Course Description

This 14-hour online course provides you with the hands-on practice to create a project plan and some fundamental skills of tracking and reporting using Microsoft Project.

Course dates:

November 18, 2020 (3.5 hours)

November 20, 25, 27 (2.5 hours)

December 2, 4 (2.5 hours)

You will learn and practice Microsoft Project at your own computer. The course emphasizes globally accepted good scheduling practices that are learned through a series of progressive exercises simulating the real world of planning and scheduling a real project. At the start 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 basic project updates and reporting.

  • Online time is 13.5 hours in 5 sessions
    • Session 1: 3.5 hours
    • Session 2-5: 2.5 hours
  • There are some small assignments in between sessions
  • Results of the assignments will be reviewed at the start of each of the 2.5-hour sessions
  • This course teaches to Microsoft Project 2019, but participants can join in with any version of Microsoft Project from 2010 onwards
  • For best interactivity and guidance from the instructor, participants should have 2 screens available and use the “Extend Screen” option, one for their Microsoft Project workspace, the other set for the online instruction
  • The instructor is available to provide hands-on guidance and coaching during the sessions, provided a phone or tablet is not used for the online instruction

Course Outline

SESSION 1: Getting Started with Project (3.5 hours)

  • Identify parts of a Microsoft Project View
  • Work with the tabs and the ribbon
  • Access key Microsoft Project views
  • Explore File Properties in Microsoft Project
  • Start a simple project

Assignment: Create a project file (5 – 10 min)

SESSION 2: Starting a New Schedule (2.5 hours)

  • Build the Work Breakdown Structure
  • Enter task details
  • Creating a project calendar
  • Enter durations

Assignment: Build the project schedule structure (10-15 min)

SESSION 3: Formatting Your Plan (2.5 hours)

  • Enter dependencies
  • Create the project schedule

Assignment: Create the schedule logic (20-30 min)

SESSION 4: Fine-tuning the Project Plan (2.5 hours)

  • Adding constraints, deadlines and lags
  • Setting the schedule baseline
  • Project reporting

Assignment: Create a project report (10 min)

SESSION 5: Tracking Progress (2.5 hours)

  • Using the baseline
  • Updating the project schedule
  • Indicating schedule changes


What You Will Learn


Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Effectively define a project, enter a Work Breakdown Structure, enter project dependencies, set a project baseline, input actual project status, and produce meaningful reports.
  • Use advanced features such as individual resource calendars, custom layout definitions, filters, and custom data fields
  • Understand both the positive and negative aspects of the software to effectively apply the software in their environment
  • Discuss real-world issues such as managing multiple projects and the efficient use of the software within large and small organizations



Required Text

  • You will need to obtain a copy of Microsoft Project 2019 Step by Step by Cindy Lewis, Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson (available through Amazon)
  • You will receive an electronic version of a course notebook with instructor advice on using the software, and CDs with all the Microsoft Project data files used in the course)


Completion of the Project Management Essentials or some project management experience required.

Recommended For

The Microsoft Project Essentials course is appropriate for individuals who are:

  • Project managers, project administrators and team members
  • Using Microsoft Project to plan and manage new projects, and those who require enough knowledge to understand its capabilities and to access previously defined project data
  • Using (or perhaps exploring) the software without the benefit of having been formally trained
  • Intending to pursue project scheduling credentials

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Section Title
Microsoft Project Essentials
Nov 18, 2020 to Dec 16, 2020
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Course Fee(s)
Fee + HST non-credit $995.00
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