Digital Project Management Certificate Program


All students who finish this program will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.

In this certificate program, you will gain real-world skills and knowledge to be able to manage world class digital projects such as websites and mobile applications. This class will cover the processes to build digital application with a heavy focus on the deliverables and disciplines needed to bring a digital vision into reality.

Program Description

It's really hard to say when digital applications came into existence, but it's hard to ignore their ubiquity and our reliance on them. Most of us interface with digital applications for much of our waking life. From communication, to friendships, to entertainment, to travel and finances, there is very little in our lives that doesn't have some digital component.

The shepherds of this wizardry are Digital Project Managers (DPMs). DPMs are the connective tissue that enable the many high-performing digital specialists needed to take the vision from back-of-the-napkin sketches and make it an actual reality. These are the folks that work with clients and product managers to help define the vision, assemble and organize the team so that vision can be fully realized.

During this two-day (or four evening) course, you'll learn the fundamentals of building digital applications. After grounding you in the basics of Project Management and the definition of the DPM role, we'll take a deeper dive into the specialists and the key deliverables needed to build your digital project. With that as a foundation, we will then show you how to connect all of these things together through detailed planning, scheduling. We'll also cover some other deliverables/milestones that are becoming more popular and can be useful depending on the type of project. Finally, we'll address some of the tools that are in the utility belt of a typical DPMer.

The course will consist of instruction and hands on experiences to help you hit the ground running on your own digital projects.

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Who Should Take This Class/Prerequisites

A creative mind, a love of technology, and a willingness to make learning a lifelong pursuit. Good knowledge of the Web, Websites and role of a Project Manager.

What To Expect

  • A good framework for the project management discipline and craft of digital project manager
  • A solid understanding of what it takes to build a digital application including the disciplines, deliverables, and methodologies needed to make ideas into reality
  • A utility belt of tools that make the process of building efficient


This program is held over the course of a weekend to accommodate those with busy lives. In September, the classes will be held Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 5pm. (In January 2018, the format is changing to four evenings.) You can see scheduled dates in at the top right of this page.

Day 1: Intro to Digital Project Management and the Process of Building Digital

  • Introductions and Class Overview
  • The DPM Role - An Initial Look and what makes us different than other PMs?
  • Digital Process Overview
  • Lunch Break
  • Roles and their Deliverables: User Experience Lead
  • Roles and their Deliverables: Design Lead
  • Roles and their Deliverables: Technical Lead
  • Roles and their Deliverables: QA Lead
  • Other Roles/Deliverables you may leverage
  • Q & A - Open Forum

Day 2: Making Digital Happen: Planning it Out + Tools + Careers

  • Review of previous day and goals for the upcoming day
  • Project Methodology 101
  • Exercise: Working a Digital Project with Agile (part 1)
  • Lunch Break
  • Exercise: Working a Digital Project with Agile (part 2)
  • Tools: Project Planning/Issue Management/Communication Management
  • DPM as a career
  • Q & A - Open Forum


Josh Zapin

Ever since he was a little boy, Josh was obsessed with how things work and how to make them better. From watching a video of how crayons are made during an episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, to taking apart broken toys, fixing them, and putting them back together again, Josh obsessed over the details on how the individual parts are put together make it into one remarkable thing. So, it was only natural when Josh started his career during the Internet Boom of the mid 1990s, that he channel this obsession into burgeoning world of digital, consumer facing, applications.

For nearly 20 years, Josh's obsession has led him to foster executional excellence for organizations and projects both large and small. Josh implements systems, practices and processes rooted in the notion that great things can only be made from great people and an organization's primary responsibility is to nurture them and enable excellence.

Josh takes pride in his ability to articulate his ideas and is right at home leading client meetings, training sessions and workshops. He was a faculty member at Boulder Digital Works and has presented to a number of large audiences including conferences such as Internet Retailer and the Digital Project Management Summit. He is also the leaders of both the Rocky Mountain Digital Project Managers group and the Rocky Mountain Internet Users Grou where he helps to foster the community of the people who make things happen in the world of technology.

Josh has a broad base of experience that includes clients such as: Volkswagen, American Express, Crocs, JCPenney, The Athlete's Foot, Maxtor, IBM, CBS Sports, and Steamboat Ski Company. He is currently the Director of Platform Services at Crispin, Porter + Bogusky and also consults on digital operations through his consulting firm Corvus3.

Learn more about John on Twitter and LinkedIn.


This certificate program will be held in the Boulder Digital Arts Boulder location classroom.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $699.00

Non-Members: $725.00

Available Dates

May 22 - 31, 2018

In Boulder Location

Evening Format Schedule

Complete Schedule:
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 6PM - 9PM
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 6PM - 9PM
Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 6PM - 9PM
Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6PM - 9PM

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Customer Comments

Josh was a great teacher! Very engaged and passionate about the subject as well as being organized and having a coherent class put together. Highly recommend this class.Gretchen
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Comments For: Digital Project Management Certificate Program

Josh was a great teacher! Very engaged and passionate about the subject as well as being organized and having a coherent class put together. Highly recommend this class.Gretchen on 9/16/2017
Josh was a great instructor!Cheryl on 6/16/2017

Optional Payment Plan for Certificate Programs:

We want to make our training as accessible as possible so we offer a simple payment plan for our Certificate Programs. For classes that are $400 - $998, each of the two payments is simply 50% of the total cost of the Certificate Program or "bundle" with no finance charges or other costs. For classes that are $999+, each of the four payments is simply 25% of the total cost of the Certificate Program or "bundle" with no finance charges or other costs. BDA membership is required to obtain a payment plan. Click here to learn about membership. The first payment will be taken at the time of registration and the remaining payments are paid once a month for the following three months. Details the payment amounts for this particular program are listed in the table below.

It's easy to take advantage of this option and we encourage you to sign up early since these programs often fill up fast! If you're interested, don't register online. Instead, please contact BDA staff at 303-800-4647 or email us with the name and start date of the class you wish to attend ( and we'll get you setup, take your first payment, and confirm your registration.


Payment Program Details

  Payment Amount
Payment 1
Paid at time of registration.
Payment 2
Due one month after registration.
Note: you must be a BDA member to take advantage of our payment plans. Registrants using the payment plan are not eligible for any early registration discounts and always pay the standard registration fee ($699.00).