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We are starting the board nomination process for the PMI Central Alabama Chapter elections early this year. The nomination process will begin today and complete Monday, 4/30/18. Once nominations are collected, PMI Global will process the information and we will have board elections starting in June. The role of the board at PMICAC is important to guide and maintain the work that the chapter performs not only for its members, but for the community as well. I hope that everyone will take the time to think about running for one of the following positions as they come up for election this year. Please take the time to look through the position descriptions to note the responsibilities as well as an estimated time need each month to fulfill those duties. The following positions are up for election this year and will serve 2019-2020:

VP Communications
VP Education
VP Marketing
VP Programs
PMIEF Liaison

If you would like to nominate someone, including yourself, please send an email with the position in the subject line and a recent resume attached to Mark Rhodes, PMP.

Kupe Kupersmith
Applying Improvisation to Your Team
“The secret skill you have been waiting for.”

To accomplish anything, you need the help of others and others need your help. Successful teams have members that are continually improving how they interact and communicate with each other. Collaboration, creativity, and results grow out of an environment that is positive and affirming.

In this highly interactive and fun session, Kupe, an improvisational actor, focuses on key improvisation lessons that will help you be a more attentive and flexible team member. You will walk away with lessons to help you stay in the present, suspend judgment, keep conversations moving forward and listen generously. These skills are needed to build positive, trust based, results oriented teams. With Kupe’s business background, he will be able to help you directly apply these skills on the job.


Rick Morris
The Struggle Between Agile and Project Management

Agile is not a fad, it is a reality. In today’s application economy almost every company is a software company. One of the biggest misconceptions is that Agile is new. However, there is a struggle that seems to be happening between the understanding of the Agile world and the Project Management world. What does it mean to be Agile? If we are an Agile company, do we need Project Management? Is one better than the other? Can the two exist with each other? As organizations are looking to eliminate the barrier between ideas and outcomes the impacts of how to prioritize, execute, allocate funding and resources, and embrace change amplify the need to understand the roles and responsibilities of everyone. Rick will discuss real life experiences and even how his own thinking has been transformed in what will be an entertaining, enlightening, and lively discussion.

 Click here for rates and registration!

PMI Central Alabama Chapter wants to improve its presence on LinkedIn. We also want to use this professional medium to communicate upcoming events and other chapter news to a broader audience. We have created a non-profit business LinkedIn page that is open to everyone to follow.

The new page is evolving and more content is on its way. Please head over to the new page via the link below and FOLLOW us so we can get information to you faster. Please let your friends and colleagues know about this new page as well.


PMI CAC is seeking volunteers to teach at least one 3.5 hour session related to the 10 PMI Knowledge Areas. These sessions are part of the PMP and CAPM exam preparation courses offered by the chapter to members and non-members of PMI CAC. The next class is scheduled to start Saturday March 4th, 2017 for 5 weeks. Subsequent sessions will be held on Tuesday/Thursday evenings.

Volunteer instructors receive PDUs for preparation and for teaching the classes. The PDUs are applied to "Giving Back to the Profession" Category. Please refer to the PMP® CCR (Continuing Certification Requirements) handbook for further information.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Current Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification
  • Teaching, facilitating, or presenting experience

Training materials will be provided.
If interested, please send your resume or experience/education details by Friday Feb 24th to: vped@pmicac.org

Next offering: The spring, 2017, UAB - PMI of Central Alabama Chapter Project Management Certificate Course is to start Saturday, January 21, 2016, and run for five consecutive Saturdays, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and end on February 18th. 

Endorsements from participants:

"I just wanted you to know that I earned my PMP certification last Friday. You provided a great course which helped prepare me for the exam tremendously, so thank you!" - Stephanie Millard, spring 2014 participant.

PMI Salary Survey: The PMI 2013 salary survey lists the following yearly salaries for the United States: Project Manager I median salary: $86,000, Project Manager III median salary: $105,000, Program Manager median salary: $120,000, and Portfolio Manager median salary: $126,000.

Consider the following data from Certification Magazine's annual survey:

  • Project managers earn an average salary of $85,850
  • Professionals with PMP certification earn an average of $95,820
  • Certified individuals averaged a 16% pay increase from certification

For the course description, the schedule, and to register, please go to Spring 2017 UAB Project Management Certificate Course.

The PMI Central Alabama Chapter will hold an Exam Prep Class following the UAB Project Management Certificate course to be held at UAB, on Saturdays 2 sessions per day.

Thank you again for your support and your help. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Molly Wasko at mwasko@uab.edu.

Recognizing the need for those managing projects to be trained and certified in the Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), the UAB Collat School of Business and the Project Management Institute (PMI), Central Alabama Chapter, have teamed together to offer the Project Management Certificate Course. This course meets the education requirements needed to sit for the CAPM and PMP exams.

In today’s competitive world the effective execution of value-adding business processes and related projects is imperative. The UAB Project Management Certificate Course’s approach provides the content and rigor of a graduate level academic course and practicality provided by practicing project managers.

This popular course has been a long standing offering by the UAB Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods and is now offered several times a year. The Project Management Certificate Course provides a total of 36 contact hours of combined face to face and online instruction.

2018 Offerings: May 4th - May 25th (four Fridays), 9 am - 3 pm & September 14th - October 5th (four Fridays), 9 am - 3 pm. 


The Certification Magazine's annual survey reports that project managers with a PMP certification earn an average base salary of $129,630.

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