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Are you looking to launch a career in project management? Consider CAPM certification.

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.

Take advantage of our flexible payment plan option to make your tuition more manageable. Click on "Payment Options" below for more details on this payment option. 

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

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

Meet Your Instructor

Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, 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.


Here is some general information about this course. Please visit the appropriate section below for more details about tuition fees, discounts, and registration deadlines. 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: February 6 - March 26, 2024

Times: 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. CT (Tuesday evenings)

Modality: Online live instruction via Zoom

Registration deadlines:

  • Early-bird: January 6, 2024
  • Standard: January 27, 2024

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. 

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Tuition and Discounts

Tuition includes the eight virtual Wednesday courses, and all 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 full 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.

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Registration and Deadlines

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. 

Registration deadline: January 6, 2024

Early bird registration deadline: January 27, 2024

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Payment Options

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.

Payment arrangement amounts:

Tuition: $1549 Tuition: $1399 Tuition: $1249
1 $549 $549 $549
2 $500 $425 $350
3 $500 $425 $350


Payment arrangement due dates:

Month of Payment Arrangement Setup Payment 1 Payment 2 Payment 3
November Immediately Dec. 30 Jan. 30
December Immediately Jan. 30 Feb. 28


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. 

September payment arrangement: A September payment arrangement will consist of two payments. The initial $549 payment immediately. The second payment of balance before October 20, 2023.

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If you have any questions about this process, please contact Jennifer Howard at 972-721-5299 or via email.

Who should take this program?

  • 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 wish to show their expertise in the field

Benefits of this program

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.
  • Qualify for your organization's tuition reimbursement program.
  • 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: One training program covers fundamental project management topics and tools in 8 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

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:

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

Prerequisites to Earn Your CAPM

To apply for the CAPM, candidates must have:

  • High school diploma or global equivalent
  • 23-hours of formal project management education (this course qualifies for this requirement)

Visit PMI's website for more information on earning your CAPM. 

CAPM Exam Details

Exam Details

  • The certification exam has 150 questions, and you have three hours to complete it.

Maintaining your CAPM certification

  • Earn 15 professional development units in a three-year cycle.
    • Minimum of 9 Education PDUs.
    • Maximum of 6 Giving Back PDUs.
  • Visit PMI's PDU Requirements webpage for more details.


PMI Member: US$225
Not a PMI Member: US$300

Go to PMI's website for information about the CAPM exam.

CAPM Renewal Requirements (Maintaining your certification) 

CAPM holders will no longer have to retake the 3-hour exam to maintain the certification every five years.Find out how many Professional Development Units (PDUs) are needed.
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.

Want to know more about two types of PDUs that you can claim towards renewal — Education and Giving Back?


Public Disclosure

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.

Contact UD

For more information about this course, discount information, or help registering please contact Jennifer Howard via email or 972-721-5299. 

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