Do you want to reduce stress for you and your team?

Project management practices equip individuals with vital skills to steer projects towards success. By reducing uncertainty, managing risks, and controlling change, teams with effective project management deliver on expectations with less stress and frustration. These practices have been used for decades and are organized into new UVM Certificate so anyone can learn and apply them.

Individuals with this Certificate will demonstrate to employers and co-workers they have core Project Management knowledge and skills aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) standards.   They will be able to help on projects starting-up and on projects underway.  What sets this Certificate program apart is (1) its focus on practices appropriate for any project (2) the blueprint showing when to use a practice and (3) the interactive exercises to gain confidence in applying the practices.

To earn the Certificate, two courses must be completed. They cover how to initiate, plan, execute and close a project. Throughout, an interactive case study provides attendees with practice preparing project charters, stakeholder registers, scope baselines, project schedules, and risk registers.  Special attention is also paid to effective communications,  cultivation of high-performing teams, and conflict resolution.

Attendees of these classes can also earn PDUs from PMI.


Class 1:                 4 Technical and 2 Leadership

Class 2:                 3 Technical and 3 Leadership


The two courses required for the Certificate emphasize project management practices for today’s organizational, cultural, and economic world.  Through instruction, dialog and real-world examples and exercises, attendees will be able to:

  • Prepare a Project Charter
  • Conduct a Stakeholder Analysis
  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Develop a Project Schedule
  • Create a Risk Register Communications Plan
  • Manage Project Changes and Risks
  • Leverage basic project management skills throughout a project life cycle

The classes align with the Project Management Institute’s most recent standards (PMBOK® Guide, Seventh Edition) and address the Knowledge Areas of  Stakeholders, Team, Development Approach and Life Cycle, Planning, Project Work, Delivery, Measurement, and Uncertainty

Class Structure

Rapid skill acquisition relies on the individual (1) understanding what skills are needed for the area of interest (2) learning enough information about each skill and (3) practicing, practicing, practicing.  Emphasis is on practice and feedback because this provides confidence with the skills — something that listening to lectures and taking multiple-choice tests does not confer.

Using these principles, the class is structured as followed

  1. Project Management is broken into skills and a Blueprint connects them together
  2. Skills are explained
  3. Skills are practiced and feedback provided:
  • Before class, on a Case Project
  • In class, through role playing as a Project Manager
  • After class, on a project of the student’s choosing

Students need to plan to

  • attend each weekly one-hour class and actively participate
  • spend 2-4 hours per week (1) learning concepts and skills from videos, (2) filling-in project management templates and/or (3) preparing simple presentations
  • upload templates so the instructor can provide feedback


Course 1: Setting Up Projects for Success

Week 1:  Project Management Fundamentals

  • Key Definitions
  • Project Management Principles
  • Project Management Performance Domains, Models, Methods, and Artifacts
  • Practical Project Management Blueprint

Week 2:  Initiating the Project

  • Understanding Business Objectives, Assumptions and Constraints
  • Preparing the Project Charter
  • Stakeholder Identification & Analysis

Week 3:  Project Communication

  • Communication approaches
  • Project meetings
  • Project information

Week 4:  Planning a Project — The Basics

  • Scoping a Project
  • Creating a simple Project Schedule
  • Managing Project Risks

CASE STUDY:  Run-a-Thon Fundraiser, Part 1

Course 2: Successful Project Delivery

Week 1:  Planning the Project – The Details

  • How to create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Estimating a Budget and Resource Needs
  • Using a Gantt Chart

Week 2:  Creating High Performing Project Teams

  • Understanding the importance of inclusion
  • Aligning expectations
  • Creating buy-in and engagement

Week 3:  Executing, Monitoring and Closing the Project

  • Tracking and Communicating Project Status
  • Managing Issues, Actions and Risks
  • Project Closing and Acceptance
  • Capturing Lessons Learned

Week 4:  Managing Change and Conflict

  • Addressing Change Requests
  • Handling common conflicts

CASE STUDY:  Run-a-Thon Fundraiser, Part 2


This Certificate is ideal for someone…

  • seeking to reduce stress and frustration because they are on a project that is out of control or not going anywhere
  • responsible for delivering something important but not sure what to do
  • who knows what needs to be done but keeps running into roadblocks
  • seeking to add concrete evidence of Project Management skills to their resume
  • curious about Project Management and wants to decide whether to pursue it as a career or to get a Project Management Institute (PMI) certification
  • who is comfortable participating in class, has at least 1-2 years’ work experience, and familiar with typical office tools like Excel, Word etc.

This Certificate is not as appropriate for someone

  • looking to prepare for a PMI Certification exam.  The reason is the material covers a subset of material in the exams and focuses on applying Project Management in real life versus passing tests.  That said, the Certificate fully aligns with the PMI’s PMBOK Sixth AND Seventh editions and introduces concepts from these standards which may appear in the exams.
  • needing PDUs.  If someone wants PDUs it means they have already have a PMI Certification and the material will be familiar.  However, people can be PMI certified and still feel uncomfortable with applying Project Management in real life.  For these people, this Certificate will be beneficial and 12 PDUs will be earned.

Why this Class?

For the audience above, this class offers the following advantages

  • The Certificate is built on the latest approaches shown to support rapid acquisition of new skills. This means time is spent explaining and then immediately practicing the skills needed to be a project manager in the real world.
  • The Certificate has sifted down the hundreds of project management concepts, techniques, etc. to the dozen skills that people need to start managing projects.  Once someone is comfortable with these skills, they can add then easily learn other techniques on their own when the need arises.
  • The Certificate is built on a Blueprint showing when the skills are most needed in the lifecycle of a project.  Most classes don’t include a sufficiently flexible and detailed process for project management activities. This leaves students unsure about when to do something or reluctant to jump into a project already underway.  Again, once someone is comfortable with the Blueprint, they can readily adapt to other ways of working as the need arises.
  • The Certificate address the topics of conflict management and team building using specific scenarios that occur in the real world.  Many classes teach theories and models for these topics which are abstract and often difficult to translate into circumstances people face day to day.
  • The Certificate gears content to a general learner and not someone from a Fortune 500 company or software team.