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Professional Certificate in Advanced Project Management

Date: April 8, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
Duration: 4 Fridays (4/8, 4/15, 4/29, 5/6)
Fee: $1,721
Discount: A 20% discount is available for UVM affiliates and their families and for PMI—Champlain Valley members. 20% discount available for VBSR members.
Instructor: Multiple
Location: DoubleTree Burlington—Participants can take advantage of a UVM special room rate. Click here to reserve your room today! map

Certificate Overview

Project management is one of the business world’s most in-demand skill sets. It’s also among the fastest-growing professional disciplines in North America. That’s because even the smallest projects can benefit from project management processes such as planning, time and cost management, scope management, human resource management, and communications management. The 4-Day Advanced Project Management Skills Training builds from the Project Management Essentials Certificate Program and incorporates many advanced topics, such as negotiation, conflict management, quality management, strategic planning, teamwork, advanced tools, managing risk, and managing difficult projects.

Who Should Attend

The Certificate is for project managers, project team members, functional managers, and individuals involved with the initiating, planning, executing, and control of projects. It is intended to develop skills in strategic planning, negotiation, conflict, and project quality.


Managing Teamwork

Instructor: David Jones
Date: April 8, 2016

A high-functioning team can achieve great things—far surpassing the combined output of its members working on their own, and outperforming what its most talented member could have achieved in the same number of total work hours. But all too often, to state what is painfully obvious to many, teamwork can be a source of deep frustration. Some teams, it seems, sap our time and energy to make decisions and produce outcomes that hardly seem to justify the effort.

The goal of this session is to help participants manage and improve their teamwork experiences. Participants will learn skills and tools to make them more effective team members and great team leaders, whether as formal leaders or when informally stepping up as leadership is needed. The topics and material covered in this session include how team size and diversity among team members influence team performance, and how to enhance team cohesion and establish positive norms about how the team conducts its work. The session also provides tools to help understand personality and decision-making styles, and those of team members, all of which can be used to enhance interactions with other team members. Skill building in this session also includes running effective meetings, minimizing constraints on team decision making, and dealing with difficult team members.


  • Effectively manage and improve teamwork as a team member and as a team leader
  • Learn the right size of a team
  • Run effective meetings

Conflict and Negotiation

Instructor: Joe Candido
Date: April 15, 2016

Effective Negotiations provides a solid understanding of negotiating; a systematic process so you know what to do, how to do it, and why; as well as tools to keep you on track for all future negotiations. We are in negotiation almost constantly in our careers and in daily life. The outcome depends greatly on our understanding of the negotiation and communication process.
The objectives of this course are to develop negotiation skills experientially and to learn useful analytical frameworks for understanding negotiations. Emphasis is placed on realistic negotiation exercises and role playing. The exercises serve as catalysts for the evaluation and discussion of different types of negotiation situations.


  • Know when to cooperate and when to compete in negotiations
  • Realize better outcomes and close stronger deals
  • Utilize essential analytical elements to focus your efforts and prepare successfully
  • Gain a new sense of confidence when negotiating
  • Enhance your ability to think rationally through a negotiation situation
  • Learn how to overcome barriers to making optimal decisions
  • Prepare effectively for a negotiation by learning skills that create buy-in
  • Gain valuable tactics to move through a negotiation with integrity and effectiveness

Advanced Tools and Techniques for Managing Projects

Instructor: Michael Schmidt
Date: April 29, 2016

This seminar focuses on developing real-world practical skills that a project manager needs to tackle the many issues that occur on a project. Let’s face it: No project runs exactly as planned. Between scope changes, requirement changes, resource constraints, budget issues, and functional management changes, a project manager deals with project chaos on a daily basis. This seminar focuses on these real-life challenges and concentrates on practical tools and techniques to manage them. Participants will use tools based on the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) in a dynamic learning environment to gain practical knowledge to apply directly to the workplace.


  • Develop an advanced set of tools to plan all aspect of the project
  • Learn to properly manage changes and issues
  • Understand how to apply tools to monitor and present project status
  • Know what tools are available for different types of project audits

Managing Risk and Difficult Projects

Instructor: Ezra Hall
Date: May 6, 2016

Even experienced project managers face projects that have gone off schedule, over budget, and out of scope. In this one-day seminar you will develop tools and strategies for keeping your projects on track and your stakeholders engaged. You will discover how to identify and mitigate the factors that put your project at risk. By utilizing effective communication strategies, business process improvement tools, and change management practices, you will better control and reduce your project risks. By learning how to better manage interpersonal communications and stakeholder relationships, you will gain an understanding of how to anticipate and prevent problems, review and resolve challenges, and successfully execute projects.

The ability to effectively manage projects is a critical skill. In this program, learn the advanced concepts of winning project management. This foundational seminar will teach you the key concepts for crisply executing projects in today’s information and knowledge-sensitive settings. Realizing that most management activities are project-based, learn to plan and scope projects that stay on time and on budget to better launch products, process innovations, and other growth initiatives.


  • Understand basic definitions, knowledge areas, and processes associated with modern project management
  • Understand and implement effective processes for initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing successful projects
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