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Project Management Certificate Program

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The Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management provides you with an individual, expert project management coach and a customized six-session curriculum to help achieve the knowledge, skills, and tools to successfully manage projects, project teams, or to prepare for the PMP exam. This Project Management certificate program is innovative, flexible, and fully customized around your goals and learning style. We provide a pool of over ten knowledgeable coaches that you pick from when choosing who to work with in your six one-on-one sessions as you earn a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Project Management Certificate of Completion.  

Collaborative and Customized Based On Your Professional Goals

Your project management certificate training begins with a one-on-one session with our program director (Renee Adair, PMP and owner of Successful Projects, LLC) to review your professional goals and discuss your instructor selection and preferred learning approach.

Your program instructor will design a fully-customized certificate training program that consists of 56 hours of best-of-project management learning activities. Each learning activity will be in-sync with your professional goals and learning style. Your certificate training will also consist of learning activities you are motivated to use, excited about, and will fill the project management skills gaps identified during the assessment process.

Your project management certificate training can be customized in various ways to make it as relevant to your professional goals as possible. Three of our popular tracks for previous certificate graduates have been these:

1) Project Management Professional (PMP) exam prep track. This track completely covers the PMBOK® content and helps you to prepare to sit for the exam.

2) Learning Project Management Fundamentals and Building Your Project Portfolio: In this track you select a project from within your organization to professionally plan, as part of your certificate training. Using a real-world project is an outstanding learning opportunity because it can be used to illustrate, apply, and practice project management principles within a practical situation. In addition, your organization receives immediate tangible value because you completed your certificate training while successfully managing a challenging project at work.

3) Focusing on a Special Area of Interest: Students have used this for many different advanced topics.  Examples include:

  • Learning how to set up a Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Learning how to Rescue a Problem Project
  • Learning how to use an Agile Project Management Methodology

The three tracks above, a combination of them, or any project management topic may be used for this program. Students can change their track during the course of the program. Our project management certificate training is uniquely rewarding because this real-world approach enhances the learning experience and project management competencies.

Requirements: The certificate of completion is awarded after you complete six sessions and 56 hours of project management learning activities.

Why select this Project Management Certificate Program?

  • Open enrollment—you can register at any time and complete it within a matter of a few months or take up to a year.
  • Customized course design based on identified professional goals and project management skills gaps.
  • No classroom sessions*, allowing you to travel for business and pleasure while still progressing in your program. Our instructors usually use Skype, Web portals, e-mail, phone, etc. to remain in contact.
  • Gain practical hands-on project management experience while managing a real-world project.
  • One-on-one coaching with your selected program instructor.
  • Complete 56 hours to earn 5.6 continuing education units (CEUs).

* An organization may arrange for a group approach to this program.  In such cases, there may be a mix of group and individual sessions.

Cost is $2,250.  Discounts may apply if multiple participants from the same organization register for this training program at the same time.  Send an email to the UWL SBDC at if you are interested in learning more about how a discount will apply when there are multiple participants from your organization.

This is an ongoing, instructor led program. Our program director will work with you on your instructor selection and to schedule the start of your program. Direct questions regarding the Project Management Certificate Program to Renee Adair:  See also

Comments from Project Management Certificate Program Graduates

Ann McDonald, finance director, Riverfront Inc.
“The Project Management Certificate Program was 100% customized and helped me improve the skills important to me and the work I’m doing every day. The one-on-one coaching sessions with Kay were excellent. She showed me how to specifically apply what I learned to situations at Riverfront which made this program very valuable.”

Finnian Cullen, clinical systems analyst, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare
“I enjoyed the Project Management Certificate Program because I was able to set my own pace. Kay also worked with me to customize the course based on my specific needs and professional goals. The self- and peer-assessments that kicked off the program were very enlightening. I learned so much. Every business should send their employees through this certificate program because it provides a flexible project management toolkit that can be applied to reduce costs and improve success.”

Sean Smith, PE, project leader, Trane
“This Project Management Certificate Program was perfect for me because it was flexible and self-directed so it fit well into my tight schedule. The discussions with Kay made the coursework tangible and directly applicable to a multi-year project I am managing at Trane. I would absolutely recommend the UW-La Crosse Project Management Certificate Program to others without hesitation.”

After speaking with Renee Adair, please call our office at 608.785.8783 to register.

Refund Policy:  Full refunds, less a $75 processing fee, will be granted upon email notification to within 15 days of the registrant’s introductory session with their assigned instructor or 30 days after registration (whichever date occurs first).  No refunds will be made after the period described above.


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