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Introduction to Microsoft Project

Presented by: Dave Fourie (Certified PMP)

Accredited Live Interactive Webinar

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About This Course

This live interactive online webinar accredited Microsoft Project course It is accredited and approved by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), professionals will earn 1 ECSA CPD Points. PMI Certificate holders will be eligible for 7 PDUs from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

This introduction course on Microsoft Project is designed to teach you how to manage projects more effectively. Whether you are using the 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 or 2021 edition, or the 365 version, this live interactive online webinar will cover the critical knowledge and skills that a project manager needs to create, baseline, manage and report projects using Microsoft Project. This course is suitable for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced users.

With a “tell and show” approach using a construction-based case study, you will learn how to manage resources, cost and time, and reduce the risk of failure on your projects. Participants who do not have Microsoft Project will receive a free trial version of Microsoft Project 2016 (optional).

There are numerous benefits to learning Microsoft Project, including improved project planning, better resource management, enhanced communication and collaboration, and improved project tracking and reporting. In addition to technical skills, the course will also teach implicit skills such as data analysis, problem-solving, and effective communication with team members and stakeholders. These skills are essential for using Microsoft Project effectively and for success in the construction and engineering industry, which is increasingly relying on technology for project management. Advanced skills in Microsoft Project are in high demand, making it a valuable asset for professionals in the industry.

Obtain your certificate and differentiate yourself from others

Additionally, earning a certificate in Microsoft Project can help you advance your career and potentially open up new job opportunities. Many employers prioritize hiring candidates with advanced training and certifications, and having a certificate in Microsoft Project can make you a more attractive candidate for these positions. Overall, earning a certificate in Microsoft Project can be a valuable investment in your career and can help you stand out to prospective employers.

A detailed look at the course outline and contents that will be covered:

During this course, you will cover a wide range of topics related to project management using Microsoft Project (MSP). Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

  • The course provides an overview of the concepts of project management and covers the project planning and maintenance cycle. Participants will learn how to create a new project file in Microsoft Project (MSP) and enter project-level information and MSP default values. The course will also cover creating and managing resources in MSP, including adding notes, setting resource calendars and cost rates, and managing resource availability and working time.

  • Participants will learn how to create, copy, and import tasks in MSP, and how to set task durations, dependencies, and lags and leads. The course will also cover the process of assigning and replacing resources in MSP, as well as managing fixed costs, fixed-priced contractors, and time constraints.

  • The course will also cover setting deadlines, managing project schedule conflicts and resource over-allocation, and using the resource leveling feature in MSP. Participants will learn how to set a baseline/approval for the project, track time and cost progress, and update the project status date and current date as needed.

  • In addition, the course will cover updating fixed costs, duration, work, and units in MSP, as well as understanding different task types and effort-driven tasks. Participants will also learn how to monitor project variance and earned value variances, and use the TCPI (To Complete Performance Index) to assess whether the project is on track to meet its goals. The course will also cover taking corrective action and providing progress reports, as well as re-baselining the project as needed.

  • Finally, the course will cover creating templates in MSP and will introduce additional features and functions of the software.

What are the learning objectives of this course and how can they be applied to your job. 

Upon completion of this course, professionals will be comfortable with the following skills learned in this course, which will differentiate themselves from their colleagues and make them more attractive to potential employers. Tacit Skills goes the extra length to ensure that professionals understand and are comfortable using these new skills. Upon completion, professionals will be able to navigate the Project environment, create and define a new project plan, organize tasks, manage resources, finalize a project plan, monitor progress, adjust the project plan to control constraints, create reports to share a project's status, and customize project settings and share customization with other projects. These skills will be valuable in helping professionals succeed in the construction and engineering industry.

There are several reasons why you might want to consider a career in Microsoft Project

The future outlook for construction and engineering professionals who understand Microsoft Project is likely to be positive, as the use of technology in the industry continues to increase. According to a survey by the Project Management Institute (PMI), almost 90% of construction and engineering professionals use Microsoft Project or other project management software to some extent.

Having advanced skills in Microsoft Project can give professionals a competitive advantage in the job market and may lead to higher earnings. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, project management professionals in the construction and engineering industry earn an average of $75,400 per year. However, those with advanced skills and certifications, such as a Microsoft Project certification, may earn more.

Overall, understanding Microsoft Project is an important skill for professionals in the construction and engineering industry and is likely to be in high demand in the future

Accreditation earned on completion of this course:

Earning ECSA CPD points is valuable for professionals in the construction industry as it demonstrates their commitment to staying current and continuing their professional development. By completing this course and earning ECSA CPD points, professionals can showcase their dedication to best practices and expertise in risk management.


Upon completing this course, professionals will earn 1 ECSA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point and 7 Project Management Institute (PMI) Professional Development Units (PDUs) for PMP certificate holders. 

Recordings of the live sessions will be made available for attending delegates who miss a session due to load shedding. Please note that the course live sessions must be attended in order to qualify for your certificate. Recordings are only for review purposes.

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What's included in this course


1 ECSA CPD Point

Upon successful completion of this course, professionals will be eligible to earn CPD points from the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). These points are important for maintaining professional status and demonstrating a commitment to ongoing learning and development


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn a certificate that you can add to your portfolio and showcase to prospective companies looking to hire professionals. This certificate can demonstrate your skills and knowledge, and help you stand out in the job market.


Live Online Training

A live webinar training is an interactive course that is conducted online in real-time. It allows professionals to participate remotely and engage with the instructor and other attendees through audio, video, and text-based communication. This accredited course will provide attendees with 3 months of access to recordings for review purposes after the live session has ended

Pricing Options

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Essential Package

Package Cost: ZAR 499

Included in this package:

Participants will only be eligible to Attend the Live Webinar Session of this course

Not Included in this package:

  • Recordings for review

  • CPD Points 

  • Certificate

  • Course Material

  • Trainer Support

  • Additional Resources


Basic Package

Package Cost: R 799

Included in this package:


Participants will be eligible to Attend the Live Webinar Session of this course, as well as receive CPD Points and Certificate on completion of the course.

Not Included in this package

  • Recordings for review

  • Course Material

  • Trainer Support


Premium Package

Package Cost: R 999

Included in this package:

Participants will be eligible to Attend the Live Webinar Session of this course, as well as enjoy all benefits included in this package.

Included in this package:

  • Recordings for review

  • CPD Points 

  • Certificate

  • Course Material

  • Trainer Support

  • Additional Resources


Your Instructor

Dave Fourie

Dave Fourie, a Certified PMP, has over 25 years of experience in project management as a consultant, including PMBOK, Method 123, and PRINCE2 in software development, service delivery, quality, and general management. He has provided training in project management, quality management, and business analysis since 1999 and has experience with various national and international training providers. Dave is certified in Project Management Professional (PMP), Portfolio, Programmed and Project Offices (P3O), Managing Successful Programs (MSP), PRINCE2, Professional Scrum Master (PSM1), IT Service Management (ITIL), Total Quality Management (TQM), NGstudy™ Certified Negotiation Associate (NGN-A), and Six Sigma Green Belt. He aims to provide a relaxed and enjoyable learning experience while sharing his passion for project management through practical examples and a touch of humor

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