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Project Management Advanced Courses
Prep Course for PMI's Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® Certification Exam
Learn the Scheduling Practice Standard
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Traditional Classroom
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2 Days
14 PDUs /1.4 CEUs
Virtual Classroom / On-Demand Learning
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Four 3-hour sessions
12 PDUs /1.2 CEUs
A good working knowledge of project management, some experience managing projects and a basic understanding of the PMBOK Guide
Course Level: Intermediate/Advanced

About the Program
This workshop serves as a PMI® Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) intensive exam preparation course. It also presents scheduling practice standards to help a scheduling practitioner become more effective. This workshop is kept up to date with the framework of knowledge outlined by the Practice Standard for Scheduling, the PMI Scheduling Professional Examination
Specification and PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (the PMBOK® Guide).

Participants are encouraged to obtain a copy of the PMBOK Guide as a supplemental study source prior to taking the exam. The guide may be downloaded for free by all PMI members. You do not need the guide to attend the course, as all materials are provided.

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who plan to take the exam but need some guidance to create a study path
  • Individuals who are studying for the exam and want to identify gaps in their knowledge
  • Individuals who are interested in a “refresher” course before sitting for the exam

Course Overview
Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Course structure
  • Course goals and objectives

Becoming a PMI-SP

  • Overview of the PMI-SPcredential
  • Eligibility requirements     
  • The PMI-SPapplication process
  • Benefits of achieving certification

Scheduling Concepts and Standards

  • Role of the Practice Standard for Scheduling
  • The schedule development process
  • Essential elements of a schedule
  • Scheduling components
  • Schedule conformance and scoring

Schedule Domains

  • Schedule mission management
  • Schedule creation
  • Schedule maintenance
  • Schedule analysis
  • Schedule communication/reporting

Project Integration Management

  • Role of organizational process assets
  • Role of enterprise environmental factors
  • Project charter
  • Project management plan
    - Project baseline
    - Subsidiary plans
  • Managing changes
  • Reviewing and correcting project work
  • Closing the project or phase

Project Scope Management

  • Project scope statement components
  • Role of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Managing changes

Project Time Management

  • Scheduling processes integrated with other PMBOK Guide processes
  • Defining activities
    - Enterprise environmental factors
    - Organizational process assets
    - Decomposing the WBS
  • Sequencing activities
    - Arrow diagramming method
    - Precedence diagramming method
  • Estimating activity resources
    - Determining resource needs
    - Using various techniques to plan for
  • Estimating activity durations
    - Differentiating between various estimating techniques
    - Calculating an estimate from a formula
  • Developing the schedule
  • Conducting the forward pass/backward pass
  • Calculating the critical path
  • Controlling the schedule
    - Conducting performance reviews
    - Analyzing variances
    - Updates to various project documents

Project Cost Management

  • Role of the schedule in cost estimating
  • Techniques for estimating
  • Budgeting techniques
  • Cost performance baseline
  • Earned Value Management (EVM)

Project Human Resource Management

  • Human resource processes
  • Components of the human resource plan
  • Techniques for obtaining a project team
  • Techniques for developing the project team
  • Resolving team conflicts

Project Communications Management

  • Communication processes
  • Defining a communication approach
  • Communication models/methods
  • Communication management plan
  • Reporting to others
  • Performance reports

Project Risk Management

  • Risk management processes
  • Planning for risks
  • Controlling risks

PMI-SP Exam Review

  • Recommended books
  • Exam blueprint
  • Study Tips
  • The PMI-SP credential examination
  • Sample exam questions

Course Summary and Next Steps

Each participant will receive a copy of The Practice Standard for Scheduling.

PMI-SP Certification Qualifications
Candidates for PMI-SP who hold a Bachelor?s degree or the global equivalent must have a minimum of 30 hours of classroom and/or eLearning instruction in the area of project scheduling. They must also have 3,500 hours of professional project scheduling experience within the last five consecutive years. Candidates who have a high school diploma, Associate?s degree or global equivalent must have a minimum of 40 hours of classroom and/or eLearning instruction in the area of project scheduling. In addition, they must have 5,000 hours of professional project scheduling experience within the last five consecutive years. All candidates should complete and submit the PMI-SP certification application directly to PMI, and they must also pass the 3.5-hour computer-based 170-question exam. For more information, go to


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