Continuing Education

Project Management

Gain the skills to become a trusted and effective project manager

Project Management skills allow you to organize your work by planning, tracking where you have been, and searching for trends and are in constant demand regardless of which industry you work in. Keeping your efforts on schedule and on budget, and satisfying your customers and stakeholders can be both challenging and rewarding work.

The Project Management Certificate Program at NAIT examines team dynamics and their impact on projects. You will be introduced to project management tools and techniques that will complement your personal development and help you bring continuous improvement practices to your projects and organization.

NAIT is an Authorized Training Partner with the Project Management Institute (PMI). This program aligns with the industry-recognized methodologies and practices described by the Project Management Institute (PMI), PRINCE2®, and Scrum.

Upon successful completion of the learning outcome assessments, you will earn NAIT micro-credentials and receive digital badges to share on social media and with your network.

Courses

Quick Facts

Credential: Certificate Achievement

An approved non-credit program that has a formal summative assessment component, has mappped program or course outcomes, and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.
  • On-Campus Evening and/or Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays in the evening, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday in the daytime.
  • Online Evening and/or Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays in the evening, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.

Industry Relevant Skills 

Project management is the temporary activity undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result. Through NAIT’s Project Management this programming, you will develop skills and competencies valued by employers while earning microcredentials to signal your skills obtainment. 

Among the wide range of skills and knowledge you will gain, you can expect to learn: 

  • essential processes, terminology and elements of project management 
  • strategies and sophisticated techniques used in project management 
  • the elements of the project life cycle 
  • how to develop a project charter 
  • how to use various project management tools 
  • risk and quality management 
  • team-building and leadership skills 

Certification and Program Structure

NAIT’s Project Management programming is structured around the key skills and competencies required to excel as a Project Manager in today’s complex and demanding industries. Our courses are designed develop these skills, and are aligned to microcredentials that you will use to demonstrate your skills to employers and colleagues. There are two groupings of six courses, when combined will result in a Project Leadership Certificate of Achievement, and a Project Management Certificate of Achievement 

  • Project Leadership Certification Pathway
  • Project Management Certification Pathway

You can register in these courses individually or register in our course bundles:   

  • Project Leadership Certificate bundle offered as PMGT500
  • Project Management Certificate bundle offered as PMGT600

Testimonials

The Project Leadership program at NAIT was thorough, engaging and fun. Kevin and Yadu take a very 'hands-on' approach to the class. They know the content and they know how to keep students captivated. So much so that I was willing to forego my weekends for six months. The learnings were invaluable for my work and the networks were even more useful. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested project management, regardless of background.

Cameron Jones

Cameron Jones, MSC

Innovation and Sustainability Lead in Venture Capitalism

I had been debating taking some continuing education for a while and a colleague had recommended the PMGT program he just finished which turned out to be the perfect program that my employer supported. The instructors were awesome at engaging the students while teaching the fundamentals of project management which helped me get my PMP designation. I have been able to apply the material learned towards our project teams which have been a significant factor to our success. 

Wade Weaver

Wade Weaver, P.Tech.(Eng.), B.Tech., PMP

Manager – Industrial, Geomatics
WSP

I really enjoyed taking the NAIT PMGT program. The real world experience of the instructors, combined with technical project management skills they presented, gave me great usable tools that I could start applying to my job day 1. In addition talking with other project managers taking the course afforded many learning and networking opportunities. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to get into or enhance their project management skills. 

Dan Pipke, C.E.T.

Project Manager – Transportation and Environmental
Alberta Transportation

Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation

NAIT is an Authorized Training Partner with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

To become certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional (PMP®), you will need to pass the PMP exam and accumulate the required hours of project management experience. A PMP® certification is the most respected and highly sought-after credential in project management.

Learn more about the PMP designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI)

Blue Seal approved

The Blue Seal program was established by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board to encourage and recognize business training. If you are a certified Alberta Journeyperson in a designated trade or occupation, earning a Blue Seal proves that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and have the skills to succeed in business.

If you have a valid Alberta Journeyperson, Occupational, Qualification or Proficiency Certificate, you can enhance your current certification with a Blue Seal. You can also earn a Blue Seal if you have the equivalent to an Alberta trade or occupational certificate.

To apply for your Blue Seal, submit a completed Blue Seal application, proof of completion (such as official transcripts) and the non-refundable $50 fee to any Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) office. Applications can be found on the Tradesecrets website.

Visit Tradesecrets

NAIT introduces Micro-credentials within its Project Management program

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NAIT introduces Micro-credentials within its Project Management program

Micro-credentials are represented as digital badges that you can share and display on social media, allowing you to communicate your achievements with peers, employers, and colleagues.

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Instructors

Bill Walkhouse, CET, PMP

Bill Walkhouse, CET, PMP

Bill is a proud NAIT Alumni from the Materials Engineering Technology program, and began his career working as a researcher and process technologist in the advanced materials field.

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Cathy Wilm

Cathy Wilm

Cathy Wilm has over 22 years of industry experience in software development, microelectronics, and information technology.

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Dr. Luli Hoxha, PhD, MBA, PMP

Dr. Luli Hoxha, PhD, MBA, PMP

Dr. Luli Hoxha is an accomplished practitioner in the field of project management who has over 15 years of experience managing projects all across Canada for Future 100 companies.

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Kevin Whelan, Facilitator, NAIT

Kevin Whelan, Facilitator, NAIT

Kevin is a proud NAIT Alumnus, graduating from Engineering Design and Drafting Technology (EDDT) in 1992.

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Program Delivery

Courses in NAIT’s Project Management programming are designed with working professionals in mind. We offer flexible start dates throughout the year, and courses are offered in a variety of schedules to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

Project Management is being offered both face-to-face and virtually (online).  If you prefer one delivery method over another, please be sure to check Course Information for the course dates you are interested in to view the delivery method before registering.  Both delivery options provide students with live, active instruction and engagement with other participants.

You can complete the entire Project Management program, including both the Project Leadership and Project Management Certificates in as little as three weeks on our accelerated “bootcamp” schedule if you choose. Most people complete the program over the course of a full calendar year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

How do I apply/register?

Except for our Academic Upgrading and ESL programs, you do not need to apply to get started. If you would like to join us for courses, you can enrol yourself through our website and complete your fee payment by VISA/MasterCard credit or debit card.

You can proceed to the course page and select “Add to Cart” beside the course dates of your choice. You will complete your payment once you are signed into your account. A video walkthrough of this process is available at www.nait.ca/register

Visit the ESL application page for details on how to register.

Visit the Academic Upgrading program page for details on how to register.

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When is the deadline to register?

This can vary depending on the course or program. Some courses may have specific registration deadlines, which will be noted under View Course Information.

Space is limited, and our courses can fill up well before the scheduled start date. For best results, we recommend enrolling as soon as you are able. If the Add to Cart button is available on the website, you are welcome to enrol.

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I am trying to sign up, but the shopping cart says “already enrolled in course, add not processed.” What do I do now?

You may have begun and not finished the checkout process in the last 24 hours. The course is on your MyNAIT portal waiting for secure online payment to confirm your seat in the class.

Please log in to your MyNAIT portal complete online payment through Self Service.

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I've been added to a waitlist. What does this mean?

If a course you wish to take says Add to Waitlist instead of Add to Cart, that means that there are no open seats for registration for that section.

You can add yourself to the waitlist at no charge for a chance to be enrolled if space becomes available. If you are enrolled from the waitlist, you will receive an email notice advising you to visit your student portal to make a payment.

Where possible, we recommend enrolling yourself in a different section with available space to ensure you can still complete the course even if you are not enrolled from the waitlist into your preferred section.

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Do I need a NAIT student account to sign up for Continuing Education classes? How do I make one?

Yes, you do need a NAIT student account to sign up for Continuing Education classes.

If you are new to NAIT, we recommend creating a NAIT account on the MyNAIT portal. When you are asked for a NAIT ID number, leave the space blank if you have not attended or applied to NAIT before, and our system will generate a new Student ID for you.

Once your account has been made, you can search for a course and add it to your cart. You will complete your payment once you are signed into your account with your new username and password.  More details including a video walkthrough of this process is available at www.nait.ca/register

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Funding Options

How much does it cost?

NAIT has a flexible payment option for continuing education classes. 10% of the cost is due upon enrolment (as well as material fees if applicable).

The remainder of tuition is due 30 days prior to class start date. Student aid funding is not available for continuing education classes.

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What are my funding and payment options?

NAIT has a flexible payment option for continuing education classes. 10% of the cost is due upon enrolment (as well as material fees if applicable).

The remainder of tuition is due 30 days prior to class start date. Student aid funding is not available for continuing education classes.

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What is the cancellation and refund policy?

To be eligible for a refund, you must drop your course at least 10 calendar days before the class start date.

Please see the refund policy for more information.

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Are there other fees for textbooks, memberships, hardware or equipment? If so, is it something I buy from NAIT, and how?

If textbooks, materials or software are required for an individual course, it will be noted in the course details. If software or other costs apply to a whole program, it will be listed in the program overview.

Most textbooks can be purchased directly from Shop at NAIT. The program area will provide further directions if your course requires textbooks, software or other materials that need to be purchased elsewhere.

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An organization (employer or community organization) wants to pay for my Continuing Education courses by invoice. How do we set this up?

Please submit a Third Party Sponsorship form for Continuing Education courses.

This document needs to clearly identify the student, the course(s) requested, the start dates for each course requested, and the contact information of the sponsoring organization and invoicing contact. Once complete, submit the forms online.

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Courses, certificates and transfer credits

I want to apply for transfer credit, what is the process?

If you have previous post-secondary education and want to apply for transfer credit, you must first be accepted into a credit program and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit.

Transfer credit is granted as per the guidelines and process outlined here. Please note that processing times for transfer credit is 4-6 weeks, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.  

To apply for transfer credit, please log into your MyNAIT portal account and select Open Self-Service. Once in Self-Service, select Academic Records>Transfer Credits>Apply for Transfer Credits. Please follow the prompts, make the required payment, and click submit. If you do not click on the submit button, your transfer credit application will not be received by NAIT.  

To monitor your transfer credit application, under the same section Self-Service, select Monitor Application Status. You can also locate the step-by-step Transfer Credit Application guide under the Self-Service Guide on the portal. 

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I am looking for a course or program

You can search for a Continuing Education program or course based on your area of interest here.

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What are the prior knowledge and skill expectations (prerequisites) for Continuing Education courses?

The expectations before joining any of our programs will vary for each course and certificate. We will list prerequisites or recommended prior knowledge for each certificate on the program landing page, and for individual courses in the course information.

You can view individual course information by either clicking the course title or the View Course Information option under the course title.

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Is there a recommended order to take each course in the certificate?

Most program areas list the courses in the recommended order and include any prerequisite information in the course Information description. If a course is listed as a pre-requisite, you would need to have completed the prerequisite to be able to register.

If a course is listed as recommended you can enrol without having the prerequisite on your record, which we only recommend doing if you have mastered the content of the recommended course through other work experience or education.

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How long does it take to finish this program? Do I have a time limit?

Many Continuing Education programs are relatively short, and you have the benefit of taking individual courses as fit your schedule and budget.

Use the drop-down menu of dates beside the add to cart button to pick out a schedule that works for you. We recommend completing most programs within 1-2 years wherever possible to help you maintain connections in your learning from course to course.

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How do I request a certificate after I complete a course or program?

After you have completed all required courses associated with your program, you can request certification.

Download and submit the Request for Certificate form for Continuing Education programs. The form provides directions for where to submit your request.

Certificate requests typically take up to 6 weeks to be processed.

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Can I get credit towards this credential for experience or past coursework?

Many programs will accept previous experience or coursework.

There is a fee and formal application process for transfer credit for previous course work or work experience. Learn more about transfer and credit options.

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Technology Requirements

The course description says “Mac, Chromebook or tablets are not supported." What are my options to attend virtual courses?

The statement about Windows vs. Mac is for classes that are taught on computers running Windows.

The instructor will be using a Windows operating system for these courses and will not be able to allocate instructional time navigating or troubleshooting differences between Mac/Windows OS.

Some students are comfortable doing that type of troubleshooting themselves, but there may also be software compatibility concerns for your individual course and the instructor will not able to provide direct technical support should you choose to proceed against the program’s recommendation.

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What is Moodle, and how do I use it?

Moodle is the learning platform we use for many of our online courses.

If your course will be delivered through Moodle, you can access it by clicking the Moodle button right in your MyNAIT portal account. You will find your course linked in Moodle on the scheduled start date.

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