Course Description

Is your organization moving towards project-based approaches and initiatives? Learn how to successfully manage projects through this essential hands-on course.

As a manager, you recognize the need for effective project management best practices. Essentials of Project Management is an applied course that provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to efficiently manage projects and meet expectations. Through this useful course, you will learn the concepts of project management – and how to practically apply these concepts to your own projects.

Along with reducing overall costs and improving the quality of your projects, this course focuses on the technical and behavioral skills required by all project managers. For example, technical project management skills include scope definition, work breakdown, scheduling, budgeting and risk management; and behavioral skills include leadership, team development, communications, problem solving and negotiation.

This course is ideal for Project Managers, team managers/leaders and project team members.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, learners will be better able to:

  • Manage stakeholder expectations and interests.
  • Define and articulate project requirements and objectives.
  • Draft an effective project charter.
  • Create a complete, detailed project plan.
  • Develop a thorough project scope statement.
  • Create a work breakdown structure.
  • Estimate and assign project resources.
  • Develop a realistic, optimized schedule.
  • Develop a comprehensive project budget.
  • Plan, monitor and control project risks.
  • Control project activities and manage variances.
  • Use project management software to plan, track and monitor projects.
  • Communicate and measure project performance and status.
  • Lead and develop project teams.
  • Close and document project results.


This course is a flipped classroom. In a flipped class, you study the subject online first, at your own pace prior to class. Then we follow-up with a face-to-face workshop, where you practice applying your learning. You arrive having already gone through all the material, which allows us to focus the workshop more on practicality, with hands-on exercises and active discussions. With this approach, you own your learning experience. You have control. You get to control when you learn, how quickly you learn, what sequence you follow, and how deeply you go into the content. During the face-to-face workshop, the instructor will be more like a coach, guiding activities, and facilitating group discussions. Because they’re not using the class time to present content, it gives more time to apply the concepts for deeper learning.


  • Tues, Sep 5-13 (last day to register for course is Sep 13)  – Participant receives access to online material so they can review content for first in person class (Review time is at least 2 hours of self-study) 
  • Mon, Sep 18 - 1st in-person class (between 1st and 2nd class another 2 hours of online self-study in preparation for 2nd in-person class)
  • Mon, Sep 25 - 2nd in-person class (between 2nd and 3rd class another 2 hours of online self-study in preparation for 3rd in-person class)
  • Wed, Oct 4 - 3rd in-person class
  • After the third in-person class then the participant will complete the remaining 2-days of online, asynchronous MS Project training modules on their own time. (2 days is the average time for people to complete this part)

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We are especially grateful to live, work, and play on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees, Esquimalt), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia'new, T'Sou-ke, and WSÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples. We acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here.

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