Project Management Certificate

Campus Distance (Apr, Oct)
Delivery Distance/Online, Part-Time
Credential Certificate

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Program Highlights

Structured for the workplace, this certificate offers instruction on the tools and techniques to manage every part of a project as well as product management software. Graduates of the certificate are eligible to write the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam as part of the Project Management Institute (PMI) certification process.

Tuition and Fees

2021-22: $4,589
plus applicable textbooks and/or materials

Program Details

The intermediate-level 138-hour Okanagan College Project Management Certificate provides students with project management knowledge, strategies and tools that can be applied in the workplace. Offered in a blended learning format that provides a flexible and interactive learning environment, the certificate is designed for project managers at all levels. Project management skills are required in most work environments and project managers can be found in a variety of fields, including government, construction, health, education, information technology, oil and gas, the non-profit sector and business. Program students will learn and demonstrate effective techniques to immediately improve project performance.

Using an applied project scenario, students will use project management tools and techniques to manage a project through the initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, controlling and closing phases. The integrated approach of theory and practical application will address project scope, managing stakeholders, defining project milestones, creating project budgets, critical path analysis, verifying project changes using a change control process to manage issues as they arise, project reporting, and developing a transition plan. Learners will use project management software tools to develop a comprehensive project schedule, define the project's critical path, monitor the project's progress and report any variances to the baseline plan.

Graduates of the Project Management Certificate are qualified to write the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam as part of the Project Management Institute (PMI) certification process.

Project Management instructor

Shane Spraggs, PMO, CSM

Shane loves building businesses and improving how people work. He got his start as an entrepreneur in web development in 1998 when he founded Acro Media with three graphic designers. By 2007, the systems and processes he setup earned Acro Media an award for Mid-Sized Company of the Year from the local Chamber of Commerce.

Shane’s interest in project management and process improvement resulted in a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2009 and a role at Disney Interactive in 2010. Starting out as a project manager, he grew his role to oversee studio operations. While at Disney, Shane earned his Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certificate and he led teams to overcome the challenges of multi-studio software development through blending traditional project management and Agile.

Shane is an advocate for understanding “why” and works with organizations to unlock the potential of their teams. As the VP of Product, Shane helped found Minga in 2016. Minga is now a successful social platform across many Canadian schools. In April of 2020, he joined Virtira as VP of Operations, where he oversees the PMO, HR and IT. He continues to find passion in Lean principles and maximizing productivity.

 

Project management instructor

Mel Clifford, MBA, PMP

Mel is a highly experienced professional director of organizational change and project management. Mel has directed and managed small, medium and large organizations for over 30 years, at Senior Management and Director level. Mel has spent most of his career in the retail supermarket sector. Mel as worked across Europe, North America and China.

Mel is a published Author, CEO & Founder of Clifford Robbins Consulting, Co-Founder of Newayz Education, and father to three successful young men. His personal passion is sharing the key philosophy that creating lasting change in any area of your life is impossible without first completely accepting personal responsibility and recognizing that change is in your hands.

 

 

 

 

Instructor Brent Warne

Brent Warne, CD, PMP, CCIM

Brent has over 35 years experience in project management and leadership positions.  His multi-faceted career has included a positions in the private and public sector leading building projects ranging from $100K to over $130M.  He is an acknowledged leader in project procurement and has extensive experience in Public Private Partnerships having led complex projects in the health care and security sectors by P3.

Brent is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Civil and Structural Engineering, the CCIM Institute - Chicago Illinois in Commercial Investment Real Estate and has been a PMP since 2004.  He is also certified in Prince2 project management methodology.

In addition to his career in the building industry, Brent has also had a 35-year career in the Canadian Army reserve retiring as a Colonel.  During his career in the reserves he commanded the army in British Columbia and instructed at the Army Command and Staff College.  He served internationally on UN and NATO missions.

 

Project Management instructor

Bryan Bates, CET, PMP (retired)

Bryan graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1978 with an Electronic Engineering Diploma.  After graduation, he worked for Hewlett Packard as a Systems Engineer for 10 years installing and repairing midsize computer systems and peripherals.

After HP, Bryan joined Nova Gas Transmission (now TransCanada Pipelines) where he worked on contract for nine years as a network communications designer and analyst.

In 2002, he joined Anadarko Petroleum where he built and managed IT technologies such as field and corporate network development and operations, data center operations, field IT services and IT security.  He worked there for six years until they sold the Canadian operation.

Bryan then joined the University of Calgary as their senior manager of Data Center Operations where he managed 40 staff, three in-place data centers and built two advanced, high security data centers. After four years in that role, he transitioned to the role of IT Architect and Senior Project Manager for IT infrastructure. In this role he designed, built and commissioned numerous IT infrastructure solutions as well as providing project management support for project development, implementation, project portfolio controls and project rescue.

Bryan is currently semi-retired and works as a contract online instructor for the Okanagan College Continuing Studies Project Management Certificate program. He also runs a local senior men’s golf club of 120 members with weekly tournaments.

Q1 How long is the course (in months)?

Five months.

Q2 What's my time commitment?  
Expect to put in between 5 – 10 hours a week.

Q3 Do I have to travel to Kelowna for any of the classes?   
Currently, no, it’s all offered online.

Q4 Will this class prepare me for the PMP?
Certifications through PMI are external to Okanagan College. To find out more about what is required to write PMI exams please visit: https://www.pmi.org/

Q5 Can hours completed in the Project Management (PRM) certificate at Okanagan College go towards the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification?  

The PRM certificate meets 35 hours of project management education/training hours that can go towards PMP certification

Q6 I have to take a vacation/be out of town for a period of time during the course, can I still register? 
You need to be available for the weekend classes. For all other classes, you can work with the instructors to find a solution to fit your schedule.

 

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. Secondary School graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 70% in any of:

    • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus Grade 10
    • Applications of Mathematics 10
    • Principles of Mathematics 10
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072

Or a minimum of 80% on the ABLE Mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.

  • Excel Level One or successful completion of Excel Level One online assessment.
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based), or an overall band score of 6.5 on the academic version of IELTS is required. (Applicants who have successfully completed a diploma or degree from an accredited institution at which English is the language of instruction may submit their academic transcript for review by Okanagan College. Subject to verification, this diploma or degree may be used to meet the English requirement for admission to Okanagan College.

 

Program Outline

PRM 111 Introduction to Project Management
PRM 112 Initiating a Project
PRM 113 Project Time and Cost Management
PRM 114 Planning the Management of a Project
PRM 115 Project Execution and Leadership
PRM 116 Monitoring, Controlling and Closing a Project
PRM 117 Capstone Project

Students must pass all courses with a minimum grade of 70% in each to receive the certificate

 

 

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