An upcoming class will help area residents prepare for a project management certification. (Photo: Robert Higgins, Flickr)

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is offering an upcoming opportunity for residents to get training in project management. 

Project management is relevant to an array of fields, including manufacturing, health care, technology and logistics, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga workforce director Ronni Pruitt said. 

“There’s a popular demand for project managers,” she said. 

Employment for management occupations is projected to grow by 6 percent between 2014 and 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s about as fast as the average for all occupations. The average annual wage for management occupations was $98,560 in May 2015. 

“Project management involves planning and executing projects, and monitoring teams that work toward accomplishing objectives and goals of the organization,” Pruitt also said. 

The Urban League is offering a six-week program that will satisfy the 35-hour requirement needed to take the exam for project management professional certification. 

In addition to satisfying the hour requirement, the course will prepare attendees for the exam and give them extra materials so they can pass and get the certification. After the course, if attendees want to review before they take the test, they will have the needed materials.

“They can come right out of the class and sit down for the exam … or take a couple of weeks to review,” she said. “[We teach] everything they need to know about what’s going to be on the exam.”

But to be eligible for the course, a person has to have experience in project management. Those with bachelor’s degrees must have at least 3,500 hours of project management experience, and those without that degree need 7,500.

Urban League is hosting free informational sessions for anyone interested in the courses. At those sessions, attendees will be able to figure out if they have the needed requisites to take the six-week course.  

People should register now for the upcoming sessions, which are slated for March 9 and 16 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, located at 730 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. 

The six-week course begins March 27 and is twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

The tuition is $1,500. 

That price includes a textbook, a workbook, e-learning access for six months and a testing lab of practice questions.

For more information about the course or to register, call 423-756-1762 or email Pruitt at [email protected]. Space is limited, and the deadline to register is March 22.

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