Project management

Our project management courses are designed for project management professionals of all levels – those just entering the field through to those who are certified professionals. Ranging from a two day course to an 18 day long certificate program, technical and people skills, we have something to offer all project management resources.

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  • Identify and select projects
  • Establish a project framework to complete the project
  • Develop a project charter (authorization)
  • Develop a project plan
  • Develop a communication plan
  • Identify project risk and mitigation strategies
  • Manage a routine project

The Introduction to Project Management 2-day course is designed to give new project managers and project team members the essential tools they need to deliver successful projects on time and on budget. The course covers the complete project life cycle, from initial project proposal and definition, through project implementation, and finally to the often neglected project completion phase.

This course is made up of short lectures, definitive case histories, role play and theory joined with the latest real life experience. There are small - focussed - discussion groups that will challenge you, non-traditional assignments that will cause you to question your preconceptions and plenty of learning-by-doing.

Project Management Fundamentals

What are projects? Why do we do them? In this module, discover the art and science of project management.

  • What is project management and why is it valuable?
  • Project constraints
  • Critical success factors
  • Project lifecycles
  • PM knowledge areas
  • PM processes
  • Project organization and roles

Project Initiation

Defining the "what" and "why"of a project is the first step to success.

  • Preliminary scope statement
  • Identifying objective
  • requirements, assumptions and constraints
  • Project steward: manager or leader?
  • Establish project vision
  • Project charter

Project Planning

Processes and tools to mature the project scope, develop the PM plan and identify and schedule activities.

  • Detailed scope statement
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • network diagrams
  • Critical Path Method
  • Scheduling

Project Execution

Once the plan is established, it's time to execute to achieve the project objectives.

  • Risk identification and analysis
  • Risk prevention and mitigation
  • Communications management
  • Stakeholder identification and assessment

Monitoring and Control

Processes for tracking, reviewing and regulating the progress and performance of the project, including implementing changes as needed.

  • Change control
  • Earned Value
  • Status Reporting

Project Closing

Processes performed to finalize all activities across all Process Groups to formally close a project or phase.

  • Close out activities
  • Knowlege management
  • Close out report

Change Management

Projects by their very nature create change, and experience change as they progress, requiring managers that can lead and be responsive.

  • Project and change integration
  • Human reactions to change
  • Planning organizational change
  • Making change sustainable

Simulation and Course Review

Participants will work in teams to put the knowledge and tools from the previous modules into practice on a simulated project. A course review will wrap up the two days.

The Introduction to Project Management course is ideal for those in any industry or sector who are working on projects. You do not need a university degree to attend. Past participants have included: 

  • New managers and project managers 
  • Those undertaking unique projects 
  • Corporate department heads 
  • Property developers and realtors
  • Senior executives with business planning responsibilities 
  • Systems, manufacturing and operations personnel 
  • Engineering professionals 
  • Technology  and research managers 
  • Event managers

Professional Development Units now available:

  • Attendees to this program are entitled to 14 Professional Development Units from the Project Management Institute® upon completion


Seating is limited so register today!

Course tuition for the Introduction to Project Management course includes:

  • lunch and refreshments
  • course materials

Victoria: $1195 plus GST

EARLY BIRD PRICING of $1095 available for the Spring session until April 1, 2016 and for the Fall session until September 1, 2016.

Team savings
When two or more team members from the same organization register for this program at the same time, they save 10% each on tuition.
Seating is limited so register today! Please fill out the online registration form and select 10% group discount as the payment option.
A full refund can be issued for written cancellations received a minimum of 21 days before the program start date. Cancellations received with less than 21 days notice will be refunded less a $500 administration fee.

To pay by cheque or purchase order, please select the 'Invoice against PO or UVic Journal Entry' option on the registration form. For any questions please call 250-721-6429.


May 4-5, 2016

September 27-28, 2016

9:00 am - 4:30 pm each day

915 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8V 3K3
May 18-19, 2016
September 29-20, 2016
9:00am - 4:30pm each day
Location - TBC
Dale Christenson , PhD, PMP
President, Project Management Centre of Excellence Inc.

Dr. Dale Christenson, president of the Project Management Centre of Excellence Inc., specializes in project management training and consulting. Dale is a Certified Management Consultant and Project Management Professional. He combines an extensive academic background with real-world expertise in the areas of program and portfolio management, organizational development, change management and critical project success factors. He's held various project management leadership positions in the public and private sectors.

Dale has a Doctorate in Project Management from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates in Criminology, Counseling Psychology and Project Management. Dale has 10 peer reviewed journal articles to his credit and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He is the winner of the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project of the Year Award and the winner of the Canadian Institute of Public Administration Leadership Award.

"Great learning experience at a good pace. Instructor was knowledgeable and engaging."

-Jennifer MacMillan
Program Manager
Island Medical Program

"An outstanding instructor. He was very engaging and provided an excellent mixture of 'listening' and 'doing' opportunities"

-Hazel Prince
Instructional Designer
Island Health

"Great introduction to project management."

-Trevor Gregson
 Production Manager
 Pacific Energy

Who should attend this program?

The Masters Certificate in Project Management is ideal for:

  • Project managers, with at least one year's experience, who wish to move up to a higher level in their field
  • Mid and senior level managers who have completed an introductory project management program in recent years
  • Anyone who does not have their PMP® designation from PMI®
  • Those with their PMP in need of PDUs or to brush up on the most current PM training
  • You do NOT need a university degree to attend this program
Why should you attend this program?

This comprehensive program can help you:

  • Better manage your projects, from planning and team building to quality and cost management
  • Become a stronger, more effective communicator and leader
  • Be fully prepared to sit for the PMP certification examination
  • Advance to a senior level position in project management
  • Connect and network with other project managers
Program key points

Our Masters Certificate in Project Management curriculum covers all 10 areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge or PMBOK® Guide, from project procurement management, to risk management to integration management.

There are no rigid standards for entry. But you'll get the most from the program if you've taken a short introductory project management course in the past few years, or you have at least one year of direct project management experience. Previous post-secondary education is not a requirement.

This is a highly concentrated 18 day, nine-module program that allows you to earn your certificate in less than five months.

Program Features
  • Responsive Scheduling Our master’s certificate training sessions are scheduled in 2 or 3 day modules every second week, minimizing the interruptions to your work schedule, an innovative approach which is fair to both the employer and the employee.

  • Results-Oriented Practical Learning Participants benefit from practical learning, including the methodology of project management as well as the skills necessary to manage projects on the job. Courses are dynamic, thorough and interactive. They help the student learn to apply the principles and techniques of project management in realistic situations. 

  • Top Caliber Instruction Our seminar leaders are working professionals like you. They are able to apply real-world experiences to their teaching. Each of them is a top industry professional and leading independent consultant specializing in project management. They have experience managing large scale projects. In some areas, we use session leaders from private industry who manage projects on a daily basis.

  • Attendees of this progam who are PMPs are entitled to 126 Professional Development Units (PDUs) from the Project Management Institure upon completion.

  • Preparation for PMP® Certification and the PMP® Exam This program is designed for anyone who does not have their PMP® designation from the Project Management Institute. Program participants will be fully prepared to write the PMI® certification exam immediately following the program. The program consists of 126 instructional hours, which more than fulfils the PMI® requirement for project management specific educational hours.                                                                                                                                                                                                               PMI® and PMBOK® are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. York University’s Schulich Executive Education Centre is a PMI® Charter Registered Education Provider (REP), as designated by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

  • Convenient Program Format Our program consists of a short assignment handed out after each class creating about two hours of homework over the two weeks between classes. Each of these assignments ties the whole program together and serves as the background work for the project simulation that you will run through at the end of the program. A final test is administered at the end of module 8 covering material taught throughout the program. This test is meant to give all students an idea of the material that they have retained and some of the areas that they may need to review at a later date.

*Please note that the University of Victoria does not issue credit towards degree programs for this course.

UVic Executive Programs is a PMI® Registered Education Provider (REP). We partner with York University’s Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC). SEEC is a PMI® Charter Registered Education Provider (REP). PMI®, PMBOK®, and PMP® are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. Program applicants who are members in good standing of the Vancouver or Victoria PMI® chapters at the time of application are entitled to a 10 per cent discount of their tuition fee.

Executive Programs



Gold Seal

This program is accredited by the Canadian Construction Association offering 25 Gold Seal Credits towards Gold Seal Certification.

A university degree is not required to attend this program. Project managers with at least one year of project management experience, or those who have taken a short (one to three day) introduction to project management course in the past few years, would benefit most from this program. Please contact us at 250-721-6429 if you have any questions about your eligibility to register.

Seating for each session is limited so register today!  A confirmation will be sent to you upon receipt of your $800 deposit. If you have questions, please call us at 250-721-6429.

The tuition cost for The Masters Certificate in Project Management is $8100 CDN (GST exempt). This fee includes:

  • program tuition
  • the newest IPad
  • all teaching materials
  • refreshments
  • certificate of course completion

The university’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fee. You must attend all program modules in order to receive a framed certificate of completion.

Domestic applicants:A deposit of $800 must accompany your registration in order to confirm your place in the program. Please include your credit card information on faxed registrations; or include an $800 cheque, credit card deposit or purchase order with your mailed registration.

International applicants:  We require receipt of full tuition for a program to be paid in full at time of application by bank wire transfer. We do not accept credit card payments from international applicants.

When sending a bank wire, make sure you complete the following:

  • specify on the wire that the payment is for Executive Programs, Gustavson School of Business
  • write the applicant's name clearly on the bank wire
  • fax a copy of the bank wire to our office at +1-250-472-4497 to confirm payment

Send bank wire to:

Royal Bank of Canada
1079 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2C5

Transit #08000
Institution #003
Account Number #000-009-1
Account Name: University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business
(Re: Executive Programs)

Team savings
When two or more team members from the same organization register for this program at the same time, they save 10% each on tuition.

Seating is limited so register today! Please fill out the online registration form and select 10% group discount as the payment option.
A full refund can be issued for written cancellations received a minimum of 21 days before the program start date. Cancellations received with less than 21 days notice will be refunded less an $800 administration fee.

To view dates for the next intake of the Masters Certificate in Project Management program, please visit the program modules and dates page.

Unless otherwise notified, all courses start at 8:30 a.m. and finish at 5:00 p.m.

  • Class size is planned to maximize the opportunity for individual participation in both the classroom and group study sessions.
  • Understanding the demands of each session, participants are requested to be free from any business obligations during classroom periods.
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Victoria Executive Centre

915 Fort Street - 3rd Floor
Victoria, BC V8V 3K3

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6011 Hastings Street
Burnaby, BC V5B 1R8

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the PMI-VI® Vancouver Island Education Award.

This $1000 award is made available annually by the Vancouver Island chapter of the Project Management Institute to help offset tuition costs for the Masters Certificate in Project Management program. The award also includes a one-year local and national PMI® membership.

Award Criteria

The award is open to any resident of Vancouver Island who is pursuing, or desiring to pursue, a career in the field of project management, and who would be unable to participate in the Masters Certificate in Project Management Program without the assistance of this $1000 award. The funds must be used within one year of the award being granted. Find out more about the award.

Application Process

Applicants are required to provide a 250 - 500 word essay detailing their interest in project management and need for financial support.

The current award application deadline is March 31, 2016, and the successful applicant may apply the award to tuition in the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 programs.

Apply now by filling out the application form and submitting by email to Executive Programs.

Doug Boebinger, PMP
Doug Boebinger brings 24 years of project management experience to the classroom and the corporate office.

In 1997, he started Integrated Process Developers, Inc. (IPDI). IPDI is a full service project management consulting and training company. Doug has worked on projects in various industries, including construction, automotive, insurance and IT. He is a current or past adjunct professor for a number of universities around the United States and Canada and was the first project management department chair at a private business university where he developed their initial project management degree and certificate program.

Doug has trained thousands of project managers in a number of project management subjects, including fundamentals, risk, quality, estimating and Project Management Professional certification preparation. He has been PMP certified by the Project Management Institute since 1994.

Roxane Fast, CMA, PMP
Roxane Fast has a unique blend of expertise including project management, financial management and business analysis holding designations as a Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Management Accountant (CMA®), PRINCE2® Registered Practitioner, Management of Portfolio Registered Practitioner as well as being a member of the International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA). She is an experienced project, program and portfolio manager of large scale business improvement and software development initiatives in a variety of organizations including retail banking, financial services, not-for-profit, government, oil and gas, telecommunications and higher education. Roxane enjoys sharing the latest project management trends and techniques as an instructor, facilitator, mentor and speaker.

Celine Goodine, BA, MCA, PMP
Celine has spent 13 years as a business and education specialist in the IT and project management sector focusing on people performance and improvement and project management capability. As both developer and deliverer of training she has effectively shaped and supported high performance teams in a variety of international venues.

Celine is a relationship manager with proven ability to work with project staff at different levels of an organization.

Julie Grabb, B Math, F.L.M.I., PMP
Julie is an experienced project management consultant and trainer with over 20 years of progressive business experience within both the public and private sectors. She brings a proven success record in project leadership and delivery.

Julie has a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, has obtained a CGA professional designation and is a Certified Training Director through Langevin Learning Services. She is an active member of the Project Management Institute® and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Jeff Henry, MBA, PMP, CET, Mgr, P.Mgr, CWS
Jeff is the President & CEO of Sinora International Research & Consulting Inc., providing business and project management consulting, education, and project planning and management. He currently teaches a variety of topics at many Universities and Colleges in Canada and the United States and consults with major Canadian organizations. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, alliance management, business development, industry/market analysis, strategic planning, risk analysis, business relations, financial, business and data modelling, project/program/portfolio management and negotiations. He has also been involved in developing and launching start-up international, national and regional companies.

Doug Land
Doug is currently VP of Education with the Atocrates Project Management Group and teaches project management in a variety of settings including corporate and academic. As a "people builder" first and a business builder second, Doug has been a senior manager in both public and corporate environments, as well as owner/operator of his own business.

His leadership of many large projects in a cross-cultural environment enables him to relate the theory of project management skills to everyday work situations.

Tory Salisbury, PMP
Victoria (Tory) Salisbury has more than 18 year’s professional experience in project and process management as a consultant, coach, instructor and project manager, working in various public and private sector industries across Canada, the UK and the US. She has worked with several organizations on their project management maturity, from evaluation of capability to design and set-up of Project Management Offices. Tory delivers a variety of project management, communication and leadership courses/workshops for corporate and academic clients. Her background also includes instructional systems design, customizing training solutions and developing core competency models for Project Managers. Tory is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), and is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

“I have been managing projects at the Royal BC Museum for the past 12 years. I took the UVic Business Masters Certificate in Project Management course to enhance my project management skills and to take on larger and more complex projects. With the course, my knowledge base in PM expanded so far that I was able to write and pass my PMP before the last session. I highly recommend this course to current and future project managers.”

—Barry Forrester, PMP
Trades and Exhibits Manager
Royal BC Museum

“Thank you very much for offering the Masters Certificate in Project Management through UVic Business. I have been managing web development projects since the mid-nineties, and I found that this program was a tremendous boost to my existing knowledge and skills.

One of the critical factors, I believe, is that many of the highly qualified instructors were not from the IT sector. It was extremely helpful to approach many of the project management knowledge areas from a variety of industries instead of relating to IT-only examples. This perspective really helped me get my head around the different practices, and learn how to apply them to my specific needs.

I came out of this program with a lot of value in both training material and insight to project management. I felt that this was one of the most valuable professional development programs I have attended to date.”

—Jason Stearns
Project Director
Sage Internet Solutions Ltd.

“The Masters Certificate in Project Management has provided me with:

  • a useful set of reference materials—I use the many binders regularly as hands-on help
  • a great network of people to bounce ideas or problems off
  • preparing for the PMI exam
  • corporate recognition—once I had successfully completed the program and my PMI® certification I joined our corporate project management—this was a promotion for me”

—Sam Van Der Merwe, PMP

“Project management will benefit all organizations by providing a structured platform for ensuring value and corporate strategies are achieved consistently throughout the organization.

The Masters Certificate in Project Management has benefited me and the organization I work within by enabling clearly defining project scope and deliverables using tools such as the business case to provide clear understanding of project impacts and benefits and alignment to the organization’s strategic goals.

The project management framework learned through the UVic Business MCPM also provided the knowledge to become proficient in evaluating and controlling projects, clarifying roles and responsibilities for project sponsors, project managers, project team members and other stakeholders, setting expectations, improving risk management and most importantly ensuring the correct beginning for planning and project initiation.”

—Richard Caesar
Oil and Gas Commission

“The Masters Certificate in Project Management was extremely well presented by seasoned facilitators with extensive project management expertise, particularly in the knowledge areas they presented. It provided me with a firm foundation to go one step further and subsequently achieve my PMP® designation.

I now view projects from a much more disciplined perspective, recognizing the benefits of approaching them from the PMBOK framework. Although not in the job market at present, I have noticed a number of key position postings which either require, or will give special consideration to, candidates to have the MCPMP and/or PMP® designations.

'Life is a project,' and the UVic Business program really helped me to view projects objectively and methodically and to apply the principals of project management, as the project requires. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

—Marie Sturman, PMP

“My clients and project sponsors understand the importance of getting things done right the first time and are willing to use the concepts learned in your courses. People have asked me to put on a quick project management overview for their work sections. It is great to see how they recognize you as an expert!

The training has brought all the previous 'ad hoc' jumbled project management processes learned on the job to a coherent framework that can be used no matter what the size or complexity of the project.

The course reference material, the suggested web pages, and other documentation form unlimited source material to draw upon to make your project successful. An incredible foundation to grow your PM skills!”

—John Gallimore
Ministry of Forests, Government of BC

“As a participant in the Master Certificate in Project Management I found it to be very valuable in enhancing my project management skills. Like many long time project managers, I never had formal training. Although I was successful with the many projects I was involved in throughout my career, this program was a great help with time savings and organization. I am now in the process of starting a new design and manufacturing company where I will be incorporating many of the processes I became aware of during the course.”

—Rod J. Rees
Strategic Power Solutions

“I took the Masters Certificate in Project Management program to improve my own project management skills, but the course went beyond my expectations and gave me the tools and techniques I needed to introduce project management to my organization. The experienced instructors provided a multitude of relevant examples and the exercises prepared me for actually practicing good project management. As I build our PMO, I find the greatest depth of understanding comes from those who have formal project management education such as the MCPM program.”

—Nav Bassi, PMP
Manager, Project Management Office
UVic Computing and Systems Services

“A very well-balanced program; assigned readings, teaching modules, instructor's notes, assignments and simulation exercises reinforced and complemented each other. Both instructors and students came from a broad range of project management backgrounds (construction, engineering, business, IT, etc.). This resulted in very stimulating discussions, examples and comments. Well done! I feel much better prepared to both manage projects, and write the PMP certification exam.”

—Beth Rogers
Data Manager, BC Conservation Data Centre
Ministry of Environment

“The Masters Certificate in Project Management provided me with a wealth of practical tools and techniques that can be applied to any project. Moreover, the course is designed to provide a very realistic experience of the issues that a manager can—and will—encounter in a typical project.”

—Malcolm Hyndman, PMP
Senior Advisor, Mergers & Acquisitions
TELUS Communications Inc.

“The Masters Certificate in Project Management has provided me with enhanced tools for my project management toolbox. The shift (in my workplace) to governance-based delivery models as well as implementation of ISO 9001:2000 provides challenges as well as opportunities, all requiring continuous improvement life cycles. In each of the courses the trainers provided tools and techniques on how to ‘manage’ these and other shifts in the corporate culture.

The MCPM training provides more than just the foundation to project management; it prepared me for the PMP certification. The program is delivered from ‘operational, seasoned and knowledgeable professionals’ that showcased real life lessons learned. For those of you considering challenging the PMP® certification exam, you will be doing yourself a favor from the advanced training of this MCPM program.”

—Ron C. Johnson, PMP
Manager, Service Management Optimization
Corporate Policy, Planning and Standards
Shared Services BC Workplace Technology Services
Ministry of Labour and Citizen's Services

“The MCPM program is fabulous! It provides tools, techniques, and experience that will clearly enhance my abilities going forward as a project manager. I particularly liked the simulation that runs throughout the duration of the course: it cements the learning by applying the concepts immediately, and then it knits all the pieces together to form a systematic approach that I can apply to all future projects.”

—Joanne Charlton, PMP
Project Manager, Facilities
QuestAir Technologies Inc.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and your help during the course on project management. The course has been managed exceptionally well, efficiently and effectively. There is no doubt the information available on the program from the University of Victoria is good, but the material is really only as good as the people that stand behind it. You are to be commended for your dedication to the program and if asked, I shall have no difficulty whatsoever in recommending the program at the University of Victoria.”

—Ken Evans, PMP

“On behalf of our team I would like to express our appreciation for all of your efforts that contributed to the flawless delivery of the program. I know much was done in the background to accomplish this and it was so unobtrusive as to be hardly noticed—a clear sign of professionalism and competency.

It was a great experience for our team and if there was a fun award we would have aced that one. I am actually feeling a sense of loss at not being able to meet again with them .I think this is a clear sign of a meaningful and memorable journey far surpassing just the delivery of the nuts and bolts of project management.

I am so glad I enrolled in this one rather than one with a significant online component. The value of being together and learning with and from the other participants is priceless.”

—Don Evans
Manager, Computer Services
Camosun College

“I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone interested in furthering their education and experience in project management. It is by far the finest course I have taken in 30 years in information technology and information management training. While individual courses in project quality assurance, risk management, procurement, project costing, and project management methodologies are useful; this course puts it all together. You gain an appreciation of the interconnectedness of the disciplines, and their impact on project performance.

The facilities were first rate; the instructors were knowledgeable professionals and excellent facilitators. Each one brought something extraordinary to the individual modules. I shall never forget the catalogue memory of John McIlroy or Bryan Walton's treatise on organizational change. Our particular class was largely filled with very intelligent students who were there to learn. The project simulation put it all to the test and it all came together. And, it was fun!

My particular project team was perhaps too dedicated to the competition. Probably, we worked too hard and broke the rules on the amount of time one should devote to the course. In short, we believed you when you said, "You get out of the course, what you put into it." I got a lot out of this course!”

—James Tepoorten
Director, Information Systems Branch
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

“I believe the UVic program provides a significant boost to anyone planning to take the PMP test, or just wanting to develop a formal understanding of PM and PM terminology.”

—Stephen Smith
Director Information Technology
City of Port Moody

“As a manager who has been involved with many, many projects over the years without formal PM training, this course will be invaluable for me as I introduce a PM framework into my department in the next 12-18 months.”

—Terry Cox
Director IT Services

“The course gives an excellent opportunity to step back from daily routine and review project management style and ‘how to’ procedures, improve performance and professional confidence.”

—Serguei Vinokour
Chief Technology Officer
SPI Inc.

“This program provides excellent value both through its content and the way it is structured. Great topics, instructors and very good opportunities to share experience and knowledge with other participants.”

—Laura Stoicescu, PMP
Project Manager
Fraser Stream Software

“Being new to the field of PM, I found the project simulation extremely valuable in expanding my knowledge of real world events.”

—Jenniffer Randhawa
Project Assistant
Providence Health Care–Financial Analysis

“This is an exceptional course filled with practical material. The instructors were all very experienced and knowledgeable.”

—Stephen Danic
Director, Information Service
Angiotech Pharmaceuticals

“The course fulfilled all of my expectations to a tee. I had been managing projects for many years and this course provided structure around my existing knowledge base and recertified and improved areas where improvement is needed.”

—Randy Webb, PMP
IT Analyst

“A real pleasure to work our team to a successful project closure with plenty of lessons learned.”

—Donald Stewart
BC Ferries

“Excellent experience taught by good people with valuable experience and insight into project management.”

—Grant Brager
President & Principal Consultant
The Brager Systems Group Inc.

“Having an experience of taking all the courses and applying them to a project simulation is an excellent opportunity!!”

—Marguerite Vickery, PMP
Manager, Change and Release
BC Ferry Corporation

“A well-balanced learning experience, combining the Project Management Institutes’ Body of Knowledge with group learning, simulations, as well as practical applications and examples. This course was not only an excellent project management course but also an effective PMP® testing preparation. I walked away with a renewed zest for project management and an increased confidence level in my capabilities and knowledge level as a project manager.”

—Bob Franks, PMP
Project Manager
Cayenta Inc.

“The Masters Certificate is fast-paced, comprehensive and challenging. Even as an experienced project manager, I received some new ideas for my PM toolkit and there were situations and opportunities that stretched and tested my knowledge and abilities! This program offers great opportunities to learn from excellent instructors as well as provide the possibility to coach, influence and perhaps mentor junior project managers.”

—Ellyn L Daly, PMP
E Daly Consulting Group Inc.

“A great exercise in group dynamics throughout the course.”

—Terry Murphy
Regional Project Manager, Ministry of Transportation
Provincial Government of BC

“Good content that can be applied on my projects. Excellent tools and techniques for the future.”

—Gord Shirley, PMP
Project Office, Facilities Management

“This course gave me a very good understanding of the nine areas of knowledge. I now know where to look when I need a greater depth of knowledge.”

—Alan Brakefield
Project Leader
BC Assessment

“This course has definitely broadened the possibilities for a tradesman.”

—Stewart Ralph, PMP
Electrical Supervisor
Victoria General Hospital

“I have been involved as a project team member for many years, but only recently became a PM myself. I gained valuable insight and tools in what makes a good project manager, in particular the overwhelming value of planning.”

—Gerry Fleming
Project Manager
Ministry of Transportation

“Best course I’ve had since university. Loved the different speakers (subject matter experts) for each module/PMBOK knowledge area.”

—David Mintak
Project Manager
Ministry of Transportation

“Huge ‘eye opener.’ Great atmosphere, energy and enthusiasm.”

—Roman Pakula
Senior Network Analyst
Rocky Mountaineer Railtours

“Tools, techniques and skill sets which will empower individuals, professionals in most projectized work, and organization environments.”

—John Eggleton
Manager, Information Communications Technology,
School District 20 (Kootenay-Columbia)

November 2006 - We surveyed over 400 of our program alumni and:

  • 97.4% reported that the Masters Certificate in Project Management Program improved the way they perform as a project manager
  • 95.7% currently use the skills taught in the program
  • 92.2% think the program has had a positive effect on their careers 
  • 97.8% of those who wrote the PMI® PMP® exam passed on their first attempt
Module Days Victoria Vancouver

Program Introduction


Feb. 16, 2016

Feb. 17, 2016

Project Planning and Control

3 Thursday - Saturday,
Feb. 25 - 27, 2016
Sunday - Tuesday,
Feb. 28 - Mar. 1, 2016

Leadership, Communication and
Stakeholder Management

2 Friday - Saturday,
Mar. 11 - 12, 2016

Sunday - Monday,
Mar. 13 - 14, 2016

Effective Project Cost Management

2 Sunday - Monday,
Apr. 3 - 4, 2016
Friday - Saturday,
Apr. 1 - 2, 2016

Project Quality Management 

2 Friday - Saturday,
Apr. 15 - 16, 2016
Sunday - Monday,
Apr. 17 - 18, 2016

Assessing & Managing Project Risk

2 Sunday - Monday,
May 8 - 9, 2016

Friday - Saturday,
May 6 - 7, 2016

Procurement & Contracting Management

2 Friday - Saturday,
May 27 - 28, 2016
Sunday - Monday,
May 29 - 30, 2016

Filling in the Gaps and Final Exam

2 Tuesday - Wednesday,
June 14 - 15, 2016
Sunday - Monday,
June 12 - 13, 2016

Project Simulation


Friday - Saturday,
June 24 - 25, 2016

Sunday - Monday,
June 26 - 27, 2016

Module 1: Program Introduction

What you will learn:
  • Overview of the knowledge areas of project management as defined by the Project Management Institute® and others
  • Introduction to the project simulation to be used throughout the program
  • Delivery of tools and technology to be used throughout the program
  • Discussion and exercise around team leadership and effectiveness

Module 2: Project Planning and Control (3 days)

What you will learn:
  • How to form a project team, scope projects and manage within a matrix environment
  • Developing detailed and high-level project management plans
  • Creating activity-based network diagrams and working with the critical path
  • Understanding earned value management
  • Meeting stakeholder requirements with various control strategies

Module 3: Leadership, Communication and Stakeholder Management (2 days)

What you will learn:
  • Understanding communication dynamics and your communication style
  • Team development: understanding yourself, stakeholders and team members
  • Linking team life cycle stages with project communication needs
  • The impact of change curve stages on your project team and stakeholders
  • Building a communication plan and templates for your project
  • Communication strategies for virtual teams

Module 4: Effective Project Cost Management (2 days)

What you will learn:
  • Cost estimating: micro versus macro
  • Resource planning, budgeting and cost control
  • Earned value concepts
  • Fixed, variable and unit costs
  • Status reporting

Module 5: Project Quality Management (2 days)

What you will learn:
  • Quality: defined and measured
  • The basic process for achieving quality
  • How preventive quality action dramatically reduces project cost
  • Reducing total cost of quality through problem solving
  • Overcoming obstacles to front-end planning and achieving results

Module 6: Procurement and Contracting Management (2 days)

What you will learn:
  • Procurement and solicitation planning
  • Solicitation and negotiation principles
  • Source selection
  • Contract close-out and contract law

Module 7: Assessing and Managing Project Risk (2 days)

What you will learn:
  • Project risk management framework
  • Risk management in project planning and execution
  • Quantitative and team facilitation techniques to identify risks and responses
  • Utilizing decision trees and expected monetary value
  • Applying techniques such as Delphi method and Monte Carlo simulation

Module 8: Filling in the Gaps and Final Exam (2 days)

What you will learn:

Review of complex issues in scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications and risk management

  • Review all areas covered in the program to-date
  • The PMBOK® Guide as a complete unit
  • Preparing for the masters certificate final exam
  • Preparing for the PMP® certification examination
  • Review question styles to improve your chances of success
  • Final exam spanning all program material (marks to be handed out the same day)

Module 9: Project Simulation (2 days)

What you will learn:

In project simulation, all participants apply their learning to propose, plan, execute and deliver a full-scale realistic project in teams

Thriving on Change is a comprehensive two day workshop on the skills of navigating and leading change in the workplace.

Core Objectives
  • To explore ways of building resilience and adaptability by appealing to both our rational and emotional reactions to change
  • To engage team members by helping them make tangible progress toward meaningful goals
  • To develop a framework to build trust within the unit (and between units) and minimize distrust
  • To explore the various frames that individuals use to analyze and act on organizational issues – including change - and use these frames to deal with differences with others

Session 1: Understanding Change/Optimizing Change

While most of us would agree that change is inevitable, most of us would nonetheless also agree that we don't always embrace it willingly. In this morning workshop, we will explore the need to help ourselves adapt to change by appealing to both our "rational" response to change (that part of us that sees opportunity and promise), and our emotional response (which explains why we can so easily become discouraged, but also offers opportunities for building positive emotional reactions to change). Over the course of the morning, we will:
  • Learn to identify the specific behaviours that can lead to positive change, and to tell a compelling "big story" about why change is necessary
  • Begin to build a growth mindset around change, to encourage team members to believe in their own ability to adapt and flourish
  • Explore opportunities to encourage habits that encourage healthy new approaches to dealing with the change

Session 2: Building Engagement in the Midst of Change

While dramatic change can invite paralysis and frustration, we know that peoples' best days at work are those days in which they feel that they are making progress (even if small progress) towards meaningful goals. Drawing on this idea, we will use this afternoon session to explore opportunities for newly formed teams to make, and celebrate, progress, and look at the conditions necessary to make this happen. Specific outcomes include:
  • To identify the relationship between progress and engagement
  • To recognize the catalysts that drive progress, and the obstacles that impede it
  • To explore ways of supporting team members in their work, and the importance of providing support for both the work and the person when designing effective change initiatives.

Session 3: Understanding and Dealing with our Differences (Using Organizational Frames)

As members of and leaders in organizations we are faced with countless situations on a daily basis in our organizations that require us to quickly make sense of what is happening, analyze the situation quickly and correctly, and decide on a course of action. Often, we are surprised to see that our colleagues (peers, direct reports, supervisors) seem to have a very different take on the situations that drive their reactions and recommendations. Furthermore, their perspectives appear to permeate all their decisions and actions across a range of organizational issues – from communications, motivating others and managing change to evaluating direct reports and strategic planning. In this session, we will explore the "frames" that we all use (often without being aware of it) to make sense of the world around us in the organization.
  • To identify the different frames that are used by self and others when trying to make sense of complex situations and decisions
  • To recognize the implications of these frames on a range of group and organizational issues that are relevant to performance
  • To use frames to persuade and influence others in the decision making process

Session 4: Fostering Trust in the Workplace

Trust is the soft but vital foundation on which an organization's functioning rests and it constitutes the most cost-effective control system ever devised. Whether it is establishing new relationships, working with multiple parties with diverging perspectives, strengthening existing networks, initiating change or implementing a strategy, trust is a critical ingredient for operational and organizational success. The primary objectives of this session are:
  • To explore and understand the dynamics of trust in interpersonal and organizational relationships
    • What is trust?
    • Why do we trust? (Importance of trust)
    • Whom do we trust? (Components of trustworthiness)
    • How do we trust? (Dynamics and types of trust)
  • To identify a set of trust building strategies for managing relationships and enhancing networks Strategies for Building Trust Erosion of Trust Repairing Broken Trust

In this session, the most recent developments in trust research are discussed and tools for building trust in work/professional relationships are explored. Given the complexities surrounding the concept of trust, the session revolves around understanding the meaning and nature of trust, the importance of trust in organizations and relationships (the benefits of trust), the dynamics of trust (different forms and levels of trust), and the building of trust (trust-building strategies, managing distrust, repairing damaged trust).

This course is ideal for:
  • managers and project managers
  • corporate department heads
  • executives
  • systems, manufacturing and operations personnel
  • engineering professionals
  • technology managers
  • research managers
  • event managers
  • business analysts
  • team leaders
  • Small/medium-business owners

Professional Development Units now available:

  • Attendees to this program are entitled to 14 Professional Development Units from the Project Management Institute® upon completion


Seating is limited so register today!

Course tuition for the Thriving on Change course includes:

  • lunch and refreshments
  • course materials

Victoria: $1195 plus GST

Team savings

When two or more team members from the same organization register for this program at the same time, they save 10% each on tuition.

Seating is limited so register today! Please fill out the online registration form and select 10% group discount as the payment option.


A full refund can be issued for written cancellations received a minimum of 21 days before the program start date. Cancellations received with less than 21 days notice will be refunded less a $200 administration fee.

To pay by cheque or purchase order, please select the 'Invoice against PO or UVic Journal Entry' option on the registration form. For any questions please call 250-721-6429.

Nonattendance will incur full seminar tuition cost. Participants must attend all program days and fulfil all program requirements in order to receive a Record of Completion

Fall Dates: October 26-27, 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

Victoria Executive Centre
915 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8V 3K3

Dr. Vivien Corwin
MBA Program Director; Senior Instructor; Service Management

Vivien teaches organizational behaviour and human resources, with a particular emphasis on hospitality and services management. Prior to joining UVic in 2006, she taught at Royal Roads University, where she also served as MBA Program Director, and at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Corwin has also worked as an Organizational Development Consultant for BC Gas, where she was primarily responsible for corporate-wide leadership development, and where she worked closely with managers to identify problem areas and implement team-driven solutions.

Dr. Corwin's research interests include human resources and leadership in the context of services management, organizational culture and leadership, and alternative work relationships. Her research has been published in Harvard Business Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and American Behavioral Scientist.

“Vivien knows her stuff and it came across well in the session.”
Fall, 2013 participant
“Vivien was a great presenter; very engaging & the pace & variety of materials/media & exercises was great.”
Fall, 2013 participant
“The instructor is clear, engaging and very knowledgeable!”
Fall 2013 participant