Certified Digital Marketing Professional

Get in the game and become an in-demand Certified Digital Marketing Professional and Professional Certified Marketer (PCM®) in Digital Marketing with dual certification from Digital Marketing Institute (DMI) and the American Marketing Association (AMA).

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Two Certifications for the Price of One!

Our Program

We’ve partnered with the Digital Marketing Institute, the global standard in digital marketing certification, to provide online learning and certification exam. When you complete the University of Richmond’s Digital Marketing Pro program, you will become dually certified with the AMA and DMI with two credentials: PCM® Digital Marketing and Certified Digital Marketing Professional.

Our program teaches the fundamentals of digital marketing and provides an understanding of the key digital specializations, from mobile and social media marketing to email, YouTube & display advertising, PPC and SEO. Through dynamic video presentations and practical learning activities (including tutorials and exercises), you will acquire a hands-on learning experience that will enable you to demonstrate a strong foundation in digital marketing, covering the main concepts, techniques, and skills required in order to develop, plan, and implement an effective digital marketing strategy.

Program Objectives

Through self-paced learning and practical activities, you’ll experience hands-on learning. Students in the program will:

  • Gain a holistic understanding and competency in the key areas of digital marketing
  • Learn durable skills so you can stay relevant, no matter what’s trending
  • Join a community of like-minded marketers and industry experts
  • Keep learning with Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Key Outcomes

By the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • Increase your website’s visibility through search engine optimization techniques
  • Drive qualified traffic to your website through pay-per-click advertising
  • Execute social video and digital display campaigns
  • Capture, segment, and manage email subscribers in order to plan and execute a successful email marketing campaign
  • Use suitable social media channels for different business goals and objectives
  • Measure and optimize your social media campaigns
  • Leverage mobile marketing for its micro-targeting advantages
  • Analyze and optimize your overall digital marketing activity
  • Create a formal digital marketing plan for your business
  • Incorporate machine learning, large language models & AI-powered tools into marketing


After completing coursework, you’ll be ready to sit for the certification exam. Upon successful completion of the 3-hour computer-based examination, candidates will be awarded one of the world’s most widely recognized digital marketing certifications.

Certified professionals will get the confidence they need to create and steer transformative and revenue-generating digital marketing strategies for companies of any and all sizes. Students will also receive a globally recognized certified professional badge showing dual DMI & AMA certification to display on their LinkedIn profiles, while also gaining access to the MyDMI membership platform to maintain their skills as they continue to learn and grow, to network, and to gain valuable CPD points.

Course Modules

The course comprises ten modules which provide in-depth coverage of all the key disciplines required for best practice digital marketing.

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  • 1. Digital Marketing in the Era of AI

    This module introduces the power of digital marketing in the era of AI disruption. You’ll dive into core concepts, explore digital channels, and uncover why machine learning algorithms, large language models, and AI-powered tools are transforming how businesses operate. From audience insights to 360-degree campaigns, you’ll explore how to connect more effectively with your target audience.

  • 2. Content Marketing

    This module explores the knowledge and skills required to plan and execute a content marketing strategy in a persona-oriented, data-driven way. You’ll be able to connect content to the Buyer’s Journey and understand how to engage your audience in a meaningful way. It covers content creation, content curation, and how to extend the value of content using scheduling tools and promotion methods. The module concludes by examining the key metrics and tools for measuring the performance of a content marketing strategy.

  • 3. Social Media Marketing

    This module introduces the key social media platforms for digital marketing, and it demonstrates how to set up a social media experience for a business. It explains the techniques and best practices for growing and engaging a social media audience, and it demonstrates how to create effective paid advertising campaigns on the key social platforms. It also covers how to extract and report on data from the platforms’ native analytics tools to derive deeper audience and campaign insights.

  • 4. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

    This module covers the nuances and intricacies of SEO and teaches you how search engines and SERPs work. You’ll unlock the power of a strategic SEO, from keyword research best practices to the three pillars of success — technical, on-page, and off-page optimization. You’ll measure SEO wins with precision as you track keyword rankings, organic traffic, and website conversions. And you’ll stay ahead of the curve with insights into free and paid SEO tools while exploring the transformative impact of AI on SEO tasks.

  • 5. Paid Search (PPC) and Display Advertising

    In this module, you’ll unlock the power of pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, capturing active consumers searching for information, products, or services. Dive into the expansive landscape of digital display and video advertising designed to raise brand awareness and generate interest, and explore the distinct benefits each strategy offers while discovering the synergy of using them together for a comprehensive digital marketing strategy. From fundamental principles to hands-on Optimization in platforms like Google Ads, you’ll master the art of effective budgeting, strategic bidding, and compelling ad creation. Furthermore, you will explore the Google Display Network, tapping into the potential of YouTube and display ads with new AI features and campaign types.

  • 6. Email Marketing

    This module begins with the fundamentals of email marketing and how the concepts of segmentation, personalization, timing, engagement, and the legislation and regulations surrounding data protection underpin an effective email marketing strategy. The module introduces key email marketing tools and techniques, and it explores subscriber list and email design best practices. It covers how to create, test, and optimize an email campaign that maximizes email open and click rates and provides an overview of the value provided by marketing automation tools.

  • 7. Professional Skills for Digital Marketers

    This module will help you build well-honed professional skills as well as digital and technical skills, which are key to success as a digital marketer in today’s ever-changing working environment. You’ll drill into project management techniques, foster innovation with agile thinking, enhance creativity, and sharpen strategic thinking skills. From time management to problem-solving and persuasion skills, you will elevate your professional toolkit for personal and business success.

  • 8. Website Optimization and Ecommerce

    This module will help you discover the structures and activities that define online success. You’ll learn about cover portfolio websites, lead generation, user-centered design, and eCommerce. You’ll begin to understand the critical role the buyer’s journey and UX play in shaping effective websites and providing an optimized platform aligned with business goals. You’l learn to use metrics to capture, track, and measure website activity and to evaluate and optimize performance.

  • 9. Analytics with Google Analytics 4 (GA4)

    This module begins with the fundamentals of web analytics. It also examines the associated legal responsibilities and best practices concerning data collection, consent, and privacy that enable a digital marketer to draw actionable conclusions from website or marketing channel data. You’ll learn how to set up and configure Google Analytics 4, and install Google Analytics tracking code and link it to your website. The module covers setting website goals to analyze performance and analyze customer conversion journeys. It also provides comprehensive detail on how to use Google Analytics reports and features to monitor and analyze digital campaigns.

  • 10. Digital Marketing Strategy

    This module identifies the core components of an effective digital marketing strategy, and it explains how to develop an effective budget plan and measure the ROI for digital activities. It covers how to set clear and actionable objectives and measurable KPIs, as well as the key research activities to undertake to guide channel selection and messaging. It also explains how to develop a creative strategy based on campaign research to engage an audience and deliver on campaign goals. The module concludes by explaining how to execute a digital marketing strategy supported by a channel plan and a paid digital campaign.