Project Management Certificate

Project management is a core competency in our rapidly changing environment. The Certificate in Project Management introduces participants to the fundamentals of project management with  “Project Management Essentials” which guides learners through how to apply foundational project management tools and techniques to real-world situations.

Those who have already taken “Project Management Essentials”, or a similar course can go directly to the series of six core, in-depth courses, focused on various topics. Those who do not wish to take the entire certificate program can take only the course(s) that meet their needs. 

Core courses:

  • Engaging Stakeholders: Stakeholder and Communications Best Practices
  • Managing Variances: Project Scheduling and Cost Management
  • Reducing Risk and Enhancing Opportunities
  • Leading Project-Driven Change
  • Introduction to Agile Project Management
  • Project Delivery Principles

This certificate program addresses important skills such as the management of stakeholders, communication, risk, budgets, and schedules. The program emphasizes agile and change management skills which are important in today’s environment. Special attention is given to the project delivery principles defined in the 7th edition of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (or PMBOK® Guide).

In additional to the core courses, there is some flexibility built into the program. To complete the certificate, from a list of 3 courses, learners choose one course that is the best match for their interests, industry, and educational needs.

Participants choose one of the following courses:

  1. Defining and Managing Project Scope – This course is ideal for those working on projects where the outputs are intangible or hard to describe at the start. Examples of these types of projects are research and development projects, software development projects, or business process change projects.
  2. Procurement and Contract Management – This course is important for those working on projects with large numbers of vendors/contractors where coordinating the selection and management of these vendors is a challenge. Typically, procurement and contract management is a primary challenge on engineering and construction projects.
  3. Getting to Done: Project Closeout Best Practices – This option is for individuals working on other types of projects for whom a more broadly-relevant topic would be best suited.

This program is delivered by Procept Associates Ltd., a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Authorized Training Partner.

This certificate program positions people to take the “Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Preparation” course should they choose to pursue the Project Management Professional (PMP)®   designation. Those interested in the “PMP® Exam Preparation” course can register through the University of Prince Edward Island.

Upon completing “Project Management Essentials”, participants will have met the educational requirements to write the Certified Project Coordinator exam from the Project Management Association of Canada. Successfully passing this optional exam earns candidates the qualification and the right to use the letters “CPC” after their name.

Upon completing the entire certificate program, participants have met the educational requirements to write the Certified Project Management Associate exam from PMAC. This qualification is administered by the International Project Management Association (IPMA) as a global standard recognized in over 70 countries around the world. The qualification is also known as “IPMA Level D”. Successfully passing this optional exam earns candidates the qualification and the right to use the letters “CPMA” after their name.

For the CPC or the CPMA certification exams, candidates register and pay for these optional exams directly through the Project Management Association of Canada.

Courses

Project Management Essentials

Course participants work in project teams to practice project management tools while they experience the realistic challenges that are encountered on projects. Although it is possible to customize a case study for a specific industry or organization, this course offers two case studies so there is something for everyone.

Real-life stories from a variety of industries are used to illustrate key concepts and best practices and the instructor encourages course participants to share their experiences. This ensures the discussions are realistic and relevant.

Project Management Essentials is compliant with the Project Management Body of Knowledge and it introduces tools and terminology without overwhelming participants with jargon. The course focuses on developing practical skills that can be applied immediately to increase the level of success on projects. The course is fun, fast-paced, interactive, and adapted as required based on the needs of each audience.

Learning objectives

Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Use the terminology and processes of modern project management
  • Prepare a complete and accurate project plan for your project
  • Facilitate team discussions to learn from the PM experiences of others
  • Practice PM skills using templates
  • Value the benefits of a consistent PM methodology

Length of course: Six days, (9:30 am–1:00 pm ADT); online

Cost: $1,295 + tax

Facilitated by: Janice Petley

Engaging Stakeholders: Communication Strategies for Managing Expectation

This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the complexity of managing stakeholders and project communications. We will cover the processes, tools and techniques of Project Communications Management and Project Stakeholder Management as presented in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge®

Participants will learn through application to a case study and hands-on exercises.

Learning objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use the terminology and processes of stakeholder and communications management
  • Prepare a project or program communications management plan
  • Use the tools of stakeholder analysis
  • Learn tools and develop strategies for managing and monitoring stakeholder engagement
  • Learn tools and develop strategies for managing and project communications
  • Articulate the benefits of a proactive approach to project communication and stakeholder management

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for those responsible for managing projects, programs and portfolios; project team leads; and managers whose resources are allocated to projects or who support project work.

Length of course: Two days, (9:30 am–1:00 pm ADT); online

Cost: $499 + tax

Facilitated by: Janice Petley

Defining and Managing Project Scope

In today’s ever-changing world, complexity is unavoidable. Whether you are engaged in formal project work or you are accountable for creating policies, improving operational performance, launching a new product, good or service, or creating solutions that drive organizational change, your success is highly dependent on well-defined and understood business requirements, product requirements, and specifications. Investments in requirements processes have proven to be key contributors to success in any endeavour.

This one-day program focuses on the requirements management process. Using an exercise taken from a real-life project, participants will learn how to define the problem, assess its business impact, and identify and manage stakeholders’ expectations. Participants will use elicitation tools and techniques to discover the underlying requirements that contribute to solutions that produce desired outcomes. Through the use of techniques for clarifying expected deliverables and discovering overlooked requirements, participants will be better prepared to work on projects characterized by uncertainty and high levels of change. The course will cover requirements verification, traceability and change management techniques for both predictive and agile project environments. Participants will discover different ways to present requirements to stakeholders to maximize comprehension and encourage feedback.

Learning objectives

Participants will gain the practical skills to:

  • Utilize an enterprise requirements management framework and processes
  • Identify impacted stakeholders and discover and define their real problems
  • Realize and uncover real requirements using various methods and tools
  • Create appropriate questions to ask in surveys, interviews, job shadowing, and JAD sessions
  • Discover functional requirements that deliver business value
  • Document requirements clearly using standard formats, including user stories and use cases
  • Analyze, verify, and validate requirements
  • Refine, manage, and control changes to requirements
  • Use a hierarchical solution selection process to build a foundation for future requirements
  • Conduct financial analysis of proposed solution(s) to maximize benefits realization
  • Prioritize, select and present the best requirements solutions to problems/opportunities
  • Transfer a practical requirements management methodology back to the workplace

Who should attend?

This course is designed for project managers, business analysts, project sponsors, and those who will be actively involved in defining business needs and clarifying scope at the start of an initiative.

Length of course: Two days, (9:30 am–1:00 pm ADT); online

Cost: $499 + tax

Facilitated by: Janice Petley

Managing Variances: Project Schedule and Cost Management

One of the primary responsibilities of a project manager is to manage a project’s budget and schedule. Success is often measured based on meeting deadlines and delivering the project within financial and schedule constraints.

The PM role today is much more complex, requiring a deeper understanding of stakeholders’ goals, needs, expectations, requirements, and risk tolerance. A project manager must have a holistic perspective and a nuanced understanding of project elements and their interaction with budgets and schedules.

This course will review roles and responsibilities, estimating, how to be a good steward of project resources and how to adapt project scheduling and budgeting efforts to uncertainty with concepts such as rolling-wave planning and agile delivery.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the project manager and other subject matter experts such as schedulers, financial experts, and others
  • Prepare a project budget and schedule
  • Use fundamental scheduling techniques such as calculating critical path and float
  • Use cost-benefit analysis, earned value and velocity for project decisions and to understand project health
  • Appreciate the importance of a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of project objectives

Who should attend?

This course is designed for project managers, project coordinators and senior members of the project team who are responsible for the successful outcome of a project.

Length of course: Two days, (9:30 am–1:00 pm ADT); online

Cost: $499 + tax

Facilitated by: Janice Petley

Managing Uncertainty and Opportunities: Project Risk Management

This course looks at risk identification, qualitative and quantitative techniques to identify the likelihood of a risk occurring and the impact if it does. A variety of risk response strategies are discussed and practiced during workshop exercises. Upon course completion, participants will be more confident in their ability to manage uncertainty.

Learning objectives

Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Apply a common framework of risk management
  • Value the importance of including risk management in project planning and execution
  • Facilitate team discussions to identify project risks and opportunities and formulate risk responses
  • Analyse risks and select response strategies appropriate to priorities and an organization’s risk tolerances 
  • Use expected monetary value to assess the reasonableness of risk response strategies

Who should participate?

This course is appropriate for individuals who are:

  • Project Managers and team members who already work in a well-established project management environment but wish to improve their project risk management processes.
  • Members of a project team looking to “jump-start” their risk management on a new and risky project.

Length of course:  Two days, (9:30 am–1:00 pm ADT); online

Cost: $499 + tax

Facilitated by: Janice Petley

Leading Project Driven Change

As a leader, have you ever asked yourself:

  • What do I say to my team members to help them through times of change?
  • What is my role in the change process?
  • What do I need to do to plan for the change implementation?
  • How do I respond to change initiatives when I am not aligned with the change?

You are not alone. Every organization experiences some form of change to requiring varying degrees of organizational transformation in order to survive a rapidly shifting environment. Many leaders and employees struggle to keep up with the pressures to respond to demands of the changing economy. The process of change can bring stress to even the strongest organizations. Strategies for Effectively Leading through Change is aimed to assist leaders on how to identify and address the typical questions and concerns that employees raise during times of uncertainty, as well as how to use appropriate change strategies and corresponding behaviours to address employee responses to change.

Learning objectives

This workshop will give participants strategies to optimize success when leading teams through change initiatives. By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify barriers to change and develop plans to manage them
  • Assess different reactions to change, including your own
  • Determine the appropriate change strategies to use and corresponding behaviours to address employee concerns regarding change
  • Proactively plan change communications to build commitment
  • Apply best practice techniques to lead teams through change

Who should attend?

This course is designed for managers, project managers, supervisors and team leaders who want to become more effective when leading people through change initiatives.

Length of course: Two days, (9:30 am–1:00 pm ADT); online

Cost: $499 + tax

Facilitated by: Janice Petley

Introduction to Agile Project Management

Many organizations are now introducing agile delivery techniques into the workplace with the goal of delivering faster, with greater efficiency. To achieve these benefits, agile methods encourage a closer collaboration between the project business stakeholders and the project delivery team, they encourage the lowering of barriers (functional silos) between roles, and they promote communications techniques that foster a culture of openness and transparency. This level of change may create resistance for some people who have difficulty adapting. One of the best ways of overcoming such resistance is through education.

Over two half-day sessions, this online workshop aims to introduce stakeholders and project team members to the agile way of working using the common Scrum framework. Unlike typical Scrum-based training, however, the course expands the framework to include an overview of agile requirements management techniques and agile estimating and planning techniques that are used to set reasonable stakeholder expectations at the start of an agile project.

Learning objectives

To provide project stakeholders and project team members with a basic understanding of how agile projects are structured, including an introduction to the common Scrum framework, and how disciplined approaches to agile can be used to set (and manage) realistic stakeholder expectations.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in developing a basic understanding of how agile methods work, including project team members and other stakeholders.

Length of course: Two days, (9:30 am–1:00 pm ADT); online

Cost: $499 + tax

Facilitated by: Janice Petley

Working with Vendors and Contractors

Procurement management, and especially contract administration, has become essential project management skills in today’s trend of outsourcing all but the company’s core competencies.

We will guide you through procurement practices, solicitation of bids, contract negotiations and provide a taste of contract law. This course will provide the basic tools required for project managers in these areas. It will also offer you an insight into the role of the procurement officer on a project team.

Learning objectives

Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Use proven techniques, tools and skills for managing contracting and procurement on projects.
  • Know how to plan and control procurement management scope of work.
  • Know how to effectively select procurement personnel for your project.
  • Understand and use the procurement management terminology.
  • Anticipate impact of procurement management upon other aspects of project management.
  • Make a plan for enhanced procurement management efforts for your project.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for individuals who are:

  • Project Managers and team members who want to improve their procurement management skills and increase their understanding of roles and responsibilities of procurement on a project.
  • Purchasing professionals who want to make a transition into a project environment.

Length of course: Two days, (9:30 am–1:00 pm ADT); online

Cost: $499 + tax

Facilitated by: Janice Petley

Getting to Done: Project Closeout Best Practices

As project managers, we tend to keep our eyes focused on the finish line. For us, it is all about on-time completion. Once the deliverables have been handed over to our project sponsor or client, we relax -- the project is over. But is it really?

Project closeout always presents challenges: from getting final approvals, to performing administrative and contract closure, to capturing lessons learned, and more. At the rapid pace of business today, efficient project closure is a must and may even give you a competitive edge. This 1-day workshop introduces project managers to the best practices for getting final signoff and closing out projects. Project managers will come away with a structured closeout framework and some templates that can be used to complete an orderly project closeout.

Learning objectives

Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Use a structured approach to get final sign-off and closing out a project
  • Describe the barriers to project closeout including both scope and lifecycle barriers
  • Describe how to overcome closeout activities including financial, administrative, and legal closure (and more!)
  • Use lessons learned to drive continuous improvement

Who should attend?

This course is intended for beginner and intermediate project managers across all industries.

Length of course: Two days, (9:30 am–1:00 pm ADT); online

Cost: $499 + tax

Facilitated by: Janice Petley

Project Delivery Principles

Traditional project management primarily focused on the balance of constraints: scope, cost and schedule. While we still need a solid understanding of such basics, project management has become more complex, reflected in the new focus on delivery principles shown version seven of PMI’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide v7).

This course focuses on project delivery principles as defined in the new PMBOK® Guide, including having a value focus, tailoring, complexity, agility, sustainability, stewardship, holistic thinking, adaptability and resilience. The course will also cover PMI’s shift from process groups to performance domains.

Learning objectives

Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Develop an appreciation for the importance of “soft skills” such as leadership, stewardship,  holistic thinking, and adaptability and resilience
  • Change the paradigm from being focussed on tools and techniques toward an emphasis on project delivery principles
  • Acquire a nuanced understanding of the role of the Project Manager
  • Become aware of the changes in Version 7 of the PMBOK® Guide
  • Appreciate the value of a strategic and holistic approach to project management

Who should attend? 

This course is appropriate for individuals who are:

  • Working on projects in any industry who want to increase their PM knowledge
  • Project managers, project coordinators, subject matter experts, technical personnel, team members, managers, and key support personnel
  • Those preparing for the PMP® or CAPM® designation or those who already hold these designations but who want to understand the changes that PMI has made in the new PMBoK Guide®.
  • Those who want to increase their marketability in the project management job market

Length of course:  days, (9:30 am–1:00 pm ADT); online

Cost: $499 + tax

Facilitated by: Janice Petley

Schedule

Course Dates Status
Managing Uncertainty and Opportunities: Project Risk Management
Online, 9:30 am–1:00 pm

Open
Leading Project Driven Change
Online, 9:30 am–1:00 pm

Open
Introduction to Agile Project Management
Online, 9:30 am–1:00 pm

Open
Working with Vendors and Contractors
Online, 9:30 am–1:00 pm

Open
Getting to Done: Project Closeout Best Practices
Online, 9:30 am–1:00 pm

Open
Project Delivery Principles
Online, 9:30 am–1:00 pm

Open
Project Management Essentials
Online, 9:30 am–1:00 pm





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