Professional Development Programs

Certificate Program in Project Management

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Project management is the methodology employed to maintain control over schedule and resources and assure quality results in the midst of risk and uncertainty.  The process starts with examining the situation and organizing the team; moves through identifying tasks and estimating resources; and concludes with setting schedules, managing risk, and completing a plan.

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Program Requirements

The Project Management Certificate Program consists of a three-course core curriculum and electives. The core builds individual and organizational skills through a series of progressive courses based on proven practices. The electives allow participants to customize the program to match their individual career or organizational needs.

Required courses (Required courses must be taken in the following sequence)

Suggested elective courses 

After registering for courses, enroll in the Program Management Certificate Program. You will then create an account that will allow you to track your progress in the Project Management Certificate Program and receive program updates.


Watch a Project Management Program Overview with Instructor Jim Milliken


Jim Milliken has provided management and communication consultation to business, industry, and nonprofits throughout the United States since 1986. His specialties include project management, in which he holds the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, problem solving and delegation, business writing and advertising, and negotiation and presentation skills. Read more about Jim Milliken on our Instructor Bio page.

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Professional Resources

  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
    Serving practitioners and organizations with standards that describe good practices, globally recognized credentials that certify project management expertise, and resources for professional development, networking and community. An international association with over 240,000 members in 160 countries.
  • Maine Project Management Institute (Maine PMI)
    The Maine Chapter was established in 1986 and is recognized, per capita, as one of the most active chapters in the United States. The Chapter holds monthly meetings, publishes a newsletter, provides free technical and educational advisory services to members and interested corporations, and operates a project management training program. Non-members are always welcome to attend chapter meetings.

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