Microsoft Project Essentials for Project Managers


Welcome, this 8-hour course is designed to familiarize students with a combination of basic and intermediate skills required to use the features and functionality of both Microsoft Project Professional 2013 & 2016 to manage and track project schedules.

We'll provide an overview of the Project interface followed by a look inside to understand the views, tables, groups, and other elements available with the tool.  From there we'll perform the steps required to build a successful project schedule: definition, task, resource and assignment planning, followed by project execution. 

The course covers quite a bit of material via both lecture and plenty of hands-on exercises. 

Target Audience

Program managers, project managers, planners, schedulers, and any individuals that need to create or maintain schedules in Microsoft Project. 

Provided with the Course

Students are provided with a participant guide, exercise guide, exercise files, and access to download and install Project 2016 for one full month.

Project Management Institute

This course provides 8 PDUs 


This course is held online with a live instructor.  It takes place over 2-days, with one 4-hour session taking place each day.

What You’ll Learn
  • Understand the process of project scheduling and basic project management terminology.    
  • Extract key milestones and project constraints and incorporate them into the project schedule.
  • Define and sequence tasks.
  • Define and create resources.
  • Perform assignment planning.
  • Identify the tasks that are most likely to cause a project to be late through Critical Path Methodology analysis.
  • Plan and manage resources.
  • Incorporate project costs into the project.    
  • Work with master projects for multiple project analysis.
  • Create project reports and understand the audience for each.