Project Management Certificate

"Plans are worthless. Planning is essential." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Acquire the skills to manage projects in a variety of industries.

Green River's newly revised Project Management Certificate is designed for working professionals who are either starting out or moving up as project managers. Courses are taught with a practical approach that equips participants with the skills and knowledge that can be applied immediately to the workplace.

The Certificate is Recommended for Individuals

  • Who lead projects
  • Who want to meet the education requirements for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exams through the Project Management Institute, Inc.
  • Who want to acquire hands-on skills for managing and overseeing projects and team members
  • Who want to increase their value to their employer or their marketability in the job market

Program Features

  • Courses count toward the education requirements for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certifications*
  • Curriculum is developed by project management experts and is based on the text, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
  • Instructors are project management professionals
  • Courses are offered in the evenings, so they don't interfere with work
  • Complete the Certificate in as little as two quarters or at your own pace
  • Register for courses individually, or register for a series of courses and save
  • Professional Development Units (PDUs) may be earned for any of our project management courses

*While our courses provide a solid foundation of knowledge for PMI's PMP® and CAPM® Certification exams, they are not focused on exam preparation. To prepare for the exams, we highly recommend taking both Project Management Certificates (Part 1 and Part 2) and a PMP® Exam Prep course.

Career Outlook and Earning Potential

  • The demand for project management professionals is significant, especially in business services and manufacturing. The highest growth rate for project management roles is expected in the health care sector. (Anderson Economic Group Study, March 2013)
  • Between 2010 and 2020, the demand for project management professionals will grow by nearly 700,000 jobs. The strong demand will be reflected in average salaries far higher than non-project-oriented professionals. (Anderson Economic Group Study, March 2013)
  • A Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential can increase your salary by up to 20 percent. (Project Management Institute Salary Survey, 2015)

Getting Started

  • Register for an Information Session to learn more about the program, the project management profession and to meet the instructor.
  • Or, register for the first required course, Project Management Essentials, listed below.

Certificate Overview

The Project Management Certificate Program requires 84 hours of course work. Most people are able to complete the Certificate in two quarters. You may register for the courses individually, or you can save money by registering for a series of courses.

Click on the course titles listed below for current offerings, required books, prices and to register online.

Required CoursesHoursQuarters Typically Offered
Project Management Certificate Part 1 (3 Class Series)  45 Fall, Spring 
Project Management Essentials  15  Fall, Spring 
Project Planning and Scheduling Techniques  15  Fall, Spring 
Project Execution and Control  15  Fall, Spring 
Project Management Certificate Part 2 (3 Class Series)  39 Winter, Summer
Project Team Management    15  Winter, Summer 
Microsoft Project 2016  15  Winter, Summer 
Project Management Capstone  Winter, Summer 
Part 1 and Part 2 84  
Non-Certificate Courses Hours Quarters Typically Offered
PMP® and CAPM® Exam Prep 24  Spring, Summer


Most courses have prerequisites. Please see course descriptions for details.


Required textbooks may be purchased through Amazon or other book retailers.

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2017; ISBN 13: 978-1628251845
  • The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, Fifth Edition, by Eric Verzuh, Publisher: Wiley; ISBN: 978-1119086574

Program Completion

To earn a Certificate of Completion, you must take all six required courses, attend 80 percent of each course, participate in class, and fulfill any other requirements listed in the course outline.

More Information

For questions about our Project Management Certificate Program, please contact Green River College Continuing Education at 253-856-9595, ext. 5000.

Certificate Terms and Conditions 

logo for Project Management Institute

Green River College has been reviewed and approved as a Provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). PMP, CAPM, PMBOK and the Registered Education Provider logo are the registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Contact Us

Email Continuing Education

Auburn Campus

Phone: 253-833-9111, ext. 2535

12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA 98092

Kent Campus

Phone: 253-856-9595, ext. 5000

417 Ramsay Way Ste. 112
Kent, WA 98032

Enumclaw Campus

Phone: 253-288-3400

1414 Griffin Avenue
Enumclaw, WA 98022

Auburn Center

Phone: 253-288-3455

1221 D Street NE
Auburn, WA 98002


Hours vary by location

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