Effective project management doesn’t have to be hard.

Our Project Manager Development Program (PMDP) provides you with the critical knowledge and skills to confidently lead projects of all sizes and complexities.

A clear roadmap to succeed.

Created by AGC of America, PMDP is highly-interactive and designed to specifically meet the needs of the construction industry. The fully-revised curriculum, along with the activities and shared experiences of course participants, provides you the critical skills and knowledge to increase your success in leading a team to project success.

This program is the key to taking your future projects – and your career – to the next level.

PMDP is best for:

  • Professionals with less than two years of project-related experience in the commercial construction industry
  • Experienced construction specialists considering a career move into a PM role
  • Individuals working in companies that have adopted a team-based management structure for projects

Ready to get started?

You can participate in-person (hooray!) one Wednesday each month, beginning in June and concluding in October.  All sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. and finish at 4:00 p.m.  You may choose individual sessions or register for all five.

A brief summary of each session is below.  For full course information, including course objectives for individual sessions, click here.



Session Descriptions:

Unit 1:  Introduction to Project Management

The class will discuss that a successful PM must be competent and efficiently model specific soft and technical skills. Each of these skills are defined and examples provided to highlight the skill’s purpose and its proper implementation during a project. Unit 1 will also provide a high-level overview of construction law, highlighting specific terms, and the PM’s responsibilities. Additionally, there will be an introduction and emphasis on project safety.

Unit 2:  Initiating and Planning – Part 1
This session focuses on the first 2 process groups of Project Management: Initiating and Planning. This unit introduces the Initiation process group of Project Management. The instructor will cover the types of stakeholders involved in a construction project, from initiation to completion. The process of defining the project objectives, creating the Project Charter, and choosing an appropriate project delivery system will be reviewed. This unit also defines the concept of Project Scope. Instructors explore the purpose of the Project Scope and how it impacts the project during the entire project life cycle. The remainder of this unit focuses on the Planning process group of Project Management. This unit covers the elements of a Project Management Plan in detail. Project Managers learn how to develop a schedule for a construction project.

Unit 3: Initiating and Planning – Part 2
Unit 3 is a continuation of Unit 2, Initiating and Planning, Part 1. This unit covers determining project cost to include Estimates, Bids and final Budget, in depth. Instructors will teach Project Managers how to identify project resources and develop plans for quality, team acquisition, communication management, identifying and managing risk, project procurement, and stakeholder management.

Unit 4: Executing 
Unit Four presents the third process group of Project Management: Executing. This unit introduces contract management in the construction industry. Project Managers learn the steps to creating a contract, reviewing contract documents, and identifying the difference between contractors and subcontractors. This section also addresses how to bill during a project, the reason(s) for contract termination, and the steps to contract termination. Section Two of this unit covers effective implementation of the project.

Unit 5: Monitoring, Controlling, and Project Closeout
This unit focuses on changes that may occur during the life cycle of a project and how to finalize project processes. This unit emphasizes that the Executing, and Monitoring and Controlling process groups are iterative processes. It also addresses topics such as dispute resolution, how to document changes, the impact of changes on the overall schedule and budget, maintaining quality assurance, and change order management. This final unit focuses on the process of closing out a construction project. The instructors review the process for project closeout to include both administrative closure and contract closure. This unit emphasizes customer satisfaction and reviews the required communication with and documentation for the owner during closeout.