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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 in the completion of 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

But earning the 35 education hours still won’t help me with the work hour requirement to take the PMP® exam. Shouldn’t I just wait to take your class?

Depending on your situation, waiting until a future offering of the JMU Project Management certificate may be the wiser choice. However, as more companies seek employees with project management certification, you may opt to consider Project Management Institute’s CAPM® (Certified Associate in Project Management). For the CAPM® examination, Project Management Institute waives the work experience prerequisite in lieu of 23 project management education hours. 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 make a career change into project management. Is your program right for me?

Some familiarity with project management, or experience working on a team led by a project manager, is highly recommended. JMU’s Project Management program is not an introductory 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-seeking programs, and not non-credit certificate programs like Project Management.

What financing options are available?

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 mandatory for the on-campus offering. 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 needed to receive JMU’s project management certificate nor have enough hours to qualify for PMP® examination. All coursework must be finished by the course end date of the program.

What if I need more information?

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