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Even if project manager isn’t in your job title, it's still valuable to learn the skills and qualities it takes to deliver results in your organization. Doing more with less is the way of the world, so mastering the finesse and methodology of project management is essential. Everyone can benefit from learning project management skills that help us to communicate better, work smarter and apply the time-proven tricks of the project management trade to any work situation.

We built our project management foundations based on Dr. Harold Kerzner's lessons while he was a professor in the BW Carmel Boyer School of Business. We continue to work on improving the project management methodologies that have made BW a local leader in this area for more than 40 years. Our instructors consult and work in the field every day, bringing real-life cases and experience to the workshops. Courses are available as a certificate or individually.

Benefits of Earning a Certificate

In any industry, it's important to stay in touch with constantly changing environments through professional development courses and certificates. In fact, "67% of employers use certificates to measure a candidate's willingness to work hard and meet a goal," according to CompTIA.

Certificates can help you gain valuable skills that keep you up-to-speed with or ahead of trends. They increase your chances of higher pay, better job opportunities or a career change. 

Whether you're new to the workforce or further along in your career, lifelong learning is a valuable tool that enables you to personally grow and face challenging times with confidence and success.

Save 15% when you register for all of the courses for the project management certificate. Please note, discounts cannot be combined.

Building Project Teams (½ day) – 3 PDUs

Project teaming techniques focus on clarifying project roles and responsibilities, team structures and building a strong and effective team. This course covers:

  • Personal learning profile and how it impacts the team.
  • Structure – strategies to organize a project team.
  • Team operating guidelines and determining the right amount of guidelines for the project team and organization.
  • Role Clarity – responsibilities by project role: stakeholder, steering committee, gate keeper, project manager, team member.
  • RACI and RAM charts.
  • Stages of team performance and how important it is to have a strong team for project success.

Establishing Project Scope (½ day) – 3 PDUs

Scope is defined in the PMBOK® Guide as the work that needs to be accomplished to deliver a product, service or result with the specified features and functions. If you would like more detail about what that means, communication and manage scope, then this session is for you. This session covers:

  • Project and program scope, including defining what is in and out of scope.
  • Ways to manage scope creep.
  • Project requirements, including defining project success, project completion and establishing project goals.
  • Deliverables, artifacts and outcomes, including what they are and how they are identified.
  • Once deliverables, artifacts and outcomes are defined, how do you ensure that everyone has a common understanding of what they are?
  • How to create the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Work Packages.

Foundations of Project Management – 6 PDUs

Build an awareness and understanding of the principal components of project management concepts, processes and best practices. Receive tips, tools and techniques to implement at the workplace. Learn how to effectively plan, start and finish a project on time and within budget. Course Outline

Identifying and Managing Risk (½ day) – 3 PDUs

Uncertainty exists in all that we do. Even repetitive work can have a measure of uncertainty. In project management terms, we call this risk. This session covers:

  • Risk tolerance, including what it is, how it's measured and how to manage projects that have risk tolerances that are not in line with an organization’s risk tolerance.
  • Strategies for risk identification.
  • Risk assessment (2x2, 3x3 and 5x5 assessments).
  • Mitigation, contingency and residual risk.
  • Risk reserve, including how to add time and funding to the project plan to reduce the impact when risks occur.
  • Decision trees – a technique for making quantitative decisions.
  • Communication planning for risks, including proactive strategies in identifying, assessing and managing risks.

MS Project Fundamentals – 6 PDUs

This interactive course provides an overview of MS Project and its functionality. You will have an opportunity to work with the tool while receiving support from an experienced and knowledgeable instructor or coach. The course is held on Zoom for 2 hours per day over 3 days. You will have an opportunity to develop a project schedule from scratch, become comfortable with entering information into MS Project, using the base schedule to understand a manage resource allocations, task assignments, and the project labor budget. Course Outline

Project Communications (½ day) – 3 PDUs

Communication is all about getting the right information to the right people at the right time. It has been said that the role of the project manager is 80% about communications. As a planner by profession, the project manager needs to have an approach for facilitating effective project communications. This course covers:

  • Communication process – sender, receiver, medium, noise and feedback.
  • Personal styles profile and how it impacts the communication process.
  • Communication strategy – establishing the who, what, how, when and why.
  • Communication considerations – situation, expectations, resource and style.
  • The C's of communication – consistent, credible, commitment, coaching and call to action.
  • Assessing communication and collaboration technology.
  • Strategies for remote teams.

Project Management Overview (½ day) – 3 PDUs

This session is a reminder to do some pre-planning before you begin project planning. This session covers:

  • Project methodologies, including what they are, why they are important and how to pick the right project approach.
  • Project life cycles, stage gates as well as traditional, hybrid and agile approaches.
  • Project, program, portfolio and business stream, including what they are and how they impact the approach to planning and execution.
  • Project management documentation options and how to determine the best way to document an approach.
  • Business value, including how to define it and communicate it.
  • Project Management Institute (PMI), including key topic areas and techniques.

Project Scheduling (½ day) – 3 PDUs

The most frequent question a project manager hears is: "When will you be done?" This course will help you answer that question. Materials covered in the course will help the participant develop realistic project timelines and determining critical path. This course covers:

  • Reviewing the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for completeness.
  • Estimating techniques – from the Work Package to the schedule.
  • Establishing a realistic timeline.
  • Determining if a project be accelerated and finish faster.
  • Identifying how work should be sequenced to get the most important items completed on time.
  • Using the network diagram to ask what if questions, for example: What if resources are added or removed? What if work is eliminated or added? What if work is done faster or slower?

Project Tracking (½ day) – 3 PDUs

Once the project plan is in place, how do you track progress and adjust to changes during implementation? This class will assist you in setting up a project approach that simplifies the tracking and status reporting effort. The course covers:

  • Project baselines – why they are important and how to establish them.
  • Issue management, decision tracking and scope management.
  • Triple constraints: time, cost and scope and why it is important to track against all three.
  • Tracking techniques such as Earned Value Management (EVM), manage time and cost on projects, burn down charts.
  • Status reporting – how to create simple, visual ways to communicate project progress and estimates on its completion.

Stakeholders & Driving Change (½ day) – 3 PDUs

A project manager is responsible for leading the project and team, but how can they manage everyone else that is impacted by the project? How can non-project team members be influenced to support the project? This session is designed to provide project managers with answers about engaging stakeholders and driving change. This course covers:

  • An organization's readiness to embrace project outcomes and how to match your leadership strategy to your business culture.
  • Influence and trust – what they are and how to build them.
  • Stakeholder identification and prioritization.
  • Stakeholder requirements/key performance indicators.
  • Stakeholder engagement strategies.
  • Integrating stakeholder management.

PMP Exam Prep - 35 PDUs

Baldwin Wallace is making PMP® Exam Prep courses available through Peak Business Management to prepare you for the exam. Sessions are live, remote, instructor-led and provide the 35 hours of education you need to sit for the exam.

Peak Trainer Network instructors have many years of experience in guiding professionals in their preparation to take and PASS the PMP® Exam.

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The PMP® certification is a must-have for any serious project manager. On average, certified project managers earn over 20% more than those without the certification. The PMP® certification can help you get the job, keep your job and earn more money. In addition, many organizations have recognized that properly trained project managers are fundamental to business success. Peak Business Management® prides themselves on making sure that you are prepared to pass the Project Management Professional® exam on your first attempt. After our PMP certification boot camps you will have all the knowledge and tools needed to take the next step in your career. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, register today for one of our upcoming project management certification courses.

Our training is intended for individuals who wish to obtain their Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential. Prior to taking the PMP® exam, PMI® requires you to prove you have 3+ years of project management experience and 35 contact hours of project management education. Our PMP certification training course is designed to help you easily earn your PMP® certification, from PMI.

In addition to the 35 hours of live instruction, each student receives:

  • Official PMI Student Guide, enhanced with Peak’s expert content
  • PMP® application support
  • Exam simulator
  • Official certificate of completion