Project Management

Would you like a roadmap for efficient and successful project completion? Project management is a systematic process used to initiate, plan, execute, control, and close a project to meet defined objectives. The University of Akron has offered the Certificate In Applied Project Management class for over fifteen years. We are conveniently located in the heart of downtown Akron, which provides a central location to those who reside in Northeast Ohio. With over 18 years of experience, our instructor will give you the knowledge you need to complete projects of any size.

The University of Akron is approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®

Certificate in Applied Project Management

Program format and content are based upon:
• Your unique project needs
• Application of Real world experiences of front line project managers and team members
• The Project Management Institute (PMI)®, A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide)
• Fulfilling the formal project management classroom contact hours required for PMI® credentials

Program Description:

This course uses both academic theory and practical application to provide:

• Working knowledge of tools and methods available to project managers, including computerized analysis of network models to aid in the planning and control functions

• A foundation of project management skills with an emphasis on The Project Management Institute (PMI) 5 Process Groups, 9 Knowledge Areas, standards and guidelines

• Practice in selecting and using the concepts, techniques, and decision tools available to project managers

• A basic understanding of the importance of work breakdown structures and networks to planning, scheduling, and controlling projects

• An awareness of potential conflicts and problems that can occur on projects

Who Should Attend this Program?
This program is designed for individuals who are new to project management, working project managers, managers, and project team members who wish to advance their service capabilities through exposure to formal project management methodologies. This program will also qualify you to advance toward Project Management Institute credentialing programs.

You will:
• Develop and utilize a formal project methodology.
• Enhance credibility for yourself, your team, and your company.
• Apply proven PMBOK®Guide structure to existing and future projects.
• Understand and mold the roles of project stakeholders.
• Enhance project results through better process focus.
• Fine-tune your project communications potential, for yourself and your company.

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


The science and art of project management provides a proven methodology for accurately and efficiently completing projects of any size. Thorough and detailed project planning results in a bought-into, approved, realistic, and formalized project plan. Such careful planning saves time and money by proactively addressing risks before they occur, as well as by eliminating the need for changes late in the project. Studies have shown that changes made late in a project could cost up to 100 times as much as if they were made early in project planning.

About our Instructor

Alan Plastow holds a Master Degree in Teaching from Kent State University.  He is a Certified Project Manager and holds professional certifications in Software Asset Management, Technology Asset Management ans Software and Copyright Compliance Management.  Al has worked the front lines of technology infrastructure development and management with over 18 years of hands-on experience, including extensive consulting in technology life cycle management and project management.

The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325
Phone: 330-972-7111
Contact us
Send mail & deliveries to UA