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Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management
The Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management program offers flexible start dates. 

  • Call your University of choice (listed in the right column) and register.
  • Let them know when you would like to start.
  • Program lead will contact you soon to help with your instructor selection to start the program.

Please Note: We also have a cohort group option available to students who are on the PMP® exam prep track.

[Read more about the cohort group here.]

The value of one-on-one instruction

The New York Times, Monday, October 11, 2010:
In an article about the Gates Foundation and technology in higher education, Steve Lohr concludes that tutoring is the top tool for academic improvement. 

  • “To date, education research shows that good teachers matter a lot, 
  • Class size may be less important than once thought, and 


See our pool of instructors for the Certificate in Project Management Program.


Once a student has successfully completed this program they will receive a Certificate in Project Management from the college they registered through as well as documentation of 5.6 CEUs.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized measure of participation in an approved non-credit continuing education program.
One Continuing Education Unit (1.0) is defined as: Ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.


Why the Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management?
The Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management is a professional development certificate offered through Universities who have collaborated with Successful Projects to provide an large pool of excellent project management instructors who are also industry experts.  Participants in this program are not only able to select and customize their own short course, they are able to select their instructor and get personal, one-on-one attention from someone who can help advance their career. 
Choose One of Three Tracks
  1. Fundamentals of Project Management
    • This track provides an introduction to general project management best practices. It introduces the student to a roadmap for good processes, the basic tools and techniques of professional project management, and guides students through the development of a professional project management plan with the assistance of an experienced coach/mentor. This program helps students gain the basic skills required to take on project management responsibilities in a professional work environment.

  2. PMP® Credential Exam Preparation
    • The PMP® Credential Exam Prep track is for students who have significant project management work experience, and are eligible for the PMP® credential, but who need a thorough understanding of all of the project management processes to be prepared to pass the exam and perform at the level expected of a PMP. This involves a deep online preparation course and the opportunity to work with an expert PMP® exam prep instructor. 

  3. Specific Industry Project Management or Special Topics
    • This track is for project managers who are looking at industry-specific study in project management, a specific methodology, or a deep look into a specialty topic.  At Successful Projects we have many experienced instructors that focus on a specialty areas including rescuing troubled projects, starting a PMO, Vision to Value training, and more. [See a more complete list here.]

The Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management Program

Originating as a collaborative effort between Successful Projects and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Small Business Development Center and is now being offered through six universities in the UW system.  This innovative and flexible Certificate in Project Management Program is on the forefront of individualized course construction.  Our instructors work to develop a fully customized project management course based specifically on the goals of the student, as we believe "one size does not fit all.” 

All instructors in this program are contracted through Successful Projects and are PMP® credential holders. In addition, our instructors are experienced in both project management instruction and have significant real-world project management experience.

As for technology, our instructors are well versed in current communication technologies to ensure course material and instruction is delivered in a clear and concise, easy to follow format. As standard, work sessions are best held via Skype, web conference, or by using computer screen sharing.


While building this program we were posed with the question, "If you were able to design the Project Management course of your dreams, what would it be like?"  Here were our answers: 

1. There must be a pool of credentialed instructors who have real-world experience in varied fields.  With numerous professional fields implementing project management we have put together a pool of exceptional instructors to ensure our students receive the highest level of education.

2. The program must be flexible.  Understanding practicing professionals are busy and time is something we manage every day, we built our program to start when the student is ready and mold to the individual’s schedule.

3. The program must allow students to work virtually, but with personal help and individual attention when needed.  In the same respect that our program is flexible, we created it to be mobile.  That is why our program is virtually based: to allow students to work on their coursework wherever and whenever they would like. Virtual meetings are a common communication method for today’s project managers.  Using this medium helps build the project managers technical meeting comfort.

4. The materials and coursework must be custom to my needs as a student.  At the beginning of the registration process students will be asked to list their specific learning objectives.  Using these learning objectives as a building point, our instructors will individually craft course materials to help every student achieve their specific learning objectives.

5. This program must be run through an accredited college.  Our program is currently offered through the University of Wisconsin system at six colleges, and growing.

Based on these responses, we have created the vision for the Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management program and we are proud to say these values still holds true. 

The Participant Experience
  1. Register for the program through a participating University Small Business Development Center. 
  2. The Program Director will contact you (usually within one day) to schedule a phone interview and discuss your learning objectives and instructor match.  
  3. An online learning portal will likely be created for you (there are some exceptions to this).
  4. Session 1: A kick-off session will be scheduled with your instructor.  This session will be approximately 60 minutes and cover the following:
    1. Introductions are made including a focus on your career goals, level of experience and understanding, and industry background.
    2. A review of your learning objectives you noted during registration.
    3. Your learning activity preferences will be discussed.
    4. Your instructor will make textbook selections and learning activity recommendations and the two of you agree upon your customized plan.
  5. Order your selected learning materials (i.e. textbooks, podcasts, and other resources) and begin your learning activities. This usually takes about 10 hours.
  6. Session 2: You and the instructor have a session to review your learning activities and provide coaching. (60 minutes)
  7. Continue learning activities and coursework discussed in session 2. This usually takes about 10 hours.
  8. Session 3: Review your learning activities with your instructor, discuss new coursework, and receive coaching. (60 minutes)
  9. Continue learning activities and coursework discussed in session 3. This usually takes about 10 hours.
  10. Session 4: Review your learning activities with your instructor, discuss new coursework, and receive coaching. (60 minutes) 
  11. Continue learning activities and coursework discussed in session 4. This usually takes about 10 hours.
  12. Session 5: Review your learning activities with your instructor, discuss new coursework, and receive coaching. (60 minutes) 
  13. Continue learning activities and coursework discussed in session 4. This usually takes about 10 hours.
  14. Summary Session: You and the instructor have a summary session to review your final learning activities and any final coaching to wrap up your program. (60 minutes)
  15. Finalization: After you complete the program you will be sent a program evaluation form and be asked to submit your learning log to the program director.
  16. Receive your Certificate in Project Management from the University.

If you were on the PMP® exam prep track, you will continue to have access to the online course and mock exams for a year.

Currently Offered Through:

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Small Business Development Center

Phone: (920) 496-2117
See this on the UW-GB website.

University of Wisconsin-
La Crosse
Small Business Development Center
Phone: (608) 785-8783
See this on the UW-L website.

University of Wisconsin-
Professional Education Programs and Services
Phone: 715-232-2793
See this on the UW-Stout website.


University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Small Business Development Center
Phone: 715-346-3861
See this on the UW-SP website. 

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: (715) 836-4648
See this on the UW-EC website.

Texas A&M University
Extended Education and Community Development
Phone: 903-334-683
See this on the Texas A&M website.

Lorain County Community College in Ohio
Small Business Development Center
Phone: (440) 366-4370
See the program at LCCC.


Northwest New Jersey SBDC
Phone: (908) 269-8475
See registration page.

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Quotes from Students about the UW Certificate in Project Management

"I found the program very valuable.  I learned a lot and took away what I needed from the class.  Sometimes I am happy just to get one thing out of a class session, or even a required work meeting, that is valuable, just so I don't feel let down afterwards.  In this case I took many things away from each unit and meeting that I could use in my own classroom and professional career.  Though I am not pursuing the PM certification at this time, it is something I will consider.  Eric was great and had many work/life experiences in construction and construction project management that were perfect for what I was looking for.  He helped me see how much project management I had done and am doing daily and then put that into terms that aligned with the PMBOK."

Mr. Robert Kaebisch, Architect, ALA
Instructor - Construction Sciences - Architecture/Structural
Gateway Technical College
Instructed by Eric Rogers 


"You have filled in my knowledge gaps in project management and have inspired my critical thinking."

Brian Jostad
Instructed by Amy Gau


"I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful experience that I had with Kay Wais and Successful Projects. I started the program in December and just finished it yesterday. Kay has been my teacher in my Certified Project Management program during the winter/spring period of the 2009-2010 school years. Kay came well prepared to give me an outstanding educational experience. In this capacity she was consistent, passionate, and reliable. While teachers are not required to spend dozens of hours with students, Kay had clocked more hours than was ever promised and she is still willing to meet with me and consult me in the future on any project management needs. This speaks volumes to Kay’s experience with me further evidencing her dedication to the teaching profession. This enthusiasm and philosophy of hard work did not wane after she began and even though the certification is now complete, she continues. 

When Kay started to teach me, it was immediately evident that she had a love for the project management profession and a sincere interest in and concern for me as a student. She was willing to come up with creative lessons that proved to be interesting and educationally effective. Furthermore, she spent many hours with me on individual instruction. 

I would certainly recommend Kay Wais and Successful Projects to anyone that wants to seek their Project Management Certification. The high level of educational expertise, lifelong experience with project management, and the passion for teaching, makes Kay and excellent teacher and I would certainly recommend her to anyone

Don Richards


"I wanted to let you know that I just completed the Project Management Certificate program with Kay Wais from Successful Projects.  This self-paced program was great.  The tools and resources Kay provided me with through this program will be so helpful in planning successful projects in the future.  It has already helped me with time management and communication.  I am now more aware of the type of work I need to do with my clients, stakeholders, and team members.  I would highly recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in project management or a job that requires them to frequently manage projects.  The tips and tricks provided in the program will save you a great deal of time and headaches by giving you the tools needed to properly and successfully manage those projects.  I have even found that it helps me with planning in my personal life.  Recently I was planning a small anniversary get together and I found myself using project management skills to coordinate the food and party preparations.   It was refreshing to find that I wasn’t scrambling at the last minute to get everything done because I had so thoroughly planned.  Thank you for providing this opportunity!"

Emily R. Rogers
Coordinator of Access Services
University of Wisconsin- Green Bay 


"The discussions with Kay made the coursework tangible and directly applicable to a multi-year project I am managing at Trane. I would absolutely recommend the UW-La Crosse Project Management Certificate Program to others without hesitation. "

Sean Smith, PE, Project Leader
Trane Company 


"Kay also worked with me to customize the course based on my specific needs and professional goals. The self- and peer-assessment that kicks off the program was very enlightening. I learned so much. Every business should send their employees through this certificate program because it provides a flexible project management toolkit that can be applied to reduce costs and improve success. "

Finnian Cullen
Clinical Systems Analyst

Franciscan Skemp Healthcare


"The program was 100% customized and helped me improve the project management skills important to me and the work I'm doing every day. The one-on-one coaching sessions with Kay were excellent. She showed me how to specifically apply what I learned to situations at Riverfront which made this program very valuable."

Ann McDonald
Finance Director
Riverfront Inc.

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