PM College, the corporate training and professional development arm of project management consulting firm PM Solutions, is once again teaming with Carnegie Mellon's Chief Information Officer (CIO) Institute to deliver its full IT Project Management Master's Certificate Program twice in 2004.

This expanded course schedule, its convenient location and an early registration discount enable time-starved government IT professionals – particularly those responsible for project planning, budgeting, risk and quality management – to more easily comply with the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) mandate of government project managers. Under the OMB mandate, project managers must qualify for their positions if they manage projects with budgets over $500,000. Compliance with the 2002 mandate will be required for 2004 and 2005 project funding.

The master's certificate was developed in conjunction with The Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University and the CIO Institute. The six courses required for the certificate will be offered in succession from January to June and then again from July to December. Each course is completed in three or four working days and is conveniently held at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute in Arlington, Virginia.

According to Bill Ferguson, executive director of the CIO Institute, having skilled project leaders in place helps companies and federal agencies operate more efficiently, with less waste in terms of cost and effort.

Applicants who register for the complete program by December 31, 2003 will save $500 off the total tuition. Agencies that register three or more students for the same courses at the same time will receive 10% off the list price of the courses. To register, visit http://cioi.web.cmu.edu or contact Karen Widmaier at krw@andrew.cmu.edu or 412-268-4656.

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