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College of Extended Learning

Project Management Essentials for Contractors

CMPW 8056

Group discounts available (see below for details)

This 2-day workshop introduces you to the essential tools necessary for project planning and execution in a construction contracting environment. Participants practice project management techniques on a simple construction project that is developed through the complete project lifecycle, from initial project proposal and definition, through project implementation, and finally to the often neglected project completion phase.

Participants will leave this course with the ability to implement a structured process to successfully deliver small to medium sized construction projects for their organizations and for their customers.

This course is Gold Seal accredited by the Canadian Construction Association.

Program details

Date: TBD
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Fees: $899 +HST

Group Discount: Send 3 or more participants from your company and receive a 10% discount. Contact an account manager for more information.

Learning objectives

  • Learn the terminology and processes of modern project management
  • Discover meaning of key clauses of CCDC2
  • Identify your project management responsibilities from start to close of a project
  • Prepare a complete and accurate project plan for a small project
  • Gain some of the knowledge needed for Gold Seal Project Manager’s certification
  • Learn from the experiences of others
  • Understand the benefits of a consistent project management methodology

Who should attend?

This workshop is suitable for individuals who are construction contractors or employees of construction contracting organizations, anyone responsible for managing small to medium construction projects, and active participants on a project team, especially those who have not yet been exposed to project management but can see themselves moving in that direction.


You will receive a course binder containing copies of slides, case studies, templates, exercises, and suggested solutions.


Darya Duma has been designing and leading training courses in Project Management theory and application for 20 years and providing consulting services in project management for 15 years. She creates Project Management training for delivery by herself and others, designs PM frameworks and methodologies for clients, coaches and facilitates schedule development, Microsoft Project deployment, and scheduling template development, and facilitates the implementation of PM practices. Darya teaches at Queens University, and has designed courses for Bruce Power LP, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Ontario Power Generation, National Energy Board, Vale and University of Toronto.

Darya was a practicing Project Manager for over 10 years, first in “hard” projects managing industrial elevator installations with a mechanical contractor, and then in “soft” projects developing national and international standards with CSA International. A few of the projects that she has managed include providing elevators for Hibernia GBS, Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, Ontario Hydro, Alberta Power, and Vancouver Port. More recently, with the Canadian Standards Association, she managed the development of codes and standards for subsequent implementation in provincial regulations, as well as the development of ISO standards for the elevator industry. She has extensive international experience with clients in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Darya has been a member of PMI’s Registered Education Provider Advisory Group, and is the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Advisory Council for ISO/TC258.

Darya holds a degree in Engineering Science from University of Western Ontario, as well as additional credentials in adult education design and facilitation. She is designated as a Professional Engineer, as a Project Management Professional by PMI, as a PRINCE2 Practitioner by the APM, as a Planning and Scheduling Professional by the AACEI, and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

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