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PMI - Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®



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4/8/2021 (Wednesday)


On this accelerated PMI-SP® certification course, you’ll learn how to create efficient and rigorous time-scheduling for your projects and plans. Schedules are a fundamental element of project management.

Your PMI-SP course focuses on improving your project management skills, helping you and your team to achieve project completion success faster. Plus, this course is 40% faster than traditional training.

You'll experience accelerated learning on exciting modules including:

  • An introduction and overview of scheduling
  • Risk management
  • Quality assurance
  • The schedule development process

Achieving PMI-SP certification will demonstrate the skills and knowledge you possess you drive improved management of project schedules.

This PMI-SP course is suitable for those advanced in the field of project management, looking to improve their project scheduling skills.

PMI-SP and Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) are a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Six reasons why you should sit your PMI-SP course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be PMI-SP trained in just 3 days.
  2. Our PMI-SP course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  3. You’ll learn more PMI-SP. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  4. You’ll learn PMI-SP faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  5. You’ll be studying PMI-SP with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 102793 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
  6. You'll do more than study PMI-SP courseware. We use practical exercises to make sure you can apply your new knowledge to the work environment. Our instructors use demonstrations and real-world experience to keep the day interesting and engaging


Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study

This information has been provided as a helpful tool for candidates considering training. Courses that include certification come with a certification guarantee. Pass first time or train again for free (just pay for accommodation and exams on your return). We do not make any guarantees about personal successes or benefits of obtaining certification. Benefits of certification determined through studies do not guarantee any particular personal successes.


Course Introduction

Orientation and housekeeping

  • What is project scheduling?
  • Why is project scheduling important?
  • The purpose and applicability of scheduling

Schedule Strategy

Module 1

  • Establishing a project schedule
  • Configuration management policies & procedures
  • Incorporating best practices
  • Regulations and governing standards
  • Organisational policies and procedures

Module 2

  • Developing a scheduling approach
  • Considering enterprise environmental factors

Module 3

  • Establishing scheduling policies and procedures
  • Selecting a scheduling tool and performance
  • Implementing Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Analysis techniques
  • Requirements for gaining approval

Module 4

  • Developing scheduling components including scope, cost and quality)
  • Requirements for contracts (including regulations)
  • Integrating scheduling activities with the overall project management process

Module 5

  • Objectives and goals for project scheduling
  • The role of the scheduler
  • Scheduling procedures for members of the project

Schedule Planning and Development

Module 6

  • Developing work breakdown structures, (WBS) organisation breakdown structures (OBS), control accounts (CA) and work packages
  • Engaging and communicating with stakeholders

Module 7

  • Defining activities and milestones
  • Involving subject matter experts
  • Applying scheduling policies and procedures
  • Identifying and documenting work performed

Module 8

  • Scheduling techniques (including three-point estimate, parametric and analogous)
  • Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)

Module 9

  • Sequencing activities
  • Incorporating internal, external and cross dependencies

Module 10

  • Identifying critical and near-critical path(s) Techniques including Critical Path Method, Critical Chain, PERT and Monte Carlo simulations)

Module 11

  • Developing the resource breakdown structure (RBS)
  • Determining resource availability
  • Assigning resources
  • Adjusting schedule models within resource and budget constraints

Module 12

  • Aligning the schedule with overall program plan(s)

Module 13

  • Comparing major milestones with Statements of Work (SoW)
  • Assessing whether the schedule model shall meet required deadlines

Module 14

  • Performing a schedule risk analysis

Module 15

  • Achieving consensus to create a performance measurement baseline (PMB)

Schedule Monitoring and Control

Module 16

  • Collecting activity status via various methods
  • Reviewing project progress

Module 17

  • Identifying and understanding resourcing (e.g. with meetings, timesheets and inspections)

Module 18

  • Performing a schedule analysis and audit
  • Using industry guidelines and best practices

Module 19

  • Identifying alternative project execution options
  • Analyses What-if scenarios
  • Optimising the schedule

Module 20

  • Incorporating risk mitigation activities
  • Using change control processes
  • Establishing new PMBs

Module 21

  • Updating the schedule model
  • Documenting baseline changes
  • Maintaining an accurate schedule
  • Facilitating a forensic schedule analysis

Schedule Closeout

Module 22

  • Obtaining final acceptance
  • Working with sponsors and customers

Module 23

  • Evaluating final performance against baseline
  • Evaluating the scheduling approach and implementation
  • Identifying lessons learned and best practices
  • Updating organisational process assets
  • Documentation requirements

Module 24

  • Distributing final schedule reports
  • EVM calculations and variance analysis

Module 25

  • Archiving schedule files
  • Preparing for a potential forensic analysis

Stakeholder communications management

Module 26

  • Developing and fostering relationships
  • Following a communications management plans
  • Enhancing support for the project schedule

Module 27

  • Creating and maintaining the schedule’s visibility
  • Gaining stakeholder support and awareness

Module 28

  • Providing senior management with updates
  • Articulating the impact of corrective actions
  • Maintaining stakeholder awareness

Module 29

  • Communicating scheduling issues
  • Tailoring communications to the audience

Exam preparation

  • Course recap
  • Sample exam
  • Sample exam review
  • Trainer feedback
  • How to apply with PMI for your exam
  • Final preparation tips

Exam Track

This accelerated course will prepare you to sit your PMI-SP® exam; the exam is not included.

  • The certification exam comprises of 170 multiple-choice questions. You have 3.5 hours to complete it.
  • To maintain your PMI-SP credential, you are required to earn 30 professional development units (PDUs) every three years on the specialised topic of project scheduling.

Please note: Your exam fee is not included in the course price. The exam must be requested and paid directly to PMI. This should be done at least 21 days before the course starts.

PMI-SP is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

What's Included

Officially accredited course material.

Exam voucher available (Please note this will be at Prometric Approved Centre + advance registration is required)

Please note: Your exam fee is not included in the course price. The exam must be requested and paid directly to PMI. This should be done at least 21 days before the course starts.

PMI-SP is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)


To be eligible to take the PMI-SP® exam and achieve the PMI-SP certification, PMI require that you must meet certain educational and professional requirements:

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent)
  • 5,000 hours of project scheduling experience
  • 40 hours of project scheduling education


  • Four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent)
  • 3,500 hours of project scheduling experience
  • 30 hours of project scheduling education

PMI-SP is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


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