About the Project Management Program
Students come from diverse professional backgrounds including finance, IT, construction, biotech/pharmaceutical, gaming, healthcare, government, and non-profits. Many professionals manage projects without the working titles or formal education in project management.
This program is designed for current professionals seeking to add project management knowledge and techniques in their current positions, professionals seeking promotion, career-changers, or those just breaking in to this expanding field.
Our classes help to prepare students for the PMPÂ®, CAPMÂ®, or ACPÂ® Exams, and count toward the hours of project management education required to sit for a variety of PMI credential exams. Classes are also eligible as Professional Development Units (PDU) for current PMPs seeking to fulfill credential hours.
Not everyone is seeking PMI credentials, and our classes offer an opportunity to gain expertise in a variety of project management concepts for those people strictly seeking the education.
The curriculum provides in-depth training in the essential elements of initiating and completing a successful project, including scheduling, estimating, risk management, and developing interpersonal skills to manage teams in the most effective and efficient manner. It also includes theory and practice in using Microsoft Project as an essential project management software resource.
Learn the tools and develop the skills that will set you apart!
Students may complete a full certificate or simply take individual courses to learn more and further personal growth.
About the Classes
Project Planning & Management Overview is the prerequisite for all other classes.
Course materials are provided in each class along with the syllabus. There are however some additional required texts. Please see individual course descriptions for required texts.
All texts may be purchased online through the PMI Bookstore or Amazon. Required textbooks are not sold at the SF State Bookstore.
Location & Frequency of Classes
Classes are held at the SF State Downtown Campus at 835 Market St., 6th floor, in San Francisco. Most courses are offered three times a year, during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Online classes are available using our iLearn collaborative learning management system
Please check the online schedule for the most up-to-date course offerings.
How to Begin Taking Classes
Please Register Early!
To ensure you receive course materials at the first class meeting, please enroll at least THREE weeks before the start date.
Students enrolled in courses receive 15 hours of free Open Lab time per hands-on class. Additional use of the lab beyond the 15 hours is subject to availability of computers. All of the software that is used in the certificate program is installed in the Open Lab. See Lab Hours.
Intern Opportunities at SF State Extended Learning
Learn how to become a lab intern and earn course points that can be applied towards tuition in Extended Learning courses.
Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL)
This program is part of California's Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL), which provides employment training for adults and dislocated workers. Learn more about the Eligible Training Provider List.
Be sure to get on our email lists for potential contacts, whether you are seeking employment or seeking the ideal candidate for your team.
Please contact Cathy Flight to post job openings in your company or to be added to our email job list. Please indicate in the Subject Line of your email whether you would like us to Post a Job, or, be added to our Email Job List. If you wish to be added to the email list, please include a digital résumé.
"In whatever way people prepare to become certified Project Managers, the benefits are immeasurable to both the employee and the employer. Employees are rewarded with increased salaries, job promotions, and in general, better job prospects. Employers who use PMPs are assured that they have hired Project Managers who have a core competency in Project Management and the requisite experience to perform as a project manager.
Studies have shown that projects managed by people who are not certified Project Managers have only a 25% chance of success, whereas projects run by those who are knowledgeable in Project Management tools and techniques - as are people with the PMP certification - have a 75% success rate."
- Michelle LaBrosse,
CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning & Cheetah Planning