CAPM Certification Prep at the University of Dallas

CAPM Certification Prep at the University of Dallas

Are you looking to start or advance your career in project management? 

Consider the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification. CAPM is a globally recognized certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) that validates your understanding of project management principles and techniques. With CAPM, you'll gain the necessary knowledge to contribute to project teams effectively, assist in the management of projects, and demonstrate your commitment to the profession.

Benefits of CAPM certification include:

  • Enhanced job opportunities and career advancement.
  • Increased earning potential: According to ZipRecruiter, CAPM credentialed holders earn an average salary of $90,770 on ZipRecruiter in Dallas, Texas.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the project management profession.
  • Verify your knowledge and understanding of project management best practices, skills, tools and techniques.

Prepare to pass the CAPM exam. 

UD's Project Management Essentials certification preparation course has been designed to help you pass the CAPM exam on the first try. This 8-week course is taught by Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, PMP®.  It combines expert instruction with the CertWise® Essentials of Project Management training materials and meets the 23 hour education requirement for the CAPM exam. Our course will help you master the required material and stay on track for success on the CAPM exam.  

This class will:

  • Give you the strong understanding of project management knowledge and skills, filling in any gaps you may have. These skills are transferable between industries, market segments, and geographic locations. 
  • Teach you the current best practices for managing your projects. 
  • Build confidence for decision-making and team contribution. 

This course is broken into four modules:

  • Module One: Project Management: The Discipline of the Profession
  • Module Two: Planning & Balancing Project Work
  • Module Three: Executing, Controlling, & Closing the Project
  • Module Four: Strategic Value of Projects

Learn more about this program:

Click on the headings below to learn more about our Project Management Essentials course.

Patt Chowdhury, MM, MBA, PMPPatt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, PMP®  
Patt Chowdhury is Managing Principal at Patt Chowdhury Advisors LLC, a consulting firm offering program and project planning, business research, and training. She is an experienced marketing executive and senior manager with extensive experience in program and project management, marketing operations, product management, process development, and information technology at iconic Fortune 500 brands, including American Airlines, Sabre, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Hewlett Packard, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise managing worldwide programs generating annual revenues of as much as $1 billion.

As a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and PMI Dallas Chapter, she is Vice President of Programs, overseeing more than 80 events a year that provide project managers networking and professional development opportunities. With more than 4,500 members, it is one of the largest chapters in the world. Patt is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP ®), a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®), earned a certificate in Product Management from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, and is a Six Sigma Belt Black.

Patt has been an adjunct faculty member at The University of Dallas for 26 years and teaches marketing and management courses in the Gupta College of Business and project management in the UD Executive Education department. She holds a Master of Management degree in Telecommunications Management, and an MBA in International Management from The University of Dallas. Patt holds a BS in Business Administration, with a major in Marketing, from the New York Institute of Technology. Patt is also a doctoral student in Adult Learning and Workforce Development at the Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Patt is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Gupta College of Business Adjunct Faculty Excellence award and the Adjunct Faculty Achievement Award in 2006 for online course development and teaching excellence. She was a key member of the team that developed and launched the very successful online MBA program for The University of Dallas. Patt was born in Boston, grew up in the New York City suburbs, and lives in North Texas.

This program is held in an online format with 8 online live sessions led by our instructor in the University's LMS. Students attend online sessions for lecture and discussion, and will complete assigned work on their own between live sessions. 

Class capacity is limited to 20 students to ensure the best educational experience. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so complete your registration today!

  • Class Dates: September 10 - October 29, 2024
  • Times: 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. CT (Tuesday evenings)
  • Modality: Online live instruction via Zoom
  • Registration deadlines:
    • Early-bird: August 10, 2024
    • Standard: August 31, 2024

Tuition includes the eight virtual Wednesday sessions with the professor, and the CertWise Essentials of Project Management digital course materials required to participate in the class. Tuition fee does not include cost of the CAPM certification exam.


  • $1,549 - Standard Tuition
  • $1,399 - Discounted Tuition 


Students can qualify for an early bird discount by completing the registration process (including payment) by the early bird deadline. The early bird period ends 30 days from the start of the class. To qualify for the early bird discount, students must fill out and submit the online application form and submit payment before the early bird deadline (see registration deadline section for deadline information). 

  • $1,399 - Standard Tuition
  • $1,249 - Discounted Tuition

OTHER DISCOUNTS: The University offers discounts to UD Alumni and Students, UD Employees, Government Employees (federal and local), US Veterans, and PMI or PMI Dallas Chapter members. To qualify for the discount, students must provide an active .edu or .gov email, UD ID, or membership number.

The maximum class capacity is 20 students. We reserve seats in class on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure a spot in the course, you must fill out the online application form and submit your payment. Application forms without payment do not guarantee a spot in class. 

  • Early bird registration deadline: August 10, 2024
  • Registration deadline: August 30, 2024

The University of Dallas accepts the following forms of payment: 

  • Cash payments: Our Office of Finance receives cash payments during regular business hours.
  • Credit/Debit card payments: We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express using our online payment portal.
  • Check payments: Make the check payable to "University of Dallas," write the student's name and id number in the memo, and mail it to University of Dallas - Business Office, 1845 E. Northgate Drive, Irving, TX 75062
  • Letters of Credit: Please get in touch with Jennifer Howard at for more information on this option.
  • Payment Arrangement: We have a payment arrangement option for students who need a little help. This option divides Tuition into multiple payments. Executive Education students who wish to participate must complete and fill out the Payment Arrangement section of the application to enroll in this option.

How payment arrangements work: Payments are billed monthly. You submit the first payment when you sign up for the payment arrangement. You can make all subsequent payments before the due date. The University must receive all payments in the agreement before releasing any certificate or transcript.


  • Tuition Rate: $1,549
    • Requires an initial payment of $549 plus two payments of $500.
  • Tuition Rate: $1,300
    • Requires an initial payment of $549 plus two payments of $425.
  • Tuition Rate: $1,249
    • Requires an initial payment of $549 plus two payment of $350.


Your first payment establishes your payment schedule. It is highly recommended you submit your first payment immediately to secure your space in class. The last day you can submit your payment is 10-days prior to the class's start date. The list below shows the payment due dates based on the first payment.

  • April payment arrangement: An April payment arrangement has three payments. The first payment of $549 is due before the end of the month. The second payment is due by May 30, and the final payment is due June 30, 2024.
  • May payment arrangement: A May payment arrangement has three payments. The first payment of $549 is due before the end of the month. The second payment is due by June 30, and the final payment is due July 30, 2024.
  • June payment arrangement: A June payment arrangement has three payments. The first payment of $549 is due before the end of the month. The second payment is due by July 30, and the final payment is due August 30, 2024.
  • July payment arrangement: A July payment arrangement has three payments. The first payment of $549 is due before the end of the month. The second payment is due by August 30, and the final payment is due September 30, 2024.
  • August payment arrangement: An August payment arrangement has three payments. The first payment of $549 is due before the end of the month. The second payment is due by September 30, and the final payment is due before October 20, 2024.
    • To qualify for the early-bird rate your first payment must be received by August 10, 2024.
  • September payment arrangement: A September payment arrangement will consist of two payments. The initial $549 payment immediately. The second payment of balance by October 20, 2024.
    • Initial payment must be made by September 1, 2024.

Important clarifications:

  • To qualify for the early-bird tuition rates: We must receive your application and payment before the early-bird deadlines. No payment arrangement is available for early-bird rates after the deadlines.
  • To submit payment: You will be taken to our payment portal to submit your payment upon completing the application form.
  • To sign up for the payment arrangement: You will select payment arrangement option in the registration form and be required to provide specific information and agree to the terms. No payment arrangement is available without filling out this section of the registration form.
  • Individuals who want a career in project management.
  • Project management professionals who have limited experience and wish to earn a certification.
  • Individuals who want to highlight their dedication to the project management field, and want to show their expertise in the field.

Benefits for You: When you enroll in this course, you will: 

  • Gain practical expertise that can immediately impact your job performance.
  • Build a strong foundation of project management knowledge, skills, and tools to become a better project leader, team member, or manager.
  • Establish practical skills by applying your new project management skills to case study scenarios.
  • Take advantage of the knowledge and experiences of your expert instructor.
  • Upon completion, receive formal project management education hours.
  • Stay motivated to complete your training with set class dates and assignments.
  • Build your project management network through fellow course participants and your instructor. 

Benefits for Your Employer: Our course can help your organization achieve its strategic initiatives and goals through an effective project management process. This program:

  • Builds your project managers' knowledge, skills, toolkit, and confidence through formal training.
  • Reduces the risk of project failure by following a structured process and best practices.
  • Increases the efficiency of project leaders and teams.
  • Promotes a consistent understanding of project structure to individuals who are part of a formal project team for the first time. 

Value of this Essentials of Project Management Course:

  • Time-efficient and comprehensive: Our training program covers fundamental project management topics and tools in 28 hours of class time.
  • Exceptional instruction: Learn from a project management expert who provides insight and one-on-one guidance.
  • Networking and peer interaction: Share experiences, discuss topics, and gain real-world insights into project management.
  • Stay on track: Structured class time and assignments help keep you motivated and on track.

Course materials included in your course registration fees:  

  1. The CertWise® Essentials of Project Management course materials

The CertWise® Essentials of Project Management are digital course materials which include four modules covering key project management topics. The following course materials and study tools will be available to you, on-demand, for 12 months:

  • Online tutorial video
  • Reading materials
  • Classroom slides
  • Case study scenarios, templates, and worksheets
  • Class discussion and journal activities
  • “Check Your Understanding” quizzes with recommended readings
  • End of module quizzes
  • Reports tracking your progress and scores
  • Links to additional resources

Course materials you must purchase:

In addition to the CertWise Essentials of Project Management materials we require students to purchase other project management books as listed in the syllabus.

We highly recommend students purchase a PMI Membership instead of the books individually as the cost is just about the same. All of the required books are free to PMI Members and found in the membership resources area of the PMI website. Additionally, PMI Members get $150 off the tuition for this course and receive a discount off the CAPM exam fees. You are required to submit your PMI Membership # in the application to get the discount on this course.

Here is a list of the course materials required:

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide (7th Edition), PMI
  • The Agile Practice Guide (2017), PMI
  • Process Groups: A Practice Guide (2022), PMI
  • Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide (2015), PMI

Governed by: Project Management Institute (PMI)


Exam at A Glance 

  • Eligibility Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent + 23 hours of PMI-approved project management education
  • Number of Questions: 150; Included in the 150 questions are 15 pretest questions that are not graded and used as a test set for future exams.
  • Format: Multiple Choice
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Passing Score: 500 (exam scores range from 100 – 700)
  • Cost: $300 for non-PMI members or $225 for PMI members
  • Certification Retirement: 3 years
  • Recertification: 15 professional development units (PDU) within the 3-year cycle

 The 15 PDUs can be further broken down as follows:

  • Minimum of 9 Education PDUs
  • Maximum of 6 Giving Back PDUs

Education PDUs for all 15 required PDUs can meet the requirement, however a minimum of 2 PDUs for each Education-related skill: Technical, Leadership, and Business is needed then you can complete electives to earn the remainder of their Education PDUs.

For CAPM holders who want to pursue Giving Back PDUs, can earn a maximum of 2 PDUs for working as a professional (not required), and up to 6 PDUs for volunteering or creating content. 

Please click here to read a public disclosure about this course.

PMP, CAPM, PMI, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Career Possibilities

The Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) is a globally recognized credential that opens the door to opportunities at every stage of your career in project management. This certification proves a candidate’s knowledge of the fundamentals of project management, the role of the project manager, project integration management, and project management structure. As well as validating understanding of a project's scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource management, project procurement, communication, stakeholder management, and risk management.

Salary Range: $34 - $51/hour; national average $36/hour*

*According to ZipRecruiter.



CAPM Job Title Examples: 

  • Project Coordinator
  • Junior Project Manager
  • Associate Project Manager
  • IT Project Coordinator
  • Program Delivery Coordinator
  • Project Consultant