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Project Management Certificate


Whether you are a full time project manager or have 3-5 years of professional work experience, USC’s Project Management Certificate provides the 35 hours of training required to sit for the PMP® certification exam. Our intensive 4-day program was designed for professionals who want to distinguish themselves and validate their project management expertise by obtaining their PMP® certification through the prestigious Project Management Institute.

Even if you choose not to pursue your PMP® certification, individuals in any discipline who work on projects in either the public or private sector will benefit from this certificate program.


Visit the USC Project Management website to learn more today


Certificate Program Details

Tuition: $2,200 includes all materials, courseware, and graduation certificate.  The online students will need a headset for their online classes.

Students who previously completed USC's Project Management Fundamentals course receive a 10% discount on the full certificate program!

Financing Options:  To mitigate the cost of the program, USC has established an account with Sallie Mae for continuing education training. Sallie Mae will evaluate your credit score and recommends a co-borrower for those with low scores or minimal credit history. To apply online for a continuing education loan with Sallie Mae, CLICK HERE.


Upcoming Sessions

 Course: PE15-2004: Project Management Certificate
 Dates: Monday - Thursday: 03/23/15 - 03/26/15
 Times: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
 Fee: $2200.00
 Session(s): 4
 Notes: Approximately one week before the course start date, you will be emailed course location and parking information.

 Course: PE15-2020: Project Management Certificate
 Dates: Monday - Thursday: 06/22/15 - 06/25/15
 Times: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
 Fee: $2200.00
 Session(s): 4
 Notes: Approximately one week before the course start date, you will be emailed course location and parking information.

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Curriculum Overview

Lesson 1 - Examining Professional Project Management

Lesson 2 - Initiating a Project

Lesson 3 - Planning Project Work

Lesson 4 - Developing Project Schedules

Lesson 5 - Developing Cost Estimates and Budgets

Lesson 6 - Planning Project Quality, Staffing, and Communications

Lesson 7 - Analyzing Risks and Planning Risk Responses

Lesson 8 - Planning Project Procurements

Lesson 9 - Executing Project Work

Lesson 10 - Managing Project Procurement

Lesson 11 - Monitoring and Controlling Project Work

Lesson 12 - Monitoring and Controlling Project Schedule Costs

Lesson 13 - Monitoring and Controlling Project Performance and Quality

Lesson 14 - Monitoring and Controlling Project Risks and Procurements

Lesson 15 - Closing the Project


PMP® Certification Information from PMI

For important information regarding the PMP® certification requirements, visit the PMI website at:  

To apply for the PMP® certification, you need to have either:

  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education*, OR
  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education*.
*USC's program meets the 35-hour project management education requirement to sit for the PMP® certification exam.

Meet the Instructor  

 Troy Penny

Troy S. Penny is a certified Project/Program Manager currently serving as the Vice President of Education and a board member for the Project Management Institute (PMI-Midlands).

He has over 30 years of IT leadership and project management experience both in private business and while serving with the Department of Defense in the United States Air Force. 

His industry experience with Fortune 500 companies spans the health care, manufacturing, transportation, services, aerospace and telecommunications fields.

He is currently serving as a Program Manager at BlueCross BlueShield of SC where he develops and manages both strategic and tactical information technology projects across multiple lines of business.

He also works with the University of South Carolina Department of Continuing Education and Conferences as an adjunct instructor for project management fundamentals and advanced PMI® certification classes.

Prior to his current roles, he was the Vice President of Solutions Delivery for Computer Extension Professionals and served as the Director of Information Technology for KoSa North America.

Troy frequently donates his expertise to community and charitable organizations. He works with the Sisters of Charity Foundation in partnership with Columbia College to provide mentorship in project management to nonprofit organizations. In 2014 he donated his time to the Diocese of Charleston serving as the Project Manager and organizer for the first ever Catholic Men’s Conference held in the State of South Carolina.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and completed his post graduate coursework in The Management of Information Technology at Furman University.  He holds a current PMP® certification with the Project Management Institute and was previously certified as an Information Systems Auditor with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.


If you would prefer to register by phone, please contact us at (803) 777-9444.


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