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project management certification

project management certification

COURSE DESCRIPTION: If you’re looking for project management certification or you are just exploring project management courses generally then look no further!

This project management certification will teach you how to complete projects on time, on budget and to the standards that YOU agree. This is one of only a few project management courses at this level that is internationally recognised. But what’s even more important are the practical skills and knowledge you will learn; you can apply them immediately to any project from designing a menu to building a house.

Projects make most people feel overwhelmed, because each project is unique with different parameters, priorities and variables. Design projects have an added complication because they are never straight-forward or linear. By their nature, design projects are highly likely to need changes along the way and this can make a project seem even more difficult.

But it’s not rocket science…

What you really need is a clear way to navigate your way through the maze; a process that’s straightforward and systematic. Our project management certification was created exactly for that purpose.

Many project management courses will cover a lot of theory about detailed analysis and risk assessment; but this is largely irrelevant except on extremely large and complex projects.

Our project management certification course will teach you a step-by-step formula for success. Included with the course are a number of templates and processes, so you can get on with the job .In short, this project management certification covers all the fundamentals of project management and focuses on exactly what you need to know and do without any waffle.

Get the prospectus now and discover how we can help you get the skills and knowledge to manage projects of all shapes & sizes competently, confidently and professionally. 

STUDY METHOD: 100% online with 1 to 1 tutor support

START DATE: Newly revised & updated course is available Jan 2019. Enrolments now open so you can book your place early and save.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: None – just the ability to read & write clearly, commitment and a willingness to learn

DURATION: You will have 8 months to complete the course. Paid extensions are available if required.

HOW IT WORKS: Continuous Assessment/No Exams – There are 5 Modules in this course. Each module has an assignment so you can put into practice what you have learned. You’ll receive personal feedback from your tutor for each assignment so you continually improve. At the end of the course you will complete a Final Project bringing together everything you have learned throughout the course and integrating your skills & knowledge. By the end of this course you’ll be able to manage projects of all shapes and sizes, competently, confidently and professionally.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: An internationally recognised qualification with university credits. You’ll also have a clear process with customised templates that are relevant to YOU so you can immediately use them for results in the real world.

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Introduction

The fast-paced world we live in today is dynamic and ever-changing, and many of us have become used to getting what we want when we want it, and without compromising on quality or price. That’s fine for the most part, but when there are a number of variables or people involved in a project, it’s not always so easy for things to turn out the way you want them, and the larger a project is the more chances there are of errors. For the individual who manages to get it right however, the rewards can be high, and thankfully there is a formula for success. This course has been designed to teach you the secrets of successful project management and included with your course materials are a series of templates to help make the process straightforward and systematic. Whether you are responsible for yourself or a team of people, if you want a better way to manage projects so that you control them rather letting the project control you, then this course can help you to win by getting it right first time, every time. Following is an overview of what you can expect to learn… 

Introduction

The fast-paced world we live in today is dynamic and ever-changing, and many of us have become used to getting what we want when we want it, and without compromising on quality or price. That’s fine for the most part, but when there are a number of variables or people involved in a project, it’s not always so easy for things to turn out the way you want them, and the larger a project is the more chances there are of errors. For the individual who manages to get it right however, the rewards can be high, and thankfully there is a formula for success. This course has been designed to teach you the secrets of successful project management and included with your course materials are a series of templates to help make the process straightforward and systematic. Whether you are responsible for yourself or a team of people, if you want a better way to manage projects so that you control them rather letting the project control you, then this course can help you to win by getting it right first time, every time. Following is an overview of what you can expect to learn…

The Project Cycle

Most people look at a project and wonder where to begin, and the larger a project is the more overwhelming it can be. But, no matter how small or large a project is, they all have a natural cycle and a series of easily identifiable stages – recognising these is the key to success. The fundamental skills of project management, lie in the ability to identify the natural stages of each project and understanding how to do this will enable you to approach a project in a manner that is systematic and logical. This is the surest way for you to ensure success, so that you can remain objective and achieve your goals without fuss or worry…

Whether your project will take a day or a year to complete, this course will teach you how to recognise each stage and what you need to do before moving onto the next step. Each successfully completed stage, acts as a foundation for the following steps and they also act a milestone to help you monitor your progression. The natural stages of a project also make it easier to accurately price your services for clients and agree payment times, providing you with a wonderful tool so that you can approach any project with peace of mind and inner confidence. Topics covered include:

  • Project Cycle – The five stages of a project and what is expected during each phase
  • Pros & Cons – Understanding the advantages of working to a cycle, for you and your client
  • Project Management and Project Co-ordination – the important differences between these roles
  • Establishing Hierarchy – setting up effective communication lines & avoiding misunderstandings
  • Choosing your strategy – the key to successful project management

Defining & Scoping the Project

Many clients believe that the implementation phase is the most important stage in their project, but successful projects don’t happen by accident; they are skilfully planned and the steps are matched and co-ordinated like the pieces of a giant jigsaw puzzle. If you want your project to run as smoothly as possible, then the key to success is to identify each outcome and variable so that you can outline the steps necessary to complete the project on budget and within a reasonable time frame. This is normally the most time-consuming and most critical stage of the project, but a good plan can be used like a road map, providing clear directions as to how the project should progress…

In addition to good planning skills, it is also crucial for a project manager to understand and agree on what the main goals of a project are and to ensure that client expectations are realistic and fair. Different individuals involved in a project can have very different motivations and goals that can lead to conflicting requirements, so it is vital to establish what the key objectives are at the outset. On this course you will learn how to define the scope and objectives of a project, with the purpose of ensuring that the project stays under your control and to ensure that the project goals are understood by all from the beginning. Topics covered include:

  • Client briefs – communicating your ideas effectively to clients
  • Effectively scoping the project – a strategy for identifying all of the important requirements
  • Pros & cons of planning – how to plan details without getting bogged down unnecessarily
  • Specifications – How to create clear instructions for other individuals to execute

Budgets

Every project has financial constraints, and one of the biggest causes of conflict in project management is overspending and failure to keep to a budget. Not only is it a cause of conflict, but it can result in your reputation being compromised (in any number of ways), and in extreme circumstances projects may even be abandoned mid-way. Fortunately this can largely be avoided by creating a budget…

A budget is simply a financial plan that sets limits on the amount of money that will be spent on each category of expenses in a project. A good budget presents an accurate and realistic view of the various costs involved in a project before committing to it and it can be used to quickly identify what is actually affordable (and what is not), as it clearly itemises all the costs involved to the project manager and the client. Creating a budget is not particularly difficult once you know how, and by using a calculator and the templates provided with this course, you will be able to prepare accurate budgets no matter what the size of your project is. Step by step instructions will teach you the following…

  • Pros & Cons of Budgeting – the advantages of proper budgeting and how to avoid common pitfalls
  • Outline Budgets – how to establish a preliminary budget that is reasonably accurate without spending too much time
  • Accurate Budgets – how to prepare & format detailed budgets
  • Controlling cost growth – strategies to prevent cost growth on a project
  • Monitoring the Budget – ways to ensure the budget stays on track

Awarding the Project

Planning and preparation is certainly half the battle in completing any project, while the remaining half is largely dependent on selecting the right team to work with. As projects grow in size and complexity, so too does the number of tasks and often the number of people required to execute those tasks, which can take control out of your hands. You need only look around to you to realise that it doesn’t need to be that way, as new products and buildings are released onto the market each day, they provide evidence that anything can be achieved. So then, how do they do it, and more importantly, how can we adopt their approach to ensure success in our own projects…

Finding the right team members is critical to success, and an objective and methodical approach can help you to find the right people at the right price and drastically reduce your chances of failure. Awarding the project is a process, rather than an event, and one in which the project manager asserts a leadership role. Balancing the needs for quality workmanship, dependability and value, you will learn how to take a systematic and methodical approach to this process and keep control firmly in your own hands. The following topics are among those covered…

  • Creating work schedules – we show you the simplest way to create schedules that work
  • Statement of work – what to include and what should you avoid and why?
  • Pricing strategies – how to agree a price that’s fair and fixed
  • Cross-referencing documentation – a formula for making allowances for the inter-dependent relationships between project tasks and team members
  • Contracts – the only way to protect both your client and yourself

Implementation and Monitoring of a Project

Having a good project plan by itself doesn’t mean that the rest is plain sailing. No matter how well you have planned for a project, there are invariably small challenges that don’t become apparent until a project is fully under way; unforeseen problems arise, plans may need to be revised and schedules may subsequently need to be changed. While preparing for success is critical, so too is monitoring the implementation phase, to ensure that all the individuals involved are performing the way they are meant to and that the entire project stays on track…

The actual implementation stage is the most exciting phase of any project, as that is when everything comes together in the physical sense. However, it can also be the most stressful phase, and when deadlines are tight and the pressure is on, you need to know how to deal with changes without compromising the rest of the project or knocking it off schedule. The purpose of this course is to provide you with the tools and strategies for controlling the project from start to finish and the things you will learn include the following…

  • Meetings – how to make others accountable in a way that is firm and objective
  • Handling Changes – a strategy for handling work changes and communicating them successfully to other team members
  • Monitoring the budget – a simple formula for ensuring the budget is adhered to and small changes don’t cause costs to spiral
  • Snagging & signing off work – verifying work meets standards specified & what to do when it doesn’t
  • Close-out – the steps necessary to ensure successful completion of a project

Conclusion

It is the role and responsibility of the Project Manager to bring a project in on time, within budget and to a standard that satisfies the customer. Achieving this doesn’t need to be difficult, and the key to successful project management is simply in providing clear direction and strong leadership, by planning, co-ordinating and managing the variables involved. Whether you are a designer, a home-owner or simply someone responsible for overseeing and supervising the work of others, then this Project Management course will teach you how to manage any project scenario. This course is universal in its approach, and the skills you will learn on this course can be applied to any project from designing a menu to building a house. Enrol now and get your project management certification.

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IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?

This project management course will give you a rounded set of skills & knowledge that you can immediately apply. It is particularly recommended for anyone who wants to plan and manage design projects as these projects are pretty much GUARANTEED to have many changes along the way. Regardless, this course will help you complete your project on time and on budget. Recommended for…
Designers & creatives who need a clear system to execute their designs
Anyone embarking on a self-build or major home renovation project
Anyone managing creative teams and designers of all disciplines

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