CIPD People Management

An Introduction to Project Management

Short Course
Duration: 2 days   /   Level: General   /   Suitable for in-house

This two day course provides essential tools and techniques for scoping, planning and successfully delivering projects.


Availability: In stock

Dates and Availability

  • Start Date: 16 September 2014
  • Location: London
  • Availability: Fully booked
  • Start Date: 09 December 2014
  • Location: London
  • Availability: Spaces
Get qualifiedYou can do this as part of a Introductory Certificate in Project Management.

Employers in all sectors and industries are looking for good project management skills to speed up innovation and effectively manage change. This two-day course will enable you to manage projects more effectively, or contribute more effectively to a project team, through the application of a systematic project framework and the use of helpful project tools and techniques.

Run as it features here, or run in-house where the content can be tailored to suit your organisational needs; cost effective if a number of people require training.  Call our in-house training team to discuss your particular requirements on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

Who is it for

An Introduction to Project Management is designed to give a broad introduction to anyone involved in project working. No prior knowledge is necessary.


This course will also prepare you for an optional one-hour multiple-choice exam which is accredited by the Association for Project Management, and upon completing this exam you are awarded the Introductory Certificate in Project Management. The Certificate is an internationally recognised foundation-level qualification.


This exam requires an additional cost, please see 'Course programme' below for more information. 


By the end of An Introduction to Project Management you will be able to:


  • understand key project management terms and concepts
  • gain clarity at the outset of projects
  • plan projects realistically
  • manage risk and change effectively
  • use key project management tools
  • monitor and control progress
  • establish the needs of stakeholders
  • understand the benefits of post-project reviews.

Day one

Projects, Programmes and Portfolios


The Project Context  


An introduction to project life cycles and key success factors


Initiating a project

  • establishing the objectives and scope of work
  • defining the needs of stakeholders
  • establishing a clear business case
  • agreeing key roles and responsibilities


Creating a project plan

  •   project definitions; work, product and organisational breakdown structures
  • networks, critical path analysis, risk management, Gantt charts and milestone charts
  • an introduction to quality management, assurance and control


Day two

Techniques for estimating resources in projects


Resourcing the plan

  • how to ensure that the plan is fully resourced, through resource histograms and resource levelling


The project communication plan

  • communicate appropriately with all stakeholders, and gain commitment from the team


Building the team

  • overview of team development and roles


Monitoring and controlling projects

  • tools and techniques



  • How to hand over to the operational team effectively


Project closure and learning review

  • how to close projects well and identify lessons learned


Individual action planning


The 1-hour multiple-choice exam (optional).

Please note: an additional cost of  £137 + VAT is required to take this exam.

People who have been on this course say

The course was very good and informative with a good pace of learning. I will take a lot away with me that I can use in the workplace. Jemeela, Senior Project Management