After working in the project management field for eleven years, Jeff Banow decided to add professional credentials to his experience. He says choosing the Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPM) had a lot to do with the reputation of the Edwards School of Business – something he was familiar with as a U of S computer science graduate. “It’s something I’m proud to hang on my wall,” he says of the MCPM.
Although Edwards Executive Education offers shorter courses, Banow wanted a program that would give him more time to network with professionals in the field. He and his classmates worked together on a simulation project that ran throughout the six month, nine module course. “It was a great way to learn,” he says. “Everything was immediately put into context, and everything ties together.”
Banow adds that much of the learning happened outside the textbook. “There was a lot of open floor time to learn from examples of classmates and instructors.” And because the program is offered in partnership with the Schulich School of Business at York University, instructors are brought in from around North America, each bringing “different backgrounds, different perspectives and different stories,” he says.
After receiving the Masters Certificate in Project Management in Saskatoon in spring of 2012, Banow went on to write the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation exam the following week. He began preparing for the exam during the final three months of the Masters program, which was easy to do as both were based on the same textbook. He says the course provided an excellent foundation for the exam. “I had a base to prepare for the PMP exam and a lot more. It was better than going into a bookstore and just getting the PMBOK textbook.” Banow is a Partner and Principal Analyst at ESTI Consulting Services and says the MCPM program would be useful to both new and experienced project managers. “I’d recommend the program to anyone who’s interested in project management as well as anybody who’s been working in it for a period of time and wants a better set of tools, and a better knowledge base. After each day in the course I came away with something I could immediately use at work.
“The partnership between The Schulich Executive Education Centre and Edwards School of Business has been very successful for both organizations. Our flagship program, The Masters Certificate in Project Management, has been running in Saskatchewan since 2006 and has graduated almost 200 students! This is a great example of a partnership working well for everyone involved producing great results for our customers and our two organizations.”
- David Barrett, National Program Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre
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