Project Management Professional

A career in project management offers a variety of jobs across industries, incredible growth potential, and excellent compensation. Establish yourself as a globally-recognized project manager by earning the most sought-after credential in the profession with Rice University's exam preparation course.

Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a proven way to enhance your resume, elevate your career potential, and boost your earnings.  Project management is one of the most demanded professions in today’s global marketplace with an anticipated 1.57 million new jobs created worldwide each year through 2020.   


Sectionsort descending Instructor Format Schedule start date
PPMP1001.S19.1 Eddie Merla, Tony Barreras On-campus 6-9 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2019

INSTRUCTOR: Eddie Merla, Tony Barreras
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 6-9 p.m.
START DATE: Feb. 25, 2019

Instructor: Eddie Merla

Eddie Merla, PMI-ACP, PMP®, is the founder and owner of Duende Project Management Services.  He is a PMP® preparation instructor and a speaker and trainer on project management and leadership topics. Mr. Merla has more than 25 years of project management experience including seven years experience leading international consulting engagements and projects. He has implemented Project Management Offices for multiple organizations and in seven different industries (banking, airlines, automotive, consulting, information technology, engineering, and healthcare).  He has supported the implementation of agile practices in various organizations. Mr. Merla has presented at multiple chapters of the Project Management Institute and at the EMEA PMI Congress, the North American PMI Congress, the Asia Pacific PMI Congress and the Latin America PMI Congress.  He has trained project managers and other business professionals in 10 separate countries.

Mr. Merla is active with Toastmasters International.  He has achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, the highest educational award that can be earned by an individual Toastmaster, three times.  He has also served the Houston District Toastmasters (District 56) as a district governor.

Tony Barreras, PMP, a TAMU graduate in electrical engineering - has more than 25 years of experience training project managers, managing projects, and leading project management organizations in multiple industries including energy, oil & gas, logistics, and IT. He also has experience managing external and internal facing projects, company integrations, ERP system deployments, large projects at a single site, large projects across hundreds of sites, utilizing project teams located throughout the world.  Currently, he is primarily responsible for the project management training program at Wood, training 300-400 current and future PMs each month. He regularly consults in the areas of risk management and value engineering.  He has been happily married for 27 years and is the father of 11 children.

Term: Spring/Summer 2019

Start Date: Feb. 25, 2019

End Date: May 13, 2019

Schedule: 6-9 p.m.

Length: Twelve Mondays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $2,195 Tuition includes the most recent edition of the CertWise PMP Learning System.

Early Registration: $2,095 if registering by Feb. 18


CEUs: 3.6

Note: This course meets the Institute's 35 hour education prerequisite to sit for the PMP® exam.

This program is designed specifically for experienced project managers who are looking to advance their skills and are preparing to take their PMP® Certification exam.  Successful participants should have at least a minimum of 3 years of non-overlapping project management experience as well as meet the general education requirements (associate degree or higher) to apply for the exam.  This course meets the Institute’s 35-hour education prerequisite to sit for the PMP® exam.

In order to become PMP Certified, you must apply to sit for the examination and meet eligibility requirements set forth by the Project Management Institute (PMI).  For additional information about PMI including complete PMBOK® Guide & Standards, pre-requisites and exam registration visit

  • Learn the entire PMBOK® Guide with our experienced and certified Project Management instructors.
  • Utilize The Learning System for PMP® Exam Preparation books and comprehensive online study tools that you will have access to for an entire year. This interactive study program includes printed study materials, online quizzes, flashcards, PMP practice test, and more.
  • Discuss topics and network with peers from a variety of industries.
  • Stay on track to complete your PMP studies with our structured learning environment.
  • Meet the 35-hour project management education prerequisite.

Industry & Organizations Employing Project Managers

  • Administration
  • Artistic/Creative Services
  • Banking & Finance
  • Computers & Information Technology
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Customer Service
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Facility Management
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal
  • Public Relations
  • Purchasing
  • Quality
  • Supply Chain
  • Training

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

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