PMI-SP® Scheduling Professional® Examination Preparation - Microsoft Based

Face-to-face duration: 5 days
PDU's: 40

Course Objectives

This five (5) day course is a preparation workshop for the PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP®) Certification Examination to provide candidates with the applicable planning and scheduling knowledge to pass the exam on the first attempt. It also includes the practical training for Microsoft Project and the application of scheduling concepts using the Microsoft Project software.

The examination for the PMI-SP® credential covers a defined knowledge base outlined in the PMI-SP® Exam Specification and not just the Practice Standard for Scheduling provided by PMI® (although this is the basis of the certification and exam).

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the application process and eligibility to sit the examination
  • Understand the latest PMI-SP® standards and principles required for effective planning and scheduling
  • Evaluate own readiness to take the PMI-SP® certification examination
  • Understand application of Microsoft project for developing two types of schedules (With and Without Resources) and how to update them throughout the progress of projects


This course is designed specifically for project management professionals in the specialised area of project scheduling who are preparing to take the PMI-SP® credential exam.


  • Facilitates achievement of important PMI-SP® Certification which demonstrates that “an individual has more competence in the specialised area of developing and maintaining the project schedule than a general practitioner, yet also maintains a basic level of competence in all areas of project management.”
  • A PMI-SP® certified individual will become competent to build and maintain project schedules along with hands-on experience in the planning, development, maintenance, analysis, communication, and reporting of project schedules.
  • Employers can trust credential holders to possess the skills, knowledge and experience to contribute directly to their crucial projects.
  • Organisations can be confident in hiring capable experienced practitioners as well as having a means for a career development path.
  • Provides a framework of information through references and proprietary materials to allow participants to acquire the PMI® specific knowledge required to pass the examination
  • Provides a structured framework to test participants’ knowledge on a progressive basis against PMI-SP® examination standards - they will answer exam-style questions
  • Gives added experience in using software tool Microsoft Project
  • One-on-one feedback regarding performance in each domain to allow focus on areas requiring improvement
  • Assists with registration for the PMI® examination
  • Assists with assessing and completing the experience section of the examination application
  • Provides on-going support through to examination

Program Outline

Day 1

  • Workshop introduction
  • PMI-SP® course outline and requirements for exam
  • Scheduling strategy
  • Project introduction and basic framework - Process groups and knowledge areas
  • Schedule Planning and Development - Session 1
  • Microsoft Project 2010 - Software Tool
    • Getting Started
    • Managing Resources
    • Base Lining
    • Schedule Customization
    • Updating Project Progress
    • Checking Project Progress

Day 2

  • Schedule Planning and Development - Session 2
  • Scheduling components
  • Exam preparation quiz
  • Schedule Planning and Development - Session 3
  • Microsoft Project 2010 - Software Tool
    • Adding Resources
    • Viewing Resource Information
    • Assigning Resources to Tasks
    • Assigning a Resource Calendar
    • Customizing a Resource Calendar
    • Applying Predefined Resource Contours
    • Specifying Resource Availability Dates
    • Grouping Resources
    • Resource Levelling

Day 3

  • Schedule Planning and Development - Session 4
  • Exam preparation quiz
  • Schedule Planning and Development - Session 5
  • Exam preparation quiz
  • Microsoft Project 2010 - Software Tool
    • Saving a Baseline Plan
    • Schedule Customization

Day 4

  • Schedule Model good practices
  • Approval of schedule
  • Base lining the schedules
  • Schedule monitoring and controlling
  • Exam preparation quiz
  • Schedule closeout
  • Project cost management
  • Exam preparation quiz
  • Microsoft Project 2010 - Software Tool
    • Updating the Entire Project
    • Updating Task Actual Values
    • Updating Actual Work
    • Updating Actual Costs

Day 5

  • Stakeholder communication management
  • Earned value management
  • Exam preparation quiz
  • Microsoft Project 2010 - Software Tool
    • Viewing Project Statistics
    • Viewing Project Cost
    • Checking Duration Variance
    • Checking Work Variance
    • Checking Cost Variance
    • Identifying Slipped Tasks
    • Saving an Interim Plan
    • View task progress with progress lines
    • EOT Assessment - An Example for inserting new activities from delaying event and integration into program
    • Tracking Changes
  • Final Practice Exam of 115 Practice Questions

PMI® and PMI-SP® and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc


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