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Mastering Microsoft Project

ECSA Accredited Self Paced Course

Presented by Dave Fourie (Certified PMP)

Free 30 Day Trial of Software Provided

Course Cost: ZAR 649

Available anywhere, anytime on any device

Lifetime access to course

On Completion of this live course professionals will receive a professional Certificate of completion, 2 ECSA CPD Point / 14 PMI PDUs - Professionals will receive lifetime access to this course as its finish at your own pace.

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About This Course

This accredited self-paced Microsoft Project course is designed to teach professionals how to use the tool to its full potential, covering both basic and advanced features and functions. The course is suitable for users of all levels of experience, whether you are using the 2010 to 2021 edition of MS Project. It is accredited and approved by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), and professionals will earn 2 ECSA CPD Points. PMI Certificate holders will be eligible for 14 PDUs from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Attending professionals who don't have Microsoft Project will be provided with a free trial version of Microsoft Project 2016 (optional). Throughout the course, participants will be given hands-on experience working with a construction-based case study to learn how to manage resources, cost, and time, and reduce the risk of failure on projects.

Accreditation for this course:

Discover the ultimate learning flexibility as you navigate this course at your own pace, fitting it around your schedule with ease. With lifetime access to materials, uninterrupted learning remains possible even during challenges like load shedding. Seamlessly accessible on both mobile and desktop devices, the course requires no downloads, ensuring straightforward and efficient engagement with the content.

Benefits Upon Completion: Upon successfully completing the course, participants will receive:​

  • Certificate of Achievement: Recognizing the acquisition of valuable risk management skills.

  • CPD Recognition: Earn 2 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points validated by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

  • Enhanced PMP Credentials: PMP certificate holders can earn 14 Professional Development Units (PDUs) acknowledged by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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

  • Navigate project environments with confidence.

  • Create and define new project plans effectively.

  • Organize tasks efficiently for optimal project flow.

  • Manage resources skillfully to maximize productivity.

  • Finalize comprehensive project plans with precision.

  • Monitor project progress adeptly for informed decisions.

  • Adjust project plans to effectively control constraints.

  • Generate insightful status reports to communicate project status.

  • Customize project settings proficiently and share customization across projects.

These valuable skills are highly advantageous in driving success within the competitive 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

What is covered in this course


  • Introduction to Project Management Concepts:

    • Gain an overview of project management principles

    • Understand the project planning and maintenance cycle

  • Creating and Setting Up Project Files:

    • Learn to create new project files in Microsoft Project (MSP)

    • Enter project-level information and MSP default values

  • Resource Creation and Management:

    • Explore resource management within MSP

    • Add notes, set calendars, define cost rates, manage availability

  • Task Creation and Management:

    • Master the creation, copying, and importing of tasks

    • Set task durations, dependencies, and lags/leads

  • Resource Assignment and Replacement:

    • Learn to assign and replace resources efficiently

    • Manage fixed costs, contractors, and time constraints

  • Project Schedule and Resource Management:

    • Handle deadlines, conflicts, and resource over-allocation

    • Utilize resource leveling to optimize project schedules

  • Baseline, Tracking, and Updates:

    • Set project baselines and approvals

    • Track time, cost progress, and update project status

  • Advanced Task and Project Monitoring:

    • Update fixed costs, duration, work, and units

    • Grasp different task types and effort-driven tasks

  • Project Variance and Performance Evaluation:

    • Monitor project variances and earned value metrics

    • Use TCPI to assess project performance against goals

  • Corrective Actions and Reporting:

    • Take corrective actions based on project insights

    • Generate progress reports to inform stakeholders

  • Re-baselining and Template Creation:

    • Learn about re-baselining projects as needed

    • Create templates for future projects in MSP

  • Exploring Advanced Features:

    • Delve into additional features and functions of Microsoft Project

    • Broaden your understanding of software capabilities

This comprehensive course will equip you with practical skills to effectively manage projects using Microsoft Project (MSP), covering each stage from planning to reporting and beyond.

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What's included in this course


2 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 self-paced 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.


Life time Access

 Professionals will have lifetime access to the course, allowing them to complete it at their own pace, anytime and anywhere. The course is available 24/7, providing flexibility and convenience for busy schedules

Your Instructor

Dave Fourie (Certified PMP)

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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