Project management: Become a conductor
Project management qualifications are in greater demand than ever, so acquiring project management skills is a wise investment in your career.
One of the major problems identified by the Project management survey 2020 was the increasing complexity of projects undertaken by Australian companies. This did not mesh well with another problem the research found, a lack of people with the training and experience required to effectively manage such projects.
“One of the main takeaways here was the urgent need to build capacity in project management,” says Dr Ross Yates, Project Management Trainer and Practitioner at Engineering Education Australia.
“There is a noticeable skills shortage. Research, conducted by KPMG and AIPM, indicates that project management skills need to be invested. It indicates that 65 percent of organizations indicated a preference for hiring candidates with relevant qualifications or certification. And 64% believe project management skills will continue to become more important. “
Add to this the recent announcements of the federal budget of more than $ 15 billion allocated to major infrastructure projects in Australia, and it is clear that the engineering sector is going to see a huge demand for qualified project managers over the course of the next decades.
“There is real added value for engineers, and for anyone leading project activities, to incorporate a learned process into project management,” says Yates.
“It’s about doing everything in a structured way, also allowing resilience and adaptability, from the project context to communication and people management, including the facilitation of vital work within strict deadlines and under budgetary pressure, all in an increasingly uncertain business environment. It’s up to the project manager to lead the orchestra, to do the work. “
Gold Standard Qualification in Project Management
Engineering Education Australia (EEA) is the training organization for Engineers Australia, whose qualifications are issued and assessed by its 100% registered training organization, the Moreland Group (RTO # 6332).
In June 2021, The Moreland Group is launching the updated version of its project management program. This includes the BSB40920 IV Certificate in Project Management Practice and BSB50820 Diploma in Project Management.
Both are 12 month courses, delivered 100% online. “There are live sessions on weekday evenings that are also recorded so that students can watch them at their own pace,” says Meagan Noronha, RTO administration manager at The Moreland Group.
“We make evaluations as practical as possible so that they can use the current projects they are working on in their work and improve what they are already doing, so this is also very beneficial for their organization. For those who don’t have any current projects, in the degree we have an engineering case study to work on. Real-world problems and tasks bring immediacy of understanding to the learning process. “
Both courses count towards the CPD requirements of Engineers Australia, with recognition of approximately 15-20 hours per month. Engineers Australia members benefit from a 15% reduction on course fees.
Online courses provide the freedom to choose when and where study is conducted and allow people at an intermediate or advanced stage in their careers and lives to organize their learning according to their own priorities.
Students have six weeks to complete each unit, supported by a huge amount of learning materials, case studies, videos, and other media.
One of the most powerful benefits of such a course, says Noronha, is that students receive guidance from a true project management practitioner. “Trainers and evaluators are project managers who share knowledge from their decades of knowledge and experience throughout the course,” she says. “These practitioners also provide feedback to students on their specific questions or challenges.”
How does project management help people and businesses?
So, in the future of post-COVID engineering, as businesses large and small continue to make up their minds and governments develop entirely new expectations regarding the delivery of large infrastructure programs, the success will often depend on the talent of the project management team. This is revealed in a new level of focus on methods and materials as well as time, scope, cost, risk and quality – all of the things project managers do best. In an uncertain environment, says Yates, project management skills are a powerful competitive advantage.
“We find that people first graduate as engineers and then go to work, they usually don’t study project management until they are put into a project management role,” says Noronha. “They’re thrown into that role, and then they come to us to structure it. We provide them with international best practice project management processes so that they can improve what they do. “
“Once they complete the course, they find that they don’t just get the job done, but actually enable the best project management processes in their organization. This is a huge advantage for every stakeholder. “
Registrations are now open for registrations on June 21.
To learn more about enhancing your future career with benchmark project management qualifications, visit BSB40920 IV Certificate in Project Management Practice or the BSB50820 Diploma in Project Management information pages.