Microsoft® Project for Construction Professionals

March 3, 2021

Do the course for free! Valid for 3 Days after enrollment.

5.00(7 Ratings)

About Course

If you are a Construction professional that needs to earn CPD points and would like to learn something of value in the process, then this course is for you. Not only will you earn CPD points, but you will learn how to manage your projects more effectively. This course is designed specifically for the construction environment in South Africa. It will take participants from the most basic to the advanced features and functions of Microsoft Project. It doesn’t matter if you are still using the 2010, 2013, 2016, or 2019 edition of MS Project or if you are using MS Project 365. This course covers the critical knowledge and skills a project manager needs to create, baseline, manage, and report effectively using Microsoft Project.

Yes, you can take the course for free! When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses content – and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. To attain your Certificate from Tacit Skills & CPD Points from ECSA – you need to purchase your verified certificate for R 899.

You will receive a Verified Certificate of Completion from Tacit Skills & 2 CPD Points from ECSA provided you have successfully completed the course – You may decide to work towards a Verified Certificate of Completion at any point during the course by purchasing your Certificate. The cost of the certificate & CPD Points is R 899.

Yes, enrolees are eligible to purchase a Verified Certificate of Completion during the period of enrolment (3 Days) of the course. After 3 Days you you will be unenrolled unless the certificate has been purchased.

Yes this course is accredited with ECSA

What other benefits does this course offer for verified Certificate holders:

  • Get a certificate of completion to post on your Linkedin for possible future employers to see.
  • Receive a your CPD Points from ECSA (2)
  • Have your assignments marked and reviewed by our Instructor
  • Live Support by our Instructors on questions regarding the course
  • Lifetime access to the course with future updates

Why Should you do 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 analysing workloads.

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.

International Standards: – Microsoft Project is 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

What Will I Learn?

  • Identify project management concepts and navigate the Project environment.
  • Create and define a new project plan.
  • Create and organize tasks.
  • Manage resources in a project plan.
  • Finalize a project plan.
  • Update a project plan to reflect progress as you execute the project.
  • Monitor project progress in the project plan.
  • Adjust the project plan to control constraints.
  • Create project reports to share a project's status.
  • Customize project settings and share customization with other projects.

Topics for this course

78 Lessons14h

Chapter 1: Introduction

1.2: MS Project data files and course requirements

Getting your CPD Points & Certificate of Completion

Chapter 2: Overview of project management concepts

Chapter 3: Creating a MSP File

Chapter 4: Setting project level information

Chapter 5: Project default settings

Chapter 6: Calendars

Chapter 7: Resources

Chapter 8: Cost rates

Chapter 9: Resource availability

Chapter 10: Tasks

Chapter 11: Dependencies

Chapter 12: Assign resources

Chapter 13: Fixed price estimates

Chapter 14: Time constraints

Chapter 15: Schedule conflicts

Chapter 16: Project baseline

Chapter 17: Project progress

Chapter 18: Update progress – Mark on Track

Chapter 19: Update Progress – percent complete from ribbon

Chapter 20: Updating Progress – the Update Tasks dialog box

Chapter 21: Update progress – Task information dialog box

Chapter 22: Update cost

Chapter 23: Task types

Chapter 24: Project variance

Chapter 25: Corrective action

Chapter 26: Progress Reporting

Chapter 27: Customized Reports

Chapter 28: Creating a template from a project plan

Chapter 29: Additional MS Project features and Functions

About the instructors

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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5 stars

Well setup and excellently presented course giving a comprehensive view of MSP's capabilities.

5 stars!

This course helped me to understand the importance of construction and project scheduling and its benefits for a project beyond the project design. I am really glad I did this course and encourage anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge in the field of engineering. Thank you for the Course, I look forward to your next one.


This course was amazing. I will definitely recommend it.

This course is very thorough and detailed. As an engineer, I have had limited exposure to the workings of Microsoft Project, but I knew to improve the productivity of my job I needed to understand the process. Now I can clearly and confidently say that I can perform the task required to keep my project on the right track. Great course, well done to Dave.

Great Course!


Enrolment validity: 3 days

To attain your Certificate from Tacit Skills & CPD Points from ECSA – you need to purchase your verified certificate for R 899.00

This is a Self Paced Course
Stream course on any desktop and mobile devices

Course available directly after enrollment.

Course Information:

Accreditation: ECSA
CPD Points: 2
Access: Lifetime access
Course Type: Self Paced Course
Course Duration: 14 Hours
Stream course on any desktop and mobile devices
Certificate: Verified Certificate & CPD Points R 899

Material Includes

  • Self Paced Online Course
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2 ECSA CPD Points
  • Lifetime access to recordings
  • Lifetime access to resources


  • Basic project management knowledge and skills would be an advantage.
  • Basic knowledge and skills for using your current Windows operating system.
  • Competency in using Microsoft Office.
  • Notebook/PC with the applicable software installed.
  • MS Project 2019, 2016, 2013 or 2010.
  • MS Office 2019, 2016, 2013 or 2010.


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.
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