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The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification has been the gold standard for professionals who steer organizations towards achieving predictable repeatable results. Out of the 20 million people participating in projects worldwide, just 1 million have professionally recognized formal training on how to best execute those projects.

One thing is for certain, however: qualified Project Managers are very much in demand. So, why consider accreditations?

Among the top ten reasons PMI cites for certification are:

  • credentials demonstrate your commitment to the profession
  • the certification attests to a higher level of knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • the credential will improve your chances for career advancement

According to a Project Management survey constructed by Arras People, 43% of 1500 Project Managers have formal accreditation and 29% plan to do so within the year. There is a clear trend in getting a formal accreditation to support the successful project delivery.

“Planning and Scheduling Professionals are the creators of the future-today! I know I am working with competent experiences professionals when I see the PSP Certification”
— Paul E. Makris, PE, JD, PSP


“When I say that I’m a planner and scheduler, employers immediately recognize how they could use someone with my skills. Being certified as a Planning and Scheduling Professional will help my employer sell me on proposals and will improve my own marketability when seeking work.”
— Vera Lovejoy, PSP

Project Scheduling and Controls Designation

As projects become more complex, global and virtual, the project management profession continues to grow and diversify. This growth is the driving force behind the need for a specialized role in project scheduling.

The purpose of scheduling is to provide a "roadmap" that represents how and when the project will deliver the products defined in the project scope and by the project team. The dynamic nature of a project’s execution is best served by a tool that allows for modeling of the plan and analysis due to the impact of progress and unforeseen developments. By creating a solid schedule at the start of the project, project managers can help curb cost overruns, resource shortages or excessive change requests.

The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers their Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)SM credential which acknowledges an individual’s role to provide unique expertise on the project team, while recognizing the value this role provides to the field of project management.

AACE International also created the PSP program. The intent is to recognize specialists who meet a demanding set of planning and scheduling criteria by a rigorous examination, experience, education and ethical qualifications. The PSP requirements have been established to reflect the sophistication of individuals in today's planning and scheduling industry and to fairly measure their knowledge, experience and best management practices. PSP certification will distinguish you as a Planning and Scheduling Professional who has the knowledge and skills that impact the bottom line.

Certificate In Project Scheduling and Controls

Procept’s Certificate in Project Scheduling and Controls is a groundbreaking program that will set you apart from the crowd in the project scheduling profession.

It is a first of its kind certificate program in North America based on two leading complementary project scheduling frameworks (PMI & AACE) and is also appropriate for those seeking to obtain their professional credential in planning and scheduling, such as PMI-SP® (PMI’s Scheduling Professional) or AACE PSP (AACE International’s Planning & Scheduling Professional) credentials.

Our instructors are seasoned project scheduling professionals, who have experience in a wide variety of industries and with a number of scheduling software packages. Examples used will include construction, IT, and telecommunications. In addition to scheduling theory, practitioners’ tips and tricks will be demonstrated.



Project Management Essentials for Construction (3 days): This fundamental level course is designed to give new 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 turnkey 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.

Project Management Essentials for Contractors (2 days): This course introduces the essential tools of project planning and execution in a construction contracting environment. Participants practice project management techniques on 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. Participants will leave this course with the ability to implement a structured process to successfully deliver small to medium sized construction projects for their organizations and for their customers.

Microsoft Project Essentials (2 days): This fundamental 2-day course continues to provide you with the hands-on skills to plan and manage project activities using Microsoft Project. You will learn and practice Microsoft Project at your own dedicated computer. The scheduling techniques are learned through a series of progressive exercises which simulate a real project. At the beginning of each exercise, participants load a new project file which contains all the information correctly input from the previous exercise. As a result, those with slower typing skills are not left behind. By completion, participants will have fully defined a project from beginning to end, and will have performed project updates and reporting.

Project Scheduling and Controls (5 days): Learn how to create and use one of the most valuable project management tools: a project schedule. Defining project success often involves completing on time and on budget, and project budgets are often driven by resource costs and the scheduling of those resources. This intensive 5-day course prepares participants to create realistic schedules, resource load those schedules, and update and track project progress. With this valuable skill, project managers and planners will have improved control of their projects as they will be able to identify and build in risk responses, understand the full impact of scope changes on their projects, and identify trends early in the project life cycle. This is a hands-on course, in which participants will use a “live” project to create a schedule, update it, manage it and report on its performance. Participants will use their own laptops with a scheduling software package loaded to create and update the schedule, although many of the exercises will use prepared files.


This certificate is appropriate for individuals who:

  • Want to pursue a career in project planning and project controls.
  • Want to enhance their resume and marketability in project management.
  • Work in a project management environment, in any industry or discipline, and want to increase their scheduling knowledge.
  • Want to prepare for the PMP-Scheduling Professional®, or the AACE Planning & Scheduling Professional credentials.