Advanced Certificate in Project Management

Advanced Certificate in Project Management

The Advanced Certificate in Project Management will open up new career opportunities in a growing global market. According to the Project Management Institute (US) there is a huge lack of qualified personnel in project intensive companies (20 million +). 

The Advanced Certificate in Project Management provides you with in depth knowledge and skills within professional project management. This industry-recognized certification will help establish you as an expert in project management, while also demonstrating career commitment to current and prospective employers. 

Course modules and content

Module 1: Project Management Essentials

Project Management Essentials provides you with unique insight into and understanding of project management. Covering the entire project life cycle, this course is built around best practices currently used in successful projects and in modern project-intensive companies. You'll learn project management skills through a unique training approach linking learning objectives, theory, practice, examples, case studies and quizzes. Your skills can immediately be applied to your job.

Project Management Essentials provides you with the concepts, processes, methods, techniques and tools you will need to manage each stage of the project life cycle. It will also teach you how to work within organisational and project constraints, define objectives and manage stakeholder expectations. You will discover how to get the most from your project management team, define roles and responsibilities, and plan, monitor and control the project on the basis of current practices in successful projects. In this course, you will learn how to complete tasks on time and within budget to meet or exceed stakeholder expectations.

If you are new to projects and project management, the course will help you to quickly become a valuable project team member. If you are an experienced project manager or project team member, the course provides a valuable and fresh overview of project management and will provide you with new insights into this fast-evolving profession. Our best feedback actually comes from people with project management experience.

Learning objectives

  • Master fundamental project management skills, concepts, methods and techniques
  • Understand project organisations and the interface with the functional organisation; define roles and responsibilities
  • Define business and project objectives – understand client and supplier perspectives
  • Planning, monitoring and controlling projects – applying simple, proven methods and techniques
  • Risk management, quality management and change management – ensuring that you meet objectives
  • Stakeholder and communication management – managing expectations.
Module 2: Applied Project Management

Professional project management means taking an active role in finding the optimal way to deliver the project objectives and coordinate all tasks so that these are implemented effectively. It includes continuously monitoring the project and its environment, so that corrective actions can be taken before uncertainties, deviations and changes lead to significant consequences for the project.

Learning objectives

  • Understand how professional project management should be carried out according to international best practices
  • Have gained knowledge about methods and techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling the project
  • Know how to plan and monitor a project throughout the project lifecycle
Module 3: Project Planning and Control

The concept of the “triple constraints” is one of the keystones of project management. The triple constraints are scope (quality), time and cost. Projects are about delivering a product or a service within defined quality criteria, on time and within budget. In this course, you will gain solid skills in planning, monitoring and controlling the scope, time and cost constraints throughout the project phases.

Meeting quality criteria, on time delivery and cost targets are challenges for all projects. You will learn how to establish a solid and robust project plan, including scope planning using the WBS (work breakdown structure), scheduling using network and Gantt techniques, and cost estimating and budgeting using proven estimating methods. You will learn how to define the work and calculate a realistic critical path. You will establish a cost estimate by allocating resources to tasks, aggregating project costs and making allowances for risk. You will learn how to monitor and control progress in the execution phase, as well as how to manage changes and deviations to avoid scope creep and margin leakage. By using Earned Value analysis, you will be able to report on project status and forecast future performance. In this course, you will learn in detail how to complete the task on time and within budget to meet or exceed stakeholder expectations.

Learning objectives

  • Understanding the concept of planning, monitoring and controlling projects; scope, time and cost
  • Create project management strategies at start-up
  • Create a realistic and robust project plan
  • Create a WBS, a schedule with a critical path and a cost estimate using sound assumptions and constraints
  • Monitor and control project progress – manage changes and deviations
  • Establishing project status and calculating forecasts based on the Earned Value technique
  • Use best practice examples to significantly improve project outcomes.
Exam: Diploma in Project Management

Criterias

In order to take the exam in Diploma in Project Management you need to complete e-learning module 1, 2 and 3.

About the exam

The exam is online and can be completed from your own computer. It consists of 70 multi multiple choice questions and you have 90 minutes to complete the exam.

Module 4: Organising and Leading Project Teams

he success of project-oriented companies relies on delivering successful projects. For this reason, it is important to establish an efficient organisational structure for projects that goes all the way from top management to the project team members, with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. The next important step is to select the appropriate way of organising the project and the functional organisation interface. This will depend on project complexity, size, location and the structure and capabilities of the functional organisation.

Corporate management nominates a project owner with the responsibility of monitoring, controlling and supporting the project and the project manager. The project manager’s responsibility is to deliver the expected outcome within the defined scope, quality, cost and time objectives. Clearly defined roles and responsibilities are the key to efficient project teams; everybody knows what to do and who to contact for assistance, support and decisions. In contrast, unclear roles and responsibilities tend to create an environment full of confusion, frustration and misunderstanding.

Turning the project organisation into a high-performance team is necessary to achieve project success. There are specific ground rules for achieving a motivated and committed project team, whose members hold themselves mutually responsible for project success. In this course, you will learn how to organise a project, define roles and responsibilities, delegate responsibility and authority, and develop a high-performance team capable of achieving project success.

Learning objectives

  • Establish a project organisation
  • Understand the interfaces with the functional organisation
  • Define roles and responsibilities
  • Delegation of authority – power and influence
  • Understand the ground rules and principles for building an effective team
  • Develop and maintain a high-performance project team
Module 5: Contract Management in Projects

Project managers, contract managers and other professionals involved in the world of contracts must be able to work effectively together and with customers, contractors and subcontractors to accomplish key business and project objectives. Because contracts are developed in an increasingly complex environment, including the rising use of contracted supplies and services throughout government and industry, a solid understanding of the contracting process is critical. It can also give you an advantage whether you are on the buyer’s or seller’s side. In this course, you will gain an overview of all phases of contracting, from requirements development to closeout.

The course explores the vital issues described above from the manager’s perspective, highlighting key roles and responsibilities to give you greater influence over how work is performed. You will also discuss actions that can be taken to help ensure that contractors or subcontractors perform as required by the contract. Effective contract management and administration can ensure project success, streamline performance and reduce risks and costs along the way. Discover the keys to contracting from your perspective in this practical course. In this course, you will learn how to achieve commercial success when working within the contractual framework.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the contract process from start to finish
  • Understand contract conditions, including commercial conditions and contractual mechanisms
  • Select the right contract type for your project
  • Agree on objectives, requirements, plans and specifications
  • Negotiate favourable terms and make revisions to the contract
  • Manage progress and client expectations
  • Manage changes and risks
Module 6: Project Risk Management

All projects involve risks – threats and opportunities – and risk management is a key component of project success. To maximise the probability of success, you need to be able to identify the most important risks and analyse how they affect the business and project objectives. You also need to be able to initiate actions for reducing, avoiding, exploiting, sharing, transferring or accepting the threats and opportunities.

Project risk management is a powerful and simple tool for project management teams, but far too few projects are exploiting its full potential. Most projects can improve their performance and profitability simply by implementing project risk management: i.e., conducting their risk management process according to proven “best practice”. In this course, you will learn about the most important project risks and how the probabilities and consequences develop over the project phases. You will learn how to identify the most important risks using different techniques, how to perform qualitative and quantitative risk assessments, how to communicate risk and how to establish a risk register (including risk actions) that you can implement in your project. You will also learn how risks affect both schedule and cost estimate and how to make appropriate allowances for risk.In this course, you will learn how to manage risks in a professional way.

Learning objectives

  • Get an understanding of how better knowledge of a project's potential pitfalls and management of risk can ensure project success
  • Gain knowledge about methods and techniques to identify, analyse and manage risks in projects
  • Gain insight into how risk analysis can be used to produce good management and decision-making, both for project manager and project owner.
Exam: Advanced Certificate in Project Management

Criterias

In order to take the exam in Advanced Certificate in Project Management you need to complete the exam in Diploma in Project Management and e-learning module 4, 5 and 6.

About the exam

The exam is online and can be completed from your own computer. It consists of 70 multi multiple choice questions and you have 90 minutes to complete the exam.

Recommended literature
  • Jack R. Meredith, Samuel J. Mantel. Project Management: A managerial approach John Wiley & Sons. 8th edition 2011. ISBN 0470533021
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide).
  • Harold Kerzner. Advanced Project Management. Best practices on implementation. John Wiley & Sons. 2nd edition 2004. 847 sider. ISBN 0471472840
  • Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 Office of Government Commerce. 2009.
6e-learning courses
30ECTS

Target group

The course is aimed towards project managers, project leaders/planners and other participants responsible for managing parts of the project deliveries, as well as towards project owners who wish to understand how the material presented to them is prepared.

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