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MS Project® 1: From Initiating to Scheduling a Project

Learn to establish MS Project® standards, coordinate project documents, record estimates, schedule activities and tasks, assign resources to an activity or task, track performance to date and provide the appropriate level of reporting.

Based on the Project Management Life Cycle Model, use MS Project as a vital tool throughout initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing a project.

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

This course can be applied to the following certificates:
Project Management – Advanced Certificate
Project Management Certificate


Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP, CSM

Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP, CSM

As a speaker, mentor, educator, consultant, author and project manager, Sandra Hoskins is committed to working with people who want to create excellence in their life, whether at work, home, play or in their community. Hoskins’ passions are project management ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of configuring Microsoft Project and using network schedules to manage the critical path
  • Create a resource pool for managing staff and material resources
  • Input task dependencies to create project schedules
  • Gain immediate results that you can apply daily
  • Network with others to collaborate on real world challenges/solutions

Course Outline/Topics

Seminar Outline

• Terms of reference
• Overview of Microsoft Project
• Scheduling terms
• Software interfaces

Configuring the Project
• Project configuration
• Tool and menu configuration
• Setting up the company calendar

Setting up Resources
• Adding resources

Setting Up a Project
• Setting up the summary information
• Selecting the schedule type
• Defining the project environment

Creating Project Estimates
• Identifying project deliverables
• Develop a work breakdown structure
• Developing time-based estimates
• Using fixed duration or fixed unit
• Assigning resources
• Re-evaluate estimates

Creating the Project Schedule
• The PERT Chart
• Customizing the PERT Chart
• Resource the schedule (staff)
• Adjust the schedule to make best use
of the resources
• Critical path: Did it change?
• Customizing the Gantt Chart

Developing Control Procedures
• Tracking actual estimates
• Customizing reporting procedures

Customizing for Flexibility
• Customizing views and tables
• Comparison reports
• Exporting data
• Updating project status
• Project consolidation

Summary and Conclusion
• What’s next
• What to remember
• Leveraging other products


Project Management Foundations or equivalent, and basic familiarity with MS Office


"Great hands-on learning with a super-knowledgeable instructor!"  —  Julia Murphy, Full Circle Construction, LLC

"Best adult learning experience I’ve had in years. The instructor, Sandra, was perfect for this."  —  Walter Sawatzky

Date: Mon-Wed, Feb 15-17

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 8:30am-3pm CT

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Sandra Hoskins, ISP, ITCP, PMP, CSM


$845 by Feb 1, 2021
$895 after Feb 1, 2021

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5025-12993

Note: Participants will receive instructions for logging into Canvas to access course materials and Zoom links approximately one week prior to first class.

Registration Deadline: Feb 9, 2021

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