USF Project Management Courses Now Offered At Campuses On Both Sides Of Tampa Bay Helps Individuals Excel In Their Careers

According to data gathered by the University of South Florida, by 2027 employers will need nearly 88 million individuals in project management-oriented roles.  To help fill this pipeline of expertise, USF has partnered with Core Performance Concepts for the past 13 years to provide the globally recognized PMP (Project Management Professional) certification.   

For the past 13 years USF has been building this program on the main campus in Tampa.  As of January 19th, they will now be offering these programs from the St. Petersburg campus as well. 

            USF’s Project Management course is offered through the department of Corporate Training and Professional Education.  The program uses Core Performance Concepts textbooks, study and testing materials to help working professionals obtain the important PMP credential after their name.

            “Our student population for PMP certification is the non-traditional, working adult,” explains Kathy H. Barnes, associate director of USF Corporate Training and Professional Education.  “We focus on those either beginning their careers or someone who needs extra credentialing to reach the next level in their career.  Our program is specifically designed to help them achieve this with minimal disruption to their existing job roles.” 

            The USF Program offers five classes in total, spread out over a six-month period.  Courses like Effective Project Management, Leading and Influencing Projects, Monitoring and Controlling Projects, Project Risk Management, and Effective Business Analysis are offered January through June, and require only 13 days of a student’s time from start to finish. 

            “A PMP certification is a great way to show potential or current employers that the candidate has taken the extra step to learn the best practices, technology and current trends in project management.  It’s a great way to stay current on tools and techniques for being efficient and effective,” said Athanasia Dimis, assistant director with USF Corporate Training and Professional Education. 

            What are some of the benefits of PMP certification beyond proficiency?  The first is significant salary increases.  Professionals with a PMP credential earned an average salary increase of 10 to 22 percent following certification.  The second is to stand out in an increasingly competitive business world, where resources are short and budgets are tight.  PMP certification demonstrates a candidate’s ability to excel in a challenging environment, and that they’ve mastered the skills to effectively shepherd projects from concept to completion. 

            “Core Performance Concepts’ materials are a great fit for our program.  They are easy to use and deploy, and very thorough in the way they lead students through the process of becoming more proficient in all aspects of project management,” said Barnes. 

            According to USF Instructor Diane White, MA, PMP, the Project Management course isn’t a lecture series, rather it’s experiential, interactive learning, which is one of the strengths of the USF program.  Another strength is that it is delivered by credentialed, experienced professionals like Ms. White to offer real-world insights into project management challenges and opportunities. 

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