Google Project Management Certification

Prepare for project manager jobs in a variety of industries with professional training designed by Google and presented by Alvernia University. Through a mix of videos, assessment and hands-on activities, you’ll get introduced to initiating, planning and running both traditional and Agile projects. You’ll develop a toolbox to demonstrate your understanding of key project management elements, including managing a schedule, budget and team.

There are 475,100 U.S. job openings in project management with a $59,000 average entry-level salary (according to Burning Glass: Labor Insight (Last 12 Months: 2/1/20 – 1/31/21).

The Certificate in Google Project Management includes six courses, more than 140 hours of instruction and hundreds of practice-based assessments, to help you simulate real-world project management scenarios that are critical for success in the workplace.

Foundations of Project Management

Skills to succeed in any industry entry-level project management role

Agile

Learn Agile project management with a emphasis on Scrum events, artifacts, and roles

Documentation

Learn strategic communication, problem-solving and stakeholder management through effective documentation and real-world projects

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Google Project Management Certification

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Flexible Schedule

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Entry Level

No previous experience required

6-Months to Complete

Suggested pace of 10 hours/week; 6 Courses

Google Project Management Certificate Courses

Foundations of Project Management

Project managers play a key role in leading, planning and implementing critical projects to help organizations succeed. In this course, you will learn foundational project management terminology and gain a deeper understanding of the role and responsibilities of a project manager. Learn from current Google project managers, who provide a multi-dimensional educational experience to build on-the-job application skills.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define project management and describe what constitutes a project.
  • Explore project management roles and responsibilities across a variety of industries.
  • Detail the core skills that help a project manager be successful.
  • Describe the life cycle of a project and explain the significance of each phase.
  • Compare different program management methodologies and approaches and determine which is most effective for a given project.
  • Define organizational structure and culture and explain how it impacts project management.
  • Define change management and describe the role of the project manager in the process.
  • Apply to introductory-level roles in project management.

Project Initiation: Starting a Successful Project

This course will show you how to set up a project for success in the first phase of the project life cycle: the project initiation phase. Current Google project managers will instruct and provide you with hands- on approaches for accomplishing these tasks while showing you the best project management tools and resources for the job at hand.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the significance of the project initiation phase of the project life cycle.
  • Describe the key components of the project initiation phase.
  • Determine a project’s benefits and costs.
  • Define and create measurable project goals and deliverables.
  • Define project scope and differentiate among tasks that are in-scope and out-of-scope.
  • Understand how to manage scope creep to avoid impacting project goals.
  • Define and measure a project’s success criteria.
  • Complete a stakeholder analysis and explain its significance.
  • Utilize RACI charts to define and communicate project team member responsibilities.
  • Understand the key components of project charters and develop a project charter for project initiation.
  • Evaluate various project management tools to meet project needs.

Project Planning: Putting It All Together

This course will explore how to map out a project in the second phase of the project life cycle: the project planning phase. You will examine the key components of a project plan, how to make accurate time estimates, and how to set milestones.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the components of the project planning phase and their significance.
  • Explain why milestones are important and how to set them.
  • Make accurate time estimates and describe techniques for acquiring them from team members.
  • Identify tools and best practices to build a project plan and risk management plan.
  • Describe how to estimate, track and maintain a budget.
  • Explain the procurement process and identify key procurement documentation.
  • Draft a communication plan and explain how to manage it.
  • Explain why milestones are important and how to set them.
  • Explain why a project plan is necessary and what components it contains.
  • Make accurate time estimates and describe techniques for acquiring them from team members.

Project Execution: Running the Project

This course will delve into the execution and closing phases of the project life cycle. You will learn what aspects of a project to track and how to track them. You will also learn how to effectively manage and communicate changes, dependencies, and risks.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify what aspects of a project to track and compare different tracking methods.
  • Discuss how to effectively manage and communicate changes, dependencies and risks.
  • Explain the key quality management concepts of quality standards, quality planning, quality assurance and quality control.
  • Describe how to create continuous improvement and process improvement and how to measure customer satisfaction.
  • Explain the purpose of a retrospective and describe how to conduct one.
  • Demonstrate how to prioritize and analyze data and how to communicate a project’s data-informed story.
  • Identify tools that provide effective project team communication and explore best practices for communicating project status updates.
  • Describe the steps of the closing process for stakeholders, the project team and project managers.

Agile Project Management

This course will explore the history, approach and philosophy of Agile project management, including the Scrum framework. You will learn how to differentiate and blend Agile and other project management approaches. As you progress through the course, you will learn more about Scrum, exploring its pillars and values and comparing essential Scrum team roles.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the Agile project management approach and philosophy, including values and principles.
  • Explain the pillars of Scrum and how they support Scrum values.
  • Identify and compare the essential roles in a Scrum team and what makes them effective.
  • Build and manage a Product Backlog and perform Backlog Refinement.
  • Describe the five important Scrum events and how to set up each event for a Scrum team.
  • Implement Agile’s value-driven delivery strategies and define a value roadmap.
  • Explain how to coach an Agile team and help them overcome challenges.
  • Conduct a job search for an Agile role and learn how to succeed in your interview.

Capstone: Applying Project Management in the Real World

In this final, capstone course of the Google Project Management Certificate, you will practice applying the project management knowledge and skills you have learned. As you progress through this program, you will “observe” a project manager in a real-world scenario and complete dozens of hands-on activities.

By the end of this course, you will have developed a portfolio of project management artifacts that will demonstrate the skills you have learned throughout the entire program. These artifacts can exhibit your career readiness when applying for jobs in the field. To further prepare you to interview for project management jobs, you will reflect on past projects, develop an “elevator pitch,” and anticipate common interview questions.

Skills you will gain: