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College of Extended Learning

Project Management Essentials

A business team working together

CMPW 8043

Group discounts available (see below for details)

One of the most important challenges in our jobs today is the management of various projects. Some of these challenges include managing internal and external clients, research projects, marketing campaigns, and a new product launch (to name a few). 

The 3-day Project Management Essentials workshop provides an introduction to the key elements that leaders or team members working on projects need to know in order to be successful.

Program details

Dates & Location: Oct. 8-10, 2019 (Fredericton)
May 5-7, 2020 (Moncton)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $1395 +HST

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

Register for Oct. 8-10, 2019
Register for May 5-7, 2020

Learning objectives

Introduction and PM Context

  • Portfolios, programs, projects
  • Project success, project life cycles
  • Workshops: Project priorities, project success

Initiating the Project

  • Stakeholders and requirements
  • Project team, working in a matrix
  • Workshops: Project stakeholders, project charter

Planning the Project

  • Work breakdown structure
  • Project change control
  • Communications planning
  • Estimating
  • Project risk management
  • Critical path scheduling
  • Workshops: WBS, critical path scheduling, change control, project communications plan, risk management, project schedule

Project Execution

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Scope management
  • Conflict management
  • Leadership and motivation
  • Schedule control
  • Cost control
  • Workshops: roles and responsibilities, conflict management, schedule updates, reporting and control

Project Closure

  • Closing and lessons learned

Who should attend?

This seminar is suitable for individuals who are responsible for managing smaller projects, or those on a project team of any size, especially those who have not yet been exposed to the tools, techniques and terminology of formal project management.


Janice Petley has over 20 years of project management experience as an Executive Producer, Producer, and Production Manager. Her typical assignments are definitely project management, but are anything but “typical”. Her event experience spans a wide range of projects: from classical theatre at the Stratford Festival and symphony concerts in the United States, to stadium and arena opera productions in cities such as Tokyo, Munich, and Brussels.

She holds both a BA from University of Western Ontario, a BEd from Queen’s University, and has her Project Management Professional designation. She also has an MBA.

Don Dickson is a project and portfolio management consultant with 25 years of project management experience ranging from team member to managing programs and both establishing and running project management offices (PMOs). This experience spans various industries from government, heavy construction, ship building, nuclear and information technology.

Helping companies implement and optimize their PMO governance processes, Don specializes in Demand Management, Capacity Management, Resource Management, Portfolio Management, and Project Management as supported by CA Technologies' Clarity PPM Software.

Don has a Diploma in University Teaching which he used for ten years as an instructor of undergraduate and post-graduate courses at the University of New Brunswick's Faculty of Business. He continues to use these skills now as a corporate trainer for Procept.

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