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If you want to become a certified project management professional, you need 35 Professional Development Unit (PDU) hours and a duration of professional project management experience based on your education level before you take the exam.  

The Public Service Workshop Program has three free courses to help you obtain those hours. 

Project Management Fundamentals will be held October 26 and 27. This two-session virtual workshop provides an overview of project management utilizing the Project Management Institute (PMI) framework for those with limited knowledge or experience in project management methodologies. Topics include fundamentals of defining and getting buy-in for a project, setting project goals, creating a statement of work, project risks, planning project tasks, executing the project, and closing the project. (7 Professional Development Units) 

On November 2 and 3, the two-session virtual Project Management Intermediate workshop is intended for participants who have already learned the fundamentals and are now ready to explore further best practices utilizing the PMI framework and an organizational Project Life Cycle methodology. Participants should have taken the fundamentals workshop or have commensurate experience. There will be a brief review at the start of the workshop. (7 Professional Development Units) 

The third workshop in the series, Project Management for IT Professionals, will be November 14 to 17. This four-session virtual training will use the PMI framework to develop and formalize the basic project management skills of leaders on IT project teams who may already be managing projects. Topics include an overview of the PMI Project Management Lifecycle and Systems Development Life Cycle; PM roles and responsibilities; overview of project schedules including estimating techniques, dependencies, and critical path; establishing project baselines; project status reporting; and project closure. (14 Professional Development Units) 

Contact or 518-442-6537 for more information. 

PEF members may benefit from a PMI bootcamp and there may be funding available through the Workshop and Seminar Reimbursement program. Learn more here.