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Construction Project Basics – Individual Online Instruction

You begin your Construction Project Basics course by talking with your instructor about the kind of projects you manage. Then the two of you custom design a course that fits your needs.

After the course you will be able to plan projects

  • Ask the right question of the boss, owner or customer
  • Breakdown what they want into pieces you can manage
  • Present the plan to management

You will be able to schedule and assign tasks to your crews

  • Quickly schedule in project software (several choices)
  • Accurately estimate work and time & finish as soon as possible
  • Make clear assignments that tell your crews what you want

You’ will be able to track and report progress

  • Spot problems early when they are easier to fix
  • Plan your corrective actions
  • Make a professional status report

Work with your instructor as you manage every step in a project

  • Private, customized hands-on training from an expert project manager
    • Do assignments when you wish; take up to 1 year
    • Get feedback within 24 hours & discuss it in private video conferences
    • Practice running meetings & presentations live with your instructor

Lecture On Construction Work Breakdown Structure

In each module, you do your reading then watch the lecture.  They cover real world construction project situations and practical techniques that you will use in your assignments and on the job.

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Course Modules: What you will learn and how you will practice the new skills

Skills & Techniques in Reading & Lectures Practice in Live Meetings & Presentations
1. Define Scope – Learn how to ask the right questions of the customer/owner to unearth the project scope and the major deliverables. Learn how to use a strong scope statement to avoid scope creep. Learn to uncover the major constraints on cost and schedule. Lead a live project planning session with your instructor who plays the role of the customer. Ask questions of the customer to define a clear scope for the construction project that will solve their problems. Then gain their approval of the scope.
2. Gather Requirements – Learn to ask the right questions and to link requirements to the project goals. Learn how to use this information to handle change requests. Uncover all the requirements so you can address them early in the project. Learn to document requirements and the associated construction project goals. Run a live requirements meeting with each customer department head (role-played by your instructor) Gather their requirements and define the achievements each customer department must produce using those requirements.
3. Build Project Plan – Learn to design a plan covering deliverables, resources, rough cost estimates and project risks. Make initial estimates of time and cost. Then identify risks and plan how to avoid them. Build a Power Point slide show of your construction  project plan. Present your plan & slides to the customer department managers (role-played by your instructor). Answer their questions about your plan and gain their approval and support.
4. Create a Work Breakdown & Schedule – Learn how to sequence and estimate your tasks using project management software. Learn to build a construction work breakdown structure (WBS) detailing all the deliverables the project will produce. Break down your high-level deliverables into individual assignments for your crews and subs. Create clear performance expectations for each assignment. Review your schedule with your instructor when you complete the WBS, predecessors, estimates of work and time. Discuss the schedule’s strengths and weaknesses in a live meeting with your instructor. Make improvements after each review.
5. Tradeoffs & Critical Path – Learn to develop alternative ways of doing the project by changing the scope, duration, costs and resources. Optimize your schedule to minimize cost and duration and develop trade-offs between them for the customer to evaluate. In a live presentation to the customer (role-played by your instructor), discuss trade-offs between scope, duration and cost to give the customer options for the construction project.
6. Conflict Management – Learn five strategies for resolving conflicts plus how and when to apply them. Learn techniques to minimize the impact of conflicts on your project schedule and budget. Watch a video of a conflict between two crew members. Select the correct technique to manage the conflict and discuss it with your instructor.
7. Tracking & Status – Learn to give the customer accurate forecasts of the completion date and final cost. Identify problems and model solutions using the software. Update your project schedule to reflect actual results to-date and forecast final dates and costs. Using status data from your crews and subs, update your schedule, spot problems and develop solutions. Present the status to the customer (role-played by your instructor) using Power Point slides. Answer the customer’s questions.

Construction Project Basics Online Course Tuition $1,995  

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Our Credentials

  • We have been training project managers for 30 years
  • We are a Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.)®
  • Our courses have been approved by PMI® for 30-60 education hours (PDUs)
  • Our courses have been offered for graduate school credit at major universities
  • We have had an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau for 17 years
  • Our staff is composed of experienced project managers who have worked more than a decade in various industries.


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