Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have project management experience?
Students are required to have a baseline of professional experience - ideally 2 years of team and/or project related work - within the workforce, but are not required to have formal project management experience.
Is project management only for I.T. professionals and construction managers?
The Project Management Certificate course has been designed for professionals at all levels and in many different industries. As the previous West Haven lead instructor Jim Ondak, PMP® stated to every class, "Any career may be enhanced by successfully applying the principles of project management." Furthermore, "The principles of Project Management apply to every project no matter where or why. You just need to know the language" said Judd Andres, current PMC Program Director & Lead Instructor.
Do I need to pay for the entire program up-front?
Students can pay for one module at a time. To save a seat in the class, students can register for the first module. All subsequent modules will be due at the first date of each module.
Will the Project Management Certificate prepare me for the PMP® exam?
Our Project Management Certificate program has not been designed exclusively to teach for the PMP® or CAPM® exams that the Project Management Institute delivers. The program is intended to teach good project management skills, and help create good project managers. We do find, however, that our 90-hour program is so comprehensive that many students walk away retaining most of the knowledge they need to be able to sit for the test. Many of our students do go on to complete the PMP® or CAPM® exams, with an amazing passing rate.
I have tuition reimbursement from my organization. How do I register for the program?
Students being reimbursed directly by their organization will typically pay up front, either by module or in full, and request documentation throughout the program so they can obtain reimbursement from their company upon satisfaction of the program and their company requirements.
Students receiving full company assistance or direct tuition assistance from their organization can contact our office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request any special documentation or invoicing. Please allow at least 2-4 weeks lead time to ensure receipt of payment by our office.
What is the program format?
Currently, the program is set up as in-classroom training, meeting one night a week for a lecture-style discussion. Out of class time for project and teamwork, along with takehome quizzes and exams, is also expected (at least 1-2 hours per week).
What materials are required?
The newest version of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide 6th edition) is provided on the first night of the class, and is included in the tuition cost. This is the global standard that is published by the Project Management Institute.
All other materials, case studies, and other handouts will be provided electronically and presented in class. Access to a computer / laptop is therefore, highly encouraged.
Who are the instructors?
Mr. Judd Andres, PMP® is the primary instructor for the Project Management Certificate program, for the Fall cohort beginning every October, and the Spring cohort beginning every April. Guest instructors and speakers may also be brought in throughout the course. You can learn more about the instructors here.