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Certification CDPM

Obtain the Certified Development Project Management  (CDPM®) credential. This certification is a valuable demonstration that you have completed a comprehensive training program on project management. Learn more CDPM ®

eCourse - Fundamentals of Project Management

This course is a comprehensive introduction to development project management. Designed for people who want to build or increase their skills in project management and who work or are looking to work with international development organizations, donor and public institutions, NGOs, non-profit and community-based organizations, Government and donor agencies, and anyone interested in a career in development project management.

This course will teach you the most important concepts in project management, such as the project life-cycle, process management, roles and responsibilities of a project manager, organizational structures, program and portfolio management and use of various management techniques. This course promotes and facilitates a collaborative learning approach in an online environment. Students participate in discussions as part of the assignments and receive feedback from the course instructor. Students "learn by doing" through the class exercises while lecture points are reinforced with class discussions and videos.

The course is asynchronous; the instructor provides materials, lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Students are given a timeframe during which they need to complete the assigned activities, participate in discussion forums, and submit their exercises in order to receive a grade. The course is based on the fourth edition of the textbook Fundamentals of Project Management.

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About this Course

The course has a duration of three weeks. Each week students will work on the activities and exercises required to meet the learning objectives. Participants require an average of one hour per day to complete the assigned activities. You will learn all the fundamental concepts of modern project management as it is applied in the development and humanitarian sector. You will also learn the essential project management methods and techniques to deliver projects on time and within budget while meeting the expectations of key stakeholders. This course is specially designed to give you a complete understanding of project management and how it is used in development projects


The audience for this course includes people that are new in development or who want to explore career opportunities in development project management.  This course is a perfect start for those who are interested in learning the modern concepts of project management and want to become project managers. Course participants include team members, program managers, project supervisors and project managers wishing to upgrade their skills and knowledge to understand the basic concepts of modern project management. Participants to our courses come from various parts of the world, and they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that is shared in the course forums.


Upon successful completion of the Fundamentals of Project Management online course participants will: Understand the key terms, definitions of project management. Describe the project cycle and the management processes, identify project structures, understand the roles and responsibilities, and have a clear understanding of project, program and portfolio management. This course is part of the certification program. Students that complete the certification program will receive the Certification in Development Project Management (CDPM) 


There are no requirements to take this course, although the students will benefit if they know the type of work that occurs in development organizations and development projects, or had some experience working on a project. Students should have a good internet connection, Adobe Reader in their computers as well as MS Office to work on the course assignments. Good connectivity is required to watch some of the online videos. As a convenience to our remote students, you can download most of the course material to read offline.


The course fee is $175 and is due before the start of the course; you can receive a 20% discount if payment is made one week before the course starts.  On the registration page, you can choose your preferred payment methods. We accept all major credit cards in a secure online payment system. We also accept payments via Western Unions or Money Gram. If you have any questions or require more instructions to send your payment please contact us at info@pm4dev Reference: eCourse FPM. We offer additional discounts for groups from development organizations.


Registration for this course is now open. To apply please click here and complete the application form. We will close the registration one day before the start of the course. On the registration form, you will find the different payment options. If you have any questions contact us at info@pm4dev  Ref. eCourse FPM.

Course Content: 

Lesson  1 - Development Project  Management
Definitions  of project  management
Project  management  constraints
Development challenges
A systemic  approach  
The project  management  ecosystem
Lesson  4 - Roles,  Responsibilities, and Skills
Role and responsibilities  of the project  manager
Managerial  skills of project  managers
Interpersonal  skills for  project managers
Influence and  power of the  project manager 
Project  management  competencies
Lesson  2 - Project  Management  Processes
Scope  and project logframe
Schedule management 
Budget management
Quality  management
Team  and stakeholder management
Information management
Risk  and contract  management
Lesson  5 - Project  Management Structures
The project  structure
Factors in  designing a  project structure  
Types of project  organizational  structures
Project structure
Program structure
Matrix structure
Project  governance
Lesson  3 - The  Project  Management Cycle
Initiation and planning  phase  
Implementation and monitoring  phase
Adapting  and closing  phase  
Project  management  cycle  
Adaptive  project  management
Lesson  6 - Organizational  Project  Management
Integrated  project  management
Program  management
Portfolio  management
Project  maturity  model
Project  management  office
This course is based on the textbook Fundamentals of Project Management for Development, 4th Edition. All registered students will have access to this textbook at no extra cost and will be used to guide the learning activities and exercises during the three weeks of the course.
Course Information
  • Registration. See the course schedule to select a date.
  • Fees. The course fee is USD$175 and is due before the start of the course.
  • 20% discount: If payment is made one week before the start of the course, use the promo code 20FPM
  • Group discounts: For groups or organizations that want to register for 3 or more students we offer a 30% discount. Use the promo code 30FPM.
  • Access. Access to the online course starts one week before the start of the course.
  • Course limit: The course is limited to 20 students per class.
  • Course duration. The course is three weeks long and requires between 30-40 hours to complete it.
  • Materials. Course materials are available for download from the online course module page to allow for printing and review. 
  • Evaluation. It is required that participants complete the course evaluation after they take the final exam.
  • Course credit. This course provides 35 PDUs (Professional Development Units)* or 35 contact hours.

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Course Certificate
All students that successfully complete the course will receive a printed certificate of completion. The certificate is a demonstration that you have learned the fundamental principles of Project Management; it is a valuable credential for your professional growth. Upon receiving your certificate, you will join a growing number of people who are building their competencies to increase their skills and knowledge to improve the quality of the projects they manage. The certificate is delivered worldwide via First Class airmail.
Student Feedback
"The whole course was an eye-opener! It helped me appreciate why certain processes and actions are undertaken by my managers. I hope to apply the content in my work to make it better. Thanks pm4dev!" Kofi Adu-Gyamfi Sarpong  - Solidaridad West Africa, Ghana.

"The e-learning experience was truly amazing! The tutor (Rodolfo Siles) is always available for teaching and supporting us." Marcos Vinícius Neto da Silva - MSF, Brazil

"I enjoyed very much this course in Fundamental of Project Management. This course was very helpful and gave me a lot of new skills and knowledge I will be able to use in a future job. The tutor is very present and is here for any question you need to deeper understanding. The discussion with other fellow classmates who are coming from different countries and cultures is very interesting and very rewarding. I will definitely recommend this course to anyone interesting in project management." Nathalie Goulay - France

"I was in the middle of the course when some of the development organisations invited me for the written tests and an interview for the jobs I previously applied. I felt so confident because the questions were exactly about those things that I had just learned during the course. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a job in development organisations or for those who are already working there but want to improve their performance." Jasminka Peruničić Allen - Serbia.

"Fundamental of Project Management has empowered me to implement all sorts of development projects using the appropriate tools and concepts. I have been implementing projects but with the ideas gained from this course, I will now definitely implement a project in a different and coherent manner. Thanks to the organisation for providing such customized training opportunities. Thanks also to Rodolfo for his passion and dedication in facilitating the course." John Sinah - Government of Sierra Leone.

In 2013, PM4DEV became a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®to issue professional development units (PDU's) for its project management training courses. Our instructors are experienced trainers and project managers who are PMP® certified. Our comprehensive courses in project management theory, fundamentals, principles, and practices are designed around industry best practices and based on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide). We are confident in our ability to provide comprehensive, practical courses that will enable you to further your project management education.




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  • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
  • P.O. Box 27321
  • Washington DC. 20038 United States