Industry and Careers
Who Should Take This Certificate?
- Working professionals who want to transition into project management
- Professionals working in project management who are interested in writing the exam for PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential
- Recent degree graduates who want to be more competitive in the marketplace as a new graduate
What Will You Learn?
After completing this certificate, you will be able to:
- Recognize the concepts and basic functions of the project management body of knowledge
- Plan and schedule the project in a group setting using the critical path method (CPM)
- Identify, plan, and manage project risk and quality using analytical tools and methods
- Implement financial controls to accounting, budgeting, and cost management systems
- Organize self-managing teams to build products in agile and mobile project environments
- 5 required courses
- selected stream*
- 1 39-hour elective†
- 2 19.5-hour courses are considered equivalent to 1 39-hour course
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+
*This certificate offers streams in Project Management; Architecture, Engineering, and Construction; Business and Information Management; and Community and Health Services Management. You must fulfil the requirements of one of these four areas as listed.
†The elective category only applies to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction; Business and Information Management; and Community and Health Services Management streams. If you are in the Project Management Stream, you do not need to complete this category.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
- With six Grade 12 U or M credits
- Mature student status with relevant professional experience
Awards and Financial Aid
Frequently Asked Questions
Why certify as a Project Management Professional (PMP)?
According to the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, “earning a professional credential through PMI means that one has demonstrated the appropriate education and/or professional experience; passed a rigorous examination; agreed to abide by a professional code of conduct; and committed to maintaining their active credential through meeting continuing certification requirements. PMI professional credentials – available to members of the Institute and non-members alike – are widely recognized and accepted throughout the world as evidence of a proven level of education, knowledge and experience in project management.”
Visit the PMI website for more information.
How long does it take to complete the certificate?
Most students take two to three years to complete the certificate. Ryerson requires that you complete the certificate within six years of your first registration in the certificate program. You may also enrol in the PM Fast Track to complete six of the eight courses required for the certificate over 14 weeks in the Spring/Summer term.
Can I fast track completing this certificate?
If you want to complete your certificate in a condensed format, you have two options.
Option 1: Fast Track
CKPM 999 - Project Management Fast Track is an intensive, 14-week program. You can complete six of the eight courses for the Certificate in Project Management, and access specialized support in preparation for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.
Option 2: Intensive Schedule
By following an intensive schedule, it is possible to earn the certificate in two consecutive terms by taking three courses in the first term and five courses in the second term.
Sample Schedule (General Stream) – Starting in the Fall Term*
Sample Schedule (General Stream) – Starting in the Winter Term*
CKPM 203 – Tuesday or Online
CKPM 209 – Wednesday or Online
CKPM 211 – Saturday or Online
CKPM 212 – Thursday or Online
CKPM 217 or CKPM 219 – Online
You may also wish to take up to two courses during Spring/Summer to lighten your course load during the other terms. These classes meet twice a week instead of once a week.
*Please note that sample schedules are for information purposes only and subject to change. CTEC 210 must be completed before taking CKPM 203, CKPM 209, CKPM 211, and/or CKPM 212.
Do the courses require any group work?
Yes. All the courses require group work, including the online courses. Because projects are undertaken by teams, learning to work on a team is an important aspect of the certificate program. In addition, working in groups will allow you to network with your classmates. In online courses, the group work is mostly done virtually, but the group can also decide to meet in person.
How much time is involved per week?
As a general guideline, you should allow three additional hours per week outside of the classroom hours. This will vary from week to week and will depend on your learning style and on your group.
What’s the difference between online and in-class courses?
The content is the same, but the delivery is different. Online courses require the self-discipline to manage your time and a willingness to participate in online discussion groups. Classroom courses offer more structure and the opportunity to meet the instructor and your fellow students face-to-face.
Do you provide career resources?
Our program does not include internships. However, as an active Project Management student you may use the services of Ryerson’s Career & Co-op Centre. These services include free workshops, employer information resources, and employment counselling.
Ownership Statement: PMI and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
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