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Focus on the skills, knowledge, and tools you’ll require to be a successful project manager. This unique program also allows you to acquire an industry-specific certificate specialization. Our goal is to give you both a broad review of project management and an industry focus – and not just what is required to pass the PMP exam.
Learn directly from subject matter experts and professionals who work in the field. Our campus is conveniently located in downtown Toronto. Alternatively, you can take most of our required courses online.
According to PayScale (2019), the average annual salary for someone with an MBA is $81K. In contrast, the Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® Salary Survey (2017) listed the median annual salary for project managers in Canada at $97K. Given the time and financial commitments of pursuing an MBA, earning your Certificate in Project Management offers a myriad of rewarding possibilities.
The Chang School has been a Project Management Institute (PMI) Registered Education Provider (REP) since 2001. In 2007, we received the PMI Professional Development Provider of the Year Award – Academic Category. This certificate was developed in cooperation with the PMI Toronto Chapter.
You can use our project management courses to meet PMI’s educational requirements (also known as PDUs or Professional Development Units) and prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and Project Management Professional (PMP)® certifications.
You can start the process any time and start your first course during the Fall (September to December), Winter (January to April), or Spring/Summer (May to August) terms. Classes are available during the evenings, on weekends, and online. It is possible to finish the entire certificate online, depending on your choice of courses.
PMI, CAPM, and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
You may also choose to complete the certificate program through a condensed schedule or fast track option. See Condensed Scheduling Options below for more details.
Professional Designations and Accreditation
This certificate can help you work towards, or maintain your standing in, two certifications through the Project Management Institute (PMI):
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
- Project Management Professional (PMP)®
What Will You Learn?
- Recognize the concepts and basic functions of the project management body of knowledge.
- Plan and schedule the project in a group setting using the critical path method (CPM).
- Identify, plan, and manage project risk and quality using analytical tools and methods.
- Apply leadership and soft skills to multiple stakeholders in various project situations.
- Implement financial controls to accounting, budgeting, and cost management systems.
- Organize self-managing teams to build products in agile and mobile project environments.
Who Should Take This Certificate?
Our students come from all industries, including:
- Information Technology (IT)
The main audiences for the certificate are:
1) Working professionals who want to transition into Project Management
- Most use the CAPM credential to start their project management career as Project Control Officers (PCOs) or Junior Project Managers. They then pursue the PMP credential a few years later.
- Those without any work or project management experience can pursue the Professional Development Award in Project Management and then apply to write the exam for PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® credential.
2) Working Project Management professionals
- Those with at least three years of actual project management experience over the past eight years, assuming that they have a bachelor’s degree, can pursue this certificate and then apply to write the exam for PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential.
3) Senior undergraduate students
- Who want to be more competitive in the marketplace after they graduate.
4) Internationally trained professionals
- Who need help transitioning into a new career in Canada.
Who Teaches the Courses?
Our instructors are active project management practitioners with extensive practical experience in various sectors. They work in information technology, architecture, engineering, construction, government, healthcare, banking, transportation, manufacturing, and more. They have worked on multiple projects all over the world.
Condensed Scheduling Options
If you want to complete your certificate in a condensed format, you have two options.
Option 1: Fast Track
CKPM 999 - Project Management Fast Track is an intensive, 14-week program. You can complete six of the eight courses for the Certificate in Project Management, and access specialized support in preparation for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.
Option 2: Intensive Schedule
By following an intensive schedule, it is possible to earn the certificate in two consecutive terms by taking three courses in the first term and five courses in the second term.
Sample Schedule (General Stream) – Starting in the Fall Term*
Sample Schedule (General Stream) – Starting in the Winter Term*
CKPM 203 – Tuesday or Online
CKPM 209 – Wednesday or Online
CKPM 211 – Saturday or Online
CKPM 212 – Thursday or Online
CKPM 217 or CKPM 219 – Online
You may also wish to take up to two courses during Spring/Summer to lighten your course load during the other terms. These classes meet twice a week instead of once a week.
*Please note that sample schedules are for information purposes only and subject to change. CTEC 210 must be completed before taking CKPM 203, CKPM 209, CKPM 211, and/or CKPM 212.
Industry and Careers
Project management skills can be layered on top of your existing expertise in any industry.
For example, as an accountant, you can be assigned to manage financial projects such as audits, mergers and acquisitions, or feasibility studies.
If you have an IT background, you may have to lead a technology project for any kind of company.
Those with social science experience may coordinate government or not-for-profit initiatives.
Meeting planners and wedding planners find project management tools and techniques very useful. The same skills can also be applied to personal and professional initiatives such as renovating a basement or starting a small business.
- Five required courses
- Three elective courses
- Students can select any of the streams listed or can choose any three electives from any stream
- NOTE: Two 19.5-hour courses are considered equivalent to one 39-hour course
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+
*This certificate offers streams in Project Management; Architecture, Engineering, and Construction; Business and Information Management; and Community and Health Services Management. You must fulfil the requirements of one of these four areas as listed.
†The elective category only applies to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction; Business and Information Management; and Community and Health Services Management streams. If you are in the Project Management Stream, you do not need to complete this category.
To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official time span, the requirements from the year you registered in the program. For more information, refer to Time Span in our Glossary of Terms. If certificate requirements change and courses are no longer available, you may request Course Substitutions/Directives. You must apply to graduate on my.ryerson (RAMSS) within the appropriate application deadlines (refer to Important Dates). Visit Graduation for details.
Recommended Course Sequence
We recommend you take courses in the following order:
- Required Introductory Course (CITM 750 or CTEC 210)
- Required Core Courses (CKPM 203, CKPM 211, CKPM 212, CKPM 209)
- Selected Stream
- Elective (only applicable if you are in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction; Business and Information Management; or Community and Health Services Management stream)
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
- With six Grade 12 U or M credits
- Mature student status with relevant professional experience
Awards and Financial Aid
“Although I was PMP certified last year, I still wanted to complete the program. It has helped to push my career forward faster, and has added tremendous value.” - Sandra Fontaine, Project Manager, PMO, Cancer Care Ontario
“What I learned in class correlates exactly to what I do on the job and has given me the confidence to perform my duties effectively.” - Nan Mathavan, Business Analyst, City of Toronto
“The instructors bring excellent, hands-on experience to class. The program is beautifully designed, and I enjoyed every course. I found the team work with other students amazing – working with people from different walks of life with different experiences.” - Raj Mathavan, Supervisor, Planning and Policy Development, Revenue Services Division, City of Toronto
“The courses promote leadership and self-knowledge, and help you to know your skills and apply them with confidence.” - George Maamari, Account Manager, Multinational Computer Technology Company
“The courses have definitely affected my approach. I am comfortable applying the acquired knowledge…coordinating projects and closing them is now easier using a structured process.”- Jennifer Coutinho, Project Coordinator/Senior Administrative Assistant, City of Toronto
“I’d give the program 'two thumbs up' and recommend it for the calibre of its instructors and speakers.”- Herman Gonzalez, Senior Manager, Project Management Office, TD Bank, and Chapter President, Project Management Institute - Southern Ontario
“I learned about The Chang School through the Project Management Institute (PMI). Ryerson seemed to have the most comprehensive program and delivery options for completing formal project management study. Last summer, I enrolled in the Project Management Bootcamp (CKPM 999), which allowed me not only to gain six of the eight required certificate courses in 14 weeks, but also to ensure I was prepared to write the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. My studies have given me better insight into optimizing the project schedule, resources, and any challenges that arise. In just one year, I completed my Certificate in Project Management, and I now have my PMP credential.” - Dolly Gerrior, Project Manager in the nonprofit industry
Frequently Asked Questions
Why certify as a Project Management Professional (PMP)?
According to the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, “earning a professional credential through PMI means that one has demonstrated the appropriate education and/or professional experience; passed a rigorous examination; agreed to abide by a professional code of conduct; and committed to maintaining their active credential through meeting continuing certification requirements. PMI professional credentials – available to members of the Institute and non-members alike – are widely recognized and accepted throughout the world as evidence of a proven level of education, knowledge and experience in project management.”
Visit the PMI website for more information.
How long does it take to complete the certificate?
Most students take two to three years to complete the certificate. Ryerson requires that you complete the certificate within six years of your first registration in the certificate program. You may also enrol in the PM Fast Track to complete six of the eight courses required for the certificate over 14 weeks in the Spring/Summer term.
Do the courses require any group work?
Yes. All the courses require group work, including the online courses. Because projects are undertaken by teams, learning to work on a team is an important aspect of the certificate program. In addition, working in groups will allow you to network with your classmates. In online courses, the group work is mostly done virtually, but the group can also decide to meet in person.
How much time is involved per week?
As a general guideline, you should allow three additional hours per week outside of the classroom hours. This will vary from week to week and will depend on your learning style and on your group.
What’s the difference between online and in-class courses?
The content is the same, but the delivery is different. Online courses require the self-discipline to manage your time and a willingness to participate in online discussion groups. Classroom courses offer more structure and the opportunity to meet the instructor and your fellow students face-to-face.
Do you provide career resources?
Our program does not include internships. However, as an active Project Management student you may use the services of Ryerson’s Career & Co-op Centre. These services include free workshops, employer information resources, and employment counselling.
Ownership Statement: PMI and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
Questions? Contact John Estrella, Academic Coordinator.