Project Management Course: The Complete Guide

Achieve goals and lead your projects to success with our Project Management courses in Sydney.

Enhance your ability to lead teams and analyse complex problems with a project management course. Learn Project Management with our Project Management courses – short courses open to everyone, and delivered in small groups or online.

These courses are delivered by experienced, practitioners who are themselves qualified, senior project managers with accreditations from professional bodies, as well as substantial training experience throughout Australia, China and South East Asia.

Our company is a Global Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute (PMI®). The PMI Registered Education Provider designation is the highest mark of excellence in project management training. Registered Education Providers are organisations approved by PMI to offer project management training and must meet or exceed PMI’s rigorous quality standards and requirements.  Our core project management courses are also endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) , and support Australia’s National Competency Standard in project management.

Course Features

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This intensive 3-day project management course provides project managers and teams with the practical skills needed to effectively manage projects in a form suitable for immediate application to the workplace. The course reviews all the topics in the latest edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and applies them to case study-based team exercises.

The course reviews all the topics in the sixth edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) as well as all the major topics in the Australian BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management, but not in-depth and without excessive detail, applying the principles to a series case study-based team exercises.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is their flagship publication and a fundamental resource for effective project management in any industry. PMI® global standards provide guidelines, rules and characteristics for project, program and portfolio management. These standards are widely accepted. When consistently applied, they help you and your organisation achieve professional excellence.

Learning Outcomes

This project management course covers the activities in each of the five processes of Project Management, namely Initialising, Planning, Executing, Controlling and Closing, which are common to the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and the National Competency Standards in Project Management as well as all the Knowledge Areas (or Competency Units) in both standards.

At the completion of this project management course you should be able to:

  1. Collect requirements, define the scope and manage change.
  2. Develop a realistic schedule which meets the stakeholders’ constraints.
  3. Develop project cost estimates and control project budgets.
  4. Prepare a project management plan.
  5. Identify and manage risks that could impact a project.
  6. Develop accurate and meaningful status reports.
  7. Establish a project’s quality objectives and appropriate controls and measures.
  8. Manage project stakeholders to ensure they remain committed and supportive.
  9. Control project suppliers and external stakeholders.
  10. Build effective teams that are committed to the project goals.
  11. Determine and acquire appropriate project resources.
  12. Understand the social and professional responsibilities of a project manager.

Course Design

The instructor will use a variety of interactive methods during the course, including:

  • Group brainstorming and discussions.
  • Team exercises and presentations.
  • Case study problem-solving.
  • Suggested evening readings and web site downloads.

Course Content

This project management course will cover the following content:

Introduction

  • Project Management overview.
  • Characteristics of projects and typical project problems.
  • The project life cycle.

Integration Management

  • Project integration processes.
  • Project initiation.
  • Project charter.
  • Project Management Plan development.
  • Implementing the plan, allocating work, integrated change control, project closure.

Scope Management

  • Gathering requirements and defining scope.
  • Developing a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
  • Validating scope and controlling changes.

Time Management

  • Task definition (WBS).
  • Estimating methods, contingency and schedule development.
  • Network diagrams and critical path techniques.
  • Schedule compression techniques and schedule control.

Cost Management

  • Cost estimates, budgets and controls.
  • Earned value analysis techniques.

Risk Management

  • Identifying, prioritising and managing project risk.
  • Monitoring and controlling risks.

Quality Management

  • Project quality objectives and metrics.
  • Establishing and monitoring project QA and QC techniques.

Procurement Management

  • Planning for and selecting goods and services from external suppliers.
  • Administering contracts and managing suppliers.

Project Resource Management

  • PM competency model and constructive PM behaviours.
  • Project Organisation models, project staffing plans.
  • Team acquisition and development techniques.

Communications Management

  • Communications planning and status reporting.
  • Project closure – capturing lessons learned.

Stakeholder Management

  • Identifying and analysing stakeholders, and managing expectations.
  • Managing stakeholder engagement.

Professional Responsibility

A brief guide to the major professional responsibilities of a project manager in the workplace and the ethical conflicts that can arise from this role.

Intended Audience

This project management course is designed for experienced project managers, project officers and project team members with hands-on experience who wish to learn more about project principles, project methodology and current best practices. It particularly suits participants who manage projects or support project managers on a regular basis, and where projects are complex, affecting multiple departments or from a medium to a large number of stakeholder groups.

For those who manage projects on a part-time or occasional basis, and where projects are less complex, primarily affecting single departments or a smaller number of stakeholder groups over a shorter time frame, eg. six months’ duration or less, we recommend Project Management Course: Essentials.

This project management course provides all of the underlying knowledge required to pursue a Diploma of Project Management via Recognition of Prior Learning, although it does not in itself lead to that award.

Professional Development Units/Continuing Professional Development

Recognised by

21 PDUs OR 20 CPD points.

This course will provide attendees with 21 hours of required instructor-led training for professional accreditation with the PMI, as well as 21 Professional Development Units (PDUs) or 20 Continuing Professional Developement (CPD) points for accredited members of the Australian Institute of Project Management (Category B7 – Knowledge).

This project management course also partially satisfies the training requirements for the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® qualification and all the underlying knowledge requirements for The Australian Institute of Project Management’s Certified Practising Project Manager (CPPM) certification.

Australian Institute of Project Management20 CPD Points
Project Management Institute (PMI®)21 PDUs

Please note: For those seeking PDUs for Project Management Institute (PMI®) accreditation, reference codes will be provided to participants at the completion of this project management course. PDUs are valid for six (6) years for those seeking accreditation for the first time or three (3) years for those seeking to renew accreditation.

Delivery Style

This project management course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

Course Prerequisites

This project management course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

Course Materials

Each attendee will receive:

  • A complete printed set of presentation slides.
  • Comprehensive reference workbook.
  • Suggested solutions to case study exercises.
  • A personal copy of the PMBOK® Guide.
  • A certificate of attendance confirming PDUs (and training contact hours) earned.