Project Management Essentials
Project managers are in demand.1 They are sought after by employers across many industries for their ability to deliver projects on time and on budget. In fact, according to a report from the Project Management Institute, there are more project management positions waiting to be filled than there are project managers1—making it a great time to decide to break into the field!
Earning Project Management Institute (PMI)® Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®2 certification can help you get your foot in the door—but you can’t become CAPM® certified without first passing the exam.
Trident University International’s Project Management Essentials course is designed to help you equip yourself with the techniques, knowledge and skills needed to prepare for entry-level PM certification.3 This certification prep course can be accessed 100% online and completed in six months or less.
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Trident’s online certification prep course covers the topics and skills you’re likely to encounter on the CAPM® exam, so that you can face test day with knowledge and confidence. Becoming certified could be a significant milestone on your journey to pursue a career in project management.
- $77,420 median annual wage for project management specialists4
- 8.8 million total project management jobs anticipated in project-oriented industries in the U.S. by 20271
- 31% anticipated project-related job growth in the U.S between 2017 to 20271
Employers recognize the CAPM® credential—which means that having it could help you stand out from the crowd as you seek project management opportunities. Becoming CAPM® certified could lead to taking on larger projects and gaining more responsibility or add to the project management skills that you can utilize in your current role.5
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
A well-known credential demonstrating knowledge of what is considered the preeminent global standard in project management—administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®
To keep your CAPM® certification current, you must complete 15 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years. More information about CAPM® recertification and the required PDU breakdown can be found on the PMI website.
Trident University International’s Project Management Essentials course is designed for students looking to acquire the knowledge and skills utilized in project management.
Our prep course focuses on concepts and knowledge areas such as project scope, integration, time, cost, risk, communications, change control and quality management. This course is designed to help students prepare to take the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI).3
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Details & Objectives
Course Code: PCE PMGT
- Understand the essential elements of a project management foundation
- How to execute a project from start to finish
- Be familiar with most common project management concepts and terminology
- The creation of project-driven budgets and timelines
- How to predict and prevent risks
- Follow concepts from The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
- Self-paced, online course
- 6 months to complete
- 100 course hours
- Open enrollment, begin anytime
- This course does not award credit
- Work to develop skills utilized in the field of project management
- Work to develop a fundamental knowledge of project management expectations and realities
- Define interpersonal communication skills as they pertain to communicating with stakeholders
- Meet or exceed the 23 hour educational prerequisites to sit for the CAPM® certification
- Project Management Essentials
- Project Management Foundation
- Project Integration Management
- Project Scope Management
- Project Time Management
- Determining / Managing Project Costs
- Project Quality Management
- Project Human Resource Management
- Project Communications Management
- Project Risk Management
- Project Procurement Management
- Project Stakeholder Management
- Final Exam
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
To qualify for the CAPM® exam, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate degree or the global equivalent)
- 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
- Windows Media Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
- A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
- CAPM® Exam Prep
What do project managers do?
A project is a temporary (i.e., has a beginning and an end), non-routine undertaking to create a unique product, service or result.6
Project managers utilize knowledge, skills and techniques to meet a project’s requirements, working to ensure that projects are completed on time and on budget. They play a vital role in the five phases of the project lifecycle:6
What are some qualities of people who work in project management positions?
Project managers are:7
- Organized and goal-oriented
- Comfortable with change
- Able to draw on a flexible toolkit of techniques for breaking down complex activities into more manageable tasks and sub-tasks
- Able to work well under pressure and enjoy new challenges
- Adaptable and always working to improve their skills
Can I register for a course if I am an international student?
Yes, certification preparation courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
Will this course prepare me for a project management certification?
This course is designed to help you prepare to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification exam. Upon successful completion of the coursework, you should have acquired the project management knowledge and terminology needed for the exam. You will need to set up your test and pay any fees required separately. Although the topics and skills covered in the course are designed to help you prepare to sit for the exam, it does not guarantee a passing score. Trident cannot guarantee that students who complete this course will be eligible to take third party certification examinations. Certification requirements for taking and passing these exams are controlled by outside entities and are subject to change without notice to Trident.
When can I start the course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
About the Certifier
Project Management Institute (PMI)
The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 to bring professionalism and community to the project management sector of business. Its education and advocacy efforts, publications, certifications and professional development programs affect the lives of 2.9 million professionals throughout the world. PMI wants to help standardize the project management profession and help businesses improve their organizational success.
1 Project Management Institute (PMI)®, “Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017-2027,” www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/learning/job-growth-report.pdf. This data represents global figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
2 CAPM is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc. For the full list of PMI’s legal marks, please contact the PMI Legal department.
3 Trident cannot guarantee that students who take these courses will be eligible to take third-party certification examinations. Certification requirements for taking and passing these exams are controlled by outside entities and are subject to change without notice to Trident.
4 National Center for O*NET Development, “13-1082.00—Project Management Specialists,” O*NET OnLine, https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-1082.00 (last visited July 26, 2021). This data represents national figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
5 PMI®, “Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®,” https://www.pmi.org/certifications/certified-associate-capm (visited June 10, 2021).
6 PMI®, “What Is Project Management?,” https://www.pmi.org/about/learn-about-pmi/what-is-project-management (visited June 10, 2021).
7 PMI®, “Who Are Project Managers?,” https://www.pmi.org/about/learn-about-pmi/who-are-project-managers (visited June 10, 2021).