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Gain Practical PM Skills and Tools in Four Days


This intensive course will examine the basics of putting together a well-defined, planned, and executed project. Students will learn how to define, plan and execute a project whether the goal is simple or complex; gain the tools and knowledge for delivering projects on time and on budget, while meeting performance specifications; explore the basic components of project management and the project life cycle. This course will also help students determine the correct project through strategic portfolio analysis; create a successful charter; assemble and manage a team; analyze and control risk; monitor project milestones; and close out the project.

This course is aligned with the Project Management Body of Knowledge, and will provide 35 education hours, the amount necessary to be eligible to sit for the PMP certification exam. This course will provide a solid review of the PMBOK guide, but is not an exam prep course.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges of balancing project constraints (i.e., time, cost, scope, quality, and risk)
  • Recognize and describe the five process groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing) and ten knowledge areas
  • Articulate the roles and skill sets of the effective project manager practitioner
  • Develop awareness of factors that impact projects, including leadership, the organization, team dynamics, and power
  • Work with basic project management documents, such as the project charter, the work breakdown structure (WBS), the project management plan, and the lessons learned reportCapture.PNG
What Will You Earn?

Upon successful completion, you will receive a verifiable digital credential. The digital credential may be shared on social media and with colleagues and employers in order to recognize your achievement. In addition, you will have earned 35 hours of education from UC San Diego Extended Studies (3.5 credit units). Official university transcripts are available by request.

Learning Formats

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Traditional in-person class meetings at one of our campus locations with access to our online learning portal, "Canvas." Boot Camp classes typically meet for all day sessions. Schedules and locations can vary, so be sure to check the schedule before enrolling. Click on the “In-class” section below to view location, dates, and times.



Live Online:
Fully online instructor-led training with live virtual class meetings via Zoom conferencing. Click on the “Live Online” section below to view details of the online meeting times and instructor information.

Note: Not all formats may be available every quarter.

Benefits of the Project Management Boot Camp


The Project Management Boot Camp provides an overview of the foundamental knowledge that project managers need to lead projects using a hands-on approach to learning. The Project Management Boot Camp provides:

  • 35 instructor-led education hours, the number needed for PMI's PMP exam 
  • Four all-day trainings to help you meet your goals quickly
  • Credit towards UC San Diego Extended Studies' Project Management Certificate program
  • A verifiable digital credential and printable PDF certificate

Practical Training vs. Test Prep


While UC San Diego Extension's Project Management courses can be used to earn PDUs and certainly help students to prepare for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) certification exams, UCSD Extension's classes are not meant to be a test prep. Instead, our classes are application oriented and teach best practices to use the tools and techniques in your career. An exam prep course is solely focused on passing the CAPM or PMP exam. The Project Management Boot Camp provides students with an overview of the body of knowledge and teaches students how to apply the various project management tools and techniques. Education hours acquired during our course can be used to satisfy education requirements for the PMP exam.

The PMP and CAPM exams are administered solely by PMI. For more on the PMP or CAPM exams, please go to and review the Project Management Institute's Project Managment Professional Handbook.

Other Credits: 35 hours of continuing education credit

Note: This course satisfies the prerequisite requirement for Project Planning and Scheduling (BUSA-40715) and Project Cost Management (BUSA-40970).

For questions about this course, please contact

Course Number: BUSA-40950
Credit: 3.50 unit(s)
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