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Advanced Project Management Certificate (APMC)

Advanced Project Management Certificate (APMC) is a non-credit certificate program offered through Baldwin Wallace University Professional Development. The curriculum of the certificate program will enhance your professional credentials and provide continuing education in the area of advanced project management. Your certificate will be in recognition of advanced course work that follows the project management maturity model in areas of benchmarking and continuous improvement.

Who is eligible:
This certificate is available to any individual or project manager. PMP certification is not required.

Added benefits:
Baldwin Wallace University is a Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI®).  All APMC required and elective courses offer Professional Development Units (PDU).  Please see Course Calendar.

How it works:
An individual must earn 60 contact hours to achieve the non-credit Advanced Project Management Certificate. The curriculum consists of two required courses and a broad selection of elective courses, which may be taken in any order you choose to satisfy the contact hour requirement.  Upon completing 60 hours of course work a certificate of completion and letter of commendation are awarded to the participant.

When and where are the certificate courses offered?
Elective and Required courses appear regularly in our schedule.  Programs will be held both on the Berea, Ohio campus of Baldwin Wallace University and at the Baldwin Wallace University Management Center East in Beachwood, Ohio.

Required courses:

Understanding Personal Style

Better understanding of your own style and the personal style of others is essential to your effectiveness as a project manager. This session will grow your self-awareness using an assessment tool. Your results and corresponding interpretation will provide you with information that will result in you being better prepared to engage in effective negotiation and conflict management as you manage the requirements and meets the needs of your project. You will review the project frameworks, improve your knowledge of yourself, and strengthen your negotiation and conflict management skills. Registered participants will take the assessment tool prior to the class date(s).  Seating is limited. Please register early.

You'll learn how to:

  • Improve knowledge of self through the interpretation and application of the assessment tool
  • Develop strategies for successful negotiation
  • Identify types of conflict and how to plan effectively for conflict management

Who should attend:

This course is designed for experienced project managers who want to enhance their knowledge of self thereby strengthening their relationships with project stakeholders.

Course outline:

Project Framework:

  • Project lifecycle
  • Project Success definition
  • Time, Cost & Quality considerations

Improving Knowledge of Self:

  • Perceptions
  • Behaviors
  • Behavioral styles using the DiSC
  • Understanding your style
  • Understanding other styles
  • Determining how to work more effectively with others


  • Requirements for Success
  • Strategies
  • Building toward Win-Win
  • Team Negotiation
  • The Communication Process
  • Techniques to Effective Listening

Conflict Management:

  • Types of Conflict
  • When Conflict is Good
  • Stages of Conflict Management
  • Avoid the conflict or face the conflict
  • Planning For Conflict
  • Learning from Past Conflict
  • Guidelines for Success

Course Calendar

Achieving Project Management Excellence using Best Practices

Strategic planning is the key difference between those companies that excel in project management and those that are average or even struggling. This well thought out planning, continuously changing and based upon best practices in project management, is what focuses an organization in the right direction. Find out which companies have achieved excellence in project management, what structured approaches they have implemented and how they intend to maintain excellence well into the 21st century.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Overcome the resistance to excellence
  • Implement new processes driving excellence
  • Quantify success by management support
  • Create a strategic plan for excellence
  • Use the success pyramid model & the journey model
  • Identify and overcome barriers
  • Maximize the benefits of planning for excellence
  • Define reasonable objectives
  • Manage risk
  • Develop a productive project management culture
  • Measure return on investment on training dollars
  • Select the right people for implementation
  • Manage a portfolio of projects
  • Learn from failures

Who should attend: Designed for managerial personnel, project managers, and anyone involved in leveraging the organization by using project management as a strategic management tool.

Essential elements:

  • Project versus non-project-driven excellence
  • Critical success factors versus critical process performance factors
  • The changing definition of success
  • Strategic planning for gap analysis
  • The life cycle maturity phases
  • The project management maturity model (PMMM)
  • Characteristics of world class methodologies
  • The hexagon of best practices in project management
  • Integrated processes for the 21st century
  • Project management training and education
  • The “traffic light” status reporting system
  • The Project Office (PO)/ Center of Excellence (COE)
  • Integrated project teams (IPTs)
  • The postmortem pyramid
  • The sustained competitive advantage (SCA)

Elective courses:  Any program in our course calendar that offers PDU credit with the exception of Project Management Certificate Review Program (PMCP).  Please see Course Calendar.

Course Calendar

For more information or to register for the Advanced Project Management Certificate (APMC) call Professional Development at 440-826-2253. 

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