Frequently Asked Questions

» Why earn the Stetson University Project Management Certificate?

» For Organizations

More and more, organizations are turning to project management to deliver business results. The global economy is chaotic and ever changing. Organizations must keep up and apply effective change management in order to stay competitive. "Companies are clearly seeing the payoff from investing time, money, and resources to build organizational project management expertise: lower costs, greater efficiencies, improved customer and stakeholder satisfaction, and greater competitive advantage." - PMI®

» For Current Project Managers

Those who are project managers and have the working experience but not the proper fundelmental knowledge of the practice of project management will benefit greatly. A one-on-one approach is taken each day to deliver the knowledge of the the PMBOK® guide to ensure each student has a firm grasp of core concepts, theories, and best practices of project management. Not only will you learn the fundementals but you will understand how to apply tools and techniques of the trade - delivered by seasoned project managers with years of comprehensive experience. To become certified as a PMP® by the PMI® you must be prepared - Stetson has you covered.

» For Prospective Project Managers

If project management is a career field of interest to you; you are in the right place. Stetson offers a fundamental approach to the core concepts, theories, and best practices of project management. Not only is the approach to learning unique at Stetson but as a student of the program you will be able to get your qualifying education requirements to sit for the CAPM® certification exam. The Certified Associate of Project Management® is oe step under the PMP® ceritfication and is a great start to your career path!

» Can you tell me more about how earning the Stetson certificate and the P.M.P.® credential will benefit me? 

Certainly! Here are just a few reasons:

  • The PMP® credential is recognized worldwide.
  • In a tight job market, more and more employers are demanding certification as a mark of skills and potential.
  • Credentials will differentiate you from others who are not credentialed.
  • The PMP® credential can increase your salary rate.

» What if I cannot make the first course, which is a prerequisite to other courses? 

It is possible to take some other course with the approval of our faculty. Please contact us so we can evaluate your situation.

» Is the Project Management Certificate Program a prep course for the PMP® exam? 

No. The course is designed to acquire an understanding of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) so that you can apply the best practices to achieve project management success. Upon completion of Stetson's Project Management Certificate Program, you will receive a certificate of completion - signifying the undertsanding and readiness for the actual PMP® or CAPM® exam. If you would like to take our additional PMP® or CAPM® Prep Course - we have that available. That course is designed to elaborate on and prepare students for the certification exam - not the knowledge making up the exam.

» Why not just study on my own for the PMP® exam?

You can, and there are a number of exam prep books you can purchase. However, our program consists of skills-based courses that cover the foundations and topics anticipated to be on the exam. Persons who study on their own, risk not truly grasping the concepts, which can make the nuances of the test questions difficult to discern.

» At what level, academically, is this program taught?

The nature of the courses in this professional development program is that they are specific to a field of study (project management) and require students to provide insight and relevant experiences necessary for further exploration for research and perspicacious classroom discussions. They are conducted at the upper echelons of Bloom's Taxonomy of Cognitive Domains (synthesis, analysis, evaluation) and are therefore akin to graduate-level studies.

» Will I need to purchase books or materials for the courses?

No. Each course includes a participant guide specially made to reinforce the learning objectives. These guides become excellent desk references for course graduates when they apply the tools and techniques they have learned.

» Are the courses graded?

Yes. Our desire is to ensure that our graduates can use their new skills and abilities effectively. Evaluation helps us to measure the effectiveness of our efforts. The course is graded on the A, B, C, D, F scale. A grade of C or better constitutes successful accomplishment of the objectives. If a letter grade is neither required nor desired, participants may request in advance that course administrators evaluate performance solely on a pass-fail basis.

» Is there homework?

Yes. But there is not much and some of it can be done in class.

» I don't have enough project management time right now to meet the experience requirement for the PMP® exam. What do I do?

Come to our classes and meet the education requirement for P.M.I.'s Certified Associate in Project Management (C.A.P.M.®), a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with less project experience, the C.A.P.M.® demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.

» Can I get PDUs from your courses since I have earned the PMP® certification?

Yes. Since the Stetson University Project Management Certificate Program's curriculum has been developed by a P.M.I. Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), all courses can be used as Professional Development Units (P.D.U.s) for continuing certification requirements. These would be recorded as Category 4 -- Other provider. There are no limits on reporting Category 4.

» I'm motivated; how fast can I earn the Certificate? 

You can probably earn the Stetson University certificate in as little as one term. Please note, however, that our courses are full of excellent content to be mastered, and you will have to diligently apply yourself to the task.

» What do I receive after completing the five required courses?

After completing the five required courses, you will receive the Stetson University Project Management Certificate. Each time you successfully complete one of the courses in the certificate program, you will receive a Stetson University Letter of Completion with your grade that will also serve as an attendance certificate.

» Does Stetson University provide financial assistance?

Financial assistance for certificate-type programs is secured through private lenders. Note that no matter who serves as the training provider, all tend to go to lenders such as Sallie Mae.

» Does Stetson University offer scholarships?

We cannot offer scholarships for non-credit programs. We are a non-profit university and our courses are priced solely to cover our costs. If you are unemployed, you may be eligible for a Workforce Central Florida training scholarship for this or other Stetson University programs. Visit your local Workforce Central Florida office for more information.