Project Management Online

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Project Management - Online

UBC Certificate Program


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Aligned to the PMBOK® Guide and Agile Practice Guide, this award-winning program provides you with an advanced understanding of topics such as why projects fail, leading from the middle and practical application of agile processes and practices while building key competencies in project management. Through the program’s worked examples, original research and team-based learning approach you will be exposed to a program like no other. The curriculum is fully aligned to the PMI recommended Talent Triangle that outlines the skills professional project managers need to draw upon to excel in project management.  

Taught by leading project management professionals and based around fully worked examples that are integrated into classes, this comprehensive program can be completed in just 5 courses delivered 100% online over 6-8 weeks each, guided by an online PM coach and with several course offerings a year to help you customize a schedule that suits your busy life and ideal for those currently working from home.

Why Choose the UBC Sauder Project Management program?

This award-winning program is taught by experienced industry professionals who are committed to supporting students who aspire to lead within their organization, while building competencies in project management. The program draws upon a wide range of real-life case study examples where projects have succeeded and, a wealth of original research on why projects fail – enabling you as a Project Manager to see the direct application of the processes as you learn them. This program also is unique in that it has been designed to focus on the competencies needed in any role – rather than specifically just a Project Manager role – a perspective that many other programs in this area simply don’t take. Both the Bootcamp and 100% Online delivery options are aligned with not just the Project Management Institute (PMI)® industry standards (PMBOK® Guide) but also the PMI Agile Practice Guide and PMI Talent Triangle.

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Who Should Attend

The Project Management program welcomes applications from experienced and aspiring project managers, as well as project leaders and team members who want to develop their expertise in this critical organizational function. The curriculum applies to a wide range of industries and organizations including high tech, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, government and small business.

"UBC Continuing Business Studies courses have given me so much more confidence! The terminology, hands on experience and the different instructors who shared their expertise and "tricks in the trade" helped so much." - Janina Romano, Project Management Program Graduate. Click here for more graduate testimonials. Authorized Training Partner
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Apply your learning to:

  • Take a project from initiation through to planning, execution, controlling and closing.
  • Understand key project management concepts and terminology including industry standards set by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
  • Identify stakeholder requirements and manage expectations.
  • Manage competing demands for scope, time, cost, risk and quality while keeping a project on time and on budget.
  • Manage obstacles and challenges so as to keep projects on track.
  • Create a contingency plan to mediate project risk.
  • Manage project communications and documentation.
  • Lead a diverse and cross-functional project team and collaborate to achieve success.
  • Align project objectives to overall business goals and vision.
  • Acquire Professional Development Units (PDUs) or Continuing Development Units (CDUs), which can be used towards Project Management Institute or International Institute of Business Analysis certifications
  • Pursue the Project Management Professional (PMP)® designation or other related industry professional certifications offered through the PMI® or IIBA®.


All courses are held online and facilitated by an online instructor.


Consists of five courses, ranging from six to eight weeks in duration. Can be completed in nine months.

All courses must be completed within two years.


Courses are offered throughout the year with a specific start and end date.

Learning is self-paced. Some courses may include assignments that require login at a specific time.

Tuition & Fees

Program Declaration completed after first course.

Regular Program Course Fees: From $1,250 to $1,995.

Hours of Study

6 to 10 hours per week for each course.

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The curriculum for the UBC Certificate in Project Management online program follows the standards and principle set by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® in their Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). It is comprised of five courses including a capstone course involving a team project. Covering processes, leadership and teamwork, the program is designed to provide a comprehensive review of the knowledge base needed to build a successful Project Management career.

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Through instruction, collaboration, discussions and team assignments, you will develop your understanding of key project management concepts and acquire tools and techniques that will serve to enhance your performance as project manager or leader.

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Regular Program Required Courses

The following sequence is recommended:

Spring / Summer2021

Program curriculum may be subject to change.

Delivery Format HOW IT WORKS
In Class or Blended Learn in-person with your instructor and classmates at scheduled class times.
Online Virtual Learn in an online classroom. Attend scheduled virtual sessions with your instructor and classmates. Fixed start and end dates with access to online curriculum and possibly an online tutor.
Online (100% Online) Learn in an online classroom. Fixed start and end dates with the flexibility to collaborate with your classmates. Optional live virtual sessions and access to an online instructor. 

* Note: The Project Management program curriculum has been updated to better align with the PMI Talent Triangle® and Agile Practice Guide. You are required to complete all course requirements per the program curriculum at the time you enrolled in the program. If you have any questions about your courses, please email


Our online instructors provide a balance of academic instruction, foundation in applied skills and real-world experience, and they ensure that the program is comprehensive and dynamic. They are experienced professionals in the project management industry as well as knowledgeable and experienced in both adult and online education.

Stephen Barbazuk

Stephen Barbazuk

Stephen discovered the value of project management when he was involved in the relocation of a biotechnology facility. Over the past 20 years, he has honed his expert toolkit around strategic planning, change management and practical project management in the areas of biotechnology, research and healthcare. With a passion to incorporate facilitation, coaching and mentoring into the discipline of project management, Stephen's experience compliments with the diverse experience and knowledge of his instructor colleagues in the program. Today Stephen is the Executive Director for a national research network and also serves as the Executive Director for other organizations in a volunteer capacity. Stephen values life-long learning and has been a champion of the UBC Project Management Certificate program for over 10 years.

Jim Cowan

Jim Cowan

Jim Cowan has more than 30 years in industry and 20 years of practical project management experience, working with global teams and across a wide range of organizations/sectors. Jim has for many years provided project management mentorship and internal training within the companies he’s worked and actively promoted the adoption of project management best practices. Originally from Scotland in the UK, Jim and his family have called Vancouver home since 2011.

Lorna Eng

Lorna Eng

Lorna is a Project Management Professional with 10+ years project management experience with an accent of Business Analysis, 10+ years in Adult Education/Training, 5 years in Instructional Design, 2+ years in Change Management, and is a PM Mentor for PMI. Her journeys have taken her into many industries such as telecommunications, insurance, sales, finance, manufacturing, government, education, etc. Her passion is facilitating collaboration in her teams in order to successfully bring projected change to fruition.

Robert Goatham

Robert Goatham

Robert Goatham is the principal of Calleam Consulting. He founded Calleam in response to the on-going challenges organizations face in developing the leadership skills necessary to successfully deliver today's complex technology projects. Specializing in the study of failed projects, Robert translates hindsight from yesterday's projects into the foresight needed to ensure tomorrow's success. Robert has more than 20 years experience in the technology sector playing roles that include developer, technical lead, architect, quality manager, coach and senior project manager. As a public speaker, writer and trainer, Robert provides audiences with insights that go beyond the theory of a text book and speak directly to the challenges people face in today's workplace.

Louise Novakowski

Louise Novakowski

Louise Novakowski, P.Eng., PMP, is a professional engineer and project management professional with over twenty years experience in the project management and engineering fields. She currently works as a project management consultant and trainer, providing customized courses for clients as well as teaching at UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies.

Frank Vandenberg

Frank Vandenberg

Frank Vandenberg is a certified project manager and application services consultant with extensive experience developing and delivering software solutions for clients around the globe. Prior to establishing his independent consulting company in 2010, Frank worked for over 20 years with IBM Canada in a variety of project and portfolio management roles that spanned the insurance, travel and transportation, government and other sectors.

Dave Davis

Dave Davis

Dave Davis, PMP, PgMP, and PMI-PBA is a practitioner of PPPM and a recognized professional in helping organizations. He has 30+ years as a manager (business, project, program, & knowledge), business analyst, curriculum advisor, instructor, and course developer. His PMI roles include Chapter President, Standards committees, and certification question writing and he has lived this challenge. He is currently on the PMI COP Advisory Group. Dave holds 2 graduate degrees including an MBA from Xavier University, and Master's in Education from Mt. St. Joseph. He has published many articles and delivered presentations at professional conferences throughout Europe and North America. Dave has developed and delivered advanced training for many universities and private companies. Besides the Project Management certifications, Dave is certified in Business Analysis and Benefits Management. He also holds the PMI Leadership Masters Certificate and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon


Sunny began his career developing software professionally in 2000 after graduating with a Masters in Computer Science before holding Senior Management positions. Sunny has developed/managed software in many different industries including investment banking, retail banking, e-commerce and health care. Major projects have included implementation of PayPal for Best Buy Canada and development of Web & Mobile online banking applications for over 300 Credit Unions across North America.
Sunny is a passionate Agile Coach/Trainer who loves to help organizations and teams to become more productive to deliver value to their customers. Passionate to coach and teach both Technical and Business agility principles, Sunny uses the latest Brain Science research to make learning both fun and interactive.
Sunny is a strong believer in continuous learning through reading, experimenting, and conversations. He will often be been seen speaking at Agile Conferences across North America.



The Project Management Online program welcomes aspiring and experienced project managers, as well as project leaders and team members wanting to expand their knowledge and skills. It is relevant to a wide range of industries and organizations including high tech, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, government and small business.

It is strongly recommended that students be fluent in written and spoken business English.

Please read the Student Handbook.

How to Register

Registration is done on a course-by-course basis.

Login to register for specific courses at any time. Visa or MasterCard accepted.


Textbooks for the UBC Certificate in Project Management –100% Online courses are not included in the tuition fees. You are responsible for purchasing your own books from either online booksellers, local bookstores or online publishers. View the list of books and readings required for all the courses.

How to Declare your Candidacy

The UBC Certificate in Project Management Online program consists of five required courses, delivered online with an online instructor or facilitator. Before or after taking your first course, you are required to submit a PROGRAM DECLARATION FORM.

What is needed to Graduate

To be granted the UBC Certificate in Project Management Online program, you must complete the required courses and achieve a minimum grade of 60% in each course. All coursework must be completed within two years.


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Registration and Fees

Is an application required for the Project Management Online program?

The Project Management Online program does not require an application. However if you want to pursue the Certicate, you will need to submit a Program Declaration form by the time you have completed the Project Management Fundamentals course.

Please read the Student Handbook.

Online Course Registration

Register online via our secure server using your Visa or MasterCard. You need to create a profile in our system before we can process your online course registration.

Sign In to your account or create a new account.

Once signed in, your name will appear near the top right of your screen.

Add items to your shopping cart and follow the instructions to complete your purchase.

Contact if you have any problems registering online.

What payment options do I have to pay for a course?

All course fees are payable in Canadian dollars. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Will I have to pay tax on my course fees?

Fees made payable to UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies are not subject to tax if they are for courses that are part of a certificate or associate certificate program.

Is it possible to switch programs from the Online Program to the Part-time Blended Program?

The courses are not transferrable, so it is not possible to switch programs.

Is it possible to take Project Management courses without enrolling in the program?

Yes, you can register for courses without enrolling in the Online program, however, you will still be required to take Project Management Fundamentals before or along with your chosen course.

Can I get a credit towards the certificate for courses I have already taken?

Yes, you can get credit for courses taken within the last two years.

Is there a fee differential for international students?

No, all students pay the same tuition fees.

How do I get a T2202A tax receipt?

Many courses and programs offered by UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies qualify for non-refundable tax credits and education expense amounts. If the courses or programs you were enrolled in are eligible, you will receive an email notification in February outlining how to obtain your T2202A Tuition, Education and Textbook tax certificate. A T2202A can be used as an official statement for income tax purposes.

I'm a UBC employee. How can I access UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies courses?

Most UBC employee groups are eligible for tuition fee waivers that reimburse or offset the cost of courses. Please visit the UBC Finance Tuition Fee Benefit website for information on eligibility and instructions on how to use your tuition fee benefit. Since tuition fee benefits for UBC faculty and staff may differ depending on your employee group, please visit the UBC Human Resources Benefits website for information on your eligibility. Do not register for a course prior to submitting your tuition waiver.

If your department or faculty is funding the course, please submit an authorized journal voucher (JV) along with your registration to UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies.

Will I be required to purchase textbooks and/or other materials?

Books and other materials for the Project Management Online courses are not included in the tuition fees. Students are responsible for purchasing their own course materials and UBC will not provide extensions, transfers or refunds to students who do not have their books in time for their course.

Program Completion and Graduation

What do I receive when I complete the certificate or associate certificate program?

Upon successful completion of the program, participants are awarded a UBC Certificate signed by the President of UBC and the Dean of the UBC Sauder School of Business. Once you have submitted your graduation request form, the certificate will be sent by mail along with an official transcript. Please note that the process can take up to three months.

Does completion of a UBC certificate program qualify for academic credits towards a diploma or degree program?

Completion of non-credit certificate programs cannot be applied towards a UBC degree or credit diploma at this time. However prior learning assessment policies vary by institution, so it is worth looking into this for any institution you are considering.

How are students assessed in the program?

All courses in the Project Management Online program are graded. To earn the UBC Certificate in Project Management, you must successfully complete the requirements for each course, including team and individual assignments, and achieve a pass or grade of at least 60%.

Scheduling, Duration and Workload

When can I start my online course?

Each online course has a specific start and end date. Prior to 4 pm on the day your online course starts, we will send you an email message providing you with an access link, as well as a username and password to login to the course.

Am I required to be online at specific times?

For the most part, you are in control of your schedule as the online content can be accessed at any time. For courses with assignments and projects, you will receive advance notice of due dates so you can plan accordingly. Some courses have specific online components that require you to login at particular times.

How many hours a week do I need to set aside for in-class course work and independent study?

Students should expect to study six to ten hours a week for the regular program and 10 to 15 hours per week for the fast-track program.

Online Learning Format

Will I have an instructor or resource person to support me during the courses?

Yes. Depending on the course you are taking, they could be referred to as online instructors, online tutors, online facilitators, instructional assistants or mentors. Whatever their title, they are experienced online education professionals who will connect with you through email, online discussions, assignments and projects to make sure you get the most out of your online learning experience.

How will I communicate with my online educators?

Depending on the course, you may communicate by email, online discussion or chat sessions, as well as occasional phone calls.

Are there opportunities to collaborate with other students in the online program?

Yes, the courses provide opportunities for group discussion and team projects.

What is Moodle?

Moodle is the learning management platform used to support the online Project Management program. It provides information on orientation, schedules, grades, and instructor contact details, as well as the course curriculum and learning resources.

Professional Designations and Certificates

How can I get a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification?

Details regarding the qualifications needed and to register to write the exam can be found on the Project Management Institute (PMI) website.

Will I be ready to write my PMP® examination once I’ve finished the Part-time program?

Although our curriculum is aligned with the PMI's, we still recommend that students take the UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies PMP® Exam Prep course prior to writing your exam.  

UBC Certificate vs PMP Certification

What is the difference between the certifications?

UBC Certificate

PMP Certification


•Globally recognized professional designation

•Skill building - learn about Project Management and develop your organizational and leadership skills

•Intended to drive consistency among practicing Project Managers

•Targeted at individuals wanting to work/understand Project Management

•Exam based on PMI Standards (PMBOK® Guide)

•Based on PMI Standards plus practical application of tools, techniques, best practices

•Requires maintenance – PDUs (and $)


•PM Work Experience

•PM Volunteer Work

UBC Project Management Certificate

PMP Exam Prep Class

Target audience

Target audience

1.Those with some exposure to working in projects, but who want to formalize their knowledge or develop their skills.

1.Existing Project Managers or those with considerable experience ‘leading and directing’ project related work.

2.Those wanting to advance into a Project Management type role.

2.Those who are very familiar with formalized Project Management practices and simply want assistance in preparing for the exam.

3.Anyone interested in understanding Project Management practice & what it takes to lead teams successfully.



Options include intensive 14 week hybrid (in-class / online) to fully online spread up to 2 years.

35 hours of training focused solely on the exam and how to pass.


What are the key differences between the Certificate in Project Management Online Program and the Part-time Blended Program?

The online program is offered 100% online, giving participant the flexibility to choose their time and place of learning. The Part-time Blended Program is a cohort program comprised of 5 modules. In addition to the online segment of the cohort program, there are mandatory in class sessions taking place at UBC Robson Square.

Are there any accommodations for people with medical conditions or disabilities?

Please contact us well in advance of the program for assistance in the event of either of these circumstances.

Where can I get parking or transit information?

Parking and transit information is available on UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies website.

Who can I contact if I still have questions about the Project Management program?

If you are unable to find the information you need on the website, please contact us by phone at 604-822-1420 or online.

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