Project Management Training


OA-Information Technology provides project management training and tools for commonwealth professionals.  Courses require the approval of either your supervisor or agency training officer to attend. 

If you would like more information or have questions about the programs described below, please contact the Enterprise Project Management Office at ra-epmo@pa.gov.

Both IT and non-IT employees, regardless of whether they have a project management background, can train to become commonwealth project managers.

Courses can then be scheduled through through LSO, available under "My Training" at www.myworkplace.state.pa.us (learn more about LSO).  Follow these instructions to find project management courses in LSO.

The Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) has obtained a Registered Education Provider certification with the Project Management Institute (PMI).  This means all project management training conducted after May 20, 2014 has been approved for Professional Development Units (PDUs).  For those individuals interested in pursuing a project management certification from PMI, the PDUs from EPMO-provided training count toward taking the exam and maintaining your certification.  For additional information contact ra-epmo@pa.gov.

Project management training for commonwealth employees will utilize both web-based training and instructor-led training. Initially, employees will participate in the online Basic Project Management Training. At the conclusion of this training, participants are required to complete a 35 question assessment. A score of 80% or higher allows the student to progress to the Project Management Workshop, which is classroom-based. At the completion of the workshop, the employee may take the Advanced Project Management Training.
 

Online Training

Basic Project Management Training – The purpose of this training is to familiarize prospective project managers with basic project management concepts, and expose them to the commonwealth’s project management process and supporting documents for the management of projects. 

Instructor-Led Training

The following represents the instructor-led project management training options:  

Project Management Workshop – The purpose of this training is to provide the student with the ability to experience the job of a project manager before they are place into that role and, for existing project managers, provide greater exposure to EPMO project management processes and documents.  This workshop offers a “hands on” opportunity to utilize the terms, processes and documents learned about in the Basic Project Management Training.  This training occurs in a controlled environment and under the supervision of an experienced project manager.
 
Managing a Project Using MS Project - Unlike many other product-oriented training sessions that focus on just features, this course is designed to show participants where Microsoft Project fits into the overall project management process and how to simply use the tool to plan, organize and manage a project. Included in this training is the use of Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling, with MS Project highlighting the critical path for the project. This is a great training session to understand the power of a tool like Microsoft Project without being overwhelmed by features and capabilities you may not use. 
 
If you would like more information or have questions about the programs, please contact the project management office at ra-epmo@pa.gov. Check with your agency training officer for more about commonwealth-provided training. 
 

Coming Soon: Advanced Project Management Training  

Advanced Project Management Training - This training consists of two elements: skills training and soft skills.  The combination will develop a well-rounded individual to handle the complex environment of managing projects.
 
The skills training will provide insight into the more advanced topics not covered in the Basic Project Management Training, and go into more detail for those advanced topics briefly mentioned in the basic training. These topics include:
 
• Scope Management
• Cost Management
• Human Resource Management
• Risk Management
• Procurement Management
• Quality Management

This will be a series of online training sessions designed to discuss each topic in isolation.

Note: This training has yet to be developed.

The soft skills portion will focus on helping the individual to understand their natural personality make-up and the impact it has on how they manage. This training addresses the following topics:
 
• Identifying your personality Type
• Type and Project Management
• Type and Leadership
• Type and Teams
• Type and Communication
• Type and Change

Note: This training has yet to be developed.