FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What project management programs do you offer?
  2. What is the difference between the online and classroom programs?
  3. Do I have to take the courses in order?
  4. Are any of the courses interchangeable within the certificate programs?
  5. How long do I have to complete the certificate?
  6. When should I register for the Final Assessment?
  7. When does registration open and close?
  8. I have experience with project management; do I have to take the Overview?
  9. Can I take the online program at any time?
  10. What is the difference between the Project Management Certificate and Applied Project Management Certificate programs?
  11. How do I know if past courses I took in Mount Royal University's Project Management Extension Certificate are still recognized?
  12. Does Mount Royal University offer Agile Project Management training?

 

  1. What project management programs do you offer?

  1. What is the difference between the online and classroom programs?
    The classroom program is divided into six (6) classes covering the various knowledge areas of project management as laid out in the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2008.

    1. Project Management: An Overview
    2. Project Management: Integration and Scope
    3. Project Management: Quality
    4. Project Management: Human Resource & Communications
    5. Project Management: Time and Cost
    6. Project Management: Risk and Procurement
    7. Project Management: Final Assessment Paper

    The Online program is divided into three (3) online modules covering the process groups of project management as laid out in the PMBOK® Guide - Fifth Edition.

    1. Module 1: Overview and Initiating Processes
    2. Module 2: Planning Processes
    3. Module 3: Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing Processes
    4. Project Management: Final Assessment Paper
  1. Both programs cover the same material, although it is packaged differently, write the same Final Assessment Paper and award the same Extension Certificate.
  1. Do I have to take the courses in order?
    For the Project Management Extension Certificate - classroom program and Project Management in Construction Extension Certificate program, we encourage students to start with the Overview course as it lays a nice foundation in terms of both content and style. Beyond that, students may take the courses in any order. The Project Management Extension Certificate - online program must be taken in order as each course builds upon the knowledge gained in the previous course.
  1. Are any of the courses interchangeable within the certificate programs?
    Since September 2010 these courses have been interchangeable: classroom Project Management: An Overview; Project Management Online, Module 1: Overview and Initiating Processes; and Construction Project Management: An Overview. The other courses in the 3 extension certificate programs are not interchangeable.
  1. How long do I have to complete the certificate?
    Students in the Project Management Extension Certificate may complete the program in as little as one semester, but have up to three years to complete the required courses. Students in either the Applied Project Management Extension Certificate or Project Management in Construction Extension Certificate may complete the program within one year, but have up to three years to complete the required courses.
  1. When should I register for the Final Assessment Paper?
    Students should register for the Final Assessment Paper in the semester immediately following completion of their last course. It is recommended that students do not wait more than one year between their final course and writing the Final Assessment Paper to ensure the information remains fresh. Exceptions are in place for students registered in the Fast Track program.
  1. When does registration open and close?
    Registration for a given semester typically opens two months before the start of the semester. Winter registration begins in November, Spring registration begins in March and Fall registration begins in June. Students may register for courses up to the start date, but be aware that these courses fill up and early registration is strongly recommended.
  1. I have experience with project management; do I have to take the Overview?
    Even individuals with experience are encouraged to take the Overview course as it lays a foundation for the information covered in the later courses. As well, it introduces students to the format and style of the workshops. Because of the nature of the online program, students must take the Overview course and complete the modules in order.

    If a student has work experience or previous training, they may apply for PLAR (Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition). This is handled through the Program Coordinator.
  1. Can I take the online program at any time?
    The online program runs during the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters of each calendar year. Each module is offered during a specific time span during these semesters as each module has an assigned instructor that helps guide the students through the program. Module 1 is 15 hours, Module 2 is 45 hours and Module 3 is 30 hours.
  1. What is the difference between the Project Management Extension Certificate and the Applied Project Management Extension Certificate programs? 
    The Project Management Extension Certificate provides essential training in this growing field and is designed to develop introductory project management skills. The Applied Project Management Extension Certificate has been designed for professionals who have some project management experience and wish to further develop their skills.
  1. How do I know if past courses I took in Mount Royal University's Project Management Extension Certificate are still recognized?
    Contact the Program Team at 403.440.8630 to help you with the Past Course Recognition process. Each inquiry will be evaluated separately.
                                                                                                                                      
  2. Does Mount Royal University offer Agile Project Management training?
    Yes. Click here.

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