Hands-on learning brings project management to life

Certificate curriculum revised to reflect new edition of PMBOK® Guide

Project managers bring value to organizations

Project managers bring value to organizations by creating efficiencies, lowering costs and increasing stakeholder satisfaction and competitive advantage.

Every industry has its go-to guide, a document that acts as its fundamental resource. For project management, that reference is the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

So when the Project Management Institute (PMI) issues a new edition of the PMBOK® Guide, it's a big deal. It's so big, Mount Royal University revised its Project Management Extension Certificate curriculum to reflect the sixth and latest edition of the PMBOK® Guide. The revisions reflect the knowledge growth in the industry, says Emil Tarka, an instructor in the program.

"As time passes, the environment changes so it's important that the project management industry, including its instructors, keep on top of the latest trends and changing practices in the field," Tarka says. "These revisions show more of the connections involved in the organizational decision-making process to undertake a project. They also enable project managers to understand how important projects are to organizations."


Starting March 26, 2018, the PMP exam will reflect information contained in the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition. The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® will be updated sometime in the first half of 2018.

Mount Royal University has revised the curriculum in its Project Management Extension Certificate to reflect this.

Changes in the new edition of the PMBOK® Guide include:
  • trends and emerging practices
  • tailoring considerations
  • a greater emphasis on strategic and business knowledge
  • a new section on the role of the project manager
  • there will be three new processes added, while one previous process will be removed


Beginning on March 26, 2018, the Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exams will be based on the sixth edition of the PMBOK® Guide. The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam will be updated in the first half of the year. While the PMBOK® Guide is the wellspring of the curriculum, the instructors at Mount Royal bring the content to life.

"We deliver the project management content in a realistic manner that is applicable to real life. It's not just lectures. We put you to work with hands-on learning activities," Tarka stresses. "You live, touch and breathe the project management process by engaging in realistic activities while using PM methodologies."

Greg Hovdebo is putting the knowledge he gained in Mount Royal's Project Management program to work. Hovdebo took the fast track program in Fall of 2016 after he was laid off. Participants complete the six required courses in three weeks of classroom study, followed by the final assessment paper. Others opt for online delivery or to take the seven courses in person within one semester or up to a maximum of three years.

"The instructors they have at Mount Royal are second to none. Even if you only take a few pieces of the program, you will gain a fair bit of knowledge," Hovdebo says. "For my final project, the instructor highlighted some areas where my work wasn't quite as strong and gave me some feedback that has helped me quite a lot regarding things to watch out for and improvements to consider in future work."

Mount Royal University, a Global Register Education Provider R.E.P. with the Project Management Institute, is a four-time winner of the PMI®-SAC Professional Development Provider in Project Management. While construction and IT are commonly thought of as project management focused industries, the knowledge - and benefits - of PM are applicable across the board, from manufacturing to human resources to operating a small business.

"I can apply the framework it gave me to any size of project," Hovdebo says, from smaller tasks to multimillion-dollar ventures. "It's added more rigour to how I plan the workflow. It's about having that structure and in-depth examination of what considerations must be met and laying out a formula of success that everyone agrees on."


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Nov. 14, 2017 ― Ruth Myles

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