Overview

Project scheduling is a core component of a robust and effective approach to successful project management. This highly interactive and participative five day course provides delegates with the knowledge to apply robust scheduling techniques to their area of project responsibility, while preparing them to sit the PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® credential.

The Project Management Institute (PMI)® are chosen by many global organisations as a means to achieve a global Project Management standard with individuals accredited with a qualification that is recognised in most countries.

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Prerequisites

The PMI-SP® mandates the following pre-requisites:

  • A Bachelor Degree plus
  • 3500hrs project planning experience and
  • 30 hours of formal project scheduling training (satisfied by this course)

Or

  • A High-school Diploma plus
  • 5000hrs project planning experience and
  • 40 hours of formal project scheduling training (satisfied by this course)

Approximately 3 hours of pre course preparation is recommended.

Pre-Course Reading

Delegates are provided with full course material as well as a copy of the PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling, but must obtain their own copy of the PMI Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK® Guide.

In order to prepare effectively for the course delegates are advised to:

  • Familiarise themselves with the PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling
  • Familiarise themselves with the PMBOK® Guide
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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Prepare the foundation for effective project schedules through detailed work breakdown structures, cost breakdown structures and organisational breakdown structures
  • Prepare optimised project schedules based on:
    1. time factors
    2. constraints and
    3. calendars
    4. resource availability
    5. resource calendars
    6. financial constraints
  • Interpret critical path analysis results
  • Apply effective project risk management and accommodate risk reduction actions on a schedule, incorporating resource and financial implications through effective project change control actions
  • Manage and report on project progress
  • Understand Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Apply effective project change control
  • Communicate project schedule data effetively
  • Prepare for and sit the PMI-SP® credential examination
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Course Outline

The PMI-SP® course uses project scenarios and a practical case study supported by accelerated-learning techniques to ensure that theory is embedded and delegates feel confident in the practical development of robust project schedules. Additional evening work is required in the form of consolidation reading and preparing related scheduling data based on a defined project scenario. The evening work is an integral part of the course and delegates should expect to spend approximately two hours on these activities.

The course will cover the following key areas:

  • Introduction and overview of scheduling
  • Schedule development process
  • Schedule model good practices
  • Project change control implications
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Quality Assurance
  • Project reporting
  • Project scheduling applications
  • Mock examination
  • Applying for the PMI Project Scheduling exam

PMI-SP® Examination

Key exam information:

  • Computer based 170 multiple choice questions
  • Duration: 3 ½ hours
  • Closed book examination

Subject to satisfactory PMI validation of the stated pre-requisites, delegates are responsible for booking the exam through the PMI web site www.pmi.org

PMI, PMI-SP, CAPM and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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