ACP Project Management
Project management standards are used around the world in all industries and in all disciplines, and project managers are in demand. The ACP Project Management will help you improve your knowledge and skills in project management and prepare you for the next step in your professional development. This program is aligned with the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and prepares students to plan, schedule, and implement complex projects. In addition, the program prepares students to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification exam.
- Learn fundamental project management principles, theories, and practices
- Use project management tools and techniques that are effective in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing a project
- Identify characteristics of high performance teams and ways to manage stakeholder expectations
- Select appropriate techniques to communicate effectively with team members and other stake-holders
- Benefit from a Charter Global Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute
- Gain a competitive edge in the global job market with an internship in a U.S. company
Who Should Attend
The Certificate Program in Project Management is designed for professionals who wish to advance their skills to become project managers or pursue career opportunities in the area of project management.
In order to earn the Project Management Certificate, students must complete all the courses listed below with a grade "C" or better in each course.
All certificate programs at UC Irvine Extension require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. International students who do not meet certificate program admissions requirements are invited to enroll in one of our English Language Programs.
“In my ACP in Project Management,
I developed my teamwork
and communication skills
and learned to work alongside
others, despite cultural
Teresa Gisbert Aramburu
ACP Project Management
Tuition for applications received by March 31, 2015:
- Certificate: $7,500 (Approximate total cost: $12,300 USD, excludes airfare)
- Internship: $2,100
- Tuition: $7,900
- Internship: $2,400
Jan 3 - Mar 26
Jan 6 - Mar 31
Apr 4 - Jun 26
Apr 3 - Jun 24
Jul 3 - Sept 24
Jul 2 - Sept 23
Sept 19 - Dec 15
Sept 18 - Dec 10
Introduction to an ACP
Gain an overview of the American higher educational system and acquire the academic skills to ensure your success in an ACP.
Professional Communications Seminar (PCS)
Understand American business culture, sharpen your communication and presentation skills, learn professional etiquette, and improve your business English.
- Introduction to Project Management
Project management has been proven to be the most effective method of delivering products within cost, schedule, and resource constraints. Learn to define and manage scope via the elicitation of requirements and the creation of a detailed work breakdown structure, create a defensible and realistic project schedule and budget, develop and manage the project team, identify and manage risks, and understand the project procurement processes.
- Project Cost Management
Cost management can be used to evaluate the benefits and expenses of a project. Learn to evaluate and analyze the financial viability and non-financial issues. Discover how to prepare a cost estimate and budget in addition to considering ways how to monitor and control cost and manage changes to the cost baseline.
- Project Procurement Management: Contracting, Subcontracting, Teaming
Understand the scope of procurement management in the contemporary project management environment and the role and responsibility of the procurement manager. Learn to establish project scope, develop a procurement management plan, select the proper contract type, define strategic teaming agreements, evaluate and select suppliers, and track supplier performance.
- Project Monitoring and Control with Earned Value
Bringing together Project Monitoring and Control with Earned Value techniques, PMC with Earned Value will present you with a variety of tools and processes for ensuring adequate project controls including: scope, risk, procurement, cost, quality and schedule within the costs or Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB). Project managers will learn to make informed and fact based decisions derived from established and insightful project controls such as necessary immediate project decisions or corrective actions during the project execution phase. Output and analysis of a variety of project monitoring and control techniques will equip you to make quick and sound project decisions, aiding your project(s) and enterprise. This course will also introduce you to the principles of Earned Value Project Management including defining and establishing project scope, schedule and cost in order to align with executive management expectations. Learn to use the earned value method to establish a realistic project baseline, calculate a range of estimates-at-completion (EAC), and apply effective methods for keeping your project budget and schedule on target. Develop the strategies to effectively monitor, measure, and control costs and schedule. Set project standards and metrics to measure project success and forecast results.
- Management, Leadership, and Team Building within the Project Environment
Learn to reflect upon your role as a manager/ leader within a project management framework. Explore concepts of human behavior, motivation, problem solving, decision-making, influence, conflict management, and organization structure. Build skills in recognizing and managing project stakeholders, communications, team development, and working with virtual team members, via presentations, case studies, readings, essays, and discussions.
- Project Risk Management
Project success is achieved by project managers and teams skilled in coping with project risks. Gain in-depth practice applying subjective and quantitative methods to an actual project situation. Learn from peers through risk analysis exercises, case studies, and persuasive presentations. Discover how to recognize, assess, and respond to project risks in an appropriate, cost effective manner in order to make better decisions.
- Management of Multiple Projects
Managing multiple projects typically presents unique challenges compared to the management of one large project. Build on your existing skills in the areas of scope, time, cost, risk, human resources, leadership and teambuilding through a combination of lecture and team-based learning exercises. Learn to select the most effective strategies and responses for multiple, small independent projects, portfolios, or large programs.
- Project Management Practicum and Project Simulation
This hands-on capstone course lets you put into practice the five project process groups and the nine knowledge areas that are outlined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide (PMBOK® Guide). Students will simulate a project based on one of two case studies. The project will require students to create a complete project plan under typical business constraints. Project managers are expected to team successfully with their classmates and to perform a variety of tasks typically required of project managers on the job.
As an optional last course and for an additional fee, you have the opportunity to apply academic theory and gain practical experience in a variety of businesses and industries for up to three months. A research project provides additional training. Also included in the internship are the Resume Development and Interviewing Skills workshops.