Demand for project managers has been growing for years. Over the next 10 years, an estimated 22 million new project manager jobs will be created in a wide variety of industries—from tech to manufacturing to aerospace and beyond. The Certificate in Project Management will train you shepherd complex projects and teams with skill, clarity, and true leadership.

Who Should Pursue This Certificate

This program is designed to prepare you for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam. If you’re interested in becoming a professional project manager, want to level up in your current role, or want to prepare for the PMP® certification exam, SPU’s Certificate in Project Management is designed for you.


Project Management certificates tend to require an excessive time frame (4+ classes over 12+ months) in relation to what’s required for passing the PMP® or for mastery of the fundamental concepts of project management.

Our concentrated 9-month certificate covers the key components of project management needed to pass the PMP® and become a project manager who excels. At the end of the course, you will:

  • Possess deep knowledge of organizational structures, leadership models, and project structure methodologies
  • Utilize effective stakeholder management and communication strategies
  • Understand how project planning methodology influences the success of a project.

Program Details

Length: 3 Quarters (30 Weeks)

Attendance: Tuesdays from 6pm-9pm

Start Date: Tuesday, September 26

Cost: $3,500

Location: SPU Campus

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What You'll Learn

Strategies for defining a statement of work and converting initial information into a complete and effective project plan

Stakeholder management practices, leadership skills, and team-building

Project monitoring and control, including project forecasting, schedule management, and measurement tactics

Thorough project planning, including project scoping

Risk definition, risk management processes, and change management activities

How to handle the ambiguities in power dynamics, inconsistent authority, and title-less influence necessary in every PM role

Program Schedule & Timeline

Length of certificate program: 3 quarters (30 weeks)
Start date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Attendance: 1 evening class per week: Tuesdays from 6pm-9pm (Thanksgiving week off)
Instructor: Christo Lute (Project Manager at Boeing; Director of Continuing Education, Insight Consulting)
Location: Seattle Pacific University Campus

The Certificate in Project Management is comprised of three courses:

Fall Quarter 2017: Project Control and Planning (10 weeks)
Winter Quarter 2018: Project Management II (10 weeks)
Spring Quarter 2018: Project Management III (10 weeks)

The course is structured to build competency areas (Project Management Frameworks, Communications, Planning, Role, Group/Team, and Presentation). Course work will be taught through:

  • Lectures and Guest Lectures
  • Individual & Group Activities
  • Exercises
  • Project Simulation
  • Readings


There are no formal prerequisites required for registration. To enroll, click below to be taken to Seattle Pacific University’s secure continuing education enrollment site.

Program Cost: $1,300/quarter OR $3,500 for the full certificate paid prior to the Fall Quarter start date ($400 savings)


Enroll for Fall Quarter at SPU's secure site.



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