FAQ

Frequently asked questions

 


General Project Management program information

Which program should I take?


The first step in answering this question is determining where you are in your professional career and project management education. If you have little to no experience working in a project management role, or, if you have never received any formal project management training, we recommend starting with either the Project Management Extension Certificate or Project Management in Construction Extension Certificate.

If you know that you qualify to write the PMP® exam, we recommend that you take one of the exam prep courses offered. If you are concerned that you do not have the baseline knowledge you need, you may also consider taking one of the extension certificates before taking an exam prep course.

If you are unsure if you should take the Project Management Extension Certificate or Project Management in Construction Extension Certificate, please note that the construction program is ideal for people who have experience in construction-specific project management and would like to stay within this industry moving forward in their career.

The Project Management Extension Certificate is our general program that does not focus on one specific industry, but rather pulls examples and case studies from different fields and sectors.

 

I just signed up for my first course. What should I expect?


Three days before your course begins you will receive a welcome email that contains important links and instructions, including how to activate and log in to MyMRU, accessing your MRU email account and accessing Google Classroom. Make sure you check your junk folders! If you encounter any issues, please contact us for assistance.

You must sign into your MRU Gmail account in order to access Google Classroom and participate in your course.

 

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.


 

I have experience with project management. Do I still have to take the Overview course?


Even individuals with experience are encouraged to take the Overview & Integration 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.


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.

 

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.


 

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.


 

How do the online courses work?


Our online courses have due dates for tests and assignments, but otherwise you can choose when you want to work on the course material. You have access to an instructor who marks your work and answers questions. While there are some videos, course materials are primarily text-based. There are no group projects or set times in which students are required to participate in course activities.

 

How do the live, online courses work?

In these courses, you use Google Classroom and/or Google Meet to participate in live, instructor-facilitated classes that are held at scheduled times. Enjoy real-time learning and interaction with your instructor and classmates. You access courses via a laptop or desktop computer with a functional webcam and microphone. In addition to the online sessions, you may be required to complete work outside of scheduled classes.

 

Can I take more than one online course at a time?


Yes, but we encourage you to start with one course so that you can get a feel for the time it will take you to move through content and complete assignments.

 


Project Management Extension Certificate

Who should take this program?


This program is ideal for students who have not received previous project management training/education. The purpose of the program is to break down the correct process of project management in a practical way. This extension certificate provides the baseline knowledge you’ll need in order to gain the required years of experience needed to apply to take the PMP ® exam. You may also find this program helpful if you have acted in a project management role, but have never received formal training.Our extension certificates provide a foundation of knowledge on PMI’s best practices for project management. They are not interchangeable with exam prep courses which focus on answering the exam questions effectively and efficiently.

 

What is the difference between the online and classroom programs for the Project Management Extension Certificate?


There is no difference between classroom and online delivery. The program is divided into seven (7) courses covering the various knowledge areas of project management as laid out in the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 6th Edition.


 

Do I have to take the courses in order?


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.


 

How long do I have to complete the certificate?


Students in either the Project Management Extension Certificate or Project Management in Construction Extension Certificate may complete the program in as little as one semester, but have up to three years to complete the required courses.


 

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.


 


Project Management in Construction Extension Certificate

Who should take this program?


This program is designed for individuals who have experience in the construction industry, and/or those who would like to pursue a career in construction-related project management. This program is ideal for students who have not received previous project management training/education. The purpose of the program is to break down the correct process of project management in a practical way. This extension certificate provides the baseline knowledge you’ll need in order to gain the required years of experience needed to apply to take the PMP ® exam. You may also find this program helpful if you have acted in a project management role, but have never received formal training.

Our extension certificates provide a foundation of knowledge on PMI’s best practices for project management. They are not interchangeable with exam prep courses which focus on answering the exam questions effectively and efficiently.

 

What is the difference between the Project Management Extension Certificate and Project Management in Construction Extension Certificate?


The construction program is designed specifically for the construction industry, and is best suited for students who would like to remain in the construction industry. The major differences in the program include number of program hours, types of courses and the focus on case studies/examples relating specifically to construction projects.

 

Do I have to take the courses in order?


We encourage students to start with the Overview course as it lays a nice foundation in terms of both content and style. Beyond that, you may take the courses in any order.


 

How long do I have to complete the certificate?


Students in either the Project Management Extension Certificate or Project Management in Construction Extension Certificate may complete the program in as little as one semester, but have up to three years to complete the required courses.


 


PMP® Exam Prep Courses

How do I know if I am eligible to write the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam?


You can review PMI's eligibility requirements for the PMP ® exam on their website. If you have a four-year degree, you must also have 36 months of experience leading projects and 35 hours of project management training. If you do not have a four-year degree, you will need 60 months of experience leading projects and 35 hours of project management training.

If you would like more information on the process and requirements, please review the PMI’s Examination Content Outline, Certification Handbook and Application Checklist.

 

How do I know if I’m eligible to write the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam?


If you do not qualify for the PMP® exam, taking your CAPM® exam is a great way to demonstrate to existing or potential employers that you are on the path toward obtaining your PMP® certification. In order to take the CAPM® exam, you must have a high school diploma, (or associate’s degree) and 23 hours of project management education.

 

What is the difference between the PMP®/CAPM® Exam Prep course and the PMP®/CAPM® Exam Prep: 7 Day Accelerator?


The content and course objectives of these courses are the same. However, the delivery method differs to offer more flexibility for busy professionals. Both Exam Prep courses are designed to help students interpret exam questions, and identify what category questions fall into in order to choose the best possible answer.

Our PMP®/CAPM® Exam Prep course offers a blended delivery model consisting of live, instructor-led sessions (23 hours) and independent study (12 hours). This means that there are set times and dates for you to participate in class discussions and lectures.

The PMP®/CAPM® Exam Prep: 7 Day Accelerator is an independent study course which means you can start any time and work at your own pace. This course includes a combination of instructor videos, case studies, quizzes, checklists and more.

Both options provide you with access to optional weekly coaching calls until you pass the exam.

 

What do the coaching calls consist of? Do I really have access until I pass the exam?


Yes, you have access until you pass your exam! The weekly coaching calls are optional and are designed to address different areas of concern students may have:

Accountability coaching: These virtual coaching calls are designed to help you create (and stick to!) a study schedule and determine timeline goals for writing your exam.

Hard questions made easy: Regardless of whether you take the instructor-led course or the independent study accelerator, you will encounter speed bumps in your study progression. The purpose of these weekly virtual calls is to crowd-source questions and answers to help you find clarity on topics you haven’t quite mastered.

Application coaching: The process of applying can appear daunting. Our coaches help streamline the process and answer questions so that you can apply for the exam with confidence.

 

How are the exam prep courses delivered?


Our exam prep courses are offered in partnership with PM Master Prep. Via Google Classroom, students use PM Master Prep’s online dashboard to complete the required modules.

 


PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition

What is happening with your Project Management programs with the arrival of the PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition?

Our existing extension certificates will be suspended, and students will be given the opportunity to complete required courses before we launch our new Project Management program. Courses based on the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition will be offered until December 2022, and you will need to complete the program by this end date.

There are no changes to PMI’s exam prep materials at this time.

 

I have completed some courses for my Project Management Certificate with MRU. What should I do?


We encourage you to finish your certificate! You have until December 2022 to finish. We offer each course at least once every semester.

 

I haven’t started the program, but I am interested. Can I still start?


Yes, you can start the program at any time. Courses based on the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition will be offered until December 2022, and you will need to complete the program by this end date.

 

Will any of the Project Management courses currently offered be valid towards the new certificates once the PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition programming comes in?


When our new program is fully developed, we will be able to determine which, if any, courses are eligible for transfer. Please refer back for updates.

 

I want to start my Project Management Certificate. How long do I have to finish if I take courses based on the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition?


If you are completing the Project Management Extension Certificate you will have until December 2022 to complete all courses. The last final assessment paper course will be offered in January 2023.

If you are completing the Project Management in Construction Extension Certificate you will have until December 2022 to complete all courses.

 

When will you launch your new program based on the PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition?


Updates on our new program will be available soon. Check our PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition page for details.