FAQs

What is the time commitment for the certificate?

The certificate runs from 8:30am to 12:00pm ET on two consecutive Thursday and Fridays for a total of four – 3.5 day sessions.  Total time commitment is 14 hours.

Are materials included? If yes, how are they distributed?

Yes, all certificate/seminar materials are included and will be available through our partner PMCentersUSA and we will give you access prior to the start of each one.

Is this program accredited?

No.  Program participants earn a UVM Digital Badge co-branded by both UVM Continuing and Distance Education and PMCentersUSA upon successful completion.

Is this a graduate level program?

This is a professional certificate program, it is not a graduate level program. No undergraduate degree is required to participate in the program.  Some of our participants have more advanced degrees.

Do you offer Professional Development Units (PDUs) for this program?

Yes, 14 PDUs are offered for the Project Management Overview Certificate.  7 PDUs are offered for each Project Management seminar.

PDUs can apply towards the PMP certification.

Professional Development Units (PDUs) are one-hour blocks of time that you spend learning, teaching others, or volunteering. By accumulating and tracking these over your certification cycle you can maintain your certification status with PMI.  35 contact hours/PDUs is the minimum number of hours required to meet PMI’s educational component of the PMP certification criteria.

Our certifications have different requirements based on the number of PDUs for maintenance. Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®, PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)®, PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® and PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® are either on a 3-year renewal cycle or a 1-year renewal cycle (for Disciplined Agile certifications).

PDUs are broken into two categories — Education and Giving Back to the Profession.

  • Education PDUs can be earned at professional seminars, webinars, classes, or even self-directed learning.
  • Giving Back PDUs are for time spent volunteering, mentoring, working with professional groups, and more.

Who do I contact if I am unable to attend a seminar?

If you cannot make the seminar, please send an email to Kelly Baldwin (Kelly.Baldwin@uvm.edu) to let us know.

Is Federal or Institutional Financial Aid available? Also, is tuition remission available for UVM employees?

While this non-credit Certificate does not qualify for federal student grants or loans or University of Vermont scholarships, depending on your home state, this program may qualify for workforce development grants. Contact your State Department of Labor to determine which grants may support individuals seeking education to pursue opportunities for career change.

The Vermont Legislature designates a certain amount of grant money every year for Vermont residents who want to pursue education or training beyond high school. These grants are administered through VSAC, and are distributed based on financial need.

Can I enroll in this Certificate if I am an out-of-state or international student? Does the tuition rate differ if I am an out-of-state or international student?

Yes! Anyone may enroll in the program. The tuition rate is set at $1198 for the certificate for all students and does not differ based on a student’s residency.

Are payment plans available?

No formal payment plans are currently available for this program, tuition must be paid in full prior to beginning the program. You have the option of paying in full, or by making a minimum payment of $500 at registration, however, ensuring the balance due is two weeks prior to the start of the offering.

What is the payment policy for this program?

Students interested in the Project Management Overview Certificate may register by paying the full certificate fee of $1198 online via credit card or by calling us at 802-656-8407 to make a partial payment of $500. Should you make a partial payment, the remaining $698 must be paid in full no later than two weeks prior to the start of this offering. If payment is not received by then, you will automatically be dropped from the course the following business day. Refunds will be issued less a $25.00 cancellation fee.

What is the refund policy for this program?

If you need to cancel your attendance, you must notify us via email at noncredit@uvm.edu or call us at (802) 656-8407 at least three business days prior to the start date of the course to receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. If a medical condition necessitates cancellation/withdrawal (documentation provided), this will be reviewed by our Studies Committee for any type of refund.

Why should I attend this program over others?

The program is taught by leading subject matter experts in the field.  It is designed for working professionals to minimize time away from work and family. The information you will learn can be applied immediately in your workplace, and help you better manage your organization.

Who is this program designed to serve?

  • Anyone who manages projects and has had no formal project management training
  • Experienced project managers who wish to stay current or refresh their skills
  • Beginning project managers and project team members
  • Individuals involved with initiating, planning, executing and facilitating projects
  • Team leaders, project and program leaders, functional and operations managers

Will I receive a 1098-T for this program?

1098-T forms are not issued for this program.  However, you may be eligible for a tax credit without this form if you meet IRS requirements.