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Project Management – Part-Time

UBC Certificate Program

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  • Program Cost $6,995
  • Duration 3.5 Months
  • Format In-Class and Online
  • Schedule Part-Time

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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.

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. 
  • 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®.



In class blended at UBC Robson Square (There may be the occasional class at Point Grey)


Five modules delivered in a cohort
Program Duration: 3.5 months


In class blended at UBC Robson Square
Saturdays: 9 am to 5 pm
Occasional rescheduling to other days may occur

Tuition & Fees


Hours of Study

8 to 10 hours per week

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Comprised of five modules, the UBC Certificate in Project Management 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.

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Team Project

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.

Project Initiation

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.

Project Planning

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

Project Closing

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.

Note: The Program is equivalent to 150 education hours/PDUs which can be applied to PMI® certifications.

Program curriculum may be subject to change.


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, 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.

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.

Teresa Comey

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, training and development. Committed to lifelong learning and leadership development, Teresa has a Masters of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University.

Lukas Klose


Lukas has been working in project delivery for over 20 years. Initially a software engineer in the financial, educational and retail sectors, he became a consultant, program manager, and director for various companies including Electronic Arts. It was at Electronic Arts he oversaw the transition of the web publishing department to agile. Impressed with the results of this transition he set out to help other companies reap the benefits of agile, joining agile42 in 2016 as a coach and trainer.


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.

Admission Criteria

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.

Criteria Minimum Requirements
Academic Achievement Four year undergraduate degree, or if a mature student*, a secondary school graduation with prior experience in project management
Work Experience

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 Certificate 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.



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Admission, Registration and Fees

Is an application required for the Project Management Part-time Blended Program?

Yes, the Part-time blended program 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 Blended Program to the 100% Online program?

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

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.

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 program 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.

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?

To earn the UBC Certificate in Project Management, 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%.

Scheduling, Duration and Workload

How many times is the Part-time Blended 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 Blended Program.

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 website.

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

The Part-time Blended Program is a cohort program comprised of 5 modules. In addition to the online segment of the program, there are mandatory in class sessions taking place at UBC Robson Square. The Online program is delivered 100% online, and does not require in class attendance.

What is the class size for the Part-time Blended Program?

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 Blended 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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