Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Project Management Program Builds Business Leaders

One of the most important aspects of companies investing in projects is ensuring that the projects will be delivered on time and on budget. That’s where Project Managers come in. These individuals are employed by a range of companies or hired on as freelance consultants in health, engineering, computer, new media, advertising, marketing, financial, education, transportation, construction, and more. The post-secondary training that project managers receive also allows them to also be employed as project leaders, process development analysts, and global project managers.

According to Wikipedia, those who complete Project Management courses at post-secondary level are prepared to create clear and attainable project objectives, build the project requirements, and manage the constraints of the project management triangle, which are cost, time, scope, and quality. A project manager is the bridging gap between the production team and client.

Over the course of three semesters at Centennial College’s Project Management program, students learn the know-how they need to succeed and gain an overview of the industry. Due to the advanced topics and compressed delivery of topics, this undertaking is only open to applicants who previously completed a three-year college diploma or university degree in any discipline or those who have a two-year college diploma or a partial university degree (75 per cent complete), and who have a minimum of two years work experience relevant to the program. Applicants may also be required to prove their English proficiency and complete an assessment of numeracy skills.

Not only do college and university graduates from any discipline who wish to increase their employability find this program beneficial but so do experienced project managers seeking to bring a new dimension of leadership to their work environment and for leaders who want to manage innovation in a structured manner.

The offering enjoys a reputable stance in the industry as it follows the respected Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Year 2013 Project Management Institute, Inc. 2008 methodology. The PMBOK Guide identifies that subset of the project management body of knowledge that is generally recognized as a good practice. To further enhance training, aside from learning from the PMBOK® Guide, students also enjoy hands-on integration of technology tools such as Microsoft Project and leading-edge industry case studies with a focus on organizational leadership. Among specific topics covered in this offering are: project leadership, project management tools and applications, project planning and scheduling, project estimation and cost management, employment preparedness and more.

This program takes training to the next level by offering students an opportunity to apply their learning to the real world by way of a field placement. Students can apply the 12 weeks of field experience towards PMI® work experience and criteria. The experience also gives additional confidence when writing the PMP® certification exam after students complete the program.    

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