Turn a Technical Background into a Project Management Job
This Spring at Ryerson University: Middle-level Managers (MLM) with Technical Background Bridging Program Attracts Internationally Educated Professionals
Project management skills are vitally important to the success of any business. For example, managing cost and contracts, maximizing profitability, and improving efficiency are needs that are important to most organizations.
To remain competitive in the global economy, corporations have recognized the demand for a more internationally educated workforce that brings fresh perspectives and innovation into the workplace.
If there is one program that exemplifies both this business trend and the technical project management industry, it would be the Middle-level Managers (MLM) with Technical Background Bridging Program at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.
This new program offers a unique learning opportunity specifically designed for internationally educated professionals with project management experience and technical backgrounds in engineering, science, environmental science, information technology, and other closely related disciplines.
This is a collaborative program between The Chang School at Ryerson University, Skills for Change, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. The program consists of 15 weeks of in-class training in project management, communication skills, Canadian workplace culture, and job search preparation. It is unique in that training is followed by a minimum of eight weeks of internship work experience. At the end of the program, successful participants are equipped to write the Project Management Professional (PMP)® examination offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The MLM program focuses exclusively on technical project management and requires the successful completion of six courses:
- Communication in the Engineering Professions (CCMN 432)
- Exploring Leadership Skills (CDCE 400)
- Fundamentals of Project Management (CKPM 202)
- Leadership in Project Management (CKPM 211)
- Project Cost and Procurement Management (CKPM 212)
- Project Management Internship (CKPM 216)
For many internationally educated professionals, the process of pursuing post-secondary education can seem intimidating. Even completing the appropriate enrollment paperwork can seem overwhelming, but the MLM Bridging Program has an active educational support team to assist students throughout the process. In addition to the courses, learners also gain knowledge beyond exam prep. Support from the staff will include workshops on topics such as how to better integrate and understand Canadian communication practices and workplace culture.
The application and intake process consists of an orientation and information session, a comprehensive one-on-one interview, and a language assessment. Participants who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and convention refugees are eligible for the program. During individual interviews, candidates are assessed on their suitability for the program, including relevant project management experience, academic credentials, and prior work experience. Qualified candidates are given in-depth language assessments to determine whether their Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels are sufficient for entry into the program.
This program is funded by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.