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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’s 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 skills, it takes you from team participant to project manager, able to lead a team and contribute to the bottom line.
|NEXT START DATE||February 27, 2019|
|Format||In-Class and Online|
|Duration||6 to 9 Months|
|Program Cost||$6,400 plus|
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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 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.
- Use Microsoft® Project to apply planning and controlling processes to your work.
- Specialize in one of three areas: Change Management, Business Analysis or Agile Leadership.
- 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®.
Core Program: Primarily held in class at UBC Robson Square (There may be the occasional class at Point Grey)
|Courses and Duration||Core Program||Specialization (choose one of the three):|
|Agile Leadership||Business Analysis||Change Management|
|Courses||Four modules delivered in a cohort||Four courses||Three courses||Four courses|
|Total Program Duration||Three months||Six to seven months||
Regular Track: Nine months
|Seven to nine months|
1. Complete the Core Program:
Wednesdays: 6:15 pm to 9:15 pm
2. Choose a Specialization and complete required Specialization courses:
Agile Leadership: In class over two days for a total of 14 hours of instruction per course.
3. Submit your Graduation Request
|Tuition||Specialization||Core Program Tuition||Specialization Tuition||Certificate Total|
|Agile Leadership||$6,400||$3,780 - $4,510||$10,180-$10,910|
Regular Track: $2,916
Regular Track: $9,316
|Hours of Study||
Core Program: 8 to 10 hours per week
Agile Leadership: Course work completed during class time
Regular Track: 6 to 10 hours per week for each course
Change Management: 6 to 10 hours per week per course
Comprised of four modules, the UBC Certificate in Project Management Core Program is designed to provide students with a rich learning experience, enhanced by opportunities for personalized application of the learning, team work, networking and exchange with top-calibre industry-based instructors and fellow classmates. It is grounded in industry best practices and equips graduates with the knowledge and skills required to meet stakeholder expectations, optimize available resources and deliver results.
*Note: The Core Program curriculum is subject to change.
The Team Project runs concurrently with the other modules and provides you with the opportunity to work in teams as you put your learning into practice. A 360 degree evaluation forms part of the module assessment process allowing for valuable performance feedback from fellow students.
Gain an understanding of key project management terminology and concepts, setting the context for the rest of the course. Key areas covered include team performance dynamics and the role of project manager as leader, the management of stakeholder relationships to influence expectations and optimize support, and the development of a project charter.
Learn the essential aspects of project planning including scope planning, project scheduling, budgeting, internal communications planning and quality and risk management.
Project Execution, Monitoring and Control
Learn practices to keep projects on track including procurement management, human resources management and project controls. You will also explore aspects of Agile Project Management, an iterative project management methodology that focuses on customer value and team interaction over tasks, and adapting to real-time issues over rigid adherence to a plan
Closing is a critical stage of the project management cycle. You will gain an understanding of administrative, contract and financial closing processes, project reporting, the application of lessons learned and transitioning to sustainment.
Project management involves the generation, monitoring and manipulation of a significant amount of information. Learn to use Microsoft® Project to apply planning and control processes to your work.
Note: The Core Program is equivalent to 98 Professional Development Units (PDUs) which can be applied to PMI® certifications.
|Winter 2019||Fall 2019|
|February 27 to May 29, 2019||To be Scheduled|
After finishing the core program, you are required to complete a specialization within two years of admission to the program. Choose to further your development in one of Agile Leadership, Business Analysis or Change Management.
Agile Leaders are inclusive, democratic leaders with an openness to ideas and innovation and Agile principles and methodologies can transform the performance of a team. Courses in this specialization provide techniques to help you embrace change, create a vision, communicate effectively and guide your team to faster, better results.
*Note: The Agile Leadership specialization curriculum is subject to change.
Students are required to complete any four of the following elective courses to earn the Agile Leadership specialization.
- Agile Product Ownership
- Certified ScrumMaster
- Agile Leadership
- Introduction to Kanban
- Managing Agile Delivery
Emphasizing real world business challenges, the Business Analysis specialization provides a foundation in the use of key business analysis tools. The curriculum is aligned with International Institute of Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®).
*Note: The Business Analysis specialization curriculum is subject to change.
Students are required to complete the following three courses to earn the Business Analysis specialization.
- Business Analysis Fundamentals
- Business Analysis Requirements Lifecycle Management*
- Change Management Fundamentals
*Co-requisite: Business Analysis Fundamentals (II850)
PMI Professional Development Unit Credit
The UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies specialization courses are approved for PMI® education hours/Professional Development Units.
With a focus on the people side of business, Change Management delivers the tools and competencies required to build solutions that are practical in nature, while providing meaningful and sustained results.
Students are required to complete the following four courses to earn the Change Management specialization.
- Change Management Fundamentals
- Change Management Assessing and Planning
- Change Management Implementation and Evaluation
- Change Management Capacity Building
*Note: The Change Management specialization curriculum is subject to change.
Stephen Barbazuk is the Executive Director of the Maternal Infant Child & Youth Research Network, and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute. He also holds a 6 Sigma Green Belt certificate, is a Bridges Transition trainer and recently completed the coaching program with The Coaches Training Institute.
Course Taught: Stakeholder Management, Quality Management, Project Communications Planning
Teresa Comey is a self-managed leader with over 17 years experience in corporate client relationship management, sales and marketing, organizational development, business consultation facilitation, and training and development. Committed to lifelong learning and leadership development, she holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University.
Course Taught: Teamwork, Communiocations Planning
Robert Goatham is principal of Calleam Consulting, a company he founded to assist organizations in developing the leadership skills required to manage complex technology projects. Specializing in the study of failed projects, he transforms hindsight from the past into insight for the future. Robert has more than 20 years experience in the technology sector in such roles as developer, technical lead, architect, quality manager, coach and senior project manager. As a public speaker, writer and trainer, he speaks directly to the challenges people face in today's workplace.
Course Taught: Project Management Essentials, Project Initiation and Charter Development, Scope Planning, Risk Management
Lukas Klose is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and Project Management Professional (PMP) with 20 years experience in project delivery. He has worked as a consultant, program manager and director in various industries. While working for Electronic Arts, he oversaw the transition of the web-publishing department to Agile and eventually joined agile42, an Agile consulting company, as coach and trainer. His broad experience and exposure to software engineering, project management and director-level management give him unique cross-organizational insight in Agile education, implementation and transitions.
Course Taught: Agile Project Management
Mike Lachocki has more than 20 years experience in project management, supply chain, procurement, manufacturing and logistics. He has worked in management roles for two high-tech start-ups and played a key role in a large outsourcing project moving manufacturing and supply chain activities to Mexico. Mike is currently Procurement Manager, Construction for BC Housing, a government agency providing housing options for people in need. An experienced teacher, Mike has taught project management, supply chain management, warehouse management, operations management and logistics for over 17 years as a corporate trainer, in local institutions, for Aboriginal groups and abroad. He is a passionate mentor for his current and former students.
Course Taught: Procurement Management
Louise Novakowski P.Eng, Project Management Professional (PMP), has over 20 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 the British Columbia Institute of Technology and in continuing studies at Simon Fraser University.
Course Taught: Project Scheduling, Budgeting
Michael Ouchi is a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist instructor who challenges people to think about using their software investment in new and creative ways. With over 10 years of experience working with clients from individual professionals to private companies and governments, he brings a wealth of practical knowledge and experience to the classroom.
Course Taught: Microsoft® Project
The Project Management Core 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.
The UBC Certificate in Project Management Program employs a formal admissions process designed to support a high quality educational experience that meets the needs and expectations of applicants.
Admissions to the program based on a combination of academic qualifications, work experience and interest in the field. Prior study or experience in project management, while helpful, is not mandatory.
|Academic Achievement||Four year undergraduate degree, or if a mature student*, a secondary school graduation with prior experience in project management|
Minimum of three to five years work experience, preferably in project management.
Some experience in Microsoft® Project recommended.
|English Language Proficiency||
Strong written and spoken English skills, non-native English speakers may be required to submit test results as follows:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score: 6.5.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) overall score: 90 with a minimum score of 20 in each of reading, listening, writing and speaking.
* Mature students are those who can demonstrate high academic potential through a range of exceptional achievements and life experiences beyond academics and must be out of full-time formal education (three or more courses per term/semester, or nine or more transferable credits per term/semester) for at least four years.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply to the Core Program, complete the online application form in as much detail as possible including employment history, educational background, work/volunteer experience and references. Attach your resume and letter of intent.
The admissions committee will review your application and notify you in writing as to whether you have been accepted into the program. Applicants can expect to hear back within two weeks of submitting an application.
To register for a Specialization course, visit Specializations under Curriculum and click through to your desired course to register.
"After gaining my confidence after taking the Project Management Certificate at UBC other people saw a sudden change in me. I started speaking more in conferences and sharing my ideas (ideas from my courses!) to the group. I became the Senior Coordinator in my company and just recently after I updated my LinkedIn I got snatched with a new company to be a Project Manager."
Janina Romano, Project Manager, Henriques Partnerships Architects
The most helpful aspect of the course is that each module is taught by a different project management professional with proven track records of completing big projects on time. Their experience reinforced the course material as each instructor could provide real life case studies. I also appreciated that key business management ideas were integrated in the curriculum … in essence, the course was like a mini-MBA program!
Zachary Musa, Project Manager, STEMCELL Technologies
Is an application required for the Project Management Part-time program with specializations?
Yes, the Part-time program with specializations employs a formal admissions process.
Is there a deadline for application to the program?
There is no deadline. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
When will I find out if I have been accepted?
You will be notified of the status of your application within two weeks of applying.
Is it possible to switch programs from the Part-time Program with Specializations to the Online program?
The courses are not transferrable, so it is not possible to switch programs.
When do I need to declare a specialization?
There is no formal process for declaring a specialization. Once you have completed the core modules, you can proceed to register for specialization courses.
Can I get a credit towards the certificate for courses I have already taken?
You can apply for credit for any specialization course taken within the last two years, but not for courses relating to the modules.
How do I register for a course or module?
Once you have been accepted into the program and paid your deposit, you are automatically enrolled in the 3-month program/modules. Once this is completed you can register for the specialization courses online or by phone. To register online, you will be required to create an online profile before your registration can be processed.
What payment options are available to me?
Once your application is accepted, you will receive a payment notice. You can either pay the tuition in full or pay a $2,000 deposit and the balance by the due date given. The final payment is due one week before the 3 month core begins.
VISA and Mastercard are accepted.
Is there a fee differential for international students?
No, all students pay the same tuition fees.
Will I be charged tax on my course fees?
Fees payable to UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies for certificate or associate certificate program courses are not subject to taxation.
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 for the program?
No, textbooks and other course materials are included in the tuition fees.
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?
To earn the UBC Certificate in Project Management with Specializations, you must successfully complete the requirements for each module or course, including team and individual assignments, and achieve a pass or grade of at least 60%.
How many times is the Part-time Core Program offered each year?
It is offered two times per year; in the Fall term starting in September and in the Winter term starting in February/March.
How many hours a week do I need to set aside for in-class course work and independent study?
Students can expect to devote eight to ten hours a week to their studies in the Core Program.
For the Agile Leadership specialization, most of the course work is completed during class time. For the Business Analysis and Change Management specializations, students can expect to devote six to ten hours per week for each course in the regular program and 10 to 15 hours per week for the Fast-track program.
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 website.
Will I be ready to write my PMP® examination once I’ve finished the Part-time program?
It is advisable to take the UBC 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 Program with Specializations?
The Part-time Program with Specializations is comprised of the core program and specialization courses. The core program takes place at UBC Robson Square and depending on the specialization chosen; courses are offered either at UBC Robson Square or online. The Online program is delivered 100% online, and does not include the specialization component.
What is the class size for the Part-time Program with Specializations?
The class size ranges between 20 and 30 students.
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 Part-time program with specializations?
If you are unable to find the information you need on the website, please contact us by phone at 604-822-1420 or online.