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Certificate in Project Management - Evening Classes

Key Facts

  • Distance learning supported by attendance at 12 evening tutorials at the IPA in Dublin
  • Unique course that focuses on the key project management tools and techniques and the ‘soft’ project management skills that are of vital importance to successful project management performance
  • Based on universally accepted professional bodies of knowledge tailored to address the unique issues and challenges faced by modern project managers
  • Access to library, study facilities and a virtual learning environment
  • Level 6 (Special Purpose Award) on the National Framework for Qualifications (NFQ)
  • Accredited by UCD
  • Next Programme commences in February 2016
  • Delivered over one Academic Year
  • Fees can be paid in two instalments

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For further information about the Certificate in Project Management see below.

What Previous Students say about the Certificate

This course has been successfully running for over ten years. This is what our students, from a wide variety of technical and administrative backgrounds have to say about the course:

  • 'I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I feel like the course will not only help me in my role as a project manager but also in other areas outside of the workplace’.
  • I enjoyed the sections dealing with organisational culture/structure and team development and feel this gives me a good foundation and understanding of working on projects and will improve my ability to work with people and understand what motivates them’.
  • I believe I went from somebody who had no knowledge of, or appreciation for, project management, to somebody who now has a good grasp of the basics but more importantly a genuine appreciation of the uses of PM in the modern workplace’.
  • The course was very well run, with a nice size group and it was good to have a variety of lecturers as well as a variety of participants’.
  • 'This course has exceeded my expectations and as an introduction to project management has certainly met my objectives for undertaking the course’.
  • 'The standard of lecturing was of a very high standard and the facilities and administrative support was also excellent’.
  • I would highly recommend it to other colleagues’.

The Programme

The value and impact of project management knowledge, tools and techniques and the effective management of project teams is recognised by many. Projects are about implementing change in the business environment or the organisation. Effective and efficient change requires a disciplined and focused approach. Project management competencies are now seen as an important, indeed an essential, part of the managers skill-set.

Project Management is a structured approach to the delivery of once-off tasks, the introduction of organisational change and strategy implementation. It involves defining, planning, monitoring and controlling all aspects of a project, while motivating those involved, achieving the project objectives on time and to specified cost, quality and performance.

In Semester 1 this Programme introduces you to industry standard frameworks and methodologies and gives you an opportunity to learn and practice the most common tools and techniques used in defining and managing projects. In Semester 2 you will study the impact of Organisations and Teams on the effective definition and management of projects. You will also have an opportunity to reflect on your own unique style and approach to working with others and managing conflict and what the implications of this are for your project work.


At completion of the course students will:

  • Appreciate the benefits of the project management approach through work-based assignments
  • Be more effective project team members / managers
  • Be familiar with the project management frameworks and professional Bodies of Knowledge
  • Be able to use the principle tools and techniques needed for effective project management
  • Understand the organisation context of projects and project outcomes
  • Understand the significance of both soft and hard project management skills
  • Have a shared knowledge and understanding with other students from a wide range of organisations.


The course is intended for:

  • People who work on or are close to projects and would like to learn more about effective approaches to successful project delivery.
  • Those who are likely to move into a project team or project management role, who have little formal project experience, and who are likely to be involved in project planning or a project team role.
  • Staff and managers who are not part of a project team but who work closely with a project team in a business or support role.
  • Those who are interested in acquiring a practical and valuable accredited qualification in a vital domain of management expertise.


The Certificate is made up of two subjects, one in each semester. There is a workbook for each subject and they contain the material you will need to study independently throughout the course. This content is then referenced and contextualised during class along with other related topics. The content of each is set out below. These topics may not always be delivered in the order in which they are listed below.

Subject A: Tools for Managing People

  • Association for Project Management Body of Knowledge (APMBoK)
  • Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge (PMBoK)
  • Critical Success Factors and Core Best Practice
  • Managing the Project Environment
  • Project Management Processes

Subject B: People and Their Role in Projects

  • Projects in Organisations
  • Project Team Structure
  • Leadership and Team Building
  • Conflict and Negotiation
  • Influencing and Motivating People
  • Key Project Processes

Delivery and Duration

The Certificate in Project Management is a part time programme delivered through a combination of distance learning and classroom tuition. Your lecturers are experienced tutors and bring many accumulated years practice of project management and experience of teaching these topics. Tutorials will take place at the IPA, or in one of our adjacent facilities in Dublin, in a dedicated class-room environment. We are a short distance from the Lansdowne Road DART station. These evening work-shops typically run from 6:30 to 9:30 on dates specified below. The total number of tutorial classes is 12.

Subject A workshops will take place on the following dates*:

15-16 February 2016
14-15 March 2016
18-19 April 2016

Subject B workshops will take place on the following dates*:

16-17 May 2016
20-21 June 2016
11-12 July 2016

*Dates may be subject to change.


Assessment is by written exam, one 2 hour exam for each subject, and continuous assessment by assignments. The exams are normally held in January and April. There are 8 assignments in all, each usually of about 1200-1500 words. These are based on your self-study of the course workbook.

Accreditation and Progression

The IPA is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD). From 2011, any student entering an accredited IPA Programme will graduate with a UCD award. The IPA and UCD are part of the wider National University of Ireland (NUI) network. The Certificate in Project Management is at Level 6 (Special Purpose Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

The Certificate is based on both industry standard Bodies of Knowledge and while it does not prepare you for the relevant professional exams it serves as an excellent grounding in both. Successful Students can proceed to the Institute’s Professional Diploma in Project Management at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Administration, Fee, Admissions and Enrolment Procedures

Workbooks (where appropriate), and two course texts, the cost of which is included in the course fee, will be supplied on commencement of each subject. Slide material will be made available at classes and electronically. Refreshments are supplied free of charge to students on their tutorial days.

Enrolment is generally possible up to a few weeks before the course commences.

The course fees can be paid in two instalments, the first instalment of €1,000 payable at the commencement of the course and the second, of €700, payable before 30 April 2016.

Still have some questions? Contact us 01 240 3600.

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