Frequently Asked Questions about JMU’s Project Management Certificate

Why Should I Choose JMU for Project Management Training?

James Madison University’s certificate program provides:
• Intensive, focused training with PMP® certification mapping and lesson labs following the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
• PMP® certified instruction from qualified instructors with over 20 years of project management training experience
• Instructor assistance with your PMP® credential application
• Five months access to a practice PMP® exam
• Certificate from the state’s premier university, which enhances your résumé
• The 35 education hours needed to sit for the PMP® examination, administered by Project Management Institute
• 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

But the 35 Education Hours Still Won’t Help Me with the Work Hours Required to Take the PMP® Exam. Shouldn’t I Just Wait to Take Your Class?

Depending on your situation, waiting until a future JMU Project Management certificate program may be the wiser choice. However, as more companies look for experienced employees with project management certification, you may want to consider Project Management Institute’s CAPM® (Certified Associate in Project Management). For the CAPM® examination, Project Management Institute only requires 23 education hours in project management — no documented work hours are necessary. And completing JMU’s Project Management certificate earns you 35 education hours: more than enough for the CAPM® now and just enough for the PMP® exam later.

I Don’t Have Any Experience, but I Want to Become a Project Manager. Is Your Program Right for Me?

Some direct work experience as a project manager, or experience working on a team led by a project manager, is highly recommended. JMU’s Project Management program is not a beginner-level course.

What are the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Score Requirements?

It is highly recommended that students score at least 250 on the computer-based exam, or 100 on the internet-based exam.

Should I Fill Out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to Pay for the Course?

No. The FAFSA is used for degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, etc.) and not non-credit certificate programs like Project Management.

How Will I Pay for the Program?

Please visit our Enrollment & Financing page for more information on payment options.

What is the Attendance Policy for This Program?

Attendance of ALL classroom lecture sessions is required for the on-campus course. For the online program, you must attend ALL live, online instructor-led sessions as well as complete the outlined lessons. Otherwise, you will not meet the 35-hour requirement to receive JMU’s Project Management certificate nor have enough hours to sit for PMP® examination. All coursework must be finished by the last day of the program.

What if I Need More Information?

Please contact our Enrollment Specialist, Elizabeth, who will be happy to answer your questions.