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Mines school launches project management program

The Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University in Sudbury has launched a new project management certificate program.
Laurentian University in Sudbury

The Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University in Sudbury has launched a new project management certificate program, which will offer training in resources, techniques, and practices needed to successfully oversee all aspects of managing industrial projects in a wide variety of fields across Northern Ontario.

“This new certificate program is just the latest example of the Goodman School’s leadership in mining research and education,” said Dr. Bruce Jago, founding executive director of the Goodman School of Mines, in a news release.

“But it goes much further than that. The project management skills offered through this program will benefit all industrial sectors across our region and beyond.”

The program covers the complete project lifecycle from initiation, through project planning and execution, to project close-out.

It is divided into two sets of courses, beginning with a three-day mandatory Project Management Essentials (PME) course. The PME involves one day of self-paced online study followed by two days in class and is designed to give new project managers and team members an overview of the various tools/techniques of project management and the key elements needed to deliver successful projects.

Following the PME, participants are asked to choose seven days of additional instruction from the following options:

  • one-day introduction to the “Agile” technique,
  • one-day project stakeholder management course,
  • one-day project close-out best practices,
  • one-day project procurement and contract management,
  • two-day business analysis for project managers,
  • two-day risk management practices,
  • three-day preparation for those writing the PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPR) exam, and
  • five-day PMP exam preparation.

The program comes on the heels of a set of highly successful project management courses offered in the spring of 2017.

Those courses attracted more than 20 participants from a full range of sectors that will benefit from this professional training. They included members of four Northern Ontario Indigenous communities, the mining sector, local municipalities, and the Laurentian University community.

“Most of the people who took part in our initial project management courses expressed great satisfaction with the new tools and techniques they acquired as well as the team atmosphere that is a key component to our educational style,” Jago said.

“Our new certificate program will build on that foundation and continue to offer professional, affordable, and effective skills that will continue to benefit our communities and industries for many years to come.”