PM Certification

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PM Certification

Launch a career or boost your qualifications in project management with UC Berkeley Extension’s Certificate Program in Project Management, offered through the Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust (BHMT). You learn real-world methodologies and tools to gain competency and confidence in leading a team to successfully complete a complex project on time, within budget, and to expectations.


  • Upon completion, you will earn a highly regarded credential approved by the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business and an advisory board of business and education leaders
  • All project management courses apply toward professional development units (PDUs) for the Project Management Institute (PMI)®
  • The certificate program prepares you for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam



The curriculum comprises 3 required courses and 8 additional semester units of electives for a total of 14 semester units (210 hours of instruction). The 3 required courses are:


  • Project Management – BUS ADM X470 (2 semester units)
    Get a step-by-step introduction to the project management process, and review the differences between theory and practice.
  • Project Leadership and Building High-Performing Teams – BUS ADM X469.2 (2 semester units)
    Develop the leadership and communication skills to lead a successful project team.
  • Project Execution and Control – BUS ADM X471.9 (2 semester units)
    Learn how to use a project baseline plan to monitor progress, identify variances, and take action to mitigate the impact of problems.


A wide range of electives allows you to focus on specific interest areas, such as project cost, business analysis essentials, requirements management and communication, and solution assessment.


Certificate Completion – One to Two Years

This program is available for completion completely online – allowing participants the flexibility to continue working while completing the certificate. Each course in the program allows you to choose the study option best suited to your needs:

  • Online, accelerated: 8 weeks of study
  • Online, regular pace: 12 weeks of study


Courses are scheduled so that you can complete all certificate requirements in about one year by taking the shortest-duration sections sequentially. Most students complete their certificate coursework in one to two years. All coursework must be completed within five years of commencing the program to receive certification.


Who Should Enroll?

The project management certificate program is open to BHMT Participants employed at Kaiser Permanente who are eligible to receive benefits from the Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust and Tuition Reimbursement program. There are no UC Berkeley Extension admission requirements for the PM Certificate program, but students are recommended to complete an undergraduate bachelor’s degree, or equivalent prior to enrolling in this certification program.


This in-depth certificate program is intended for those who are ready to commit to a project management academic college-credit program that typically takes 1 to 2 years to complete. Experienced project managers will also find value in courses for professional development
Note: There are no prerequisites or admission requirements, but a bachelor’s degree is highly recommended.



How to Enroll
  1. Meet with your BHMT Career Counselor to discuss your career plans.
  2. Meet with your assigned BHMT Academic Success Coach who will help you determine if this certificate is right for you.
  3. When you begin participating in the program, you must check in with your Academic Success Coach at least once every six months to maintain eligibility.


TIP: You may apply for the BHMT Individual Stipend Program to use while obtaining your degree or academic certificate.


  • You must be a BHMT-eligible employee with “active” KP employment status.
  • You must have completed your probationary period.
  • You must be a regular, benefited full-time or part-time employee – typically working 20 hours or more per week.

  • You must have computer access with internet


Academic Calendar

UC Berkeley Extension offers three semesters a year. Approximate dates are the following: Spring – January 1, Summer – June 1, and Fall – September 1. View general information for a list of holidays when the office is closed.


Consider the following points to determine your fit for this certification:
  • Confident with online learning (using online material and study tools, posting on a discussion board, submitting assignments electronically, communicating with instructor remotely, self-starter)
  • Self-directed with time management skills and self-discipline necessary to follow a study schedule and meet deadlines
  • Able to commit a minimum of 15 hours per week for study and assignments
  • Able to use basic computer functions in word processing, email, and the Internet (write reports, send documents by email, and conduct internet search)
  • Assertiveness to reach out for help with your course when needed in a timely way
  • Prior college level course experience
  • Desire to pursue a career in project management
  • Have or will have project management as a significant part of your work
  • Enjoy process work and accomplishing goals in a team environment


Unsure if project management is for you?
  • You must meet with your BHMT Career Counselor to discuss how this program would fit into your personal/professional development plans. To set up an appointment with your counselor, call: 1-844-377-7849


Learn More

For additional information about the Project Management Certificate Program, visit the UC Berkeley Extension program website.




Student Agreement

This program and participation is governed by the terms of the BHMT Student Agreement. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the student agreement; by registering and participating in this program you are agreeing to comply with it.



Unsuccessful Course Completion and Dropped Class Policy

Ben U programs require your time and effort on a consistent basis as well as communicating with the course instructor, tutor, or BHMT Career Counselor if you are having difficulties or conflicts. Should you not complete your program successfully with a ‘C’ or better, pass, or drop the course by the institution’s 1st drop date, your participation in Trust programs may be suspended for a period of twelve months.