Watermark Learning and Auburn University Partner to Offer Project Management and Business Analysis Masters Certificates

May 07, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Minneapolis, MN - http://www.WatermarkLearning.com – Watermark Learning, a leading project management and business requirements analysis training company today announced a partnership with Auburn University through which they will together offer Project Management and Business Analysis Masters Certificates to business professionals who desire to enhance their management and analysis skills while at the same time acquiring Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) from Auburn University and Professional Development Units (PDU’s) from the Project Management Institute.

”For quite some time now, we have wanted to offer our clients and constituents hands-on Project management and Business Analysis training programs with which we felt secure in associating the good name and reputation of Auburn University,” said Dr. George Blanks, Director Business and Engineering Continuing Education Auburn University. “When we were introduced to Watermark Learning and saw the quality of instruction they provide and the kudos their clients give them, we knew we had found our partner. Auburn University is proud of its association with Watermark Learning and we anticipate a long and prosperous relationship.”

Masters Certificate in Project Management
Many Project Managers feel they are managing too many projects with too little time, too few resources and lack of executive support. As a result, projects can spin out of control and/or grind to a halt.

But the best Project Managers, as Watermark Learning observes, are accomplishing business goals when they learn how to:
- solve business problems,
- accurately communicate project needs in a timely manner, as well as
- plan and estimate appropriately.

In order to help Project Managers develop the knowledge, confidence and power to deliver projects on-time and within budget, Watermark Learning has developed a series of high-impact project management courses that - when taken as part of a masters certificate program in conjunction with Auburn University - can mean the difference between "project almost complete" and "project complete".

The Project Management Masters Certificate can be obtained by taking the following required courses:
• Project Management Fundamentals
• Gathering Business Requirements: Whose Project is it Anyway?
• Estimating and Scheduling Projects
• Risk Management
• Facilitation Skills Workshop

Students must also elect one of the following courses:
• Iterative Project Management: Plan Your Risks or Risk Your Plan
• Microsoft® Project for Project Managers
• PMP® Certification Preparation
• Recovering Troubled Projects
• The Hard Truth about Soft Skills

Masters Certificate in Business Analysis
Economic forces, product demand, competitive offerings and other outside influences continue to affect today’s businesses. As a result, corporate needs often change as quickly as the climate.

This continuous shifting business atmosphere means that business problems must now be solved more efficiently and effectively than ever before.

It also means that Business Analysts must act as consultants and confidently probe deeper into stakeholders needs, recommend solutions that are supported internally, and ultimately be able to positively impact a business.

Fixed project deadlines, limited resources, ambiguous roles and numerous factors, internal to the business, all increasingly affect a Project Manager’s ability to assure on-time and on-budget project completion.

The Business Analysis Masters Certificate offered by Watermark Learning in partnership with Auburn University can be obtained by taking the following required courses:
• Consulting Skills for Dynamic Business Analysis
• Rapid Requirements Analysis: Capturing Your Customer's Real Needs
• Business Process Modeling
• Use Case Modeling
• Project Management Fundamentals

Students must also elect one of the following courses:
• Business Analysis Using UML
• Data Modeling
• Facilitation Skills Workshop
• Software Testing for Business Analysts

“Watermark Learning is proud to be associated with Auburn University, one of the leading Business and Engineering schools in the country,” said Richard Larson, PMP and Principal of Watermark Learning. “We are excited about their strategic plan to gain ranking as one of the top ten universities in the nation. Plus, their focus on practical, continuing education in these fields makes them an ideal academic partner for us.”

Learn more information about the Watermark Learning Project Management Masters Certificate at http://www.watermarklearning.com/PMCertProgram.html and Business Analysis Masters Certificate at http://www.watermarklearning.com/BACertProgram.html or call 800.646.9362.

About Watermark Learning
Watermark Learning is a leading project management and requirements analysis training and skill development company. Watermark offers training and mentoring on Project Management, Business Requirements Analysis, Leadership, and Software Development including UML training. Clients include professionals from Wells Fargo Bank, 3M, GMAC/RFC, Securian Financial Group, ING/Reliastar, MetLife, State of Minnesota, and other Fortune 500 and smaller organizations.