Project Management Certificate FAQs

Project Management Certificate of Completion

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About the Program...

Is this a PMP Prep Course?

CSUDH does not offer a PMP Prep course; however, though our Project Management Certificate program is not a sanctioned PMP Exam Preparation course, it will provide students with the knowledge needed to pass the exam(s). Many of our students report that they passed the exam on their first try.​

Is the PM Certificate program equivalent to obtaining a PMP certification through PMI?

No, our PM Certificate program is not equivalent to obtaining a PMP Certification. Our program provides students with the knowledge needed to pass the exam. For information on PMI and how to earn your CAPM®️ PMP®️, visit

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 three months from the start of their first class (PMX 900).

I am already certified as a PMP. Can this program help me maintain my certification by earning Professional Development Units (PDUs)? 

Yes, PMX courses completed at CSUDH can be used to earn PDUs. Contact Extension Programs for talent triangle alignment;

Where can I find out more about the Project Management Institute and their certifications?

Please visit for more information. Also, please visit our Professional Links information on the Project Management Home Page to find other relevant professional organizations.

Do people take the 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.

Does this program meet the educational requirement to take the PMP® exam?  

Yes, at 66 hours of project management education, the Project Management Certificate at CSUDH meets and exceeds the educational requirement for the PMP® exam (35 hours), and for the CAPM® exam (23 hours).

Is there a reason that the program is still using the PMBOK 6th Edition, or is it just a case of a delayed update?

Our instructors still use this edition, as they believe it better prepares students for the PMP exam, as well as work in the industry. Currently, the certification exam is based on material provided in the 6th edition as outlined in the Exam Content Outline (ECO).

The 7th edition is referred to when necessary during class activities.

Before You Start...

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 $1,500.

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

Books for the Certificate (these books may be referenced in class) can be obtained from online (Amazon, eBay, etc.) or traditional book retailers prior to entering the program.

Optional Textbooks

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) (6th edition)
  • Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling, (latest edition) by Harold Kerzner, PhD, John Wiley & Sons
  • Project Management Workbook to Accompany Project Management, (latest edition) by Harold Kerzner, PhD, John Wiley & Sons

Taking Classes...

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

Yes; the PMX 900 course is a required foundation course.

Do I have to take the other courses in order?

We recommend that all courses be taken in order.

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, and turned in. It takes 6-8 weeks to receive the Certificate. Apply to receive the certificate.

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