Foundations of Project Management Certification



Why Should You Earn This Certification?

Anyone wanting to pursue a career in project management should attend this program. This program provides in depth coverage of the knowledge and skills needed to function in an entry-level project management role. The program also meets the education pre-requisite for CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification offered through PMI and can be used as a preparatory class for that exam. This program is a great first step into the world of project management.

Credential you will earn: Foundations of Project Management Certification from the Center for Professional Development @IUN

Course length: 45 hours

Course schedule: Three-hour sessions one night per week for 15 weeks

When offered: Spring and Fall

Where offered: Gary and Michigan City

Pricing Information


All organizations utilize project management in some way. Projects are temporary programs that are unique to the day-to-day operations of the organization. Individuals who are adept at planning, executing, and controlling these projects are called project managers.

This program is designed to give participants an entry level understanding of the project management world and will provide a credential for those seeking to pursue a career in project management. Successful participants will earn the Project Management Certification from the Center for Professional Development @IUN. Enrollment in the university is not required. In addition, completion of the course should prepare individuals to challenge the Certified Assistant in Project Management (CAPM) certification exam offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Topics covered during the course include:

  • Integration management
  • Scope management
  • Schedule management
  • Cost management
  • Quality and procurement management
  • Resource management
  • Communication and stakeholder management
  • Risk management


Vark Kalluri

Vark Kalluri currently works for NIPSCO, the local electric utility company. Vark started his project management career at Motorola in 2020. Since then he held various positions as Senior Program Manager, and Manger at Motorola. Vark also worked as a consulting project manager at Navteq through Riverpoint LLC. Vark joined NIPSCO in 2013 as a Project Manager, and promoted to Manager in 2016. He taught Project Management at DeVry University, Merrillville and at St. Joseph University, Rensselear, IN. If he is not working he would like to spend most his time with his family, or playing golf.

Vark has Masters in Computer Science, and Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University. He has a Master in Project Management from George Washington University. He did his MBA from Stuart Graduate School of IIT, Chicago. Vark is a PMI member since 2004, and he received his PMP certification in 2007.

Vark volunteered as President of PMI Calumet Chapter from 2011 to 2018. In his earlier life he held various positions in the Oil & Gas Industry.

Charles Bradsky

Charles Bradsky, PMP is the Transportation Projects Manager for Northwestern Indiana Region Planning Commission (NIRPC).  NIRPC is a Metropolitan Planning Organization that promotes discussion and problem solving among all of the communities within the region.  Charles manages the federal highway funds allocated to Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, ensuring that all funds are spent, and spent wisely. These funds support surface infrastructure projects such as roadway improvements, bridge rehabilitations, intersection improvements and bike trails.  Charles began working with NIRPC in November 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a Project Manager with the Indiana Department of Transportation for over 6 years. It was through INDOT that he gained his PMP certification. In his role, he monitors projects costs, risks, schedules, scopes, and stakeholders. He uses his experience and knowledge to ensure all of the projects in his program are delivered on time and within the budget parameters.

When he isn’t working, Charles spends his time woodworking and riding his bicycle.  He routinely bikes over 3,000 miles a year, usually on long stints on the weekends with his close friends. In the winter, he can often be found in his garage designing and building furniture or remodeling a room in his home. He is happily married and loves his dogs. Charles is a member of Toastmaster Club #4742 in Merrillville, happy to stand in front of strangers and talk about his passions.

Price$1495.00 *Price does NOT include the CAPM exam.
Price Includes
  • In class, instructor-led activities and projects through which a PMP expert guides you through learning the material
  • Textbook
  • Registration fees
Program Certification Requirements
  • Pass a written exam with a score of 75% or better
  • Design a project using program content; consulting assistance provided while the course is in progress
CAPM Certification Requirements

Project Management Institute (PMI) is the organization that confers CAPM certifications. They establish the certification requirements and oversee compliance with these requirements. See for more information, including certification exam cost.

CAPM requirements:

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam. (the Center for Professional Development @IUN satisfies this requirement)