Much of our work is for practices and companies - providing in-house training to suit their particular needs.

Our in-house courses for clients, designers and contractors in construction project management can be configured as individual CPD events or as part of your own training programme, at your offices or other location and at a time to suit you.

A further enhancement of tailored in-house training is to focus on an individual's needs and we can create a coaching programme based on any of our construction management training courses listed on this site.

 

In-house and CPD courses:

Construction Project Management Processes

Brief description

A one day intensive course on the basics of project management processes and techniques. It is intended to inculcate an understanding of the benefits of a project management approach within design practices.

Who is it for?

This course is for professionals and managers who want to know how to implement project management processes and techniques.

Content and key topics

  • Start up
  • Close out
  • Design delivery management
  • Project execution plans
  • Risk registers
  • Earned value management
  • Stakeholder analysis

Outcomes and benefits for course participants

This course will give you a practical understanding and knowledge of construction project management techniques enabling you to demonstrate a basic level of competence.

Cost

This couse is now offered as an In-House course only.  For groups of up to 15 people, the fee would be £1,000 + VAT and travelling expenses for a full day.

Programming for Practices

Brief description

The course aims to create both understanding in depth and competence in carrying out and in supervising programming operations by the project team. Delegates will learn how to work with programming tools to achieve a realistic, considered method that highlights areas of uncertainty and allows for the possible consequences.

Who is it for?

This course is for those who feel that the use of bar charts in their projects represents a blunt and imprecise instrument which barely serves its purpose.

Content outline and key topics

Skills to be learned include:

  • The scope of a professional programming operation
  • The use of PERTS and their assembly into networks, from which bar charts can be derived.
  • Identifying uncertainty and scope for flexibility in time.
  • Identifying the critical path, using forward and backward passes on the network
  • Transmitting the lessons learned to others in the project team, in a simple and clear way.

Outcomes and benefits for course participants

This course will give you a practical understanding and knowledge of construction project management enabling you to demonstrate a basic level of competence.

Format of the course

This is an in-house training course of two hours and counts as CPD.

Cost

£450 + VAT and expenses and travel time (this may be charged when long distances are involved).

Managing Design and the Design Flow

Brief description

This short, in-house course tailors the content of the Managing design and the design flow public course to your particular needs.

Who is it for?

Project leaders and design team managers including those managing their own design processes and design delivery processes in project teams.

Content outline and key topics

  • Overview of contemporary professional design management techniques
  • How to effectively integrate design management into project management
  • How to limit risk and capitalise on the potential upside in situations of uncertainty
  • Practical design management tools

Outcomes and benefits for course participants

The course will give you a working familiarity of good practice design management and the confidence to use the most effective and efficient techniques available.

Format of the course

This is a half-day in-house training course of four hours and counts as CPD.

Cost

£600 + VAT and travelling expenses for a four-hour session for up to 25 participants.

Risk and Quality Management in Construction

Brief description

The course follows the syllabus of the Association for Project Management (APM) Project Risk Management Certificate. Candidates normally take the APM exam following this course as it provides a realistic route to qualification through effective, construction-specific training concentrating on creating and developing competence.

Who is it for?

Busy construction professionals who require a qualification-led risk and quality management course.

Content outline and key topics

  • Risk Management System
  • Benefits of Project Risk Analysis and Management (PRAM & RAMP)
  • Sources of risk
  • Risk as an opportunity
  • Communication & IT tools
  • Environment & stakeholders
  • Value management & risk
  • Corporate governance, control & reporting
  • Strategy
  • Behavioural and cultural factors
  • Compiling the Risk Management Plan
  • Risk identification and risk assessment
  • Quantitative methods for risk assessment
  • Planned responses to risk
  • Managing risk
  • Risk registers & their operation
  • Risk ownership
  • Implementing PRAM
  • Appraisal
  • Quality & quality management
  • Scheduling, planning & work definition

Outcomes and benefits for course participants

On completion of this risk and quality management training course you will be in a position, in terms of knowledge and understanding, to sit the APM Project Risk Management Certificate exam.

Format of the course

Module 1 takes the form of two one-day taught sessions. Module 2 is project-based and is carried out in the workplace using our distance learning material. The overall length of study is three to five weeks. Our Risk Management Workbook is issued to candidates. It is intended to be worked through, and applied to the candidate's own work experience.

Cost

Cost £3,000 + VAT and expenses and travel time (this may be charged when long distances are involved).

Risk Registers: Operating them effectively

Brief description

This short, in-house course provides the practical knowledge needed to operate risk registers effectively.

Who is it for?

Project management, design and construction professionals who need a practical grounding in understanding and operating a risk register.

Content outline and key topics

  • Risk Management System
  • Benefits of Project Risk Analysis and Management (PRAM)
  • Sources of risk
  • Risk as an opportunity
  • Communication & IT tools
  • Compiling the Risk Management Plan
  • Risk identification and risk assessment
  • Quantitative methods for risk assessment
  • Planned responses to risk
  • Managing risk
  • Risk registers & their operation
  • Risk ownership

Outcomes and benefits for course participants

This course will give you a practical understanding and knowledge of risk registers enabling you to demonstrate a working level of competence.

Format of the course

This is an in-house training course of two hours and counts as CPD.

Cost

£450 + VAT and expenses and travel time (this may be charged when long distances are involved).

CDM 2015: New Roles and Responsibilities

Brief details

In April, 2015 the new CDM (Construction Design & Management) Regulations replace the current regulations.  This course describes the new responsibilities, particularly those of Clients, Principal Contractors, Designers and Principal Designers.

Who is it for

People who need to understand their responsibilities under the CDM Regulations; the workings of the CDM Regulations; how to use systems to meet the Regulations and simultaneously to improve the project process.

Course content

  • Appreciation of the Regulations
  • Duties of the Clients
  • Duties of Designers and the Principal Designer
  • Duties of the Principal Contractor
  • Communication & Records
  • Assessments of Competence
  • Risk Assessments and Method Statements
  • Enforcement action
  • Monitoring design
  • Pre-construction Information
  • Monitoring the construction phase – design changes, etc
  • Health & Safety File
  • A rigorous case study exercise carried out in teams

Outcomes and benefits for course participants

A CPD Certification will be issued at the end of the course.

Fees

This course is offered as in-house CPD training for groups of between 6-25.

Cost £600 + VAT and expenses for a half-day session. Travelling time may be charged for when long distances are involved.

Managing Health & Safety in Construction

Course content:

  1. The background of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and its daughter legislation, where this affects construction: eg manual handling and mechanical handling. Also approaches required in a professional organisation making site visits, etc.
  2. The current 2013 HSE document ‘Managing for Health & Safety’, HSG 65. This looks at the general approach to safer working and understanding of good practice.
  3. IOSH ‘Managing Safely’: an overview
  4. The CITB Health Safety and Environment test necessary to obtain CSCS cards, which we are supposed to have when we visit sites.

Construction Project Management

Brief description

This is a multi-disciplinary construction project management course focusing on effective techniques and procedures for meeting clients' needs, avoiding problems and finding solutions throughout the project lifecycle.

By the end of the course, you will be analysing project situations and putting together complex plans based on your own developed judgement, balancing all the factors involved against one another. We shall be asking you to tackle case studies in which there is no single right answer, but a lot of scope for you to try out your skill in applying your new learning - the theory and tools of project management - to solve problems and get the best result out of an uncertain situation.

Course Content

  • Briefing processes
  • Business & marketing
  • CDM 2015
  • Change Control
  • Design and design flow management
  • BIM and the Project Team
  • Earned value management
  • Finance for projects
  • Leadership and motivation of project teams
  • Organisations; structures and cultures
  • Personal style analysis & project roles
  • Project definition
  • Project lifecycle, start up and close out
  • Project execution plans
  • Project management systems
  • Procurement
  • Programming, scheduling, networks and resource allocation
  • Risk management & quality management
  • Stakeholders
  • Team management
  • Value management & value engineering
  • Work breakdown structures
  • Includes the Project Management Handbook

The course can be tailored to focus on your organisation’s specific requirements.  You will be given access to the course material, Handbook and Workbook, which are accessed from our website.   We can also offer this course in a shortened format, with only 2 days of face to face teaching, and extended distance learning exercises.

For further information and a fee quotation, please contact us on 020 8878 6663 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Please contact us for further information on the above in-house courses.

Recent corporate clients include McDonald's Restaurants Ltd for whom we delivered a range of courses as part of their project managers' training programme, and McCarthy & Stone, the national leaders in private retirement housing, for whom we held a series of courses in the RIBA Certificate in Construction Project Management.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and what I have learned from it will be valuable to me in my future career.

M Senior, McCarthy & Stone Nov 2014

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We found the course to be very useful and of a high standard. James Mather is very knowledgeable about his subject and we really felt that he took the time to answer all our questions thoughtfully and in great detail.

CDM 2015 in-house event for Richard Griffiths Architects, London SE1 Jan 2016

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The course was ideal for our needs, thanks! Pitched at the right level and kept interesting with examples from the trainer's experience. We found it enlightening and useful

Neil Gordon, Principal Consultant, EnviroCentre Ltd., Glasgow In-house event November 2015

We were extremely impressed with the presentation this morning, and found it helpful and reassuring.

Charlotte Kasner, Applied Industrial Systems Ltd. March 2016

I found the course to be very useful indeed. Implementation of the changes under the new CDM 2015 Regulations is a complicated subject and the follow up allowed me to raise and resolve a number of queries that I had following the introductory course earlier in the year. The run through of reading material at the beginning of the course was also very helpful.

Graeme Dobinson BSc (Hons) MRICS, November 2015

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