This outfit is run by Anthony Christopher Jones and Patchree "Patty" Patchrint (aka Patty Jones) from California. I've written about this oufit several times in the past five years, but it turns out that Jones and Patchrint have been running similar schemes since 2008.
In 2011 ABC15 news in Arizona investigated a previous incarnation of these scheme, named "NAPPPA"...
These Jones / Patchrint operations seem to pop up from time to time and then disappear, usually after being exposed for what they are. This latest iteration of the fake "Project Management International" organisation uses the domain projmanagementintl.org. It's a flashy-looking site, but really it is just made from a standard template.
The "Registration" page lists some prestigious universities as hosting these courses.
From what I can tell, the usual thing that happens is that at the last minute the location is changed to a nearby hotel or conference centre, and it seems that no booking are ever made with the university. All feedback on the courses seems to indicate that they are all of very poor quality. There are numerous reports that the people hired to teach these courses are also not paid as promised.
The courses themselves are advertised through spam email (example here)
The Project Management Fundamentals Course will be offered May 25-27, 2016 at the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. Project management professionals, business and technology professionals, students, and educators are invited to register at the Project Management International website here .May 25-27, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah8:00am - 5:00pmThe Project Management Fundamentals Course is designed for those seeking professional project management certification. It serves as a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of project management. Those seeking additional credentials such as the PMP®/PgMP®, PMI-SP®, and PMI-RMP® will benefit from this dynamic and interactive work session, while those currently holding credentials will find the certification to be an enhancement as well as the most up to date advanced professional development.Project Management Fundamentals Course provides 24 hours of project management education hours for both PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) ® and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications. Additionally, the Master Certification provides 24 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for current holders of PMP®/PgMP®, PMI-SP®, and PMI-RMP® credentials. Additionally, the program awards 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon request.Program Description
Our certificate program teaches technical and business professionals how to master the critical skills of project management techniques as part of their technical career development.The skills developed in the Project Management Fundamentals Course apply to large and small projects, product design and development efforts, construction projects, IT projects, software development, and any project with critical performance, time, and budget targets.Our approach to project management education offers proven, results-focused learning.Courses are developed and facilitated by professional subject experts with extensive industrial experience. Course emphasis is on providing practical skills and tools supported by relevant case examples.TuitionTuition for the three-day Project Management Fundamentals Course is $595.00Program Schedule and Content1. Project Initiation, Costing, and Selection, Day 12. Project Organization and Leadership, Day 13. Detailed Project Planning, Day 24. Project Monitoring and Control, Day 25. Project Risk and Stakeholder Management, Day 3Benefits· A Project Management International Certificate of Accomplishment is awarded upon completion of the three day program. · Our instructors have extensive industrial experience. They focus on providing you with practical skills and tools using relevant case examples.· Each class is highly focused and promotes maximum interaction.· You can network with other project management professionals from a variety of industries.· Earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for maintenance of certification under the PMI Continuing Certification Requirements Program.· Applicants for PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications will receive 24 project management education hours towards the requirements for eligibility.RegistrationParticipants may reserve a seat online at the Project Management International website , by calling the Program Office toll-free at (888) 201-6372, or by sending their name and contact information via email to the Program Registrar .Upon receiving your registration, a confirmation email is sent to registrants that include session site information, travel information, program description, and details on how to confirm attendance and make payment arrangements.To unsubscribe from this mailing list, simply reply to this message and write EXCLUDE to be removed from future notices.
Contact numbers listed on the spamvertised site are:
Toll Free: (888) 201-6372
Phone: (213) 222-6855
Fax: (855) 420-6217
If you see these telephone numbers on other seminar sites, then it will be the same operation. The site quotes a PO box as a contact address but reveals no other information about this so-called corporation.
Project Management International
PO BOX 812112
Los Angeles, California 90081
If you feel you have been scammed by this operation then I urge you to report it to the police, FBI, FTC or your local AG's Office. If you would like to share your experiences (positive or negative) then please feel free to use the Comments section below.