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Project Management Essentials for Construction

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This 3-day course is designed to give project managers and project team members working in a construction environment the essential tools they need to deliver successful projects. This course utilizes a simple construction project that is developed through the complete project lifecycle, from initial project proposal and definition, through project implementation, and finally to the often neglected project completion phase.

This course is Gold Seal accredited by the Canadian Construction Association.


Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Identify and avoid common causes of project failure.
  • Identify options for structuring a project team.
  • Develop clear project purpose, deliverable and objectives statements.
  • Identify key areas of project risk, assess their impact and identify strategies for managing risks.
  • Communicate with contractors.
  • Develop project scope by separating into discrete, manageable, measurable deliverables
  • Model the flow and timing of a project.
  • Identify “critical path” high priority tasks.
  • Measure project status and performance with respect to cost and time.
  • Create a productive team environment.
  • Implement steps to properly close-out a project.



The Project Management Essentials for Construction course is appropriate for individuals who are:

  • Responsible for managing construction projects.
  • Active Participants on a project team, especially those who have not yet been exposed to the tools, techniques and terminology of formal project management.
  • While of interest to contractors, the course is more targeted at “owners” and those who represent them.



There is no prerequisite for this course. It functions as a stand-alone course.


You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, case studies, templates, exercises and suggested solutions. All templates are available electronically, by request.


Introductions and Project Management Context

  • Definition of modern project management
  • Portfolios, programs, projects
  • Project success, project life cycles
  • Governance of projects
  • Workshops: Project priorities, project success


Initiating a Project

  • Introduce project workshop scenario
  • Stakeholders and requirements
  • Team structure
  • Project delivery strategies
  • Contract types
  • The project life cycle
  • Workshops: Project stakeholders, organizing the team, scope statement, project charter


Planning – Developing the Project Plan

  • The Work Breakdown Structure
  • Change management plan
  • Planning communications
  • Risk management
  • Cost estimating
  • Safety planning
  • Workshop: Develop project WBS, Developing project management plans, identifying risks


Planning – Developing the Project Schedule

  • Types of dependency relationships
  • Developing a network diagram
  • Determining the “critical path” and “float time” for a project
  • Developing the schedule bar chart (Gantt)
  • Workshops: Calculating a precedence diagram, yellow sticky schedule, bar chart, defining the milestone schedule


Project Execution

  • Contract administration?
  • Conflict resolution
  • Project performance reporting
  • Earned value
  • Workshops: Project change management, conflict management, team management, earned value, status reporting


Project Closing

  • Contract administration
  • Conflict resolution
  • Project performance reporting
  • Earned value
  • Workshops: Project change management, conflict management, team management, earned value


Project Completion

  • Substantial/Total Completion
  • Project sign-off and handover
  • The punch list
  • Lessons learned
  • Workshop: Lessons learned



  • Introducing modern PM into an organization
  • Evaluations
  • Quiz (Optional)

course info

Course ID: 1554
Course Level: Beginner
Duration: 2 or 3 days

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Gold Seal Certified

Project Management Essentials for Construction
3 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 #15-12-221


PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for the 3-day version of this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 18 2 1
PgMP 18 2 1
PfMP 4 2 1
PMI-ACP 18 2 1
PMI-SP 14 2 1
PMI-RMP 4 2 1
PMI-PBA 18 2 1

The three columns in the above 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 21CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 3 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 21 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 21 Learning Credits
  • BOMI Real Property Administrators (RPAs) earn 21 CPD credits
  • BOMI Facilities Management Administrators (FMAs) earn 21 CPD credits
  • BOMI Systems Maintenance Administrators (SMAs) earn 21 CPD credits