Is this program for me?
Here are some helpful guidelines to see if the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certificate is a good fit for you. The more of these that apply to you, the more likely you are well-suited to be a PM student.
- I have strong writing skills. I know the rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- I have good oral communication skills. I am a good listener, and I can understand complicated fact situations and can accurately relate those facts to a third person.
- I have strong reading skills. On standardized tests, I score well in reading comprehension.
- I have good interpersonal skills. I can work well with co-workers, help members of the public, and communicate effectively with my supervisors.
- I am self-motivated. I have the maturity and time-management skills to make sure deadlines are met.
- I am a "detail person," who can work quickly and accurately, without much need for supervision.
- I am comfortable with technology and am eager to learn new computer skills.
What If I...
- Am an older student? Many students in this program are returning to school after having raised children or after having decided to change careers. Their maturity and real world experience is an asset in this program.
- Plan to work full-time while going to school? You don’t have to put your career on hold while you complete this program. The evening format or evening/weekend format does not interrupt your day-to-day work schedule and gives you step-by-step skills that can be used immediately in the workplace.
- Want to earn my Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification? Upon successfully completing the PMP® Certification Prep program at Virginia Tech, you will be awarded a certificate with continuing education units (CEUs) from Virginia Tech and PDUs approved through PMI®. If you plan to take the PMP® exam, this certificate can be included in your application portfolio to show you have earned the required 35 education hours to be eligible to sit for the exam.