Controlling 25% Closing 8%
Source: Project Management Professional (PMP) Handbook, page 18
How long does it take to get a PM certificate?
Our for credit certificate programs can typically be completed in as few as six to eight months.
How do I schedule my exam for PMI certification?
Historically, PMI has emailed full scheduling instructions to candidates once they become eligible. Check your PMP Handbook for more details.
Where do I take the certification exam?
In years past, PMI exams have been offered at Prometric® testing centers worldwide. You can find locations here.
PMP® exam — designed for experienced PMs
How do I apply and prepare for the exam?
How many questions are there?
In years past, the exam has consisted of 200 multiple-choice questions that must be completed in four hours. To pass, candidates had to score 106 correct answers out of 175.
When will I have to renew my certification?
Historically, PMP certifications have been valid for three years. Recertification has required 60 hours of professional development units (PDUs).
CAPM® exam — designed for entry-level PMs
When do I have to renew my CAPM credential?
Historically, the credential has been valid for five years. During the fifth year, certified PMs have been required to retake and pass the exam again, which covered standard information as well as updates to the PMBOK® Guide. No PM education hours were required.
Still have questions? Call PMI for more information.
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Associate, bachelor's and master's courses are academic, for-credit courses. Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student's responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student's choice. Individual courses are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Most certificate programs are credit-bearing, and many are eligible for federal financial aid for students who qualify. Please note that the A+ Fundamentals, CCNA and Network+ Technologies certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid. The Application Delivery Networking Certificate Program (noncredit) is not credit bearing and not eligible for financial aid.
Test-preparation courses are not eligible for federal financial aid. With the exception of teacher test-prep, our test-prep courses are not credit-bearing. It is the student's responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by employers and/or applicable licensing agencies.
Professional development courses are non-credit-bearing and are not eligible for federal financial aid. Students intending to use courses to satisfy continuing education or professional development requirements are responsible for determining whether courses taken at University of Phoenix will satisfy such requirements. In addition, none of this coursework is eligible to be converted into academic credit at University of Phoenix.
While widely available, not all courses are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Advisor. More information about admissions requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog.
The U.S. Department of Education requires the University to provide the following information about each of our programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized profession.
25% of students who completed the Undergraduate Project Management certificate program during the most recent federal award year completed it within 7 months*. Because fewer than ten (10) students completed the Graduate Project Management certificate program during the relevant award year, the Department of Education does not permit the University to disclose the on-time completion rate. Normal time to complete this program is 9 months.*
*The on-time completion rate identifies the percentage of students completing this program during the most recent federal award year who completed it within "normal time." The term "normal time" means the length of time it would take a student to complete this program if the student is continuously enrolled, takes one course at a time, and successfully completes each attempted course. Students enrolled in this degree program are typically nontraditional students. Students may exceed "normal time" for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, internships, practicums, clinical rotations, student teaching or administrator experiences required for licensure.