Project Management

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About This Program

Professionals with expertise in project management are highly sought after as project-based work continues to proliferate both in scale and complexity, with organizations and clients demanding greater efficiency, outcomes, and proficiency. Wake Forest University offers a distinctive project management program that helps professionals become more accomplished, qualified, and effective leaders in their fields.

The Certificate in Project Management was ranked 17th in the 2016 rankings of the Top 50 Best Value Project Management Certificate Programs by Value Colleges. Read more about this ranking here.

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Program Details

  • Location: Wake Forest University, Charlotte Center
  • Duration: Fall Semester
    September 7 – November 30, 2017
    12 Sessions
  • Class Times: Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Cost: $5400
  • Early Registration Cost: $5200
  • Early Registration Deadline: August 7, 2017

Next start date: September 7, 2017

The Wake Forest University Certificates Program is an open-enrollment, non-credit bearing program. (See Certificate Eligibility)

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What You’ll Learn

The Project Management Certificate Course is a 12–week curricula designed to take students through the entire life-cycle of a project with a strong focus on communication, lean leadership and visual management.

  • Building a business case/feasibility study
  • Providing high-level direction
  • Setting clear expectations
  • Project planning (including risk management, communications planning, financial planning and resource management)
  • The art of negotiation
  • Conflict management
  • Project delivery (including execution, monitor and control techniques, understanding of industry tools and strategies for scheduling, budgeting and analytics)
  • How to close a project (including staffing strategies, handing over deliverables and post implementation review)

    Who is this for?

    Professionals with project management skills are highly sought after in a range of industries and professions including:

  • Energy sector
  • Financial services sector
  • Management consulting
  • Information technology
  • Construction management
  • Government contracting and procurement
  • Healthcare sector
  • Law and litigation support
  • Non-profit management
  • Public relations

Certificate of Eligibility

Certification: Participants successfully completing the work within the given course timeframe and attending all in-class sessions will be eligible to receive a Wake Forest University Certificate. We invite you to contact us with questions or for more detail.

The Wake Forest University Certificates Program is an open-enrollment, non-credit bearing program.

Program Prerequisites

Participants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program. Any requests for exceptions to these requirements must be made in writing to the program director at

Certificate Course Details

  • Course Content

    Class 1:  Introduction

    • Course overview, framework, schedule, expectations
    • The role of project management in the ecosystem of organizations in the 21st century

    Class 2: Paths to Successful Project Initiation

    • Project Planning – Procurement and Stakeholder

    Classes 3, 4 & 5: Project Planning

    • HR and communications
    • Scope, quality and schedule management
    • Cost and risk management

    Classes 6, 7, 8 & 9: Project Execution

    • Cost and risk management
    • Procurement and Stakeholder
    • HR and communications
    • Scope, quality and schedule
    • Cost and risk
    • Change management
    • Project closure techniques
    • Beyond the project life-cycle

    Class 10 & 11: PMP Prep

    Class 12:  Wrap-up

    • Expert panel
    • Exam feedback and course wrap-up


  • Meet the Instructors

    Luiz Furlan, Lead Faculty. Luiz Furlan is a strategy and operations executive with a customer-centric mindset. He’s spent the past 10+ years of his professional career exercising multiple leadership roles in both Marketing and Operations in the consumer, financial, banking and insurance industries. Luiz has extensive experience in general management, strategy development & execution, lean transformation and successfully leading complex global programs, projects and teams.
    Luiz has an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He’s a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through PMI, Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (CLSSBB) through Villanova University, and Certified Scrum Master through Scrum Alliance.

When not at work or teaching his classes, Luiz enjoys spending time with his family, reading, traveling and living an active life style. Luiz constantly pushes his own physical and mental limits and has completed multiple marathons and IRONMAN distance triathlons.

    Chris BehlingChris Behling has been working as a project management instructor for nearly 15 years for a variety of colleges and universities as well as a private training company. Chris also works for Bank of America in their Global Human Resources area with responsibilities for implementation and program management.  She previously held PMO leadership positions with Wells Fargo, Wachovia, Allstate and Northwestern Mutual.  With over 20 years of financial service industry experiences with Fortune 50 companies, Chris has developed a range of business skills that include certifications in project management (PMP), quality systems (ISO 9000 auditor and certified Six Sigma), and even was one of the first three certified webmasters in the United States. Chris has an undergraduate degree in English, an MBA with an IT concentration, and is nearing completion of a PhD in Organizational Management – Project Management.

  • Time & Location


    All classes are held on Thursday from 6:00-9:00 PM.


    Course will be held at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center in Uptown Charlotte: 200 N. College St. Ste 150 Charlotte, NC 28202

    Parking is available at no charge in the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center Parking Garage located on 5th Street and adjacent to the Wake Forest Charlotte Center.  (You may enter the garage from either 5th or 6th Street.)  Please bring your parking ticket in for validation.


  • Cost

    Cost: $5400
    Early Registation Cost: $5200
    Early Registration Deadline: August 7, 2017

    What’s Included

    • Some course materials are provided
    • Parking provided, in the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center Parking Garage
    • Coffee and light snacks are available
    *Additional course materials may be recommended for student purchase.


    Course Texts

    PMBOK Guide, 5th Edition
    Note: 6th PMBOK edition scheduled for fall 2017 release

    Project Management: The Managerial Process, 6th Edition by Erik Larson & Clifford Gray

For More Information

For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please contact us.