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Project Management Professional Development Units


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, they 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

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: 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

    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.

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.

    PMI’s price for the PgMP is $800.00

  • 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

    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

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 Pathto 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.

    Please also note the fee to take the PfMP is $800.00.

  • 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.

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 – September 15, 2015 Applied PM Forum



  • Current Month’s Speaker

    Managing Cyber Incident Response

    In the presentation, Ryan will talk about how to manage cyber incident response from a project perspective. He will share several situations that he has encountered and how he managed not only the incident, but the clients and people that were involved, and how this is similar to project management. He will review the methodology that was used to manage the incident and give tips to better prepare managers and executives to handle the inevitable cyber breach.

    Ryan L Day

    Ryan Day is the Director of Security Platforms for SoftLayer, an IBM company. He is responsible for highly specialized security projects for the company. Ryan has over 15 years of experience in technology and over 10 years of experience in IT Security.

    Ryan joined Terremark in 2008, and served in several roles prior to leaving in 2015. This included being a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Manager of Internal Information Security. He was a founding member of Terremark’s Secure Information Services team, where he led highly specialized information security teams that conducted high profile Incident Response (IR) and Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) eradication in federal and commercial network environments around the world. Ryan has conducted security assessments for several large international banks and other commercial industries throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. He was also responsible for working with Terremark’s commercial and federal government clients to reach NIST and DIACAP compliancy in the Terremark cloud environment.

    Ryan has been a guest speaker for security industry events such as Hacker Halted, ISSA, and was the keynote speaker at the 2007 ISACA conference on Cloud Security and participated in the Cloud Security Alliance panel. He is a former Officer in the United States Army and Army National Guard where he served in the Intelligence section with special operations units

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