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Project Management Professional

Project Managers are needed in a variety of work settings including but not limited to manufacturing, Information Technology, health industries, and non-profits. This self-paced, online program teaches successful project management practices useful for professionals at all levels of an organization. Also, it provides a thorough preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam through the Project Management Institute.

This course aligns with the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition. (The PMBOK® Guide is not included in the cost of this course and must be purchased separately.)

Students who complete the Project Management Certificate are awarded a total of 3.5 CEUs and 35 PDUs (Leadership: 15; Strategic & Business Mgmt.: 1.5; Technical: 18.5). Students have 6 months to complete all of the coursework, beginning on the date they are emailed the course access.

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Curriculum & Course Details

Upon completion of this certificate, students should be able to do the following:

  • Recognize how enterprise environmental factors and organizational process assets affect how projects can be managed
  • Explain the five stages of a project life cycle and illustrate how these stages can overlap in time
  • Demonstrate how to create a project management plan with subsidiary plans for each of the knowledge areas and explain how progressive elaboration and integrated change management can keep these documents effective and relevant
  • Explain the overlapping nature of project activities and practice Project Integration Management to coordinate the various project management processes
  • Illustrate how a project's various baselines (including scope, cost, schedule, quality, risk, procurement, and others) are determined, planned for, and managed
  • Recognize how to effectively manage human resources and communicate with all stakeholders
  • Explain the key methods used to estimate project schedule and cost at the beginning of a project and to forecast cost and schedule variances at any time during the project
  • Identify key project stakeholders and continuously engage them in appropriate project activities
  • Describe how the project management knowledge contained in the PMBOK® Guide can be used in practice

The Certificate is divided into thirteen courses:

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Project Processes and the Project Life Cycle
  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Schedule Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Each self-paced course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, selected readings, and self-assessments. It is recommended that students complete the courses in sequential order, but students are able to access all courses at any time.  The Certificate provides a thorough preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam including exam-taking tips, 26 comprehensive module quizzes, five process group tests, and two full-length, 200-question practice exams covering the areas of interest from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide), which will provide a report to help you determine your areas of weakness.

Each course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered within three business days.

Please note that the tuition does not include the cost of the PMP certification exam, and students are responsible for applying for the exam.

Project Management Institute, PMI, the Registered Education Provider logo, Project Management Professional, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, PMI-ACP, PMI Risk Management Professional, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMI-PBA, the PMI Talent Triangle, and the PMI Talent Triangle logo are marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Quizzes and Testing

There are tests throughout the program. Each course contains exercises and scenarios for students to answer and self-assess their learning. Students are required to complete all content elements in each course and earn at least a 70% average test score to earn their certificate and receive their CEU and PDU credits. Students will have three attempts at all graded tests.

As a non-credit program, students earn a complete/incomplete status.  Letter grades are not issued, nor recorded by Duke Continuing Studies.

 

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Certification

This certificate provides a thorough preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam and is based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) 6th edition. If seeking PMI certification, learners enrolling in this exam prep course should be planning to sit for PMI's 6th edition PMP exam.

Duke University Continuing Studies has no affiliation with PMP exam registration.  Students are responsible for applying to sit for the exam, and the cost of the exam is not included in program tuition. More information on how to apply can be found here: https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/project-management-pmp

Completion of the Duke Project Management Certificate does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the PMP exam. The PMI governs the policies, processes and administration of the examination and does require a minimum level of project management experience to qualify for the exam. Prospective students to the Duke Project Management Certificate Program whose intent is to sit for the PMP examination should consult with PMI to ascertain if they meet the exam eligibility experience and education requirements.

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Requirements

Eligibility

Learners should have some experience in project management and will need to have access to the Project Management Institute®'s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Sixth Edition.

Furthermore, all registrants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess word processing and internet skills
  • Be fluent in the English language (including reading and writing)
  • Be familiar with how online programs work and be comfortable using them
  • Be computer literate, have reliable internet access and a valid email account (Please note personal email accounts are preferred as they are less likely to be blocked by firewalls and spam filters)
  • Meet the computer technical requirements specifications

Admission is discretionary. The office of Duke Continuing Studies, Professional Certificate Programs, requires students be a least 18 years of age and meet minimum suitability standards. Students are not matriculated Duke University students and university student privileges do not apply to Continuing Studies students.

Duke Continuing Studies reserves the exclusive right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withhold registration or require withdrawal from the program of any student or applicant.

The materials used in this course are copyrighted and are intended for individual use by registered students. Unauthorized or illegal use, or attempted use, of these materials will result in a suspension and/or cancellation of the user’s account.

 

Certificate requirements

In order to earn a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies, students must successfully:

  • Pay tuition in full (upon registration)
  • Complete the program in its entirety within the six month time frame (beginning when students are emailed their program access)
  • Complete all assignments and tests with a minimum score of 70% (Students have three attempts at all graded assignments and tests).

Technical requirements

Operating System

  • Windows XP SP2 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.4.11 or higher
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)

Hardware

  • 1 Ghz or faster CPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • video card
  • sound card and headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)

Software

  • Microsoft Office 97 (or newer) or comparable office suite such as Open Office (free download available at openoffice.org)
  •  Adobe Flash Player 9 or greater (free download available at adobe.com)
  • Adobe Reader/Acrobat Reader 7.0 or greater (free download available at adobe.com)

Web Browser

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or greater
  • Firefox 3.6 or greater (free download available)
  • Netscape, Safari, Opera, Chrome, and other web browsers may work, however may not render all features of the course(s)
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled

Internet

  • Reliable internet connection
  • E-mail account (to be able to register and to receive e-mail from the system regarding registration, course status, etc.)

 

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Schedule & Registration

Schedule

Registration is ongoing; therefore students can begin the program when it is convenient for them! 

Registration is not available June 24 - June 30 annually due to the close of the fiscal year for the university.
 

Registration

Note: our enrollment system is a separate system from that used for your online training, and therefore, access to the online training is not an automated process upon your registration. Please be aware that there may be a time delay of up to 5 business days before you receive the email with your access to the online program. This delay will not affect your allotted completion time for the program. Please check your spam/junk folder because sometimes the access emails end up there.

Enrollment Steps

  • Register for this program and pay tuition in full.
  • Receive an email within five business days from our program partner MindEdge containing details about how to access the program’s web portal.
  • Log in and begin coursework.  Students will have 6 months to complete their coursework from the date they receive their program access.

Registration Methods

  1. Register Online using a credit card with our secure, real-time registration system. Add the course to your shopping cart and follow the instructions for checking out.
  2. Register by Phone at 919-684-6259 during our business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm EST) to register.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Once I have completed this program, will I be a certified PMP? 

No. Students must successfully take the PMP exam through PMI to receive their certification. Please note that students are responsible for applying for the exam and  paying any applicable fees. Please also note that PMI has other prerequisites besides education in order to sit for the exam.

Are there textbooks, and if so, are they included in the cost of the tuition?

Students must purchase the Project Management Institute®'s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Sixth Edition, and the cost of this text is not included in the tuition.

Is this program affiliated with any other office at Duke University?

This program is not affiliated with any other Duke office. It is offered exclusively through Duke Continuing Studies in a collaboration with MindEdge.

Does Duke faculty serve as instructors/mentors/subject matter experts in the program?

For programs that include such features (not all do) we have chosen as instructors to use individuals who practice, and in many cases are certified, in the subject matter area being taught to enrich the professional working adult learning experience.

Do I have to log on a certain times on certain days?

No, these courses are completely self-paced, allowing students to schedule the course work as they so desire within the allotted access time.

Am I able to take individual courses?

No, Project Management Professional is available as a certificate only, and individual courses cannot be purchased separately.

When is registration open?

Students may register between July 1 and June 23 each year. Registration is not available from June 24 - June 30 annually due to the close of the fiscal year for the university.

After registering, when will students receive additional program details?

Within 5 business days of enrollment (excluding Duke holidays), students will receive an email from our program partner MindEdge with web access information.

Is access to a computer required during this program?

This is an exclusively online program and access to a reliable computer is required for the duration of the program.

How long do students have access to each online course?

Students will have access to all courses within the certificate for 6 months (180 days) from the date in which they receive program access.

How long does the certificate take to complete?

The entire certificate is estimated to take 35 hours to complete. Completion time will vary by student.

Are extensions granted to students who request them?

No.  Sufficient time to complete coursework has been given, and therefore no extensions will be granted. If a course is not finished and a student wants to re-enroll to complete it, he or she will have to purchase the course/package again and restart the training from the beginning of the course.

What are the technical requirements for this program?

See the Requirements section above.

How do students ask questions?

Each course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

What do students do if there are technical issues while completing the course?

Students should contact the Duke Program Manager via email to troubleshoot technical issues. Students can expect a response within 3 business days.

How do students earn a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies?

Students who complete all program content within the allotted time, achieve the minimum grade required, and pay tuition in full (upon registration) will receive a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies. Students will be able to download, for up to six months from completing the program, a certificate of completion from the Learning Management System.

Will these courses count for credits or degrees?

No. These courses are not applicable to a degree.

Upon completion of one or more courses how do students get verification of their IACET and PMI PDU credits?

Students download their certificate of completion from the Learning Management System.  The certificate will include CEU and PDU credits earned.

What is the refund policy for these courses?

There are no refunds given for online courses.
 

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Tuition & Funding Sources

Tuition

$749

Duke Employee Discount

  •  $50 off the fee of $749
  • Duke employee pays fee of $699
  • Student must register and pay tuition in full prior to receiving program access
  • Questions:  Contact Program Manager at 919-684-3379 

Discount must be requested and applied during the registration process and cannot be applied in addition to any other discount that may be offered. You may be asked to verify your status as a Duke employee.

Group Discount

Do you have a group (Duke or non-Duke entity) interested in training?

Contact the Program Manager for details.
 

Funding Sources

The funding options listed below may not be applicable to all programs at this time. Please contact the organization offering the funding to see if you qualify and if the funds can be used for the program in which you are interested.

Loans

Our Professional Certificate programs are non-credit (not degree applicable); therefore, they are NOT eligible for federal education loans. DO NOT SUBMIT FAFSA FORMS for these programs. Some of our programs may offer payment plans. Please see individual program web pages for those details.

Duke Continuing Studies courses are non-degree offerings. Therefore, loans (Wells Fargo Graduate loan, Sallie Mae Smart Option Undergraduate loan, etc.) cannot be construed to imply any degree-seeking status.

Duke Continuing Studies (DCS) will not certify (approve) loan amounts greater than the amount of the tuition, regardless of the amount approved by the lending agency. DCS reserves the right to reject any loan which exceeds the tuition amount. DCS will not be responsible for refunding monies in excess of the tuition. Students needing to secure loan funding for books or other items in relation to the program are responsible for making separate loan arrangements with the funding agency. No loan funds will be refunded to the student.

Should a student choose to borrow less than the tuition amount, the balance must be paid prior to the close of the registration period.

Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan

To apply for this private student loan, visit Sallie Mae’s website, select the Undergraduate Student Loan and then click Apply Now. The following application should populate with the pertinent information for Duke Continuing Studies.

  • Scroll over Student Loans on the top of screen
  • Select Smart Option Student Loan under Undergraduate Student Loans
  • Click Get Started
  • Fill out Student General Information
  • Fill out Permanent Address
  • Fill out School Information
  • DUKE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES, DURHAM, NC, 00292099 should already have populated for the school
  • Select Certificate for Degree/Certificate of Study
  • Select your Specialty or select Other if it is not shown in the options
  • Select Half Time for Enrollment Status
  • Select Certificate/Continuing Ed for Grade Level
  • Enter your Academic Period of the Loan
  • Enter your Anticipated Graduation / Completion
  • Follow the remaining loan application prompts

Wells Fargo Graduate Loan

For information on the Wells Fargo Graduate Loan, please see this Disclosure document. To apply for this loan, visit Wells Fargo. Duke Continuing Studies will be required to certify your loan application for the Graduate Loan should you be approved by Wells Fargo.

You will need to enter the following information after clicking on Apply Now in the Before Starting Your Application section:

  • Find a loan for: Graduate School Expenses
  • I am a: Student
  • School state: North Carolina
  • School name: please type Duke University Continuing Education
  • Grade Level: Beyond 3rd Year Graduate
  • Field of Study: Undecided or select Other and type in the field of study
  • Citizenship: Select as appropriate

Duke Hospital Employees

Duke University Hospital employees may be eligible for support from the Employee Development Initiative (EDI), which helps employees pay for short-term career-related programs, workshops, and seminars. For more information, visit the Employee Development Initiative site or call Duke Hospital Human Resources at (919) 668-2170.

Workforce Investment Act

The WIA provides professional and basic skills training services to those who have been unable to find employment. Please keep in mind that this process can be lengthy, so plan to apply well in advance of the program start date.  For more information on eligibility, the application process, or to find your local Workforce Development Board, visit the NC JobLink Career Center website.

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Education Awards are available only for AmeriCorps volunteers and can be used for educational expenses for non-degree courses, such as Continuing Education courses offered by qualified schools. For more information on qualified schools and programs, contact the National Service Trust at 1-800-942-2677, or visit the FAQ page of the AmeriCorps website.

MyCAA

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or Associates degree in a portable career field and occupation. For more information, please visit the MyCAA website.

GoArmyED Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and is part of an approved academic degree or certificate program.

For more information, please refer to Army Regulation-AR 621-5 of the Army Continuing Education System.

Wire Transfers

Contact our registration office at learnmore@duke.edu for details on how to send wire transfers. Very specific instructions must be followed in order for our office to receive a successful transfer.

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Policies & Procedures

Refund Policy

There are no refunds or online courses.

 

Extensions

No extensions will be granted. Students who require additional time to complete the course(s) they registered for will be responsible for re-registering and paying for the course in full for a second time.

Tax Deductions

Course fees and expenses are sometimes tax deductible. Please consult an accountant concerning this matter. Non-credit programs at Duke Continuing Studies do not generate 1098-T forms, in accordance with the following IRS guideline:

Instructions for Forms 1098-E and 1098-T published by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, states “You do not have to file Form 1098-T or furnish a statement for: Courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program…”

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