Business students earn Project Management Institute certification 

Twelve management majors successfully completed testing to earn the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® designation.

Twelve students in the “Seminar in Project Management” course completed requirements to earn the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® designation in May 2017.

Certification by the Project Management Institute (PMI) requires a combination of academic coursework in project management and the successful completion of a three-hour, 150-question certification exam.

“Seminar in Project Management” is the capstone course within the Project Management Career Track offered by the Department of Management. As part of the course, students prepare for and complete the certification exam.

The Project Management Career Track provides management majors with a strong foundation in a professionally recognized project management body of knowledge, opportunities for skill development as project managers, and experience with the tools and techniques essential to effective project work. 

The Project Management Institute offers the following with regard to the project management career field:

  • 1.6 million jobs will open in project management annually for the next decade (Anderson Economic Group study)
  • $62,000 average salary (US) of project managers with under 3 years of experience
  • $144,000 average salary (US) of experienced project managers
  • The CAPM is ranked on annual lists of “most valued certifications.”
  • 95 percent of executives identify project management as the single most important skill for their companies’ current and future success (Economist Intelligence Unit study)

“The CAPM is an asset that will distinguish students in the job market and enhance their credibility and effectiveness working on or with project teams,” said course instructor Matt Valle, Martha and Spencer Love Term Professor and professor of management.

Students who earned the CAPM certification attributed their selection for interviews/jobs to listing the certification on their resumes. They also noted employers immediately recognized the CAPM certification and asked about academic preparation for project work during interviews.

“The CAPM certification is a difficult certification to attain,” Valle said. “The students put in a significant amount of time in the past few months preparing for the exam. Additionally, this was the first year that the Project Management Club has been in operation. The PM Club organized career talks and CAPM study sessions to help orient students to the PM Track, the PM career field, and PMI certification. I am confident that the PM Club will continue to build on the success of this first year.”

The following management majors earned CAPM certification:

Jane Baffi

Lizzy Bulloch

Chase Ferguson

Ryan Gill

Jane Humphrey

Aimee Kandell

Cole Krajeski

Joshua Langel

Kennedy Ojimadu

Derek Pike

Kelly Siewers

Nicole Stober