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Project Management Program Track

Discover professional development opportunities for project management.

Project Management at UC San Diego

Project management is the use of specific knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to deliver a product, service, or result of value to people. Projects go beyond daily tasks and are led by project managers who are responsible for applying these processes to ensure the success of the project. Project management helps learners gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close projects at UC San Diego.

Employees throughout UC San Diego do project management-type roles, whether officially or not, with varying degrees of experience in the topic. The Project Management Program Track is significant for employees looking to gain or improve on their project management skills to perform their job duties more effectively or seek promotions into jobs that utilize project management. 



Resource Description Modality What to Expect
Project Management Introduction  If you're responsible for managing projects, understanding the project basics is essential. This course covers key project management concepts and terms, and provides information about the variables that can influence project outcomes. Skillsoft  beginner online hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Project Initiation and Planning  This course introduces project integration management activities including developing the project charter and developing the project management plan.  Skillsoft  beginner online hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Plan and Define Project Scope  This course covers the Plan Scope Management, Collect Requirements, and Define Scope processes.  Skillsoft  beginner online hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Create Work Breakdown Structure  Managing projects efficiently means planning carefully and controlling the workflow. This course focuses on a single process in project management: the Create Work Breakdown Structure process, or Create WBS. It introduces the characteristics and purpose of a WBS, and covers the Create WBS process.  Skillsoft  beginner online hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Develop the Project Schedule When managing projects, you need to make an educated guess of how long the work is going to take so you can control the project schedule. In this course, you'll learn how to estimate activity durations and develop a project schedule for better time management. Skillsoft beginner online hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Plan and Manage Communications Managing projects to achieve success means enabling communication between all project stakeholders. Keeping everyone informed, engaged, and on the same page is necessary to secure the best outcome. This training will enhance your effectiveness in project communications management, as it will aid you in planning the bridges you need to build between project stakeholders. Skillsoft beginner online hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Planning Risk Management  Managing risks means preparing ahead of time for all the things that could happen, good or bad. Managing projects with an efficient project risk management plan increases the odds of success, as the project is less likely to be derailed. This course covers the process of planning risk management for a project.  Skillsoft  beginner online hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Capturing, Analyzing, and Using Project Lessons Learned To help an organization grow and experience superior performance, it's necessary for project managers to learn from past experiences. Lessons learned can then be incorporated when managing projects in the future, resulting in fewer mistakes, lower costs, more accurate estimates, and many other project efficiencies.  Skillsoft beginner online hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Project Management for Non-Project Managers 

This workshop is designed for business professionals who want to enhance their project management skills and better manage projects of all kinds. While traditional project management concepts are covered, this session is focused on bringing innovative insights and practical techniques to revolutionize managing projects of all sizes. 

Fee: $85

ILT Course  in-person resourcefeeintermediate-level
An innovative way to support children with special needs 

Project management expert Billy Samuel Mwape put his project management skills to use to support his child’s special needs. “In this inspiring, personal talk, he describes how project management- the process of leading a team’s work to achieve goals on a tight timeline—can help you tackle life’s biggest challenges.” 

TED Talk beginner online hourglass for activity finished within a few hours

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Project Management Practical Training Program  This program incorporates online learning, live discussion sessions, social learning and mentorship, plus project work to prepare the next wave of project managers at UCSD. You will learn the entire project management process, pick up useful techniques, and network with staff that are passionate about project management.  Course intermediate calendar for activities taking place over several days online


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UC San Diego Extension PM Certification 

UC San Diego Extension provides UCSD employees and community members professional courses on PM topics or entire certification programs.

Fee: Varies 

Certificate intermediate levelin person activityonlinetakes place over several daysfee
Project Management Institute (PMI) PMP or CAPM Certification 

PMI provides industry-recognized certification for project managers through their Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Associated in Project Management (CAPM) certifications. 

Fee: Varies 

Certificate  advancedin person activitytakes place over several daysfee
San Diego PMI Chapter 

SD PMI chapter holds events and networking opportunities for members. Also advertises job openings. 

Fee: Varies 

Member Community beginner levelin person activitytakes place over several daysfee


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hour glass Hourglass - this resource can be completed in under two hours
calendar Calendar - this resource requires a time commitment of two days or more
in-person resource In-person - this resource requires face-to-face interaction in an in-person setting
beginner-level Beginner - this resource works well for new learners
intermediate-level Intermediate - this resource is most helpful for learners with a brief understanding of the topic
advanced-level Advanced - this resource is helpful for learners with a thorough understanding of the topic
online Online - this resource is offered in a virtual setting