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Microsoft® Project Certifications
Project White Belt® 2013
Getting Started with Microsoft® Project 2013
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Traditional Classroom
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1 Day
7 PDUs / 0.7 CEUs
Virtual Classroom
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Two 3-hour sessions
6 PDUs / 0.6 CEUs
On-Demand Learning
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6 hours in 8 interactive on-demand modules
6 PDUs / 0.6 CEUs
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About the Program
This workshop serves as an introduction to the interface and features of Microsoft® Project 2013. It is kept up to date with the framework outlined by Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition. This course will be led by an IIL-certified instructor who will outline the benefits of Microsoft Project, provide tips on using various features and common shortcuts, recommend guidelines, and discuss the application of scheduling concepts to manage project work.

Who Should Attend

  • Project managers and scheduling practitioners
  • Anyone new to Microsoft Project
  • Anyone with a need to use scheduling software
  • Individuals in a project management career path who need to sharpen their scheduling skills
  • Users who manage projects in Excel®, PowerPoint®, and SharePoint®

Performance Focus

  • Setting up a project plan with Microsoft Project 2013
  • Navigating and sharing information with Microsoft Project 2013 
  • Building practical project management skills and proficiencies
  • Preparing you for IIL’s Project White Belt® certification exam

This course also enables participants to practice and start preparing for Microsoft’s Exam 74-343: Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013.   

What You Will Learn
You’ll learn how to:

  • Define key scheduling concepts and terms
  • Effectively navigate the user interface and interpret common views
  • Configure essential elements of a new schedule
  • Enter and modify a task list
  • Set dependencies between tasks
  • Create a basic resource list and generate assignments
  • Format targeted areas of the Gantt Chart view
  • Prepare the schedule for printing

Course Overview

Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Course objectives
  • Course outline

Navigating the User Interface and Views

  • Navigate and use the Ribbon
  • Use and customize the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Modify general and display options
  • Become familiar with major elements on the Project screen
  • Navigate Gantt Chart, calendar, and network diagram views
  • Search for a help topic

Setting up a New Schedule

  • Create new schedules
  • Create a new schedule using existing information
  • Enter and modify the schedule start date
  • Enter and modify exception days in the calendar

Entering, Modifying, and Outlining Task Data

  • Enter, edit, correct, and clear information
  • Enter unscheduled tasks
  • Enter duration estimates for a single task or multiple tasks
  • Organize tasks
  • Set up a multi-level outline
  • Add notes to tasks

Creating Dependencies by Setting Links

  • Identify a critical path in a simple schedule
  • Understand how scheduling software calculates a critical path
  • Describe dynamic schedules and dependencies
  • Create links using various methods
  • Display the critical path

Entering and Assigning Resources

  • Plan for resources
  • Create a list of available resources
  • Assign resources

Formatting Gantt Chart View

  • Format text and Gantt Chart bars
  • Format a collection of items
  • Configure print options

Course Summary and Next Steps
This course contains multiple hands-on exercises and labs. You will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft® Project Standard 2013, Project Professional 2013, or Project Pro for Office 365 desktop with the latest service packs. You may obtain a trial version of this software from This course is also available for Microsoft® Project 2010.

Interactive On-demand training:
This course is offered in 3 modalities including a new generation of interactive on-demand training that allows participants to move on their own pace guided by a highly skilled instructor, receiving clear explanations, demonstrations, hands-on exercises with their solutions, access to the WB2013 discussion group, and other activities that allow the attendant to test the recent acquired knowledge.

Certification Qualifications:
Candidates for IIL's Project White Belt certification must attend the program and achieve a passing score (70% or higher) on a 30-question, multiple-choice exam. Participants who conclude the program will be enrolled to complete this exam online.

IIL’s Microsoft Project courses also qualify for the required education hours for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® and PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® certifications. Contact your sales representative for more information.

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