Essential Project Management Skills

A Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)® Approved Training Course

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5 Days

Introduction to the course

Many people take on a project management role alongside their other organisational responsibilities, whilst others have dedicated project management roles. This KC Academy "Essential Project Management Skills" training course offers complete guidance in the essential knowledge, skills and competencies of managing projects holistically and in how to adopt a project management 'mindset'. 

This will include how to make use of best practice project management processes (based on the Project Management Institute's Body of Knowledge), tools and techniques, and how to lead the people involved in and impacted by projects. This ensures that projects are conducted as efficiently as possible and meet the requirements and expectations of relevant stakeholders.

This KC Academy training course explores how to ensure projects deliver client-focused and organisationally relevant outcomes. It covers critical aspects of project initiation, planning, monitoring and control to ensure the delivery of proper scope and quality within time, budget and resource constraints. It also considers how to manage uncertainty through risk management techniques.

This KC Academy training course will highlight:

  • An introduction to the world of Project Management
  • Project Initiation and Risk Management
  • Project Planning, Estimating and Scheduling
  • Project Resourcing, Monitoring and Control
  • Managing Performance, Project Reporting and Closure


Course details

At the end of this KC Academy training course, you will learn to:

  • Apply a project management 'mindset' to projects
  • Write clear project initiation statements and manage risks
  • Plan project quality, timescales, resources and costs
  • Monitor and control projects and project teams
  • Deliver successful projects and lessons learned

This KC Academy training course will utilise a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. Small group discussions will enable delegates to share their own experiences and discuss the course concepts. Hands-on exercises and case studies will provide the opportunity to practice the use of the models, techniques and competencies covered. Personal assessment, reflection and action planning will ensure that delegates know how to put the learning into practice.

As a result of completing this KC Academy training course, your organisation will benefit from:

  • Better project selection decisions
  • Better alignment of projects with organisational goals
  • Clearly defined project goals and scope
  • Comprehensive project plans which reflect organisational constraints
  • Application and visibility of appropriate performance measures
  • Beneficial projects delivered to quality, on time and within cost

As a result of attending this KC Academy training course, delegates will benefit from:

  • Developing an understanding of the organisational context of projects
  • Knowing how to clarify and enhance what you are committing to deliver
  • Use effective project planning techniques to gain confidence that you can deliver
  • Reducing uncertainty by incorporating risk management techniques
  • Having a framework for learning lessons from every project you engage with
  • Gaining practical tips, advice and insight from an experienced project manager

This KC Academy "Essential Project Management Skills" training course is designed for anyone involved in delivering projects. That includes those who have overall responsibility for whole projects, are members of project teams or have responsibility for providing parts of projects.

This course is suitable for a wide range of project professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Existing Project Managers
  • New Project Managers
  • Project Management Team Members
  • Project Technical Leads
  • Project Management Professionals

Daily Agenda

DAY 1:
The World of Project Management
  • What is a project?
  • The problems and difficulties of projects
  • The project life cycle
  • Project roles: responsibilities, authority and accountability
  • The critical dimensions of project management
  • Project Management processes
DAY 2:
Project Initiation and Risk Management
  • Identifying project stakeholders
  • Collecting project requirements
  • Determining project objectives
  • Project scope and constraints
  • Managing risk on projects
  • Documenting and communicating the project
DAY 3:
Project Planning, Estimating and Scheduling
  • The contents of a Project Management Plan
  • Using a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Creating the Project Network
  • Project estimating
  • Time schedule: Critical path and float
DAY 4:
Project Resourcing, Monitoring and Control
  • Resource scheduling and budgeting
  • Preparing for project execution and communicating the plan
  • Project monitoring
  • Analysing project performance
  • Project control
  • Change control
DAY 5:
Managing Performance, Project Reporting and Closure
  • Managing the performance of the team and its members
  • Managing stakeholder relationships
  • Project communication and reporting
  • Successful project hand-over
  • Project closure
  • Learning lessons from the project

Professional certificate & Accreditation

This KC Academy "Essential Project Management Skills" training course offers complete guidance in the essential knowledge, skills and competencies of managing projects holistically and in how to adopt a project management ‘mindset’.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no prerequisites. Our courses are open to students of all backgrounds who are 18 years of age and older. All courses are conducted in English. Video lectures include English subtitles and the option to slow-down, pause, or replay lectures for better retention. Discussion boards are a critical component of each of our courses; therefore, we suggest students have a conversational knowledge of English when pursuing a Certificate of Completion. For any of the art writing courses, students need to be 100% proficient in written English.

You should have an up-to-date web browser such as: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. For more detailed information, please see the guides for supported browsers and basic computer specifications. Our Online Courses can be accessed on a mobile or tablet device, although we strongly encourage you to have access to a desktop or laptop computer and reliable internet connection for certain course components. Former students have told us it is easiest to read discussion threads and complete written assignments on a laptop or desktop computer.

Registration is available on our website. Just follow these simple steps: Click the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of your screen. Select “Online Courses.” Choose your course(s). You will be asked for basic contact information and your credit card payment. We require full payment at the time of registration and all tuition is billed in US dollars. Be sure to check with your bank or credit card company, as your financial institution may charge a foreign transaction fee.

Our classes are kept small, at no more than 30 students, to better facilitate and encourage personalized interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Your classmates come from all over the globe and contribute their global perspectives and experience. Some are currently working within the arts while others are just beginning. All classmates share in their passion for the art world.

It is recommended that you begin your course promptly. If you do need to start the course a few days late, contact your instructor as soon as possible after the course has opened to discuss your options. Registration closes on the Friday after the course begins.

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