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Essentials of Project

Step into Project Management with Confidence

Project management is important to all industries and professions. Organizations, teams, and individuals need an effective plan to achieve their unique goals. Whether you’re interested in entering the project management field as a career path, are overseeing a project, or are part of a project team, our course will give you the practical knowledge, tools, and confidence to succeed.

Practical Project Management Training Saves Time, Money, and Stress

Learn the “how to” of project management led by an expert instructor and supported by the CertWise® Essentials of Project Management online course materials including case studies, templates, and worksheets.

This course, spanning 5 weeks is broken into four modules:

  • Module One: Project Management: The Discipline and the Profession
  • Module Two: Planning and Balancing Project Work
  • Module Three: Executing, Controlling, and Closing the Project
  • Module Four: Strategic Value of Projects

This course is aligned with PMI’s PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and can serve as a steppingstone toward PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certifications.

PMP, CAPM, PMBOK and PMI are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Course Details

  • Where: Kadena AB & Virtual via Zoom
  • Course Investment: $1200
  • Course Materials (included):
    • CertWise® Essentials of Project Management:
      • Online reading materials
      • Interactive online study tools including:
        • case studies
        • templates
        • worksheets
  • Instructor: Christian Pawlicki, MBA
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Instructor's Bio

Christian (C.J.) Pawlicki has demonstrated successful performance in all five stages of project management including projects in business development and startups; research, development, testing and engineering; defense system acquisitions; information technology; logistics engineering; and military construction.  His professional career spans over three decades with experience in both the public and private sectors including:

  • U.S. Marine Corps – Active Duty, 1992 to 2012 (retired)
  •, LLC – Co-Founder and COO, 2006-2012
  • U.S. Marine Corps – Federal Civil Servant, Program Management, 2012-2017
  • Vision Point Systems, Inc. – Senior Engineering Project Manager, 2017-2021
  • Vision Point Systems, G.K. - Executive Director and CEO, 2021-Present

Professor Pawlicki holds an MBA and a BS in Management Studies, both from UMUC.  In 2019 he joined the UMGC team as an Adjunct Professor.  His core teaching competencies include business management, leadership, mathematics, and project management.

Course Dates

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The Right Project Management Course for You

UMGC’s Essentials of Project Management delivers fundamental knowledge and skills, ideal for you if you are:

  • Pursuing project management as a new career path
  • Overseeing a project for the first time
  • An active participant in a project team
  • Managing a team of project managers for the first time
  • Looking for formal, foundational project management education
  • Interested in earning the CAPM® or PMP® certification in the future

PMP, CAPM, PMBOK and PMI are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

CertWise® Essentials of Project Management Course Materials

Course materials include four modules covering key project management topics. The following course materials and study tools will be available to you, on-demand, for 12 months:

  • Online tutorial video
  • Reading materials
  • Classroom slides
  • Case study scenarios, templates, and worksheets
  • Class discussion and journal activities
  • “Check Your Understanding” quizzes with recommended readings
  • End of module quizzes
  • Reports tracking your progress and scores
  • Links to additional resources

When you enroll in this course, you will:

  • Gain practical expertise that can immediately impact your job performance.
  • Build a strong foundation of project management knowledge, skills, and tools to become a better project leader, team member, or manager.
  • Establish practical skills by applying your new project management skills to case study scenarios.
  • Take advantage of the knowledge and experiences of your expert instructor.
  • Earn formal project management education hours and/or Professional Development Units (PDUs) upon completion.
  • Qualify for your organization’s tuition reimbursement program.
  • Stay motivated to complete your training with set class dates and assignments.
  • Build your project management network through fellow course participants and your instructor.

Our course can help your organization achieve its strategic initiatives and goals through an effective project management process. This program:

  • Builds the knowledge, skills, toolkit, and confidence of your project managers through formal training.
  • Reduces the risk of project failure by following a structured process and best practices.
  • Increases the efficiency of project leaders and teams.
  • Promotes a consistent understanding of project structure to individuals who are part of a formal project team for the first time.

Value of this Essentials of Project Management Course

Time-efficient and comprehensive: One training program covers fundamental project management topics and tools in 8 hours of class time.

Exceptional instruction: Learn from a project management expert who provides insight and one-on-one guidance.

Networking and peer interaction: Share experiences, discuss topics, and gain real-world insights into project management.

Stay on track: Structured class time and assignments help keep you motivated and on track.