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Oregon Project Management Certification Program (OPMCP)

The Oregon Project Management Certification Program (OPMCP) is designed to develop leaders in the project management field. This program is offered through the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to all state and local government employees. The DAS Workforce Development Unit and other state agencies have combined efforts to develop this comprehensive certification program. There have been over 800 graduates of this program since its inception in 1998. With the complexity of work increasing, our time to complete projects decreasing, and public expectations rising, successful projects are, and will continue to be, the key to our future.
 
The program offers a rare opportunity to build strong relationships with fellow project managers. The program is offered at various locations (in Salem & Portland). Classes of 25 students (groups) will attend classes and graduate together. Once the program is successfully completed, each student will receive the Oregon Project Management Associate (OPMA) certification and a certificate signed by the Governor.

OPMCP Program Overview
The Oregon Project Management Certification Program (OPMCP) is designed to develop leaders in the project management field.  With the complexity of work increasing, our time to complete projects decreasing and public expectations rising, excellent project management skills are key to our future success.
 
This program has recently been enhanced to ensure students receive the most up-to-date information and instruction based on PMI's Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK).  The Oregon Project & Portfolio Management Advisory Board (which has representatives from most of the state agencies) was instrumental in developing this new comprehensive certification program in partnership with a new contractor, Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management.
 
This program requires your dedication and commitment.  Since a large part of the learning experience involves team activities, it is very important you attend all the Modules and participate in these activities for your benefit as well as for your team.  Cost is $3,335 per student. 
 
OPMCP consists of the below 14 modules (2 modules every month):
  • Module 1 - Introduction.  This module covers an outline of the course, standards within the industry, defining project success, roles and responsibilities and ethics.
  • Module 2 - Project Management Process.  This module helps you understand the "big picture" of how organizations manage projects - the frameworks, organizational environment and structured processes that make projects possible.
  • Module 3 - Project Integration Management & Initiation.  This module includes an introduction to the Project Integration Management knowledge area which spans the full project lifecycle, with a focus on the Initiation Process Group.
  • Module 4 - Scope Management.  This module covers requirements of gathering, how to define a detailed scope statement and create a work breakdown structure of decomposed tasks.
  • Module 5 - Human Resources.  This module covers leadership skills, how to build a high performance project team and managing conflict.
  • Module 6 - Time Management.  This module builds on the Scope Management module in defining, sequencing and estimating activities to develop a baseline schedule.
  • Module 7 & 8 - Cost.  This module covers types of costs on a project, cost estimating techniques, defining and setting a budget and an intro to earned value calculations.
  • Module 9 - Risk Management.  This module introduces risk analysis and planning methods to assess and plan for the known/unknowns.
  • Module 10 - Quality.  This module shows you how to use the concepts and tools of modern quality management to improve the results of your project.
  • Module 11 - Execution and Control.  This module covers how to guide your team to execute the project work they've planned out, set up a project GPS to monitor progress and make course corrections.
  • Module 12 - Communications.  This module shows you how to build good working relationships, leverage the diverse interaction styles of team members, use email and meetings effectively and deal with geographically distributed teams.
  • Module 13 - Procurement.  This module covers basic contract types and methods for selecting the best contract given project needs.
  • Module 14 - PMBOK Review

 

To receive certification, you must pass a post-test after each Module and pass the final exam (see Knowledge Assessment below).  The program requires you to take 14 tests:

  • One after each of the 14 modules.  These are called "post-Module tests," and
  • One after the completion of the entire program.  This is called the Knowledge Assessment Test.

 

Post-Module Tests:

  • After each module you have two weeks to pass the test.
  • Each test is 20 multiple choice questions.  The questions/answers are from the Modules you just completed and will be found in the course manual.
  • Tests are "open-book".
  • To pass, you need a score of 75% or higher.

 

Knowledge Assessment Test:

  • After you've attended the 14 Modules and have completed all the post-Module tests, you may take the KA.  When that time comes, you will be sent an email with the instructions and a Key Code.
  • You have 30 calendar days after the completion of the final session to complete the test.
  • This test is 100 multiple choice questions.
  • The test is "open-book".
  • You have 3 hours to complete the test.
  • To pass, you need a score of 70% or higher.

 

Click here to request information for registration and payment. Please contact the program coordinator, Sara Hargrave, at 503-378-4202 or sara.hargrave@state.or.us.

 
 
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Introduction to Managing Projects

The primary audience for this course are individuals who may not be project managers or leads, but are a part of a project team.  In addition, this course is designed for people who supervise individuals who play a role on a project team.  

This hands-on 4-day course introduces best practices and fundamental skills needed to successfully complete projects.  The course includes "reality checks" with concepts, as well as full project lifecycle simulation applying tools and techniques in a dynamic team environment.  Basic project management tools, as well as related examples and workshops will be integrated with the course delivery to ensure the content is relevant to the student's real work experience.  Request to Enroll in iLearnOregon.  Cost is $1,081 per student.
 
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
*  Understand how team dynamics and leadership impact projects.
*  Discuss the importance of setting and managing expectations with all project stakeholders.
*  Develop a basic Project Management Plan to define how communications, scope, schedule, budget, change, risk, and issues will be managed.
*  Define detailed project scope and document project requirements.
*  Develop a Work Breakdown Structure and Network Diagram.
*  Create a bottom-up estimate to validate the high-level, top-down estimate documented in the Project Charter.
*  Create a baseline schedule and budget with assigned resources, including risk buffer and appropriate resource availability.
*  Discuss the importance of establishing milestone checkpoints and stakeholder signoff of deliverables for each project phase.
*  Assess risk and develop mitigation and contingency plans.
*  Execute and manage a basic Project Management Plan and schedule, including communications, quality, risk, and issue management.
*  Assess the impact a change may have on a project before the change is implemented.
*  Validate project deliverables and requirements have been met.
*  Close out a project and conduct a lessons learned.
 
Click here to request information for registration and payment. Please contact the program coordinator, Sara Hargrave, at 503-378-4202 or sara.hargrave@state.or.us.
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Resources (all pdfs)

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

Below is the link to the PMP Credential Handbook offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The handbook contains information on how an OPMA (Oregon Project Management Associate) can apply for the globally recognized, highly valued PMP credential. This handbook applies to both computer-based and paper based testing candidates.

Project Management Professional Handbook 

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