On Demand


Dynamic Interactive Virtual Course


Traditional In-Person Workshop



  • 8 Hours on Demand
  • 4 x 3 Hour Virtual Sessions
  • 2 Days in Person


This course gives you all the skills to pass Microsoft’ Exam 74-343 and become an MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional). You will get full insight into creating effective schedules using Microsoft® Project, allowing you to estimate, coordinate, budget, staff, and control projects. During this course, you will have hands-on experience setting up a Project Schedule, Creating a Schedule including Tasks, Milestones, Summary Tasks, Estimating Work, Cost, and Duration, Establish Dependencies, Building a Resources Pool, and Assign Resources. Once the schedule is built we will continue to do several exercises to optimize the schedule with respect to Time Cost and Resource. This course will show how to create a variety of reports using the built-in and customizing Columns, Tables, Filters, Views, Groups, Reports, and Visual Reports. Lastly, we will set a baseline, then update task and analyze the variance.   


Project Planning and Best Practices 

You will learn a framework and a proven, effective approach to creating plans the “right” way in Project and in the most efficient manner possible using the new tools Project has to offer.

Communication and Reporting 

We will expose you to key features ensuring you can leverage Project to meet your communication needs and to present the right information in various formats to satisfy key project stakeholders. Project comes equipped with powerful communication tools that make it very simple for you to generate reports in a timely manner.

Tracking and Analysis 

You will learn how to use powerful planning, tracking, and variance analysis tools to graphically and visually display the impact of change on planned versus actual timelines, graphically and visually display the impact of change on planned versus actual timelines or shifting resource workloads. In addition, learn how to create integrated master schedules and share resources across multiple projects.



Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Course structure
  • Course goals and objectives

Getting Started with Project

  • Setting the Project Calendar
  • Setting Schedule Options
  • Setting the Display and General Options
  • Setting-up a New Project Schedule (templates, options, save, etc.)                 

Entering Tasks

  • The Planning Processes
  • Importing Tasks (Word, Excel, SharePoint)
  • Using Templates
  • Synchronizing with SharePoint Tasks List
  • Creating and managing the WBS (include tasks, manually scheduled tasks, summary tasks and milestones, as well as custom WBS coding)

Duration and Effort Estimates

  • Estimating Techniques
  • Entering Duration and Work Estimates
  • Types of Tasks
  • Effort Driven vs Non-Effort-Driven Tasks

 Sequencing Tasks

  • Choosing the Right Type of Dependency
  • Entering Dependencies in Project
  • Different Applications of Dependencies
  • Understanding and Viewing the Critical Path

 Constraints and Deadlines

  • Entering Deadlines, Constraints, and Task Calendars
  • Use of Deadlines and Constraints
  • Entering Deadlines and Constraints in Project

 Resources and Costs

  • Entering Resources in Project
  • Calendars and Resources
  • Entering Costs in Project

Assigning Resources

  • Assignments in a Schedule
  • Assignments and Task Types
  • Entering Assignments in Project
  • Assignments, Budgets, and Costs

 Optimizing the Schedule

  • Optimizing Time and Cost
  • Resource Leveling


  • Customizing Fields, Tables, Filters, Groups, Views in Project
  • Using and Creating Reports
  • Using Visual Reports

Consolidated Schedules

  • Creating Consolidated Schedules
  • Using a Resource Pool
  • Links across Projects

Updating the Schedule

  • Setting the Baseline
  • Managing Scope Creep in Project
  • Updating Strategies and Situations
  • Prepare the Status and Forecast Report in Project
  • How Microsoft Project uses EVM Metrics