Project Management Professional Development Units

The University of Texas at Dallas Project Management Program offers a wide variety of Professional Development Programs to assist you in furthering your Project Management knowledge and earning Professional Development Units (PDUs) to maintain your PMP certification.

This Professional Development series is composed of noncredit classes that cover topics relevant to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). While students do not receive college credit, they do earn the PDU credit recognized by PMI.

  • PMP Exam Review Course
  • PgMp Exam Prep
  • Applied PM Forum

This course is based on the PMBOK® fifth edition

This professional development series is composed of noncredit classes that cover topics relevant to the PMBOK®. While students do not receive college credit, they do earn the PDU credit recognized by PMI®. The course covers basic project management principles and concepts and helps prepare students for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification examination. The curriculum targets candidates preparing for the PMP® exam.

If you plan to take the 200 question Project Management Professional examination, prepare for the exam by attending this 35 hour examination review. The course is offered in a 10 week evening format.

This course allows you to focus on knowledge you need to master the exam. This review is not designed to teach project management, but to provide you with information, test-taking tips and techniques that will shorten your study time and help you pass the exam. You will have an opportunity to take a sample PMP® practice exam.

  • Dates and Registration for the PMP® Exam Review Course

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

    Fall Session 2015

    September 14, 21, 28
    October 5, 12, 19, 26
    November 2, 9, 16

    Cancellation Policy

    All professional development courses canceled at least two weeks before the first day of class will be eligible for a full refund. No refunds will be issued for courses canceled less than two weeks before the first day of class.

  • Review Session Topics

    Project Initiation
    • Need identification
    • Study/analysis
    • Product or service description
    • Management responsibilities
    • Draft charter
    • Project manager selection
    Project Planning
    • Scope planning
    • Scope definition
    • Activity definition
    • Activity sequencing
    • Resource planning
    • Activity duration estimating
    • Cost estimating
    • Schedule development
    • Communication planning
    • Quality planning
    • Organizational planning
    • Risk management
    • Procurement planning
    • Project plan development
    Project Execution
    • Project plan execution
    • Scope verification
    • Quality assurance
    • Team development
    • Information distribution
    • Source selection
    • Contract administration
    Project Control
    • Overall change control
    • Scope change control
    • Schedule control
    • Cost control
    • Quality control
    • Performance reporting
    • Risk response control
    Project Closing
    • Administrative close-out
    • Contract close-out
  • Who Should Attend?

    Candidates preparing to take the Project Management Professional certification examination.

  • Instructors

    Instructors have been selected for their expertise in the specific subject areas and experience with the PMP® exam.

    The Project Management Institute grants the PMP® designation. Application to take the computer-based exam should be made through PMI®. Registration for the PMP® exam review does not include the registration fee for the certification examination.

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

Why earn a PgMP?

Do you want to distinguish yourself from the nearly 500,000 PMP®s in the world? With only approximately 700 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 itself.

    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 40 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 OPM3 Professional with PMI.

    Important Note: PMI recently removed the multi-rater assessment from the PgMP certification requirements. We are working to update the webinar. Please disregard references to the multi-rater requirements in the webinar. Please also note the fee to take the PgMP has been reduced from $1,500.00 to $800.00.

  • How do I earn it?

    Earning the PgMP® requires passing a sequence of three 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.

    For additional information on the PgMP® credential and certification information and requirements, visit PMI’s Program Management Professional (PgMP) webpage and download the PgMP® Handbook.

    While we can’t 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.

    UT Dallas’ online course is fully aligned with the Project Management Institute’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 several universities around the world. Dr. Levin has over 40 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 or co-author of 12 books; her most recent book is: “Program Management Complexity: A Competency Model.” She speaks regularly at project management conferences worldwide.

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

  • Testimonials

    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.
    Huma Sohrwardy November 20, 2012

    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.
    Santosh Parida September 20, 2011

    Hi Ginger:
    I just want to drop you a note on my study updates. I like your online course very much.
    Ciaran Lacey, September 3, 2011

    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

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.

The APM Forum is held on the third Tuesday of the odd months.

This event earns 1 PDU (Professional Development Unit)

For additional information contact the Project Management Program at (972) 883-2656.

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

Additional Information – July 21, 2015 Applied PM Forum

  • Current Month’s Speaker

    PMI’s New Talent Triangle and New Continuing Certification Requirements

    The CCR Program was designed to help active PMI certification holders grow and develop with the profession. As the global business environment and project management profession evolves, the program must adapt to provide development of new employer-desired skills. 

    Employers need project practitioners with leadership and business intelligence skills to support long-range strategic objectives that contribute to the bottom line. 

    The ideal skill set — the PMI Talent Triangle — is a combination of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise. 

    Effective 1 December 2015 the CCR program will be aligned with the employer-identified skills depicted in the PMI Talent Triangle to ensure PMI certification holders are equipped to remain relevant in a continually changing business environment. 

    Larry Johnson will explain the Talent Triangle then address how these changes and how they will affect your re-certification.


    Larry Johnson, MBA, PMP

    Larry Johnson is currently in his fourth year as president of the PMI Dallas Chapter. Prior to serving as president he was the VP Membership for a year and a half. During this the chapter has focused strategically on broadening its reach and engage the next generation of project managers. 

    Larry has been a practicing project manager since 2004. with experience in consumer products, financial services, logistics, healthcare, and information technology services industries. He’s managed a variety of IT and business process projects. Currently, Larry is a Program Manager for Dell Services leading security projects for Dell’s largest and oldest services client.

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