EXPLORE THE LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY & NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO INNOVATION CENTRE
Project Management Certificate Program
ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP
The Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University (GSM) is excited to be entering into a partnership with the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre (NOIC) to provide a Laurentian University Certificate of Project Management.
A selection of ten courses can be used to accumulate the 10 days for the certificate. Courses are being taught online by Procept Associates, an authorized training partner of the Project Management Institute. NOIC’s project management course offerings begin on February 17th, 2021 with the Project Management Essentials Course and ends on March 29th, 2022 with a course in Project Driven Change Management.
Here is a list of the courses that are offered to Northwestern Ontario participants. Please note, courses are delivered in half-day sessions and the dates are subject to change.
These courses are instructor-led virtual deliveries until the end of June.
We will re-evaluate and transition to in-person sessions in Thunder Bay, when possible.
3-day Project Management Essentials:
February 17, 18, 19 & 24, 25, 26 – 8:30am – 12:00pm
This 3-day fundamental course is an accessible, hands-on journey through a project from initiation to closing, with a special emphasis on initiation and planning. Course participants work in project teams to practice PM tools while they experience the realistic challenges that are encountered on projects.
1-day Communications & Stakeholder Management:
April 5, 6 – 8:30am – 12:00pm
This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the complexity of managing stakeholders and project communications. We will cover the processes, tools and techniques of Project Communications Management and Project Stakeholder Management as presented in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge®
2-day Business Analysis for the Project Manager:
May 10, 11, 12, 13 – 8:30am – 12:00pm
This 2-day course is designed to give Project Managers and project practitioners a better understanding of Business Analysis. They will learn how to employ business analysis tools, techniques, and approaches for better project outcomes. Challenges associated with role definitions, gaps and touchpoints between the PM and BA roles – to reduce waste and improve efficiency and benefits for the organization are identified.
1-day Scheduling Essentials:
June 7, 8 – 8:30am – 12:00pm
Are your deliverables consistently late? This course is for your Project Controls Officers or for those who need to learn how to create and use one of the most valuable project management tools: a project schedule. Defining project success often involves completing on time and on budget, and project budgets are often driven by resource costs and the scheduling of those resources.
2 ½-day Certified Agile PM (PMI-ACP Exam Preparation)
September 9, 10, 13, 14, 15– 8:30am – 12:00pm
Whether in government or private industry, project managers face a huge challenge when confronted with continually-changing requirements. How can you plan when things keep changing? Traditional project management approaches suggest that we take a snapshot of the requirements as a baseline, and then use change control in an attempt to minimize the impact of any shifting requirements. The new Agile Project Management methods help deal with these situations.
1-day Managing Project Risk:
October 4, 5 – 8:30am – 12:00pm
This course explores quantitative and qualitative techniques to identify and analyze project risk factors (risk event, event probability, and event impact). A variety of risk response choices are discussed, and risk identification and risk response are practiced in workshop groups. Quantitative techniques are applied to problems, but don’t worry, advanced mathematics is not used!
1-day Procurement and Contract Management
November 8, 9 – 8:30am – 12:00pm
Procurement management, and especially contract administration, has become an essential project management skill in today’s trend of outsourcing. We will guide you through procurement practices, the bid process, contract negotiations, managing contractors and vendors for optimum performance and provide a taste of contract law. This 2-day course will provide the fundamental tools required for project managers. It will also offer you an insight into the role of the procurement officer or buyer on a project team
2-day Microsoft Project Essentials:
January 10, 2022 – 8:30am – 12:00pm
January 11, 17, 18, 21, 2022-– 8:30am – 11:00am
This fundamental 2-day course provides you with the hands-on skills to plan and manage project activities using Microsoft Project. You will learn and practice Microsoft Project at your own computer. The scheduling techniques are learned through a series of progressive exercises that simulate a real project. At the beginning of each exercise, participants load a new project file that contains all the information correctly entered from the previous exercise. As a result, those with slower typing skills are not left behind. By completion, participants will have fully defined a project from beginning to end, and will have performed project updates and reporting.
1-day Project Closeout Best Practice:
February 14, 15, 2022 – 8:30am – 12:00pm
Project closeout always presents challenges: from getting final approvals, to performing administrative and contract closure, to capturing lessons learned, and more. At the rapid pace of business today, efficient project closure is a must and may even give you a competitive edge. This 1-day workshop introduces project managers to the best practices for getting final signoffs and closing out projects. Project managers will come away with a structured closeout framework and some templates that can be used to complete an orderly project closeout.
2-day Project Driven Change Management:
March 21, 22, 28,29, 2022– 8:30am – 12:00pm
This course introduces project managers to the fundamentals of change management practice, helping them to understand the risks introduced by change resistance and how to reduce or eliminate those risks. By incorporating the techniques revealed in this course into their toolkits, project managers will be better able to deal with stakeholders, reduce project delays, increase efficiencies, and reduce the risk of not meeting a project’s business case objectives.