Introduction to Microsoft Project for Construction Professionals


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Disclaimer: Tacit Skills reserves the right to reschedule the course if a minimum of 8 delegates are not met.

This course covers an overview of the critical knowledge and skills a project professional will need to apply the basic principles of project management when creating a project plan with Microsoft Project (2010 / 2013 /2016 or 2019) during the planning phase of a project. It also discusses how Microsoft Project can be utilized for applying these principles applicable to project plan execution, updating tasks and the plan, plan optimization, progress monitoring, corrective actions, forecasting and progress reporting.

MS-Project is an Industry standard tool with huge social presence. It is used by over 22,000,000 users across large and small businesses. Though it was traditionally used for large enterprise-wide project management, 67% of even small businesses are found to use it today. Many companies mandate their project managers to be proficient in Microsoft Project.


  • This is an introduction course, no previous experience in Microsoft Project is required. This course is for beginners starting out in Microsoft Project.

Why Should I attend this course?

Microsoft Project is the world’s most popular project management software developed and sold by Microsoft. The application is designed to assist project managers in developing plans, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing budgets and analyzing workloads.

1. More efficient use of MS Project: – Unfortunately, many people who use MSP do not take the trouble or do not have the patience to learn how to use it properly, and only use it in some limited fashion to draw bars on a Gantt Chart.

2. International Standards: – Microsoft Project a powerful tool based on the international best practices included in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), helping you to apply the project management best practices to your construction projects.

3. Practical: – The Course is approximately 20% theory and 80% practical exercises that will enable you to link the theory to your own real-life projects.

4. Trust: – Project management is important because it ensures a project’s progress is tracked and
reported properly. Microsoft Project is an invaluable tool for tracking progress, it helps you gain the trust of other stakeholders on your project, giving them easy oversight of the project’s progress.

5. CPD points that add value: – Earning CPD points are crucial to retaining your professional designation as well as for your, as well as your business success. This course not only provides you with the CPD points needed, but also adds value to your career by delivering practical training that provides you with the skills to integrate the knowledge gained in the classroom into real world projects.

6. Certificate of Completion: – During and at the end of the course your knowledge of the training material and the application thereof will be tested. On successful completion you will receive a certificate that not only verifies that you have attended the course, but also that you have obtained the knowledge required to manage your projects successfully

Target Audience

  • Construction project managers
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Principle agents
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Client representatives
  • Project planners
  • Office Administrators
  • Anybody involved in planning and managing construction projects.

What Will I Learn?

  • Project planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, forecasting and reporting.
  • Organizing project tasks.
  • Managing project resources.
  • Reflecting progress during project execution.
  • Monitoring project progress against baselines.
  • Adjusting the project plan and controlling constraints.
  • Creating project reports.

Material Includes

  • Live Accredited Webinar Course
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1 ECSA CPD Point from ECSA
  • Recordings of Live sessions for review
  • 1 year access to recordings
  • 1 year access to resources
  • 3 Month 1 on 1 Trainer Support

Course Outline

Day 1 (19:00 – 22:00)  

  • Overview of project management concepts
  • Project planning and maintenance cycle
  • Using MSP to create a new project file
  • Setting project level information
  • Setting the project calendar
  • Creating resources
  • Setting the resource calendar
  • Resource cost rates
  • Creating Tasks

Day 2 (19:00 – 22:00)

  • Defining dependencies between tasks
  • Assigning resources
  • Setting time constraints
  • Setting a deadline
  • Baseline / Approval
  • Project progress
  • Monitoring project variance
  • Taking corrective action
  • Reporting on Progress
  • Exercise

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Reasons to attend this webinar

Career Development

You should never stop learning. Whether your business falls under the scope of technology, civil engineering, or financial services, your industry will always be in a state of constant change. When you cease to stay up-to-date with trends that can affect your brand, you cease to compete with your counterparts and fall further away from your customer’s interests.

Impress Your Boss

How can you make yourself more impressive and stand out from your co-workers? Attending Webinars enables you to grow your knowledge of best practices that are pertinent to your brand and industry. This may be the missing piece when a job opens — you look more appealing to upper management and have a better chance at getting that corner office. Using webinars as a form of education can increase your knowledge of latest trends and strategies and, at the same time, increase your professional worth to your company.

Learn from the Pros

Knowledgeable Experts. Tacit Skills has been fortunate to have some of the most esteemed industry experts on board, from leading Project Managers with years of experience to Civil Engineers who has been the biggest projects around the world. Our experts have experience in the field, discussing real challenges and success stories. As an attendee, you should be confident that what you are learning is first-hand knowledge from subject matter experts.


Besides the fact that there are no travel costs involved with attending a Webinar, the price of registration is typically much lower than other options. In addition, multiple participants can view the Webinar at a single location and therefore “pay” for only one connection. An entire team can gather in one conference room to attend together and discuss the Webinar content without having to invest time and money traveling to and from a physical seminar location.

Topics for this course

2 Lessons7h

Live Training Session 1 : Introduction to Microsoft Project

Introduction to Microsoft Project for Construction Professionals Live Training Session 1

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Recordings of Live Sessions

Final Examination for CPD Points Allocation

About the instructors

4.47 (158 ratings)

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109 students

Dave Fourie

Freelance Trainer

Having been a practicing consultant in project management for more than twenty five years, Dave Fourie’s long career in program and project management brought him in contact with various project management methodologies and best practices in private as well as public organizations. This includes PMBOK, Method 123 as well as PRINCE2 environments in the fields of software development, service delivery, quality and general management. ​His experience also includes providing training in project management, quality management, and business analysis since 1999. As a freelance trainer, he has obtained invaluable experience on the best training practices utilized by various national and international training providers. This includes training entry level to experienced project managers (including PMP certification preparation) in project management and related specialist aspects such as project risk management, project quality management, project contracting and project scheduling. Dave brings his theoretical knowledge linked to vast practical experience into the training environment with a genuine desire to assist delegates in becoming practicing project management professionals. Valuing a relaxed and enjoyable learning experience, he loves sharing his passion for project management through actual examples dished up with a touch of humor. ​Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) since 1998, he also holds several other portfolios, program and project management certifications such as certificates in Portfolio, Programmed and Project Offices (P3O), Managing Successful Programs (MSP) and in PRINCE2. He also holds certifications in IT Service Management (ITIL) and Total Quality Management (TQM).
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7 Courses

74 students

Student Ratings & Reviews


Total 28 Ratings

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Trainer is very experienced in MS Project and was able to answer any questions posed. Very efficient training provider, with excellent product knowledge, great admin and very helpful.

The trainer presented quite well and made it easy to understand. Tacit Skills is a great platform to gain CPD and to enhance the knowledge required to progress in the industry.

Dave seems to have good understanding and experience of the subject. Well spoken and friendly - Very helpful and friendly. There online business very professional.

The trainer was well informed and his transfer of knowledge was excellent. Tacit Skills were extremely friendly and professional. I enjoyed the time with them.

Obvious specialist in the field. Very knowledgeable

The trainer presented the topic at the right level covering all the aspects relevant to my needs. I was not aware about Tacit Skills before, now I know that TS can be very helpful to fill any of my gaps in the project and construction management topics.

It was a good experience - Would be doing other training with you

Presenter was knowledgeable and course was presented with great quality. Very happy with the courses and will definitely be back when there is a need for training or skills development.

Good, the instructions to connect via zoom, where to find the course notes etc was clear.

Dave is the best trainer ever. Your service is amazing. Keep up the good work

Well presented and Knowledgeable

The trainer was very good, he explained things very clearly and when I asked a tough question he responded clearly. I just needed to refresh my self in MSP, since I was a heavy user of it a number of years ago, If I need more refreshing I’ll take the next course.



Very practical to apply.

Knowledgeable on the subject. Friendly and course is presented interactively which help with the learning process. Willing to assist with questions. Tacit Skills is Friendly, professional and quick to respond on any technical queries.

He is knowledgeable in his field - Easy platform to use and friendly staff

Very knowledgeable and the pace of the course was great! It was easy to keep up - Tacit Skills was very helpful and quick to answer questions. Great selection of courses!

The trainer was well prepared and presented the course very professionally. I will recommended the online courses to colleagues as it saves considerable time away from work - course was well presented.

Well presented, and knowledgeable, Not always easy to find the relevant document which need to be submitted - attendance registers etc

Very impressed with the training.

The course was a good ground breaker to attract attendance for more knowledge to Microsoft Projects, The course is well designed are on target and extremely helpful to the construction industry

I enjoyed the course and I would definitely do another.

Well knowledgeable and his presentation technique was engaging. timely correspondence from the team. Verochka is very friendly and helpful. The courses that they offer are affordable without compromising on quality delivery of the course.

I enjoyed the webinar and would attend again in future.

Great webinar. Consider some practical lessons for participants. It seems easy when the presenter is showing how it is done but practically it is not easy.

Great Webinar and Presentation.

Friendly and excellent course provider

The webinar course was well presented.

Good company to deal with.

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