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Certificate in Project Management

Key Facts

  • Distance learning supported by attendance at 6 x one-day (weekday) workshops at the IPA in Dublin
  • One academic year (commences in October and concludes in April)
  • Accredited by UCD
  • Based on universally accepted professional Bodies of Knowledge
  • Tailored to address the unique issues and challenges faced by public sector project managers
  • Unique blend of best practice tools and techniques and vital project management soft skills
  • Access to library, study facilities and a virtual learning environment
  • Level 6 (Special Purpose Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications
  • The cost of the programme is €1,800 (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in two instalments
  • Successful students can enrol for the Professional Diploma in Project Management
  • To ensure the best student experience on this programme, numbers are limited and early booking is recommended to secure a place.
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See below for further information on the Certificate in Project Management.

What Previous Students say about the Certificate:

  • ‘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’

Certificate Programme

The value and impact of project management knowledge, tools and techniques and the effective management of project teams is recognised by many. The continuing pace of change in the civil service, the health sector, state agencies and the increasing service demands placed on local authorities requires a disciplined and focused approach. As a result there is an increasing emphasis in the public service on project management discipline as a means of delivering strategy effectively and efficiently. Project management competencies are now seen as an important, indeed an essential, part of the modern public servant 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.

Semester One of 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 Two 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 what the implications of this are for your project work.

The focus of the course is predominantly on projects in the public service but in reality the problems and issues confronting project management professionals are universal. While referencing the professional bodies of knowledge, the course is tailored to address the unique challenges faced by public sector project managers and team members but is equally applicable to other sectors.


This programme will be particularly relevant 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

Delivery And Duration

The Certificate in Project Management is a part-time programme delivered through a combination of distance learning and classroom tuition.  The IPA lecturers are experienced tutors who bring many accumulated years practice of project management and experience of teaching these topics.

Workbooks and course texts (one in soft format) will be supplied on commencement of each subject.  Slide materials will be made available at classes and through our online learning platform.

Tutorials/Workshops will take place at the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin in a dedicated classroom environment. The total number of tutorials days is six.  These one-day workshops typically run from 9:30am to 5:00pm on the dates specified below.  Dates may be subject to change

Subject A Workshops
26 September 2017
24 October 2017
22 November 2017

19 December 2017


Subject B Workshops
9 January 2018
6 February 2018
6 March 2018

05 April 2018 


The programme 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 subject 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 Projects

  • 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
  • Motivating and Influencing People
  • Key Project Processes 


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 awarded by UCD and is at Level 6 (Special Purpose Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).


Successful students can further their studies in Project Management with the Professional Diploma in Project Management.


Assessment is by one x two hour written exam for each subject, and continuous assessment by assignments.

Fee, Enrolment Procedures and Admissions

The fee for the Certificate in Project Management is €1,800 per person (2016-2017).  Fee includes attendance, lunch and refreshments at tutorials, course workbooks, texts, presentation materials and all matriculation and examination fees.  Fees can be paid in two instalments, the first instalment of €1,000 is payable at the commencement of the course and the second, of €800, is payable before 27 January 2017.

Enrolment is generally possible up to a few weeks before the course commences however numbers are limited and early booking is recommended to secure a place.  Enrolment procedures are outlined in the IPA's Undergraduate Brochure.

The IPA's Undergraduate Brochure can be downloaded from the links below, however please note that this webpage contains the most up-to-date information on the Certificate.

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