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The Comprehensive Project Management Seminar

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Learn the project management body of knowledge in a 6-day comprehensive program paced to appeal to those with experience working in a project management (PM) environment. Instructors for this course bring a PM discipline gained from years of managing projects in rigorous project-driven industries.

This “professional” level course appeals to a broad mix of industries. Participants include engineers, contractors, software developers and manufacturers engaged in technical projects; others are involved in business and financial projects. We facilitate discussions among the participants about their project management challenges and successes.

Once completed, you will return to your workplace qualified to improve your organization’s PM process. Many people who have taken our course have gone on to a high-profile position in their organization.

By the conclusion of this course, you will learn the processes of the benchmark publication A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide published by the Project Management Institute.  The course is always consistent with the current PMBOK® Guide.

Many of our participants are interested in preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) or related CAPM® designation. We have been preparing candidates for those exams since 1991, longer than anyone else in Canada. Enrolment includes a free subscription to our PMP Helpline and PMP Intelligence messages.


Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Become conversant with the whole breadth of modern project management.
  • Increase your own PM “lessons learned” by learning from the PM experiences of others.
  • Add techniques to your PM “toolbox,” increasing your value to your organization and in the job marketplace.
  • Return to your workplace equipped to improve your organization’s PM process.
  • Prepare to take the PMP examination (should you choose).



The Comprehensive Project Management Seminar is appropriate for individuals who:

  • Are being appointed as a Project Manager.
  • Work in a project management environment and want to increase their PM knowledge.
  • Are preparing for the PMP or CAPM designation.
  • Want to enhance their marketability in the project management job market.



3-day Project Management Essentials (or its equivalent), or you already work in a project management environment that manages project scope, cost and time.


You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, case studies, exercises, and suggested solutions.
You will also receive A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge and Farndale’s PMP and CAPM Preparation Guide (with our 299-question sample exam).


Introduction, Context and Integration

  • History of PM, PM body of knowledge
  • Context within portfolios and programs
  • Project life cycles, triple constraint
  • Project Charter, Project Management Plan, Integrated Change Control
  • Lessons learned
  • Exercise: past experiences (success and failure)


Stakeholder Management

  • Identify stakeholders, manage and control stakeholder expectations
  • Exercises: stakeholder identification and requirements, managing stakeholder expectations


Scope Management

  • Scope planning, definition, validation
  • Work Breakdown Structures
  • Scope changes, scope creep, scope control
  • Exercises: Work Breakdown Structure, Scope Creep


Time Management

  • Hierarchy of Schedules
  • Logic Networks: PDM, CPM
  • Duration Estimating
  • Resource Loading and Leveling
  • Critical Path Compression
  • Schedule Risk Analysis & Contingency
  • Schedule Reporting and Control
  • Exercises: Post-it Note Schedule Development, Resource Leveling, Crashing


Cost Management

  • Cost Estimating
  • Contingency Allowance
  • Budgeting
  • Cost Reporting and Control
  • Earned Value Management
  • Estimates to Complete
  • Contingency Allowances and Management
  • Exercises: Estimating, Earned Value


Quality Management

  • Principles of Quality
  • Quality Planning
  • Quality Assurance - tools
  • Quality Control - tools
  • Exercises: Principles, Pareto Diagram, Ishikawa Diagram


Procurement Management

  • Organizing for Procurement
  • Contract Law
  • Plan Procurements
  • Contract Types, Risk Allocation
  • Conduct Procurements - Solicitation & Selection
  • Administer Procurements
  • Dispute Avoidance & Resolution
  • Contract Close-Out
  • Exercises: Battle of the Forms, Tendering, Evaluation Criteria, Procurement Plan


Risk Management

  • Risk Identification
  • Assessment
  • Quantification
  • Expected Monetary Value
  • Decision Trees
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Risk Response Planning
  • Exercises: Risk Identification, Risk Mapping, Risk Tolerance, Risk Responses


Human Resource Management

  • Organizing for Projects
  • Motivation & Leadership
  • Power and Influence
  • Team Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Exercises: Working in a Matrix, Applying Behavioral Theories, Situational Leadership, Conflict Resolution


Communication Management

  • Process of Communication
  • Communications Plan
  • Progress Reports
  • Virtual Teams
  • Exercises: Communication Problems, Communications Plan



  • Trends in Project Management
  • Organizational Maturity
  • Application to Types of Project Environment


course info

Course ID: 1000
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 6 days

upcoming sessions

May. 07, 2018 - May. 09, 2018
Instructor: Janice Petley

Event starts in: 47 days
Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS)

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Jul. 10, 2018 - Jul. 12, 2018
Instructor: Janice Petley

Event starts in: 111 days
University of New Brunswick (St. John, NB)

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Gold Seal Certified

The Comprehensive Project Management Seminar
5 Credits


The National Gold Seal Committee has approved this course for Gold Seal accreditation. The National Gold Seal Committee has commended Procept Associates Ltd. for recognizing the need for defining and providing quality construction management training.

Certificate #15-12-226


PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 42 0 0
PgMP 42 0 0
PfMP 6 0 0
PMI-ACP 4 0 0
PMI-SP 6 0 0
PMI-RMP 4 0 0
PMI-PBA 21 0 0

The three columns in the table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 42 CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 6 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 42 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 42 Learning Credits

I was a student in your 2 part Comprehensive Project Management skills course[...].  I’m pleased to share with you that yesterday I wrote and passed the PMP certification exam! Your course, along with Rita Mulcahy’s study guide, the set of sample questions provided by your course and other online resources, helped me achieve this milestone in my career.  The Comprehensive Project Management course kicked off my learning process and was a great help in enabling me to grasp and retain the material.

Mark Dykeman: Project Manager, McCain Foods Limited