Project management is a set of skills that makes it easier to effectively oversee large-scale jobs. Just as importantly, project management expertise is highly transferable. This is because the associated skills can be applied to everything from the electrical and construction trades to the IT and communications sectors, making project management courses a valuable investment for Australians from all sorts of backgrounds.
However, not everyone will need the same level or type of training, which makes it difficult to select the best project management qualification. To help you work out which option suits your needs, let's take a closer look at three project management courses and what they have to offer.
If you'd like to utilise some of the core tenets of project management to improve your work, an introductory course is your best option.
Introduction to Project Management
If you'd like to utilise some of the core tenets of project management to improve your work, but don't necessarily need a full Certificate or Diploma-level course, an introductory course is likely the best project management qualification for you.
NECA Education & Careers' Introduction to Project Management short course covers all of the basics, including:
- The key constraints that govern successful projects
- The major phases and key documents in a project's life cycle
- Scope management, risk management and stakeholder management
- The most common roles and governance models within project management, with a particular emphasis on the project manager
- Optimising project management systems for a particular job
- How to apply a project management framework
These focus areas represent the core areas of effective project management, providing everyone on this one-day, intensive course, with all of the basics they'll need to start applying best practices to their own work.
Certificate IV in Project Management
For a deeper dive into project management, you'll want to consider a slighter more involved qualification, such as the Certificate IV in Project Management. This course takes 11 months, with delivery comprising a mixture of face-to-face classroom learning and hands-on application within the workplace.
By the end of the program, graduates will have the skills and confidence to:
- Assess the context of a project, and apply project management principles accordingly
- Design and apply a project strategy as part of an overall project plan
- Identify and lay out an appropriate project structure
- Manage the relationships and expectations of all stakeholders in a project
- Implement strategies for monitoring and reporting on project progress
- Analyse a completed project and measure its outcomes
- Understand the relationship between a project's outcomes and business benefits
The Certificate IV is best suited to business professionals or tradespeople who already work in a project environment.
These focus areas provide every graduate of the Certificate course with the core skills they need to operate as part of a project team. Accordingly, this program is best suited to business professionals or tradespeople who already work in a project environment, but want to improve their abilities and effectiveness.
Diploma of Project Management
Finally, we have the Diploma of Project Management. This is a much more intensive approach than the previous two programs, taking place over a year and consisting of both theoretical and practical learning. Assessments will be completed outside of the classroom, taking roughly four hours per week.
In addition to all of the skills that we've covered in the previous courses, students who complete their Diploma of Project Management will graduate with the ability to:
- Understand and develop scope management plans
- Manage the application of project scope controls
- Develop and implement a project schedule
- Determine a project's quality requirement and implement appropriate quality control measures
- Review and evaluate a project to improve the quality of future projects
- Analyse costs to produce a project budget
- Implement personnel training and development as part of managing a project team
- Identify and monitor project risks
- Develop systems to monitor, adjust and improve project and performance strategies
- Monitor procurement activities during a project's life cycle and resolve any issues that arise
As a highly detailed program, the Diploma of Project Management is best suited to those in project leadership or management roles.
Ultimately, the best project management course for you will be the one that provides the right framework for your current and future career goals. To find out more about the options and which program is best for you, contact NECA Education & Careers today.