Join the world of project management where earning potential can range from $60,000 to over six figures, with the right training and certifications.

Foundations of Project Management Practice is an introduction to contemporary project management tools and techniques across three broad areas: organizing and initiating projects, planning projects, and performing projects. Content emphasizes project selection, chartering new projects, stakeholder management, scope management, scheduling, and their integration.

Ideal for project managers and those currently involved in project work wishing to advance their project management knowledge, skills and capabilities. 

Program Features

  • Course series offered 100% online in a hybrid asynchronous model designed for the demanding schedules of working professionals.
  • Earn a certificate of completion and 1.125 CEU (Continuing Education Unit) following the successful completion of each course.
  • Earn a Foundations of Project Management Practice electronic badge by successfully completing the four courses with a grade of B or higher.
  • Use your Foundations of Project Management Practice certificate and badge to request “credit for professional experience” when you apply for admission to the UW-Platteville Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program. If you qualify, the university grants three credits of advanced standing toward completion of your master’s degree.
  • Course 1 is a pre-requisite for courses 2-4. Course 2 and 3 may  be taken in any order. Course 1-3 must be completed with a grade of B or higher to take course 4.

Foundations of Project Management Practice is comprised of four separate courses.

Course 1: Defining and Prioritizing Projects (4 weeks)
Course 2: Stakeholder Management and Project Communication (4 weeks)
Course 3: Project Requirements, Scope and Schedule (4 weeks)
Course 4: Foundations of Project Management Practice Mini-Capstone (4 weeks)

Upon completion of these four courses, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate your understanding of project management fundamentals, which includes the project manager and stakeholders’ function and the management of project processes.
  • Recognize the project plan development processes that ensure all elements of the project are properly identified and coordinated.
  • Develop a project charter and work breakdown structure in a virtual team environment that ensures the project includes all, but only, the work necessary to complete the project.
  • Use project network diagrams and other scheduling approaches to ensure timely completion of the project.

Course Descriptions:



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Cost: $1,885 four courses bundled -or- $695 per course

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Financial assistance

If you are in need of financial assistance:

  • Sallie Mae offers private student educational loans.
  • Workforce development assistance may be available through federal, state, and local offices.


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“I enjoy the opportunity to work with students from diverse backgrounds and organizations around the country and the world. Our students come in with varying levels of experience – some with many years of experience and some project management training, others totally new to project management. Sharing and learning from these cohorts each semester is rewarding.” 

Shawn Belling, UW-Platteville alum and PM instructor 

“I think we use PM in everything we do, even in our personal lives. I have changed the way I approach some of the daily aspects of my life, how I interact with co-workers and supervisors, and how I break my work down to manageable pieces since starting this program.”

Barbra Macdonald, 2018 MSPM Graduate

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