Microsoft Project is the de facto standard project management tool, providing everything you need to develop plans, assign resources to tasks, track progress, manage budgets and analyse workloads. Armada offers Project training courses to users at all levels:
Project training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) Project courses.
This approach means that we can tailor your training to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and your specific projects. You can, for example, choose some introductory-level topics, and some advanced topics.
Exercises provide activity-based experience and help build delegates’ confidence using Project. These exercises can be tailored to deal with issues specific to your business.
We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.
Microsoft Project courses are hosted by highly experienced instructors. For details, see Expert trainers.
Introduction to Microsoft Project training (2 days)
Provides a thorough grounding in Microsoft Project, teaching the key techniques you need to begin using the application in earnest. Topics covered include:
- Entering the task list.
- Entering and assigning resources.
- Working with reports.
- Working with tasks, resources and costs.
- Balancing your project.
- Updating and checking project progress.
Prerequisites: You should have a working knowledge of Windows. No prior Project knowledge is necessary.
Advanced Microsoft Project training (1 day)
Covers the more complex features available to help you make the most of Project, improving your project management efficiency and showing you how to manage multiple projects. The topics covered include:
- Importing and exporting data.
- Advanced resource assignment.
- ‘What if’ analysis.
- Managing multiple projects.
- Project customisation.
Prerequisites: You should have attended Introduction to Microsoft Project training or have equivalent knowledge.
Training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A comprehensive training guide for Project, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher back in the work-place.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of a Project training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
After course support
Following Project training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
Training can be based on any recent version of Project (2007 and later).
Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.
As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.
Payment for Microsoft Project training can be made bank transfer or card.
We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.
If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.
For further details, see training course payment options.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request Microsoft Project course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request Microsoft Project course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
Microsoft Project courses are hosted by Tim Price and Wendy Sprakes.
Tim is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Office Specialist, Master and Expert. He has vast experience training in all recent versions of Office, as well as related applications such as SharePoint, Project and Access.
Tim has worked in the IT Industry for over 30 years. Prior to specialising in Microsoft Office training, he held roles in software development, application design and project management.
Tim is passionate about training and is known for his approachable, relaxed style of delivery. He gets tremendous satisfaction from facilitating in the development of other people.
Wendy Sprakes is a Microsoft Master Instructor (MMI) and a qualified teacher (QTS).
Wendy began her working life as a CAD operator, working through the ranks of trainee draughtsman, graduating as a professional Mechanical Engineer, through to Project Engineer in the CAE Industry.
She then went on to qualify as a teacher, and has been hosting Microsoft Office courses since 2000. Wendy trains all applications in the Office suite, including Word, Excel and other, more niche applications such as Visio and Project, from beginner to advanced and customised level. Wendy has been a staff member, delivering IT and Project Management modules for Chesterfield College, and a course leader for Microsoft Project at Sheffield Hallam University for five years.
Away from training, Wendy is an accomplished jazz musician. Her music enjoys regular airplay on both regional and national stations including BBC and JazzFM.
Introduction to Microsoft Project
- Planning the project
- Understanding project management
- What’s new in Project
- Understanding the Project screen
- Using common views
- Using more views
- Creating a new project
- Selecting the project scheduling date
- Selecting the project calendar
- Adjusting working hours
- Adjusting working days
- Creating a new calendar
- Printing a view
- Using help
Entering the task list
- Entering tasks
- Estimating task duration
- Entering task duration
- Entering a milestone
- Organizing tasks into phases
- Linking tasks
- Editing task links
- Unlinking tasks
- Creating recurring tasks
- Using the task information dialog box
- Using task notes
- Moving and copying a task
- Inserting and deleting a task
Entering and assigning resources
- Entering people resources
- Entering equipment resources
- Entering material resources
- Adjusting individual resource working schedules
- Using resource notes
- Understanding effort driven scheduling
- Assigning resources to tasks
- Assigning additional resources to tasks
- Assigning material resources to tasks
Viewing the project
- Using split views
- Sorting information
- Grouping information
- Filtering information
- Using AutoFilters
- Using zoom
Working with reports
- Opening a report
Working with tasks
- Changing task scheduling mode
- Overlapping tasks
- Delaying tasks
- Setting task deadlines
- Setting task constraints
- Splitting tasks
- Understanding task type
- Assigning a task calendar
- Understanding task indicators
Working with resources
- Delaying resource start time
- Applying predefined resource contours
- Specifying resource availability dates
- Grouping resources
- Assigning a resource calendar
Working with costs
- Entering resource overtime rates
- Specifying pay rates for different dates
- Adding pay rates for a resource
- Applying a different pay rate to an assignment
- Using material resource consumption rates
- Entering task fixed costs
Balancing your project
- Scheduling resource overtime
- Identifying resource overallocation
- Balancing resource overallocations manually and automatically
Updating project progress
- Saving a baseline plan
- Updating the entire project
- Updating task actual values
- Updating task completion percentage
- Updating actual work and actual costs
Checking project progress
- Viewing project statistics
- Viewing project costs
- Viewing the project’s critical path
- Checking duration variance
- Checking work variance
- Checking cost variance
- Identifying slipped tasks
- Saving an interim plan
Working with reports
- Opening a report
- Adding page elements to a report
- Creating visual reports
Working with multiple projects
- Consolidating projects
- Viewing multiple project critical paths
- Viewing consolidated project statistics
- Creating a resource pool