Certificate Information and a Full List of Exclusions

GW Associate’s Certificates, GW Master’s Certificates, and Strategy Execution Professional Certificates excluding FAC-P/PM Certificates; also excludes Adaptive Strategic Execution Certificate. ·       

  • Each course may be applied to only one certificate. However, all courses applied to an associate’s certificate may also be applied toward the corresponding master’s certificate.
  • FAC-P/PM courses and Adaptive Strategic Execution Program courses do not qualify toward the GW certificates in Project Management, IT Project Management, Program Management, Agile Practices, Business Analysis, and Contract Management or to the Strategy Execution Professional Certificate in Business Skills.
  • Exam preparation courses do not qualify toward GW Associate’s Certificates, the Master’s Certificate in Program Management, or the Professional Certificate in Business Skills.
  • Courses that are less than 12 contact hours in duration do not qualify.  However, any two such courses with a combined total duration of 12 or more hours can qualify as a single course.
  • Students must adhere to the restrictions specified on the specific course pages. 

Course-specific substitutions, restrictions, and recommendations:

  • Stakeholder Management course deliveries can qualify as one of the courses on strategyex.com.
  • Managing IT Projects
    • May be substituted for Managing Projects as the ‘Required’ course toward the Master’s Certificate in Project Management. However, if students also complete IT Risk Management rather than Risk Management, these courses will qualify toward the Master’s Certificate in Project Management with a Concentration in IT Project Management rather than the Master’s Certificate in Project Management.
    • Students should not also take Managing Projects due to redundancy.  These courses will be treated as a single course toward all certificates.
    • Students should avoid taking the following courses due to redundancy (but it is not prohibited): Project Planning, Analysis and Control and Planning and Managing Projects.
  • IT Risk Management
    • May be substituted for Risk Management as the ‘Required’ course toward the Master’s Certificate in Project Management. However, if students also complete Managing IT Projects rather than Managing Projects, these courses will qualify toward the Master’s Certificate in Project Management with a Concentration in IT Project Management rather than the Master’s Certificate in Project Management.
    • Students should not also take Risk Management due to redundancy.  These courses will be treated as a single course toward all certificates.
    • Students should avoid taking the following courses due to redundancy (but it is not prohibited): Project Planning, Analysis and Control.
  • Planning and Managing Projects
    • May be substituted for Managing Projects as the ‘Required’ course toward the Master’s Certificate in Project Management.
    • Students should avoid taking the following courses due to redundancy (but it is not prohibited): Managing Projects and Project Planning, Analysis and Control.
  • Project Planning Analysis and Control
    • May be substituted for Managing Projects as the ‘Required’ course toward both the Associate’s Certificate in Project Management and the Master’s Certificate in Project Management.
    • For the Associate’s Certificate in Project Management, students should not also take the following due to redundancy: Managing Projects, Managing IT Projects, Risk Management, IT Risk Management, and Scheduling and Cost Control.  When taken in combination with Project Planning Analysis and Control, these courses will be treated as a single course toward this certificate.  Additionally, students should avoid taking the following course due to redundancy (but it is not prohibited): Planning and Managing Projects
    • For the Master’s Certificate in Project Management, students should avoid taking the following courses due to redundancy (but it's not prohibited): Managing Projects, Managing IT Projects, Risk Management, IT Risk Management, and Scheduling and Cost Control, and Planning and Managing Projects.
  • Introduction to Project Management
    • May be substituted for Managing Projects as the ‘Required’ course toward the Master’s Certificate in Project Management.
    • Students making this substitution should also take Project Leadership, Management and Communication (but not required).
  • Eliciting and Managing Requirements, Developing Agile Requirements, and Agile Projects: Keys to Getting Started
    • Classes completed prior to March 1, 2018 may be substituted for Managing IT Projects and IT Risk Management as the ‘Required’ course toward the Master’s Certificate in Project Management with a Concentration in IT Project Management.
    • As of March 1, 2018 students should not take both Eliciting and Managing Requirements and Developing Agile Requirements.  These courses are redundant and will be treated as a single course toward all certificates.
  • Delivering Agile Projects with Scrum
    • Classes completed prior to January 1, 2016 may be substituted for Agile Projects: Keys to Getting Started as the ‘Required’ course toward the grandfathered Master’s Certificate in Agile Practices.
  • How to Gather and Document User Requirements 
    • Classes completed prior to June 1, 2016 may be substituted for Fundamentals of Business Analysis as the ‘Required’ course toward the Business Analysis certificates.  
    • Students should not also take Eliciting and Managing Requirements.  These courses are redundant and will be treated as a single course toward all certificates.
  • Contract Management Principles and Practices 
    • May be substituted for Federal Contracting Basics as a ‘Required’ course toward the Master’s Certificate in Contract Management. 
    • Students should not also take Federal Contracting Basics due to redundancy (but not prohibited).
  • PMO Program and Portfolio Workshop
    • May be substituted for Eliciting and Managing Requirements, Establishing a Business Mindset, or Managing Projects toward the Master’s Certificate in Agile Practices.
  • DevOps Deep Dive Workshop
    • May be substituted for Eliciting and Managing Requirements, Establishing a Business Mindset, or Managing Projects toward the Master’s Certificate in Agile Practices.
  • Project Portfolio Management Using Agile
    • May be substituted for Lean and Agile Project Management toward the Master’s Certificate in Agile Practices.
  • Agile Practices for Product Owners, Agile Projects: Keys to Getting Started, Delivering Agile Projects with Scrum, Developing Agile Requirements, and Estimating and Planning Agile Projects
    • May be substituted for a combination of Fundamentals of Lean and Agile and Managing Projects toward the Master’s Certificate in Agile Practices.
  • Students who completed any three of Agile Practices for Product Owners, Agile Projects: Keys to Getting Started, Delivering Agile Projects with Scrum, Developing Agile Requirements, Estimating and Planning Agile Projects, and Project Portfolio Management Using Agile may complete the Master’s Certificate in Agile Practices by completing additional courses as follows:
    • Must complete both Iterative Delivery with Scrum and Kanban and Continuous Improvement with Lean and Kanban
    • Must complete Lean and Agile Project Management unless they completed Project Portfolio Management Using Agile (students who completed Project Portfolio Management are exempt)
    • Must complete any two of Fundamentals of DevOps, Eliciting and Managing Requirements, Establishing a Business Mindset, Project Leadership, Management and Communications, Facilitation Skills for Business Analysis, High Impact Communications, and Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Students who completed four or more Agile courses on the previous Agile certification path should refer to the grandfathered Agile certification path.