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Project Management Professional Development


In additional to the annual project management symposium, we offer a variety of professional development opportunities to assist you in furthering your project management knowledge and earning or maintaining your professional credentials. While these professional programs do not earn academic college credit, you may qualify as the education contact hours required before taking credentialing exams and as continuing education contact hours for maintaining your credentials.

PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMBOK and PMI are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

  • PMP® Exam Prep
  • PgMP® Exam Prep
  • PfMP® Exam Prep
  • Applied PM Forum

PMP® Exam Prep

This course is based on the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) fifth edition

This course helps you prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification examination by discussing the PMBOK® Guide content in the context of the life cycle of a project. Provided course materials include the PMBOK® Guide and Kim Heldman’s PMP®: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide (7th ed.).

Classes meet on ten Monday evenings for 3.5 hours each and earn the 35 contact hours of education needed to sit for the PMP exam. Participants reinforce their learning by completing online practice quizzes each week and a comprehensive practice exam at the end of the program.

  • Dates and Registration for the PMP® Exam Review Course

    Location: Naveen Jindal School of Management
    PDUs: 35
    Fee: $995, includes all instructional materials and parking permits
    Register: Secure online registration
    Time: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    Dates:

    Fall Session 2017

    September 25
    October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    November 6, 13, 20
    December 4

  • Topical Outline

    • Introduction to PMP® Certification
    • Project Management Context
    • Project Management Framework
    • Project Initiation
    • Scope Definition
    • Work Breakdown Structure Development
    • Schedule Development
    • Project Planning and Budgeting
    • Project Risk Management
    • Project Execution
    • Monitoring and Control
    • Project Closing
    • Professional Responsibility
  • Who Should Attend?

    Candidates preparing to take the PMP certification exam

  • Instructors

    All instructors have substantial project management experience and are certified PMPs.

    The Project Management Institute awards the PMP credential. Information about this credential and application instructions are available on the PMI website (http://www.pmi.org/certification/project-management-professional-pmp.aspx). Registration for this course does not include the application fee for the certification exam.

    For additional information, contact a Project Management Program staff member at (972) 883-2656.

PgMP® Exam Prep

Why earn a PgMP?

Do you want to distinguish yourself from the nearly 500,000 PMP®s in the world? With only approximately 1500 PgMP® credentials issued, the Program Management Professional (PgMP)® is rapidly becoming the credential of choice. Earning the PgMP® credential recognizes your advanced experience and skill at overseeing multiple related projects and aligning resources with organizational objectives.

PgMP® credential holders oversee the success of a program, grouping related projects together to realize organizational benefits not available if they were managed separately. It’s the perfect fit if you define projects, assign project managers and oversee programs.

Register Online for PgMP® Prep or Webinar

PgMP Exam Preparation Course $950

This course earns 40 Professional Development Units (PDUs)

Visit PgMP Online Boot Camp Learning Path to see how this course relates to the 2013 PgMP examination content outline

  • Is PgMP for me?

    Still have questions if the PgMP® Exam Prep is for you? View our PgMP® Webinar

    Gain a further understanding of the PgMP® certification in our online PgMP® webinar. Dr. Ginger Levin takes you through a thorough explanation of the importance of program management, the PgMP® credential and the PgMP® application process.

    The combined playing time of the four modules is 71 minutes and the $20 cost of the webinar will be credited to your purchase when you are ready to start the PgMP® Exam Prep course.

    Applicants are invited to contact Dr. Levin during their preparation for the PgMP® certification. With over 49 years of experience in project, program, and portfolio management working for the U.S. government and in consulting for private and public sector clients; access to her knowledge of the PgMP® process is invaluable. Dr. Levin is the second person in the world to attain the PgMP® certification. Dr. Levin is also PMP certified and a certified PMI OPM3 Professional.

  • How do I earn it?

    The Project Management Institute awards the PgMP® credential. Earning the PgMP® requires passing two evaluations beginning with an extensive application review by a panel of credentialed program managers. Passing this allows you to take a rigorous multiple choice examination of situational and scenario-based questions that is much more challenging than the PMP® exam.

    Information about this credential and application instructions are available in the PgMP® Handbook and Exam Content Outline available on the PMI website (http://www.pmi.org/certification/program-management-professional-pgmp.aspx).

    Registration for this course does not include the application fee paid to PMI.

    While we cannot help you attain the required experience, we can help you prepare to pass the exam

  • Course Description

    This online course is an on-demand distance version of Dr. Ginger Levin’s highly acclaimed PgMP® Exam Prep Boot Camp. Course content is broken up into short topical lessons followed by practice questions that can typically be completed in 30 minutes or less. These are followed by practice exams to help you prepare for the difficult PgMP® exam.

    You can access this class from anywhere, at any time, and can replay the individual lessons as many times as you like. Also, you can reach out to Dr. Levin, the second person in the world to attain the PgMP® credential, at any time with your questions.

    This course is current and fully aligned with PMI’s The Standard for Program Management – Third Edition (2013) and its PgMP® Examination Content Outline, April 2011.

    Before taking this course, you should download or purchase The Standard for Program Management – Third Edition (2013) and consider purchasing Dr. Levin and Mr. J.LeRoy Ward’s PgMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guidebook – Fourth Edition.

  • Meet the Instructor

    Ginger Levin

    Ginger Levin, PMP, PgMP, Certified OPM3 Professional

    Dr. Ginger Levin, PMP, PgMP teaches in program and project management graduate degree programs at two universities around the world. Dr. Levin has over 49 years of experience in project, program, and portfolio management working for the U.S. government and in consulting for private and public sector clients. She is certified by PMI as an OPM3 Professional.

    Dr. Levin received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from The George Washington University for her research on large organizations and ethics. She is the author, editor, or co-author of 21 books; her most recent is: “Portfolio Management A Strategic Approach”. She speaks regularly at project management conferences worldwide.

    Dr. Levin was the second person in the world to attain the PgMP certification.

    In 2014, she won the Eric Jenett Award from PMI for her service to the profession.

  • Testimonials

    Dr Ginger Levin was the first to assist me on the PgMP journey. She skillfully guided me through the application process. My applications was quickly processed and accepted without revision. Next, I attended (three times) her 40 hour on line boot camp available through UT Dallas. The boot camp seamlessly integrated ECO and SPM and has embedded test questions throughout. I highly recommend it. I also wish to thank Ginger for numerous one on one conference calls and quick responses to email. I will miss our Saturday morning meetings!
    Charles Gruer

    Hi Ginger,
    I am happy to inform you that I passed the PgMP Examiniation on 6th of March. I first tried the examination last year October but failed. I must confess I was not ready when I took it last year. I went back, took my time reviewed all the materials again. This time around, I learnt from my mistake the last time. One was time. I was in question 100 with 1 hour to go the last time. It was a less than ideal situation. This time I had answered all questions with 20 minutes to spare for revision.
    Your course material and online training were a big part of my success. I am inspired to help others pass the examination. I will be looking forward to exploring teaching/coaching opportunities in program management , in addition to my current role as an ITIL instructor(Part time basis)
    Regards
    Chris

    Dear Dr. Levin,
    Many, many, many thanks for your assistance. I could not have done it without your online boot camp.
    Candice Gray

    I just passed the PgMP today on the first attempt. I prepared by following Dr. Ginger Levin’s online boot camp and studying the materials she recommended. I also downloaded the practice test engine from PMO Advisory. Yesterday, I completed the 3 practice tests from PMO Advisory and then printed the test questions from Dr. Levin’s practice test and completed all of the questions (all 122 pages). I then went back and reviewed again the sections where I missed questions. My exam was scheduled at 8:30 this morning. Dr Levin’s materials were extremely helpful. The PMO advisory practice tests were so-so. I stress about taking exams, so spending yesterday practicing testing and reviewing was helpful to me to feel like I was in the exam zone today
    Jennifer Taylor

    Ginger, how are you these days? I hope all is good with you and your family. When I was interviewing for my new job with Microsoft, people were blown away that I had my PgMP. They wanted to know why I did a PgMP vs a PMP. My response was because it was a global view PM certification (vs project specific) and because few people dared try for it! Needless to say, it pressed a right button for someone. Bottom line is that my PgMP helped me land this job! Stay well! Steve
    Steven Catapano – Principal Account Delivery Executive at Microsoft

    I wanted to share with the group that I passed the PgMP exam this morning. I want to thank Dr. Dr. Ginger Levin for her books and online boot camp
    Frank Gongloff PMP PgMP, Program Manager at DMI (Digital Management, Inc.)

    “Although I took a lot more time to complete the first attempt of the course, I really liked the course. I believe it cleared a number of my concepts and ambiguities so far.”
    Naveed Etlaf

    I studied hard and passed at First time.
    Thanks to Dr. Ginger Levin, PMP, PgMP, OPM3 Certified. I used her material: boot camp, books.
    Roberto Laurita – Rome, Italy

    Dr. Ginger
    Thanks a lot for your help, I passed my exam yesterday. Your online boot camp and books were very helpful in helping me complete my PgMP journey.
    Thank you
    Ghassan Hudhud

    Thank you! Your Boot Camp and Practice Exam really helped prepare me for this. I only used:

    • Standard for Program Management
    • Examination Content Outline
    • Your Boot Camp
    • Your Practice Exams!
    I passed on the first attempt so I’m sure I owe a lot to your materials.
    Mary Romero- Supervisor Power System Event Management

    I wanted to take this time out to recommend Ginger’s PgMP Boot-Camp. I found that using Ginger’s study guides along with the interactive Boot-Camp married up perfectly for me to pass the PgMP. Reading her guides and books were extremely helpful. However, I believe the Boot-Camp gave me the edge to pass the exam. The amount of in depth knowledge and mock digital exams after each section prepares you soundly for the most difficult test I have ever taken. The PgMP is not to be taken lightly as I am sure all who have taken it can disclose. Preparation is key, and the steady flow of knowledge that the Boot-Camp delivers along with the digital tests are like the real exam. During my time taking the Boot-Camp Ginger was always there for me via phone, email, and conference to talk about any questions I have. Ginger is the real deal and so is her study materials and Boot-Camp. If you want to pass the PgMP I suggest you get her study guides and do the Boot-camp.
    Tom Oran at Verizon

    Dear All,
    I just cleared my PgMP exam on my first attempt. That was a very long and difficult journey, but never give up.

    • Completed Gingers PgMP Boothcamp and Implementing Program Management Book
    • Read Jean Gouix’s PgMP Exam Preparation Study Guide and questions
    • Read Anup Kumar’s PgMP One Stop Shop
    • Attended PMO Advisory’s PgMP preparation Class
    • Read ECO and SPM countless times
    I am honored to join the club. I would appreciate all of you for your great contribution for sharing your experience.
    Best wishes,
    Muhammet Demirel

    I found the online course very helpful when preparing for the PgMP exam. Dr Levin has very succinctly highlighted key points in each domain area and most importantly, clearly mapped the Exam Content Guideline with the SPM framework. I would recommend this resource to anyone who is preparing to take the PgMP exam.
    Cheers,
    Huma Sohrwardy

    I wanted to let you know that I PASSED the PgMP exam. Thank you for the quality of the training material and the proactive help.
    Regards,
    Santosh Parida

    Hi Ginger:
    I just want to drop you a note on my study updates. I like your online course very much.
    Ciaran Lacey

    I took Dr. Levin’s UT online course and finished the exam in approximately 2.5 hours.
    Best regards,
    Chris Pippy

    Hi Dr. Ginger,
    I’m glad to inform you that I passed the exam finally by virtue of God and moved to the MRA assessment. Thank you so much for your support in this journey.
    Best regards,
    Haiyan Alsaiyed

    Signing up for Dr Ginger Levin’s PgMP Boot Camp was a turning point in my PgMP journey and was pivotal to my success in attaining my PgMP. The course structure and quality is excellent, and enables the student to thoroughly prepare themselves for the exam. I highly recommend it.
    Best regards,
    Eigen Halpin

PfMP® Exam Prep

Why earn a PfMP?

Do you want to distinguish yourself from the nearly 700,000 PMP®s in the world? With only approximately 300 PfMP® credentials issued, the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)® is rapidly becoming the credential of choice. Earning the PfMP® credential recognizes your advanced experience and skill implementing portfolio management and ensuring you are selecting the programs and projects that are the ones that will promote business value for your organization.

PfMP® credential holders help ensure programs and projects that are pursued are ones that are aligned with their organization’s strategic goals and objectives. This credential is perfect for you if you work in evaluating and selecting programs and projects, evaluating their priority, setting criteria for this evaluation, rebalancing the portfolio as required, managing any risks to the portfolio, and communicating the status of the work in progress. It also is perfect if you are a member of a Portfolio Review Board or comparable group or if you lead or participate in a Portfolio Management Office.

Register Online for PfMP® Prep or Webinar

PfMP Exam Preparation Course $950

The number of Professional Development Units (PDUs) this course earns will be determined when more data becomes available.

Visit PfMP Online Boot Camp Learning Path to see how this course relates to the 2013 PfMP examination content outline

  • Is PfMP for me?

    Still have questions if the PfMP® Exam Prep is for you? View our PfMP® Webinar

    Gain a further understanding of the PfMP® certification in our online PfMP® webinar. Dr. Ginger Levin takes you through a thorough explanation of the importance of Portfolio Management, the PfMP® credential and the PfMP® application process. The combined playing time of the eight modules is 74 minutes and the $20 cost of the webinar will be credited to your purchase when you are ready to start the PfMP® Exam Prep course.

    Applicants are invited to contact Dr. Levin during their preparation for the PfMP® certification. With over 49 years of experience in project, program, and portfolio management working for the U.S. government and in consulting for private and public sector clients, access to her knowledge of the PfMP® process is invaluable. Dr. Levin was fortunate to have an intern job early in her career in what today would be called a Portfolio Management Group with the then Southern Railway. In consulting, she has helped numerous public and private sector organizations implement it and has given many seminars at PMI chapters on portfolio management. She is the editor of Portfolio Management: A Strategic Approach, published in 2015, and the co-author of Project Portfolio Management Tools and Techniques.

  • How do I earn it?

    The Project Management Institute awards the PfMP® credential. Earning the PfMP® requires passing a sequence of two evaluations beginning with an extensive application review by a panel of credentialed portfolio managers. Passing this evaluation allows you to take a rigorous multiple choice examination of situational and scenario-based questions that is much more challenging than the PMP® exam.

    Information about this credential and application instructions are available in the PfMP® Handbook and Exam Content Outline available on the PMI website (http://www.pmi.org/certification/portfolio-management-professional-pfmp.aspx).

    Registration for this course does not include the application fee paid to PMI.

    While we cannot help you attain the required experience, we can help you prepare to pass the exam

  • Course Description

    Course content is broken up into short topical lessons followed by practice questions that can typically be completed in 30 minutes or less. These are followed by practice exams to help you prepare for the difficult PfMP® exam

    You can access this class from anywhere, at any time, and can replay the individual lessons as many times as you like. Also, you can reach out to Dr. Levin at any time with your questions.

    UT Dallas’ online course is fully aligned with the Project Management Institute’s The Standard for Portfolio Management – Third Edition (2013) and its PfMP® Examination Content Outline, 2013.

    Before taking this course, you should download or purchase The Standard for Portfolio Management – Third Edition (2013) and consider purchasing Dr. Levin’s PfMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide

  • Meet the Instructor

    Dr. Ginger Levin teaches in portfolio, program and project management graduate degree programs at two universities at the master’s and doctoral degree levels. Dr. Levin has 49 years of experience in project, program, and portfolio management working for the U.S. government and in consulting for private and public sector clients. In 2014, she received PMI’s Eric Jenett’s Award for her service to the profession. Dr. Levin received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from The George Washington University for her research on large organizations and ethics. She is the editor, author or co-author of 21 books; her most recent book is: Portfolio Management: A Strategic Approach. She speaks regularly at project management conferences worldwide.

  • Testimonials

    Dear Ginger!
    Thank you so much for your motivation and for your excellent materials! The book and boot camp! Today I passed the exam on my first time! I am a PfMP!!!!! And you were part of my success!
    Best regards! God bless you!
    Eunice Duran de Vasquez

Applied PM Forum

The Applied Project Management Forum is a bimonthly speaker event sponsored by the UT Dallas Project Management Program. It was formed to facilitate ongoing education for project managers on topics that are relevant in today’s business world. Speakers from both the business and academic communities share their experiences and insights.

September 19, 2017
Ethics, Not Physics

Naveen Jindal School of Management

Davidson Auditorium, JSOM 1.118

6:00 pm-6:30 pm Pizza and Networking
6:30 pm-8:00 pm Presentation

Please complete this form to RSVP for the current month’s event. You may also complete this form to be notified of future events.

  • Current Month’s Speaker

    As project managers, we have an obligation to our clients, peers and superiors to hold ourselves to a high standard of ethical conduct. But what does that really mean?

    Ever been in a situation where you weren’t sure which ethical choice was the right one?

    Sometimes there seems to be more than one ethical path, and it’s hard to tell which should take precedence. Or there appear to be ethical downsides with whatever path you take.

    This audience participation session will use real world situations and put it to a vote – what should you do? Which ethical perspective takes priority? And when you’re stumped, where can you go for help?

    Leadership 1.00

    Susan Kennedy

    Susan Kennedy

    PMP

    Susan Kennedy is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with 30 years’ experience leading teams. She has managed projects across the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

    Susan is co-owner of a real estate firm, American Realty. Susan is President of the PMI Dallas Chapter, a 4,200 member volunteer organization of project professionals. She is an independent consultant and currently an instructor for a project management class at UT Dallas.

    Khlood Elsayed

    Khlood Elsayed

    PMP, CISSP, CISA

    Specializing in the operational efficiencies for organizations of varying complexities and sizes, Khlood is highly regarded for her ability to identify areas of opportunity and implement desired results.

    Khlood has successfully managed projects that span a multitude of industries and environments, inclusive of training initiatives, business development and vendor management, infrastructure projects and software implementations.

    Khlood is a member of the PMI Dallas Chapter, PMI Dallas Toastmasters and ASCEND North Texas.

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    Sherry James, PMP – July 18, 2017
    Partnering With The Next Generation
    Technical .50, Leadership .50, Strategic and Business Management .50

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    Mei Lin, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP, DTM – May 17, 2017
    To Be One of A Million
    Technical Project Management 1.25, Leadership.25

    Aniruddha Rajendra – March 21, 2017
    Applying Toyota Way in Software Development
    Technical 50%, Strategic and Business Management 50%

    Wayne Bullard, PMP LSC – January 17, 2017
    Don’t Box In Your Tools
    Technical 75%, Strategic and Business Management 25%

    Jim Fette – November 15, 2016
    Strategic Planning Using Project Management Tools and Techniques
    Leadership 50%, Strategic and Business Management 50%

    Nayan D. Patel, CHCIO, FHIMSS, PMP – September 20, 2016
    Managing Healthcare IT in 21st Century
    Technical Project Management: .25, Leadership: .50, Strategic and Business Management: .75

    Curt Raschke, PhD, PMP, Lean Six Sigma – July 19, 2016
    Product Focused Project Management
    Leadership: 1.0, Strategic and Business Management: .50

    Tresia D. Eaves – May 17, 2016
    Aligning Your PMO Strategy to Organizational Goals
    Leadership: 1.5

    Kristi Devers, PMP – March 15, 2016
    The Anatomy of an Award Winning Project
    Technical 1.5

    Sherry James, PMP – January 19, 2016
    Executing Corporate Strategy via a PMO: A Servant Leader’s Journey
    Leadership: 1.5

    Ryan L. Day, Director of Security Platforms for SoftLayer, an IBM company – September 19, 2015
    How to Manage an Incident Response

    Huma Sohrwardy, PgMP, PMP, CSM – November 17, 2015
    Enabling Organizational Transformation-A Case Study

    Larry Johnson, MBA, PMP – July 21, 2015
    Continuing Certification Aligned with Industry Needs

    David Reid – May 19, 2015
    Ethics and CSR Expectations for Multinational Corporations

    Laura Kelly – March 17, 2015
    Consulting is a Profession

    Mike Wilkinson – January 20, 2015
    All Projects Go According to Plan, Right?

    Conrado Morlan – November 18, 2014
    Project Management Career Development Model

    Bob Vandehey – July 15, 2014
    Scrum: The Ups and Downs

    Dale J. Albrecht, MBA, SPHR – May 20, 2014
    Why? The Task That’s Not on Your WBS

    Ira Barash – March 18, 2014
    Agile/Scrum with XP and Kanban In Same Project

    Jason Benfield – January 21, 2014
    Stop Being Difficult. How to Deal with Challenging Stakeholders

    Prakash Tuladar – November 11, 2013
    Are You Agile Or Are You Doing Agile?

    Carl Youngberg – September 17, 2013
    Make Yourself Matter

    Shami Dugal, Hon. B. Math, MPA – July 16, 2013
    Project Orchestration

    Andrea Nicholas, MBA, PMP – May 21, 2013
    The Future U.S. Workforce: A Perfect Storm

    Maureen Townsend, PMP-March 19, 2013
    Effective Team Communication: The Human Connection

    Vince Yaugher, PMP-January 15, 2013
    Breaking the “Bad Boss” Cycle: Leadership Excellence in PM

    Dave Berry, PMP — November 20, 2012
    Is It The Same Red Project; “Deja Vue All Over Again”?

    Huma Sohrwardy, PMP — July 17, 2012
    Project Portfolio Management Implementation

    Fred Richards — May 15, 2012
    Hiding Reality…

    Gary Rechtfertig, PMP — March 20, 2012
    Emotional Intelligence

    Gary Rechtfertig from Naveen Jindal School of MGMT on YouTube.

    Karen Saloman — January 17, 2012
    Diversity Dismantled

    Valerie Pelan — November 15, 2011
    Project Managers, Is Your Personal Brand Working for You?

    Ron Wichter — September 20, 2011
    Portfolio Management: Are you letting yourself be constrained by the economy or can you do something about it? That is the question!

    Peter Burns — July 19, 2011
    Effective Project Leadership in a Multi-Generational Environment

    Debbie Mrazek — May 17, 2011
    Project Management Challenges: Proven Cash Producing Sales Processes