Project Management Certificate: About

At a Glance

Program Type
Certificate (Non-Credit)
Spring and Fall
Delivery Method
Field of Interest
Project Management
Days of Week
One semester

The Sonoma State University Project Management Certificate program satisfies the educational requirements necessary to sit for the Project Management Institute (PMI), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) examination, and the Project Management Professional (PMP) examination.

Traditional topics include the project lifecycle phases of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Other topics include project integration, scope, scheduling, cost, quality, human resource, risk, procurement and stakeholder engagement.

Project Management is focused on organizing and managing resources necessary for the completion of a project. It includes planning and designing, preparing budgets, monitoring a project’s process, communicating with stakeholders, and tracking results to meet the company’s goals and timeline. Project Management is utilized in all industries, from IT and construction, to marketing and human resources. Whether your project is developing new software, building a road, or developing a new employee development program, skilled project management will guide your organization towards successful completion of a project.

The Project Management Certificate program will cover the five phases of the project lifecycle process of:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing

Additional topics include:

  • Project integration
  • Scope
  • Scheduling
  • Quantity
  • Cost
  • Human resources
  • Risk management
  • Procurement
  • Stakeholder engagement

    There are no prerequisites to enrolling in the Sonoma State University Project Management Certification Course. Classes meet for 3 hours, 1 night a week, for 14 weeks. Courses include practice quizzes, discussion, lecture, and team building exercises. There is a final exam that will help in preparation for the PMI (Project Management Institute) examination. The course utilizes the text, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and Project Math. PMI exams are not a part of the course.

    Course textbooks are available at

    • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 6th Edition & Agile Practice Guide Bundle. Published by the Project Management Institute. ISBN: 978-1-628253-82-5.


    Program cost: $1,975 plus text fees.

    Note: The $75 lab and software fees will not be assessed this spring since the course will be delivered virtually. The regular course fee is $2,050.