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MS Project Course Introduction
Master the art of creating a schedule in MS Project. Scheduling is an essential project management skill and it’s guaranteed to boost your career and raise your stature as an essential member to the project team. With this short course from Le Roux Consulting, you have the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry and become an MS Project expert on your next project. Whatever your job title, the skills you get from this course will help set you apart in the industry.
What you get
37 Video Lectures
High quality video lessons for you to watch and learn from home, your office or even on a remote site location.
MS Project sample files
You get to download a real, expertly crafted MS Project construction schedule template and sample. You can download and keep the mpp file to learn from.
Tailored Quizzes and Assignments
Between lessons, your knowledge is solidified through case studies, assignments and quizzes.
Real Case-study project
The course walks you through a realistic case study step-by-step and shows you how an expert will apply MS Project to schedule the work.
Access to leading MS project Experts
You get to ask your burning questions to one of the leading project management and MS Project scheduling experts.
Bonus content not often shared in the industry.
What our attendees say:
Rousseau de Villiers PMP
Contracts Manager, 3 Oaks
MS Project Course – “I did a Ms Projects scheduling course with Varsity College some years back and it was informative and a good course and it did open up mpp to me. But this course really gave me a better sense and use of the software to add value to my clients as well as my site management in the way of controlling cost in real time. I found that now I can really put control of all aspects such as the resources, cost control, risk identification and scheduling of works in one place and then only expand on that“
Engineering Technician, PRASA
“Knowledge like this is rarely shared in our industry as there is always competition amongst
peers. So the sharing of this valuable knowledge is what I appreciated most about the MS Project course“
Project Manager, BR Project Management
MS Project Course – “The fact that you can complete it on your own time, giving you the time to first use the program and implement what you learned before continuing. Also the fact that the presenter lets you complete the program along with him and so seeing what your mistakes are“
MS Project Course – “The course is very interactive and straight to the point. I like that it covered all I needed to know about MSP“
What you will learn:
Our MS Project construction scheduling course is designed to take you through a realistic case study project in MSP. The course is divided into 9 different modules. These modules start with basic fundamentals and build up to ensure you are able to understand, not only the fundamentals of planning but that you are also able to see how a realistic schedule is created and updated using Microsoft’s Project software. You will learn the following after completing this course:
- Understand how to find your way in the software;
- Understand the fundamentals of Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling and how the software calculates the critical path.
- Learn about the different task types and logic links in MSP
- Take a step-by-step approach to scheduling a real project in MSP
- Learn the importance of Work Breakdown Structures
- Learn how to produce a Work Breakdown Structure in MSP that is efficient and professional
- Learn to set up project calendars and unique calendars for different teams
- Learn how to add milestones to your schedule
- Understand how to create and assign resources to a schedule
- Learn how to cost-load a schedule in MSP
- Learn how to cost-load a schedule from your Bill of Quantities using MSP (yes, that’s very possible!)
- Understand how to work with filters and sorting
- Learn how to use constraints and their role in the schedule
- See how to capture and manage Baselines
- Learn how to update your schedule correctly
- Learn how to report on your schedule with some simple techniques
Get a copy of our Excel-based dashboard which we use on as an external reporting tool with our MS Project data.
Module 1 - Introduction into MS Project
Lesson 1 – Getting familiar with the MSP software interface
Lesson 2 – Understanding and adjusting the most important settings
Lesson 3 – The difference between Auto and Manual Scheduling modes
Lesson 4 – Key navigation – Views and Tables
Module 4 - Step-by-step Scheduling the Case Study Project in MS Project
Lesson 1 – Introduction to the Case Study project and starting a new project
Lesson 2 – Works Breakdown Structure (WBS) – the most important step in planning and scheduling
Lesson 3 – Setting up your WBS in MSP
Lesson 4 – Setting up and adding the milestones
Lesson 5 – How to set up the project calendar
Lesson 6 – How to create separate calendars for specific activities or teams
Lesson 7 – Add tasks & durations to the WBS packages
Lesson 8 – Add logic to the tasks
Assignment 1 – Certificate
Lesson 9 – The completed schedule
Module 7 - Further important concepts and techniques in MS Project
Lesson 1 – Filter and Sorting
Lesson 2 – Constraints and their use in the schedule
Lesson 3 – Setting and Managing Baselines
Lesson 4 – Barchart settings that will make your schedules look great
Module 2 - Introduction to CPM Scheduling Principles
Lesson 1 – CPM scheduling basics
Module 5 - Adding and Managing Resources in MS Project
Lesson 1 – The 3 types of resources and when to use what
Lesson 2 – Creating resources
Lesson 3 – Assigning resources to tasks
Lesson 4 – Resource Troubleshooting
Lesson 5 – Understanding the different task types
Lesson 6 – Finding resource over-allocations and resolving them
Lesson 7 – Importing resources
Module 8 - Updating your schedule in MS Project
Lesson 1 – Five steps to updating a schedule in MS Project
Lesson 2 – Capturing your progress data
Lesson 3 – Recalculate or reschedule remaining work
Module 3 - Basic scheduling techniques in MSP
Lesson 1 – The 3 task types in MSP
Lesson 2 – Adding logic or interdependence to your schedule
Lesson 3 – The 4 types of links in MS Project and when to use them
Module 6 - Cost Loading of your schedule in MS Project
Lesson 1 – Introduction to cost loading
Lesson 2 – Cost loading using Resources
Lesson 3 – Cost loading using a Bill of Quantities in MS Project
Assignment 2 Certificate
Module 9 - Using the report printing feature in MS Project
Lesson 1 – Report printing Golden Rules that will make your life easier
Lesson 2 – Techniques for popular reports
PREVIEW LESSON 3 MODULE 1 - Difference between Auto and Manual Schedule
PREVIEW LESSON 1 MODULE 6 - Importance of cost loading a schedule in MS Project
Kobus le Roux
Senior Scheduling Expert
B.Sc.CM, MBA (Cum Laude), Pr.CPM, PMI-SP, ICIOB, A.A.Arb
Kobus is a professional project manager, planning professional and construction contracts expert. Kobus is a Scheduling Professional accredited through the international Project Management Institute (PMI).
He is a guest lecturer at various Universities where he is regularly called in to provide expert insight into MS Project and scheduling for project management students at Business Schools, IT, Project Management and Construction Economics faculties.
His experience in assisting clients as a professional planner, senior project manager and construction contract expert spans over 15 years during which time he’s assisted numerous project teams and companies with complex, construction schedules, disputes or claims. He has scheduled and managed numerous high value projects in sectors such as building, civil works, mining, power, rail and oil/gas. He is one of the foremost forensic experts in delay analysis and claims. He is also a leading contributor of commercially related articles and publications on the topic of scheduling and using software to achieve excellent project management results.
Having dealt with planning, forensic scheduling and project management for a number of prominent clients internationally, Kobus is proficient in planning packages such as Microsoft Project, CCS Candy, Synchro Pro, Asta and Primavera.
They trust us
Exceptional skills, tailored service and invaluable experience.
Just three reasons why so many clients across the industry choose us.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When does the course start?
You will have access to the video lessons immediately after you enroll.
I'm new to online courses, what can I expect?
Our online course is delivered through high quality video. Each module consist of a number of video lectures. You can watch and work through these videos in your own time, on any device capable of online video playback. Once you complete a lecture it will be marked as complete and you can move on to the next video lecture.
How much time will it take?
You work at your own pace. It’s quite possible to do the course in less than a day if you have the time. However we suggest you set out 1-2 hours daily so you can focus on getting the most value. You can then finish the course in 2 or 3 days with a 1-2 hour session daily.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you will have on-demand access for 12 months.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We have to date never had one participant in a live or online course who felt utterly unhappy with it! In all services we provide we strive to add value and we guarantee our highest quality in every respect. However, our promise is simple, we give your money back if you feel we have not lived up to this expectation. Hence, if you are unsatisfied with your purchase in any way, and if you contact us before obtaining the certificate in the first 30 days after enrollment, we will give you a full refund, no questions asked!
What version of MS Project software do I need?
Our course videos are done in MS Project 2016 professional. However, this course is specifically designed to be applicable to users with the 2019, 2013 and 2010 versions. The interface may look slightly different but the fundamentals will still apply. Do note that the 2007 version of MSP will not work well for this course as the platform is quite outdated with the later versions.
Do I need to have the software to do the course?
Yes, the course is designed to walk you through the steps which you can apply on your side on the software. You can sign up for Project Professional trial account from the 365 admin centre at – Click Here. Here you can obtain a free trial of the software.
Are the videos downloadable?
Unfortunately, the video lessons must viewed lived while you are logged in on our training platform. The platform allows you to view them on any device.
Can I earn a certificate of completion on this course?
Yes absolutely. But you are going to have to complete the assignments and quizzes to do so. It’s not that hard, but it’s designed to ensure that you got to grips with the software. There are 2 Quizzes and 2 Assignments you need to complete which will earn you your training certificate.
What Learning Management Platform or Software (LMS) do you use?
We work through Teachable, which is one of the top LMS providers. We have our own custom domain hosted by them. Their platform is safe and very user friendly.
If you have any questions related to this course or require additional information, you are welcome to contact our training manager Rene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enroll with confidence! We offer 100% of your money back if you are not happy with the course.
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