The Certificate of Completion in Project Management

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Obtain the management skills required
to bring projects in on time and within
budget. The results of successfully
completing coursework in this program
will be visible in your overall job performance, leadership effectiveness, risk analysis and decision-making capabilities, and
improved management style.

The curriculum is based on an organized sequence of courses that cover the Project Management Institute's (PMI) (Registered Trademark) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) (Registered Trademark), which serves as the fundamental knowledge base for project management.

As a result, those who qualify will be better prepared to sit for the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam. Recognized domestically and internationally, the PMP Certification has set a standard for excellence in project management. Obtaining use of the PMP designation distinguishes you as an expert in the profession. In addition, this program qualifies for the education reqirement to sit for PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) examination. This provides an entry into the project management profession for those who do not have prior work experience in project management.

All classes are offered at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson. Project Management classes are convenient for people living and working in Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Hawthorne, Gardena, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.

Who Should Attend?
Individuals in any discipline who work on projects in either the public or private sector will benefit from course work. Those with 3-5 years work experience who are not currently working in this field will be prepared to pursue career opportunities specifically in the area of project management upon completion of the program. Individuals who are considering a career change will get a good overview of the project management profession which will aid in their career decisioin.


  • Obtain a proven, practical body of project management knowledge and skills that will help you avoid making costly mistakes.
  • Helps students prepare to sit for the Project Management Professional exam.
  • Learn techniques for effectively coordinating and managing all aspects of a project including team leadership, project risk and financial analysis, evaluation and control techniques, project planning and decision-making.

Certificate Requirements
A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of five required courses. After you have completed all requirements, you may request to receive your official certificate by completing the Request for Certificate Form and returning it to our offices.

Introduction & Overview of Project Management
PMX 900

0.6 CEU’s
Students gain an understanding of project management as a scientific and professional business function. This is the first course in a five-course certification and will be the prerequisite for all other classes. The Course introduces detailed descriptions of projects, project life cycles, and project integration.

• Introduction & Overview of Project Management PMX 900 is a prerequisite for PMX 901, PMX 902, PMX 903, PMX 904 (which can be taken in any order).

Project Human Resource and Procurement Management
PMX 901

1.5 CEU’s
Students gain an understanding of the disciplines involved in managing project team members and managing contracts and purchase orders. Major human resource related topics include project team organizations, responsibilities, team building and leadership. Major procurement related topics include contract specification, solicitation, award and administration; contract types and billing/payment options.

Project Quality and Communications Management
PMX 902

1.5 CEU’s
Students gain an understanding of the disciplines involved in managing project quality and communications. Major topics related to quality include establishing a quality assurance program, executing the appropriate quality control measures, and assuring that the customer’s needs are met. Major topics related to communications include the principles of communication, how to improve the effectiveness of communications and what specific communications tools are used on projects.

Project Risk and Scope Management
PMX 903

1.5 CEU’s
Students gain an understanding of the discipline involved in managing project risk and scope. Major risk related topics include the basic nature of project risk, as well as risk assessment, analysis and mitigation. Major scope related topics include defining the purpose and scope of the project, planning the execution of the project, establishing and using a work breakdown structure, controlling the scope and verifying that the delivered project matches the specified scope.

Project Time and Cost Management
PMX 904

1.5 CEU’s
Students gain an understanding of the disciplines involved in managing the project schedule and expenditures. Major time related topics include using the work breakdown structure to establish the project schedule, optimizing the project execution plan, establishing the project schedule baseline, reporting actual costs and communicating project costs and forecasts to the stakeholders. Major cost related topics inlcude using the project schedule as the basis for the project cost estimate, estimating costs, establishing the project cost baseline, reporting actual costs and communicating project costs and forecast to the stakeholders. This course addresses the benefits of a tight integration of the schedule and the cost tracking systems.

Instructor Profiles
Tammo T. Wilkens, MBA, P.E., PMP has 46 years of experience, including 31 years of experience in project management.  He has managed various projects in software, engineering and construction industries, both in the private and public sectors.  He has lectured and presented papers in multiple areas of project management and is a recognized subject matter expert in planning & scheduling and earned value management.  His experience includes professional development and mentoring of employees, training students in scheduling software systems, as well as developing and delivering PMP exam preparation courses.  Mr. Wilkens continues to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from his students.

Kamal Vinayak Inamdar, EdD has over 30 years of combined experience in engineering, manufacturing management, project management and finance. He has taught business and management courses at two California State University campuses; and University of California, UCIEX. He is also an active faculty member of California Intercontinental University and serves as a chair for dissertations for international students. Kamal holds a bachelor's degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University, India; a Master's degree in Business Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and a Doctorate degree in Education from Pepperdine University, California.  He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What textbooks do I need for the courses and where do I obtain them?

Books for the Certificate (these books are used in all classes) should be obtained either from The Project Management institute ( or other online or traditional book retailer prior to entering the program.

Required Textbooks:
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) latest edition)

Project Management _ A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling, latest Edition by Harold Kerzner, PhD, John Wiley &Sons)

Optional Textbook (recommended if planning to take the PMI PMP Certification Test)

Project Management Workbook to Accompany Project Management, (latest edition) by Harold Kerzner, PhD (may not be available from the

2. How long does it take to complete the Certificate program?

The Certificate program is currently offered twice a year. A student can complete the program in as little as six months or up to two years from the start of their first class (PMX 900).

3. What are the estimated costs for the entire Certificate?
Although the costs of books can fluctuate depending on the retailer and the cost of tuition can go up without notice (usually once annually) the cost of the entire Certificate is around $1,300.

4. Do I need to take PMX 900 (the beginning course) first?

5. Do I have to take the other courses in order?

6. When do I get Certificates showing PDUs (PDU’s are what PMI Certified Project Managers need for Continuing Education Units) and CEUs (seat time proof for students preparing to take the PMP exam)?
Individual course Certificates showing CEU’s and PDU’s are given to desiring participants (not everyone wants or needs these) who do not miss any of the class sessions (no exception). Students fill out an application with the instructor’s signature. It takes about two to four weeks after the last class session of each course to receive these.

7. When do I get the program Certificate?

When a student completes successfully all five classes with an attendance record of at least 90% for each class, a Certificate Application is filled out (available in class) by the student, turned in, and it takes up to six weeks to receive the Certificate.

8. Where can I find out more about the Project Management Institute and their PMP Certification program?

9. Do people take your CSUDH Certificate program who are not
planning to take the PMP Exam?

Absolutely. The majority of our students find the CSUDH Project Management Certificate program a great tool for entering (or enhancing) a very fast growing profession. Some take it to help prepare for the PMP exam but this is not the primary purpose of the Certificate Program.

For Further Information:
Contact Babette Wald at
To register, call 310-243-3741. If you have previously taken a class at CSUDH, you can register at

Professional Links

The Project Management Institute

Project Management Forum

Asociación Española de Project Management

Association for Project Management

Microsoft Corporation

Center for International Project & Program Management

International Project Management Association

NewGrange Center for Project Management

Program Management Associates


American Society for the Advancement of Project Management

Project Management Certification Directory