The Project Manager Development Program (PMDP) is for early-career project managers or those looking to move into such a role. It is a five-course program that covers the essentials of project management and provides a solid foundation for long-term career development. Each unit is around 16 hours of content, making the 5 course program around 80 hours of instruction. The curriculum is offered at many of AGC’s chapters nationwide or can be brought in-house to construction firms and educational institutions in order to teach a new generation of project managers the essential skills to ensure project success.

PMDP participants are likely to have various titles depending on the kind of work they perform, the geographical location of their projects, and the size of their company. They may have titles such as assistant project manager, project manager, field engineer, project engineer, project administrator, etc. They may have experience as estimators, field personnel, project assistants, or office managers, and they may work in the heavy and highway sector, the commercial building sector, or in residential construction. They will most likely be early in their careers, have some post-high-school education, and less than two years of project-related experience.

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MODULE 1 – Estimating & Job Costing
This course will help early-career project managers gain awareness of how accurate cost information is critical to the success of the company through an understanding of different types of estimates, the link between design, estimating and project costs, and the importance of documentation and formatting.  Following successful completion of Module 1, participants will have the ability to:

  • Identify the importance of an estimate
  • Explain the different types of estimates
  • Identify the importance of good documentation and consistent formatting
  • Discuss how accurate cost information is critical to the success of the company
  • Explain the link between design, estimating, and project costs
  • Describe how equipment costs are developed and integrated into the estimate
  • Describe how work by others is included in the estimate
  • Discuss how general costs and overhead not assignable to a specific task are included in the estimate

MODULE 2 – Contract Administration
This course will provide an understanding of how basic contracts are structured, how different types of contracts are used, and how project documentation relates to effective contracting for early-career project managers.  Following successful completion of Module 2, participants will have the ability to:

  • Discuss how basic contracts are structured, the different types of contracts used in construction projects, and how project documentation relates to effective contracting
  • Identify important contract law and language and how they are related to project risk
  • Distinguish between agent and independent contracts, torts and contractual liability cases, and the difference between criminal and civil proceedings
  • Identify how different project delivery methods use different contracting strategies
  • Describe the process for contract amendments, changes, extensions, and final terms
  • Defend the importance of dispute resolution and good-faith negotiation in resolving contract disputes
  • Distinguish between partial and material breaches and understanding the significance of termination, bankruptcy, and breach of contract claims

MODULE 3  –  Project Administration
This course will assist early-career project managers in identifying the role pre-planning has in affecting the success of a project and furthering their understanding of the different areas of planning for the construction phase of the project.  Following successful completion of Module 3, participants will have the ability to:

  • Discuss how pre-project planning affects the potential success of a project
  • Identify the different areas of planning for the construction phase of a project
  • Describe how building codes, permits, reviews, and inspections have the potential to impact a construction project
  • Identify the importance of scheduling, including the importance of purchasing long-lead items
  • Describe the basics of the Uniform Commercial Code and material handling risks
  • Discuss the importance of document control, including submittals, RFIs, and shop drawings
  • Explain the importance of project closeout and warranty management

MODULE 4  –  Risk Management
This course will help early-career project managers gain insight into the types and sources of risk, techniques for managing risk, the basics of insurance and bonding and how quality control/quality assurance plans help mitigate performance risk.  Following successful completion of Module 4, participants will have the ability to:

  • Explain how risk changes over the different phases of a project
  • Discuss the types and sources of risk in the construction phase of a project
  • Identify techniques for managing risk, specifically risks that are the contractor’s primary responsibility
  • Describe how the scope and nature of risk management may vary based on project contracting method
  • Identify the importance of warranty periods and liability tails
  • Discuss the basics of insurance and bonding
  • Explain the importance of documentation in controlling risk
  • Describe how quality control/quality assurance plans help mitigate performance risk
  • Identify the risks created through drug use, sexual harassment, and discrimination
  • Explain how risk and profit are related
  • Describe how different parties view risk on a project

MODULE 5  –  LEADERSHIP
This course will assist early-career project managers to distinguish between leading and managing, develop techniques for motivating and negotiating solutions, managing change, and broaden their awareness ethical standards and professional responsibilities.  Following successful completion of Module 5, participants will have the ability to:

  • Identify the difference between leading and managing
  • Describe the importance of communication in effective leadership
  • Use techniques for motivating team members and negotiating solutions
  • Explain ethical standards and professional responsibilities
  • Defend the importance of teamwork
  • Identify the basics of leadership tasks
  • Recognize the role of the human resource function in organizations
  • Identify coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • Describe the importance of marketing and leaving customers satisfied through successful project closeout
  • Explain how to effectively manage change
  • Describe how to achieve a healthy balance between work and family