Project Management Online

Project Management - Online

UBC Certificate Program

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  • Program Cost $6,995
  • Duration 9 Months
  • Format 100% Online
  • Schedule Part-Time

OCT 16

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Vision, leadership, communication, problem solving - the importance of project management expertise in business today cannot be underestimated. Failure to deliver the desired outcome translates to lost time, wasted resources and missed opportunities. Business professionals with solid project management skills are sought after in virtually every industry and the UBC Certificate in Project Management is a resume asset that highlights your project management competency and opens doors.

The program curriculum is based on industry standards set by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and is taught by experienced business professionals. With its industry-driven curriculum and emphasis on actionable knowledge and practical skills, it elevates team participants to project managers with the capacity to lead a team and contribute to the bottom line.

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.

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PMI Registered Education Provider logo, PMBOK, and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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 Fee: $200 (non-refundable)

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.

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.

Canada BC Job Training Grant

Employers can apply for up to $10,000 per participant available each fiscal. See criteria and how to apply.

Regular Program Required Courses

  • The following sequence is recommended:
Spring / Summer2020

Program curriculum may be subject to change.

On-going/current students

The Project Management program curriculum has been updated to better align with the PMI Talent Triangle® and Agile Practice Guide.  For on-going/current students wishing to complete the Certificate in Project Management, here are the courses you need to complete


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.

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.

Jose de Guzman

A social psychologist by education and practice, Jose de Guzman has been assisting for the last 36 years various groups in the academic, industry, public service and local communities in capacity building through formal and informal learning methodologies.  

As an instructional designer and subject matter expert, Jose has put together over 40 different courses and delivered these for schools, business government and not-for-profit organizations. He has as well collaborated and developed more than 50 eLearning courses.

Since early 2014, Jose started the road back to group process development and transformative learning with a focus on building community organizations in BC.

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 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.

Stephen Barbazuk

Stephen serves as the Executive Director for the Maternal Infant Child Youth Research Network (MICYRN), a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization that catalyzes advances in maternal and child healthcare by connecting minds and removing barriers to high-quality health research. Stephen has amassed 20+ years of strategic planning and practical project management experience in biotechnology, research and healthcare. He also remains a consultant of project management to senior leaders in the healthcare and education sectors by providing a combination of education, facilitation, coaching and mentoring.

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.



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. Books are mandatory in order to complete online assignments and readings. 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 along with a non-refundable fee of $200. Visa or MasterCard accepted.

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 and  a $200 non-refundable program declaration fee 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.  


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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