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Microsoft Project for Construction and Engineering: Plan, Track, and Analyze with Confidence

Presented by: Dave Fourie (Certified PMP)

Accredited Live Interactive Webinar

On Completion of this live course professionals will receive a professional Certificate of completion, 2 ECSA CPD Points / 14 PMI PDUs, and 3 Month Access to Course Recordings for review purposes. 


Free Trial of Microsoft Project Software will be provided

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About This Course

This comprehensive course empowers professionals to harness the full potential of Microsoft Project, covering both basic and advanced features. It caters to all levels of experience, from 2010 to 365 versions. Attendees without Microsoft Project will receive a free trial of Microsoft Project 2016 (optional). Through practical exercises based on a construction case study, participants will master resource management, cost, and time, ensuring project success. Benefits of mastering Microsoft Project in construction and engineering include improved planning, resource management, communication, and project tracking. Beyond technical skills, it fosters data interpretation, problem-solving, and effective communication. With the industry's technological evolution, advanced Microsoft Project skills are highly sought-after, ensuring a promising future for professionals.

What you will learn on this course:

Upon completing this comprehensive course, professionals will gain an advanced skill set that sets them apart from their peers and makes them highly appealing to potential employers. Tacit Skills ensures professionals not only grasp these new skills but also feel confident applying them in real-world scenarios.

  • By the end of the course, professionals will be adept at:

  • Navigating the Project environment with ease and efficiency

  • Crafting and defining meticulous project plans from scratch

  • Efficiently organizing tasks and managing resources

  • Finalizing project plans with precision and attention to detail

  • Monitoring project progress with a keen eye for any adjustments needed

  • Skillfully adapting project plans to tackle constraints and challenges

  • Generating clear and informative reports to communicate project status effectively

  • Customizing project settings to optimize performance and meet specific needs

  • Sharing their customizations with other projects, fostering collaboration.

  • These advanced skills will undoubtedly boost professionals' success in the construction and engineering industry. Tacit Skills is committed to empowering professionals with practical knowledge to excel in their careers.

Accreditation for this course

This live webinar is approved by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Complete the course to earn 2 ECSA CPD Points. PMP Certificate holders will also receive 14 PMI PDUs. This certification boosts your standing in the engineering world, showcasing dedication and excellence. Regularly updating CPD points is vital with bodies like ECSA, as not doing so could affect your membership. Stay updated, prioritize your certification, and highlight your commitment to engineering growth.

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.

On completion of the course, you will receive the following:

  • A certificate of completion

  • 2 ECSA CPD points

  • For PMP Certificate holders: 14 PMI PDUs

  • 3-month access to recordings of live sessions (for delegates who miss a session due to load shedding)

  • This is a live interactive course, allowing you to ask the presenter questions in real-time.

  • Free 30 Day Trial of Microsoft Project Software

Note: Live sessions must be attended to qualify for the certificate; recordings are for review only.

What is covered in this course


Section 1:

Overview of project management concepts


Section 2:
Creating resources

Overview of project management concepts::

  • Introduction to key principles and methodologies used in project management.

Project planning and maintenance cycle:

  • Understanding the iterative process of planning, executing, and maintaining projects.

Create a new project file:

  • Starting a new project by setting up a blank project file.

Project level information::

  • Defining essential information and settings at the project level.

MSP default values:

  • Exploring default settings in Microsoft Project to optimize efficiency

Project level calendar:

  •  Setting project-specific calendars to accommodate different working schedules

Creating resources:

  • Adding personnel or assets to be utilized in the project.

Adding notes to resources:

  • Attaching relevant notes or information to individual resources.

Resource calendars:

  • Establishing individual calendars for resources with unique working hours.

Resource cost rates:

  • Assigning monetary values to resources for cost estimation.

Resource availability:

  • Determining the availability of resources during different project phases.

Resource working time:

  • Specifying the working hours and days for individual resources.

Creating/copying/importing tasks:

  • Setting up project tasks from scratch or copying/importing existing ones.

Task durations:

  • Defining the time required to complete each task in the project.

Task dependencies:

  • Establishing relationships and dependencies between tasks.

Lags and leads:

  • Adding delays or advances between dependent tasks to optimize scheduling.

Assigning resources:

  • Allocating specific resources to individual tasks.

Replacing resources:

  • Substituting one resource with another in case of changes or constraints.

Fixed Costs:

  • Including fixed expenses in the project budget, independent of resource usage.

Fixed priced contractors:

  • Dealing with contractors who have fixed prices for their services.

Section 3:

Task dependencies

Section 4:

Project schedule conflicts

Time constraints:

  • Limitations or restrictions on the duration of project activities.

Setting Deadlines:

  • Establishing specific target dates for task completion.

Project schedule conflicts:

  • Addressing clashes or overlaps in the project timeline.

Resource over-allocation:

  • Resolving instances where resources are assigned more work than available time.

Resource leveling:

  • Adjusting resource assignments to balance workload and avoid over-allocation.

Baseline / Approval:

  • Setting a reference point for the project's scope, schedule, and budget for comparison during execution.

Project time and cost progress:

  • Tracking and analyzing the project's progress against the planned schedule and budget.

Project status date and current date:

  • Determining the current state of the project in relation to the intended timeline.

Updating fixed cost:

  • Modifying fixed expenses as the project progresses.

Updating Duration, Work, and Units:

  • Adjusting task duration, effort, and resource allocation based on actual progress.

Task Types:

  • Categorizing tasks based on their scheduling behavior and flexibility.

Effort-driven tasks:

  • Tasks that adjust their duration based on the number of assigned resources.

Monitoring project variance:

  • Analyzing discrepancies between planned and actual project performance.

Earned value variances:

  • Evaluating earned value metrics to assess project performance.

Will we still be able to make it? (TCPI):

  • Determining the To-Complete Performance Index to gauge the project's likelihood of meeting its objectives.

Taking corrective action:

  • Implementing measures to address deviations from the project plan and align it with the intended outcomes.

Progress reporting:

  • Communicating project status and updates to stakeholders and team members.

Re-baselining the project:

  • Adjusting the project baseline when significant changes occur.

Creating a template:

  • Building a standardized project template for future use or to share with others.

Additional MSP Features and Functions:

  • Exploring other advanced features and functionalities within Microsoft Project.


Pricing Options

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Webinar Package

Normal Cost: 3499

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.

Included in this package:

  • Recordings for review

  • Free 30 Day Trial of Microsoft Project will be provided.

  • CPD Points 

  • Certificate

  • Course Material

  • Trainer Support

  • Additional Resources

  • Free Accredited Self Paced Course with additional CPD Points

Classroom Package

Package Cost: R 8999

Included in this package:

Participants will have the opportunity to attend the classroom-based course hosted at Protea Hotel. Upon successful completion of the course, they will be eligible to receive CPD Points and a Certificate of completion.

Included in this package:

  • CPD Points 

  • Certificate

  • Free 30 Day Trial of Microsoft Project Software

  • Course Material

  • Trainer Support

  • Additional Resources

  • Buffet Lunch

  • Breakfast

  • Snacks and Drinks

  • Free Secure Parking

  • Free Wifi


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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