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Project Management Fast Track
Project Management Fast Track


The best source of Project Management Training

A hands-on one-day course with free pre-course online skills testing. Free bespoke course design is also available for private classes if the content needs to be adjusted
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CPD accredited course

Note: this Project Management Fast Track course is CPD certified.
It is delivered as a classroom course.
This means that not only has it been rigorously assessed in terms of content and quality, but it comes with a FREE CPD Certification certificate, as well as an Activia diploma of completion.
We are a corporate member of the CPD: the highest level of association available.


Full details of modules and topics covered in this one-day course


This is a one-day training course structured into 10 modules


Is this the best one-day Project Management course you'll find?

We think it probably is!

Prepare yourself for a high intensity day where you will be taken through the full project management life cycle for a complete demonstration, and understanding, of what professionally managing a project actually involves.

There's lots of interactivity, with questions, exercises, and discussion points.

And in the final module you'll even work through a full project to see how it all flows.

What's more, you get a workbook for your notes as you go along, and which you keep so you can refer back to it after the course.


The course has been specifically designed for anyone with little or no training in project management tools or techniques, but who is involved with projects and needs to acquire a practical working knowledge in the shortest possible time.


Please note, this is a new course, with a completely revised and updated agenda.

It has been thoroughly researched and developed, so it gives you a great understanding of the structure and methods of managing projects in a single day.

We think you'll love it!


This course is for you!

Most people who run projects don't need - and cannot justify - the investment in certification!
There's not only the financial cost, the three to five days out of the office, and all the pre-course reading, but there's the pressure of an exam for a qualification you'll never need!

Yet if you're running projects, you really should know what you're doing!
Whether it's an exhibition, an office move or a company social event, you'll find everything goes much faster, more smoothly and with much less stress if you follow a process.

And we follow the standard 5-phase process that can be applied to pretty well any project you undertake.


At the end of the day, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of projects and project management
  • Know how to set up clear project objectives
  • Plan professionally and avoid mistakes later
  • Know the main scheduling tools you can use
  • Understand what makes a project run well
  • Know how to monitor progress and stay on track
  • Know how to close down a project professionally
  • Work through the full life cycle of a simple project

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MODULE 1:  Course Overview and Learning Objectives
Topics covered:
  • Learning Objectives
  • About the Course
MODULE 2:  Introduction to Project Management
Learning outcomes:
Understand what defines a project, the role of a project manager, the structure of participants and the project life cycle
Topics covered:
  • The Phase Gate / Stage Gate Process
  • What is a Project?
  • What is Project Management?
  • Why Manage Projects?
  • The Role of a Project Manager
  • The Seven Key Players in a Project
  • Milestones and Work Breakdown Structure
  • The Project Life Cycle
  • The 5 Phases of Project Management
MODULE 3:  Phase 1: Project Initiation
Learning outcomes:
Learn how to define the scope of a project and the team required before creating a Statement of Work (SOW) and the Project Charter
Topics covered:
  • Creating a Project Charter
  • The Importance of Initiation
  • The Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Components of a Statement of Work
  • Constructing a Project Initiation Document (PID)
MODULE 4:  Phase 2: Project Planning
Learning outcomes:
Look at creating a great project plan by setting SMART goals, identifying tasks and resources, using simple charts and assessing project risks
Topics covered:
  • Float Time
  • Scheduling Checklist
  • Using a Target Chart
  • Assessing Risk
  • The Need for Planning
  • SMART Goals
  • Identifying Tasks
  • Identifying Resources
  • Preparing a Basic Schedule
MODULE 5:  Project Scheduling Tools
Learning outcomes:
Gain an understanding of the different scheduling tools that can be used to structure project work and make the most of the time available
Topics covered:
  • Your Scheduling Tools
  • Activity Scheduling
  • Action Planning/Scheduling Worksheets
  • Milestone Charts
  • The Network Diagram
  • Critical Path Analysis (CPA)
  • PERT Diagrams
  • Creating a Gantt Chart
  • The Flow Chart
MODULE 6:  Phase 3: Project Execution
Learning outcomes:
See what's involved in getting the right processes and management styles in place for smooth and productive project execution
Topics covered:
  • Maintaining the Rhythm
  • What’s Involved in Successful Execution
  • Communication
  • Listening and Understanding
  • Closing the Execution Gap
  • Tips to Improve Project Execution
MODULE 7:  Phase 4: Project Performance Monitoring
Learning outcomes:
Understand the importance of monitoring progress, setting and tracking KPIs, managing change and keeping the project on track
Topics covered:
  • The Importance of Monitoring Performance
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Divergence
  • Monitoring Tools
  • Managing Change in a Project
  • Managing Anxiety and Stress
MODULE 8:  Phase 5: Project Closure
Learning outcomes:
Know how to avoid last-minute delays, close a project in the right way, wrap up professionally and review to learn from what's happened
Topics covered:
  • Three Ways to End a Project
  • Avoiding Needless Over-Run: The 95% Phenomenon
  • Why Do Projects Fail?
  • Closing Out a Project
  • Lessons Learned
  • Presenting the Project Results
MODULE 9:  Project Management Exercise
Learning outcomes:
See how it all flows together by selecting a project and working through all five phases of the project life cycle
Topics covered:
  • Project Selection
  • Phase 1: Initiation
  • Phase 2: Planning
  • Phase 3: Execution
  • Phase 4: Monitoring
  • Phase 5: Closure
  • Wrap Up
MODULE 10:  Your Personal Action Plan
Topics covered:
  • Set up your plan of action for the future

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Project Management Fast Track
Jan 27, 2020
Birmingham Queensway
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Tower Bridge
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Bristol Easton BS5
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Manchester Piccadilly
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London Victoria
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Leeds West One
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Project Management Intro: Setting Up

[Duration: one day]

Project Management Intro: Setting Up

  • Course Overview and Learning Objectives
  • Defining Projects and Project Management
  • The Role of a Project Manager
  • Eight Aspects of a Project
  • How Can Projects Help Me?
  • A Project's Life Cycle
  • Selling a Project
  • Creating a Vision
  • Project Goals
  • Using a Target Chart
  • Preparing Your Project
  • Laying out the Project
  • Your Personal Action Plan

Project Management Tools

[Duration: one day]

Project Management Tools

  • Course Overview and Learning Objectives
  • What Really needs to be Done?
  • The Work Breakdown Structure
  • Scheduling and Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Project Risks
  • Preparing the Final Plan
  • Making it Fit
  • The Execution Phase
  • Controlling Changes
  • Closing out a Project
  • Your Personal Action Plan

Project Management Team Management

[Duration: one day]

Project Management Team Management

  • Course Overview and Learning Objectives
  • Choosing the Project Team
  • Building a Winning Team
  • Team Meetings
  • Nine Easy Ways to Reward Your Team
  • Developing a Communication Plan
  • Communicating with Sponsors and Executives
  • Dealing with Problem Team Members



Caitlin Brown
, Jul 8 2019
"John was really good!"

Course rating of 4 stars
Daniel Gardiner
, Jun 18 2019
"A very good knowledgable course from a good instructor."

Course rating of 3 stars
Paul Waters
, Apr 9 2019
"Great teacher and a really informative course that broke down the do's and don'ts of my job role."

Course rating of 5 stars
Angela Walker
, Feb 11 2019
"Trainer was excellent and themed the day to suit my way of working and what I needed to know - would highly recommend"

Course rating of 5 stars
Rowanne Hibbit
, Feb 4 2019
"lovely and approachable trainer, explained things very well"

Course rating of 5 stars
Hazel Naylor
, Feb 4 2019
"The trainer, Louise, explained things extremely well enabling me to understand fully"

Course rating of 5 stars
Gail Lowe
, Jan 3 2019
"The instructor had a great knowledge on the subject and presented the course excellently. I feel I got alot out of the courss."

Course rating of 4 stars
Jeanette Seddon
, Nov 22 2018
"It was excellent, highly recommend it. Tutor extremely knowledgeble."

Course rating of 5 stars
John Cook
, Sep 4 2018
"Tutor was excellent, trailered course to my needs"

Course rating of 5 stars
Ingrid Sadiki
, Jun 19 2018
"John did a very good job and his insight and experience is very helpful when presenting the content "

Course rating of 4 stars


General Information

All Activia project management training has been created, reviewed and developed to ensure up to date provision and constantly improving standards of content. Our Project Management Essentials training is interactive and classroom-based which maximises learning through the ability to ask questions and discuss specific issues.

Class Sizes

Maximum class size for Project Management Essentials courses is 8 delegates, which ensures that attendees get adequate time for personal attention from the instructor. At some of our centres, the maximum class size is 10 delegates.

Note that we never cancel our scheduled classes -- even if there are only one or two delegates -- so once you have booked, your place is assured.

For training at your offices, we can deliver classes of up to 12 delegates, though with bigger class sizes you must understand that there is less time for questions from delegates, and this may affect the quality of their experience.

How to book
Course, dates and delegate numbers
Decide on the Project Management Essentials course you want, the date(s) you can attend, and the number of delegates involved
Training location
Also decide whether you want training at your offices or at one of our centres
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You can use the Speedy Quote option to contact us for a quick price, or you can book online from the schedule on this website
Call us
if at any time you want help or advice, or you want to book on the telephone, just call us on 0333 6000 111 to speak to one of our friendly training advisors

Note: With non-credit card bookings you must sign and return a Booking Form before we can confirm your training.

Also note: If you are a private individual you must pay by credit card at the time of booking.

The confirmation process
Course places allocated
Your place is allocated, along with the trainer, workbooks and exercise files if appropriate
Booking confirmation
You receive an official confirmation, with joining instructions (and directions if it's at our centre)
Training invoice
You receive a VAT invoice

Note: Please allow 1 - 2 working days for your confirmation and invoice.

What happens on the day

If you are coming to our centre, dress code is smart casual.   Refreshments in the form of tea/coffee will be provided for morning and afternoon breaks, but please note that we do not provide lunch.   The timetable is as follows:













Note: break times can vary according to the needs of the training, and course duration for smaller class sizes are usually shorter because fewer delegates have fewer questions !

For training at your offices, this itinerary can be varied by prior arrangement.

What you get

With your Project Management Essentials training course from Activia, you get a free workbook, so you can review and revise afterwards to reinforce your knowledge.

Every delegate on a Project Management Essentials course also gets an Activia Training Attendance Certificate.


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