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Microsoft® Project Certifications
Project Orange Belt® 2013
Dynamic Scheduling with
Microsoft® Project 2013 Workshop
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Traditional Classroom
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3 Days
21 PDUs / 2.1 CEUs
Virtual Classroom
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Six 3-hour sessions
18 PDUs / 1.8 CEUs
On-Demand Learning
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14 Hours
14 PDUs / 1.4 CEUs

A familiarity with key project management concepts and terminology is recommended, as well as basic Windows navigation skills and prior experience managing projects using Microsoft Project. It is recommended that you attend Project White Belt® 2013 first.

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About the Program
This workshop gives participants a full insight into creating effective schedules using Microsoft® Project 2013, allowing you to estimate, coordinate, budget, staff, and control projects and support other users. This workshop is kept up to date with the framework of knowledge outlined by the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® Guide and the Practice Standard for Scheduling.

Who Should Attend

  • Project managers and schedulers
  • Individuals who would like to learn more about the dynamic scheduling process using Microsoft® Project
  • Individuals in a project management career path who need to sharpen their skills in scheduling
  • Professionals who are interested in obtaining the Microsoft® Specialist certification: Managing Projects with Microsoft® Project 2013, Exam 74-343
  • Users of past versions of Microsoft® Project who want to get up to speed with the new features of Project 2013

Included Materials

  • E-Book: Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft® Project 2013
  • Downloadable Exercises to enforce learning
  • Downloadable Project Orange Belt® 2013 participant workbook

Performance Focus

  • Equipping you with the necessary understanding of the tools and concepts of a PM methodology
  • Leveraging Microsoft® Project to initiate, plan, execute, control, and close projects
  • Preparing you for IIL’s Project Orange Belt certification exam
  • Enabling you to practice and conclude preparation for Microsoft® Project 2013, Exam 74-343

What You Will Learn
You’ll learn how to:

  • Understand what’s new in Project 2013
  • Initialize Project 2013 to start project planning
  • Create a well-formed project schedule
  • Understand task types and the schedule formula
  • Assign resources and costs to tasks
  • Analyze resource utilization and optimize the schedule
  • Set a baseline and track progress
  • Create and manage project reports
  • Customize views and fields
  • Apply Earned Value Management
  • Understand the basics of managing multiple projects
  • Understand the basics of Project Online and Office Store

Course Overview

Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Course structure
  • Course goals and objectives

Enterprise Project Management Concepts and Framework

Getting Started with Project 2013

  • Project 2013: What’s New and General Overview
  • Setting Up a New Project Schedule (templates, options, save, etc.)
  • Setting the Project Calendar

Entering Tasks

  • The Planning Processes
  • Importing Tasks (Word, Excel, SharePoint)
  • Synchronizing with SharePoint Tasks List
  • Creating and managing the WBS (include tasks, manually scheduled tasks, summary tasks and milestones, as well as custom WBS coding)

Entering Estimates

  • Tendencies in Estimating
  • The Rolling Wave Approach
  • Entering Duration and Work Estimates
  • Types of Tasks

Entering Dependencies

  • The Principle of Dynamic Scheduling
  • Choosing the Right Type of Dependency
  • Entering Dependencies in Project 2013
  • Different Applications of Dependencies

Entering Deadlines, Constraints, and Task Calendars

  • Use of Deadlines and Constraints
  • Entering Deadlines and Constraints in Project 2013

Entering Resources and Costs

  • Types of Resources
  • Entering Resources in Project 2013
  • Calendars and Resources
  • Entering Costs in Project 2013

Entering Assignments

  • Assignments in a Schedule
  • Assignments and Task Types
  • Entering Assignments in Project 2013
  • Assignments, Budgets, and Costs

Optimizing the Schedule

  • The Critical Path Method and the Resource Critical Path
  • Resource Leveling
  • Optimizing Time, Cost, and Resources in Project 2013

Updating the Schedule

  • The Baseline
  • Updating Strategies and Situations
  • Prepare the Status and Forecast Report in Project 2013


  • Using Reports
  • Using Visual Reports
  • Formatting and Printing in Project 2013
  • Customizing Fields in Project 2013

Earned Value Management (EVM)

  • Overview of EVM
  • Applying EVM with Project 2013

Evaluating the Project

  • Evaluating the Project Performance
  • Project Benefits and Results
  • Templates for Future Projects


  • Tools and Checklist
  • Best Practices Checklist

Consolidated Schedules

  • Creating Consolidated Schedules
  • Using a Resource Pool
  • Links across Projects
  • Solving common problems
  • Analyzing the Critical Path across Projects

Course Summary and Next Steps
This course contains multiple hands-on exercises and labs where 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.

Certification Qualifications
IIL Certification: Candidates for IIL's Project Orange Belt certification must attend the program and achieve a passing score (70% or higher) on a 45-questions, multiple-choice exam. Participants who conclude the program will be enrolled to complete the exam online.

Microsoft® Certification: The completion of both Project White Belt and Orange Belt 2013 prepares you for the Microsoft® Specialist certification: Managing Projects with Microsoft® Project 2013. Candidates must enroll in an authorized center and achieve a passing score (70% or higher) on Exam 74-343 (54-question, multiple-choice). For more information, visit:

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

Continue growing your capabilities with Microsoft® Technologies with the following IIL courses:

  • Project Blue Belt® 2013
  • Managing Projects with SharePoint
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