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Project Management Specialist for CAPM® Certificate Program with Externship

Program includes National Certification & an Externship Opportunity

The Project Management Specialist for CAPM®

The Project Management Specialist Professional program provides students the basic competencies involved in project management and oversight including areas such as effective time management, managing multiple projects simultaneously, scope and estimation of project undertaking and preparing a project plan alongside project risk and cost analysis. The program includes training and exam preparation for students to become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) as designated by the Project Management Institute. The CAPM is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners designed for those with little or no project experience. The CAPM credential demonstrates an understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.

The Project Management Specialist Program

Steering a large project toward successful completion can be extremely challenging but also incredibly rewarding. More than that, however, juggling multiple projects at once can be incredibly overwhelming without the tools to make the best use of time and resources. Project Managers are essential in all areas of industry and require the expertise to launch initiatives geared toward success at all levels. The Project Management Specialist Program offers students the valuable CAPM credential in combination with valuable time management, project risk and cost analysis skills and other tips and tricks for project management. Effective project management and execution skills are essential to everyone’s professional success and this program will ensure students gain the skills they need for success on the job from day one.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Use the PMI project management framework to initiate a project
  • Apply project initiation tools and techniques in order to develop a project charter and stakeholder management strategy
  • Develop a flexible and practical project management plan covering the major project lifecycle processes and phases
  • Explain project execution in relationship to project planning, success and techniques
  • Apply monitoring, control, and closing techniques to measure progress on the project and forecast project completion requirements
  • Perform the sequence of steps for a smooth project close and future improvement
  • Demonstrate exam strategies in preparation for the CAPM certification exam
  • Use Microsoft Office


  • Explain the concept of a project, including its key characteristics, types, and the role that the organizational structure plays
  • Describe the nine knowledge areas required to successfully complete outputs for each of the five process groups
  • Describe the roles, responsibilities, and skills required of senior management, project team members, and project managers
  • List the core values in the Project Management Institute (PMI) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Explain the concept of "conflict of interest" and what implications it has to understanding fairness
  • Use recommended project selection methods to select the project with the best potential for positive outcomes
  • Explain why specific project selection and general accounting concepts would be used during project selection
  • Explain the purpose and components of a project charter


  • Explain the difference between core planning processes and facilitating planning processes
  • Describe project management components requirements and methods used for project planning
  • Identify terminology and processes used to develop an effective and realistic project schedule
  • Identify the tools and processes used to define the project scope and schedule
  • Describe the purpose, required inputs, tools, and processes to create a work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Estimate costs of the project performance baseline to determine funding
  • Describe how enterprise environmental factors and organizational process assets can affect project management processes
  • Use recommended best practice tools, techniques, and processes to develop a quality management plan
  • Describe the inputs and outputs of the quality planning process
  • Describe the project plan use in managing quality throughout the project life cycle
  • Describe factors and processes used to develop the human resource plan, including defining roles, responsibilities, and reporting relationships of the project team
  • Describe the tools and techniques required to develop an effective communications plan
  • List the purpose and components of a procurement management plan
  • Describe the features of four contract types, how they impact the risks to buyers and sellers, and why they would be used for specific situations
  • Perform risk identification and impact and probability analysis to produce a risk management plan
  • Describe the tools and techniques used for qualitative and quantitative risk analysis
  • Describe four risk response strategies and why you would use each
  • Describe the importance of collecting scope requirements from project stakeholders


  • Describe how integration management impacts project execution
  • List the five methods for managing team conflict
  • Describe team management and development factors that affect the productivity of the team and the outcome of a project
  • Describe methods for auditing quality requirements, and how to use control tools to ensure project quality
  • Identify the items that would appear on a quality checklist
  • Describe how to obtain seller responses, select sellers, and award contracts
  • Describe how a source selection weighting system is used for seller selection
  • Identify the inputs and outputs to the information distribution process
  • Calculate the number of communications channels for a given number of team members
  • Describe the role the project manager has in managing stakeholders


  • Describe how to apply techniques for integrated project change control, issue escalation, and the need for project documentation updates
  • Describe the use of a scope management plan
  • List three scope-related documents that must be updated when a scope change request is accepted
  • Describe one of the major factors used to determine the validity of the project schedule
  • State the formulas used to monitor and control cost
  • Describe how to use quality control methods and tools
  • Describe the benefits of collecting and distributing performance information including status reports, progress measurement, and forecasts
  • Describe the utility theory approach to risk management
  • Explain the steps a project manager must take to ensure a smooth project close and improvement on future projects
  • List the steps in closing out an incomplete project and eight types of project termination
  • Describe the purpose of formal acceptance
  • List three components of a project end report
  • List the sequence of processes and factors used to close a project and how to complete project procurement
  • Give examples of strategic readiness assessment and learning methods aimed to assist preparation for the CAPM certification exam
  • Apply exam tips, tricks, techniques, and activities to prepare for the CAPM examination

Note: This program can be completed in 6 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 24-month period.

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are several National Certification exams that are available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Project Management Institute (PMI) Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) Exam
      NOTE: PMI requires candidates for the CAPM Exam to meet additional eligibility requirements:
      • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or equivalent) plus 1,500 hours of project experience, OR
      • 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this Auburn University Project Management Specialist for CAPM program, students will be prepared to sit for the Project Management Institute (PMI) Certified Associate Project Management (CAPM®) exam. Although there is no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete the Project Management Specialist for CAPM® program will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the PMI CAPM and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Auburn University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Auburn University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

Note: No refunds can be issued after the start date published in your Financial Award document.