UAB IS / PMI-Birmingham Project Management Three-course Certificate Program

In today’s world of “quicker–better–cheaper” the effective execution of innovative business process improvement and IT projects is imperative. The UAB Accounting and Information Systems Department and the Project Management Institute Birmingham chapter are again offering the three course Project Management certificate program. The UAB School of Business recognizes the need for those managing projects to understand business process improvement and to be trained and certified in the Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

The program’s approach provides the content and rigor of a graduate level academic course with the practicality provided by practicing project managers. The program addresses the “what” and the “why” perspective of improving the “right” business processes and the “how” of efficient project execution using modern project management techniques.

The certificate program consists of three course segments: Business Process Improvement (BPI), Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge, and exam prep for the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate examination – a total of 68 contact hours.

The Business Process Improvement course will meet a total of 16 hours. It addresses analyzing and modeling the as-is process, visualizing improvements, and defining and modeling the improved to-be process. The Project Management Body of Knowledge segment covers the project management knowledge areas and process groups in 32 hours. The PMP exam preparation course requires 20 hours and reviews the PMBOK from an exam-taking perspective with instructors providing practical pointers for successfully taking and passing the exam. The program consists of 68 contact hours and awards 6.8 continuing education units (CEUs).

The BPI and PM courses are scheduled for four hours on Friday afternoons starting at 1:00 PM and four hours on Saturday mornings starting at 9:00 AM. The PMP exam prep course is scheduled for four hours on five Saturday mornings starting at 9:00 AM. Lunch on Friday, breakfast on Saturday, and refreshments will be provided.

Tentative schedule:

Business Process Improvement (16 hours)

Friday January 19 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday January 20 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday January 26 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday January 27 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Project Management Body of Knowledge (32 hours)

Friday February 2 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday February 3 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday February 9 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday February 10 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday February 23 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday February 24 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday March 2 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday March 3 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

PMP exam preparation course (20 hours)

Saturday March 24 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday March 31 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday April 14 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday April 21 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday April 28 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The April 28th meeting will include completing an online application for the PMP exam.

The cost is $4,895 for the three courses, all books, lunches, refreshments, parking, one year membership in the Project Management Institute which includes membership in the Birmingham chapter, and the PMP examination fee. If a student does not pass the PMP exam they may repeat the PMP exam prep course at the next scheduled offering with no charge. The classes will be held in the UAB School of Business building on 10th Avenue South. Parking will be in the lot adjacent to and west of the School of Business building. For more information or to register please contact Paul Crigler at pcrigler@uab.edu (205-991-6620) or Tracey White at twhite@uab.edu (205-934-8820).

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