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MS Project

Microsoft Project is a project management software program designed to assist project managers in developing a plan, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress and managing budgets and analysing workloads.

Course Outcomes

This course will ensure participants are able to:

  • Understand and use the basic features of MS Project.
  • Create a project plan using a Gantt Chart
  • Set up and use Project and Resource Calendars
  • Work with and create task relationships, constraints and deadlines
  • Format Gantt Charts
  • Create, allocate and manage resources
  • Record, track and evaluate the project progress
  • Report on the projects progress with Gantt charts and reports


Benefits to the Individual

  • Increased career prospects through expertise in globally popular project management software
  • Enhanced project management capabilities
  • Be able to stay on top of ever changing projects
  • Better manage resources and their availability

Benefits to the Organisation

  • Increased success in meeting project objectives
  • Greater understanding by Senior/Executive Managers of what it takes to deliver a project
  • Increased project governance and control over project delivery
  • Greater transparency and understanding of project management activities
  • Increased knowledge of resources workload

Recommended for

  • Project Managers & Project Directors
  • Project Coordinators & Project Support staff
  • Project Officers
  • Project Team Leaders & Team members
  • Programme / Project Management Office staff
  •  Project Business Analysts
  • Project Schedulers
  • Change Managers

Course Content

Introduction to Project

  • Overview
  • Getting Started

Starting a Project

  • Scheduling a Project
  • The Project calendar
  • Resource calendars

Tasks and Durations

  • Creating tasks
  • Creating milestones
  • Outlining a project
  • Task durations
  • Task Notes process

Task Scheduling

  • Task relationships
  • Relationship types
  • Lead and lag time
  • Task constraints
  • Deadlines


  • Text
  • Bars
  • Gantt chart wizard


  • Creating resources
  • Task types
  • Assigning resources
  • Automatically levelling resources
  • Manually levelling resources

Project Costs

  • Variable costs
  • Fixed costs

Tracking the Project

  • Creating project baselines
  • Tracking
  • What can go wrong


  • Printing the Gantt chart
  • Printing Reports

Course Includes

  • Professional Delivery by MetaPM Training Consultant
  • MetaPM Course notes
  • Refreshments

Course Delivery

Our Microsoft Project courses are delivered publicly around Australia, and can be tailored for in-house delivery at your organisation for groups of 6 or more.

To Register

Upcoming course dates are listed on the right of this page.

Or, view our course complete course schedule here: Course Schedule

Individual and multiple attendee registrations can be made online.

To enquire about in-house courses please contact Melanie Holland, Practice Director – MetaPM Learning, on 1800 800 436 or email

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