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Comprehensive Project Management Seminar: Core Skills

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This 3-day course is designed for those with experience working in a project management (PM) environment. 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 from 5 knowledge areas as defined in 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, balance of constraints
  • Key stakeholders, role of PM, talent triangle, PM competencies
  • Project Charter, Project Management Plan, Integrated Change Control
  • Lessons learned
  • Exercise: past experiences (success and failure)


Stakeholder Management

  • Identify stakeholders, plan, manage and monitor stakeholder expectations
  • Exercises: stakeholder identification and requirements, power/interest grid, stakeholder engagement levels, managing stakeholder expectations


Scope Management

  • Scope planning, definition, validation
  • Collect requirements tools & techniques
  • Work Breakdown Structures
  • Scope changes, scope creep, scope control
  • Exercises: Requirements & Scope Statement, Work Breakdown Structure, Scope Creep


Schedule 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-Benefit Analysis
  • Cost Estimating
  • Contingency
  • Budgeting
  • Cost Reporting and Control
  • Earned Value Management
  • Estimates to Complete
  • Exercises: Estimating, Earned Value


PMP, CAPM, PMI, PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.


course info

Course ID: 1000
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 3 Days

upcoming sessions

Mar. 23, 2020 - Mar. 25, 2020
Instructor: Janice Petley

Event starts in: 24 days
Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS)

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Sep. 30, 2020 - Oct. 02, 2020
Instructor: Janice Petley

Event starts in: 215 days
Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS)

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Mar. 29, 2021 - Mar. 31, 2021
Instructor: Janice Petley

Event starts in: 395 days
Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS)

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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 21 0 0
PgMP 21 0 0
PfMP 3 0 0
PMI-ACP 2 0 0
PMI-SP 3 0 0
PMI-RMP 2 0 0
PMI-PBA 9 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