Project Management: The Basics


  • Use a practical framework for planning and managing projects
  • Expand your skills in project management
  • Learn to monitor and evaluate project progress against identified goals

This workshop uses the project lifecycle as a framework and is focused on providing participants with practical project management tools and techniques. Content covered includes identifying project goals, scoping, planning, risk management, communication and closing activities. This course is suitable for anyone who is a project team member, manages small projects or who is new to project management and is looking for a solid foundation and methodology for further skills development.


Course Outcomes

  • Contribute to the development of project schedules and plans and contribute to the identification of project deliverables
  • Contribute as a member of a project team and be clear about their own roles and responsibilities within the project
  • Take responsibility for their own part of the project and work towards achieving agreed deadlines within a set budget and timeframe
  • Seek support from colleagues in advance where necessary
  • Bring problems and potential problems to the attention of the project leader and participate in the evaluation of outcomes.

Benefits to your organisation

  • Increased project management skills
  • Improved scoping, planning and communication on projects
  • Improved project outcomes

Benefits to you

  • Skills in project management terminology, tools and techniques
  • More effective management of and contribution to work-based projects
  • Career development


Applied Project Management


  • Expand your skills with more advanced tools and techniques in project management and take a leadership role in projects
  • Learn how to effectively estimate costs and resources required for more complex projects, and develop project plans
  • Develop and evaluate project outcomes and draw lessons from the project for continuous improvement

This two-day workshop is suited to people with experience in project management who wish to expand their skills with more advanced tools and techniques and take a leadership role in projects. The aim is for participants to be able to lead successful projects through strong communication and organisational and team leadership skills. Content includes strategic project management; project governance and the role of the project sponsor; managing changes to the project scope; project planning and control; and developing an effective project team to achieve project outcomes. Stakeholder communication and information management are also covered.


Course Outcomes

  • Recognise the need for a project and subsequently initiate it
  • Guide the development of project scope and definition activities including defining the project context, and listing project deliverables, constraints and outcomes
  • Build a project management culture brining together, motivating and successfully managing and leading multi-functional project teams
  • Develop project plans, schedules and budgets, conduct risk management activities, direct project communications and apply project scope controls
  • Evaluate project outcomes and draw lessons from the project for continuous improvement

Benefits to Your Organisation

  • Projects managed strategically and successfully within time and budget constraints
  • Improved project leadership
  • Improved project governance

Benefits to You

  • Confidence to lead and manage complex projects
  • Familiarity with advanced project management tools, techniques and methodologies that can be applied directly to work projects
  • Career development into project sponsor roles


Diploma of Government (Project Management)


The Diploma of Government (Project Management) equips participants to develop and manage projects within the workplace. The program guides participants through the complete project management process from project conception and initiation through to contract close. The skills learnt in this program can be used in projects of any size or complexity. The program is targeted at officers in a government agency or state owned corporate who work in or manage a workplace project. The five-day program maximises the opportunities for self-learning through the use of case studies and an overarching project stimulation to enable participants tot practice new skills in a collegial, positive learning environment.


Couse Outcomes

  • Define and initiate a project
  • Design a comprehensive project plan
  • Manage project resources
  • Launch a project successfully
  • Manage project performance
  • Close out a project

Benefits to Your Organisation

  • Improved project planning
  • Improved project outcomes
  • Improved agency outcomes

Benefits to You

  • Improved planning skills
  • Improved project management skills
  • Improved resource management skills


This course is delivered in a partnering arrangement with People & Strategy (ACT) Pty Ltd (RTO ID No 5336).


Learning approach

This course maximises the opportunities for self-directed learning and action research to develop participants’ knowledge, skills and attributes while achieving the learning outcomes of the course.

The course encompasses a mixture of five days of face-to-face training, work-based activities, assessments and a requirement to demonstrate previous experience and knowledge through the Recognition process to obtain a full diploma qualification.



Assessment is completed via in class activities and individually completed assessment questions and workplace related tasks. The workplace related tasks include activities related to a project within the context of your workplace.


Recognition/Distance Learning

For the units not completed in the classroom environment, participants have a choice of how to complete the other units:


  1. Participants can obtain recognition from other learning they have gained formally or in the workplace through a process called recognition. Participants are provided with a brief during the classroom component of the learning with a template of information they can provide usually via a portfolio document. This portfolio document will contain either work examples of completed specific tasks related to the competency or other leaning they have completed or a combination of the two.
  2. Participants who cannot provide a portfolio of information are provided with learning materials and a series of questions and tasks related to the learning materials which they complete in their own time and submit for assessment


Course Outline

Units of Competence in the Program

PSPPM501B Design complex projects

PSPPM502B Manage complex projects

PSPPM503B Close complex projects
PSPGOV512A Use complex workplace communication strategies
PSPGOV504B Undertake research and analysis

PSPGOV517A Coordinate risk management

PSPGOV513A Refine complex workplace documents


Units Completed by Distance Learning or Recognition

PSPETHC501B Promote the values and ethos of public service

PSPGOV505A Promote diversity

PSPLEGN501B Promote compliance with legislation in the public sector

PSPOHS501A Monitor and maintain workplace safety