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Certified Project Management Diploma Certified Project Management Diploma
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Certified Project Management Diploma

Learn everything about how to manage a project successfully.
IPMA-D®, NFQ Level 8, CPM Dip.
15 Weeks
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Upskill with World-Class Credentials

The course enables one to develop the necessary skills to effectively manage projects from beginning to end in the modern workplace. It is suitable for all industries – offering both international professional body certification (IPMA®) and academic accreditation (NFQ Level 8 Special Purpose Award validated by Technological University Dublin).

These accreditations, along with our IPM Diploma Award, make this a unique programme – focusing on real-world application of project management, and with over 10 different subject matter experts lecturing on the programme.

Be identified as a practitioner who has demonstrated competency in project management processes and knowledge, and go a long way toward enhancing your marketability in the workplace.

What will I learn?

This course uses a blend of realistic projects, exercises, lectures and discussions to help you develop the necessary skills and techniques to efficiently and effectively manage any size of project from beginning to end.

Please see the detailed information regarding the course outcomes and content.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the three Technical, Behavioural and Contextual competences that underpin project management.
  • Demonstrate in detail their strengths and weaknesses against each competency based on a knowledge and experience scoring evaluation system.
  • Establish a baseline plan for future career development and improvement of competences identified as being deficient.
  • Discuss the five major project management process groups and their associated sub processes in terms of inputs, tools and techniques and outputs for each.
  • Recommend the optimum combination of processes to be deployed for the management of projects in their business sector.
  • Discuss the ten vertical stovepipes/elements of knowledge that supports the project management body of knowledge.
  • Illustrate the linkages between the ten knowledge areas and the 47 sub-processes of the five major process groups.
  • Devise a comprehensive integrated project plan that addresses all of the following project elements – scope, time, cost, quality, HR, communications, stakeholder management, risk and procurement.
Project Life Cycle

Learn how to follow a process-based project approach and use the following five process groups as an organising structure:


Project Initiating

Processes performed to define a new project or a new phase of an existing project by obtaining authorization to start the project or phase.

Project Planning

Processes required to establish the scope of the project, refine the objectives, and define the course of action required to attain the objectives that the project was undertaken to achieve.

Project Executing

Processes performed to complete the work defined in the project management plan to satisfy the project requirements.

Project Monitoring & Controlling

Processes required to track, review, and regulate the progress and performance of the project; identify any areas in which changes to the plan are required; and initiate the corresponding changes.

Project Closing

Processes performed to formally complete or close a project, phase, or contract.

Course Modules

Course modules are designed to help you identify the most commonly used project management approaches (predictive and agile) while offering a comprehensive understanding of the several areas of project management.


  • What to expect from the course
  • Course Assessment
  • Certification process
  • Fundamental project management concepts and terms
  • Project life cycles and processes
  • Project Influences
Evolution of Strategic Project Management:
  • Definitions: Project, Programme and Portfolio Management
  • Converting strategy into action
  • Understanding the environments in which projects operate
  • Organisational structures, roles and maturity levels
Project Scope Management
  • Collecting project requirements
  • Defining project scope
  • Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
  • Validating Project Scope
Project Schedule Management
  • Defining and sequencing project activities
  • Estimating project activity duration and effort
  • Developing a project schedule
  • Controlling the Project Schedule
  • Performing critical path analysis
  • Developing a Gantt chart
  • Loading and Levelling Project Resources
Project Stakeholder Management
  • Stakeholder management principles.
  • Identifying and classifying project stakeholders
  • Planning, managing, and monitoring stakeholder engagement
  • Building Trust and accommodating changes
  • Building the stakeholder register
  • Leadership, political, social and business skills to address stakeholders’ concerns, issues, and expectations
Project Cost Management
  • Planning cost management
  • Estimating project costs
  • Building and tracking a project budget
  • Contingency reserves
  • Earned Value (EV) performance management
  • Investment Appraisal
Project Quality Management
  • Quality concepts and definitions applied to projects
  • Developing a project quality plan
  • Managing and controlling project quality
  • Identifying project vs product cost of quality
  • Implementing a quality management system
Project Resource Management
  • Planning project resources
  • Estimating project activity resources
  • Acquiring resources for project activities
  • Developing project team
  • Managing project team
  • Controlling project resources
Communications Ethics and Negotiations
  • Planning, managing, and monitoring project communications
  • Communication channels
  • Preparing and leading a project kick-off meeting
  • Professional responsibility and ethics applied to projects
  • Identifying our own communication and negotiation style
  • Overview of classic negotiation techniques and outcomes
Project Procurement Management
  • Planning project procurement management
  • Conducting procurements in project
  • Controlling project procurements
  • Procurement vs Purchasing
Project Risk Management
  • Identifying project risks, opportunities, and threats
  • Performing qualitative and quantitative risk analysis
  • Planning and implementing risk responses
  • Monitoring risks
  • Developing a Risk Assessment Matrix
  • Assessing and calculating risk probability and impact
Project Integration Management
  • Performing a feasibility study
  • Developing the project charter
  • Developing the project management plan
  • Directing and managing the project work
  • Managing project knowledge
  • Performing integrated change control
  • Closing the project, or the project phase
Agile and Lean Management
  • Identifying Lean and Agile values and principles
  • Defining the Agile mindset
  • Differentiating Agile Vs Lean
  • Implementing agile practices to projects
  • Scrum: Definitions and Framework
Programme Review
  • Overview of course content
  • Identify best strategies to succeed on the final exam
Practical Competences

Become a project manager with industry-ready Technical, Behavioural and Contextual competences:



Master the different techniques of project management.


Adopt the professional behaviour expected of project management personnel.


Understand the relations with the project macro environment.

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This course is perfect for...

  • Those who are actual or potential project managers
  • Team members, leaders, or any professional who directly contributes to projects
  • The course is designed to be applicable for all industries e.g. Construction, Manufacturing, Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Law, Medical, Technology, Hospitality, Real Estate etc
  • Additionally it is suitable for different job titles – as projects take place in every part of an organisation
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Admission Requirements

  • A level 7 degree, or equivalent qualification from a recognised body.
  • If you don’t have a third level qualification but have relevant professional work experience, you may be invited to interview (personal or telephone as appropriate) with the Course Director to assess your suitability.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Institute’s Admissions Assessment Board. A CV will be required to check the eligibility. 


Please don’t hesitate to schedule a call with our educational advisor if you require any further information.

Why study with us
PM Specialist
Global IPMA® Certification
Unparalleled Expertise
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PM Specialist

The Institute is a specialist organisation dealing solely with the discipline of project, programme and portfolio management. Unlike other organisations, who offer a large variety of training programmes across many functional areas, our focus is purely on project management.

As a result, we attract experienced Lecturers who offer the most value to our attendees.

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Global IPMA® Certification

Within the IPMA®, the Institute is the national body representing Ireland in a federation of over 70 countries.

Identify yourself as a competent practitioner and upgrade your status as an internationally accredited professional. Founded in 1965 in Zurich, IPMA® is the world´s first International Project Management Association, now recognised in over 70 countries across 6 continents.

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Unparalleled Expertise

Our graduates are instructed by a world-class faculty composed by a group of subject matter experts with unparalleled proficiency and knowledge in project, programme and portfolio management.

Lecturers range from Project Directors to former Heads of Project Management Certification Authorities.

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Student Hub & Community

The Interactive Live Virtual Classroom offers you an immersive and engaging virtual learning experience where flexibility and interaction are key. You can participate in live weekly classes, interactive tutoring sessions as well as group discussions inside virtual breakout rooms.

Access additional course resources, playback your classes, connect with a global student community, brainstorm, be inspired and share ideas.

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Support Team

We appreciate that at times it can be challenging to balance work, family and personal commitments while staying relevant and on top of your professional development. Our expert-led distance learning team is here to help you stay relevant and connected anytime, anywhere.

Student Reviews

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Well-organised course
Recently I completed the IPMA® Certified Project Management Diploma course and would highly recommend it to anyone considering working in this field. As a person with little to no experience in PM, I came into this course not knowing very much about how projects should be managed. However, I'm now leaving the course with a wealth of knowledge that I will be applying in my job.
An excellently run institute
From my first day to the end, I found the whole experience very worthwhile and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the course content in Project Management very relevant to my role as an engineer, and would recommend it to anyone!
Wonderful experience
Thank you for a great learning experience on the Diploma in Project Management with the Institute of Project Management.
Quality lecturers and course material
Highly recommended. I upskilled by doing the project management diploma and it helped me secure a new job.
Highly professional and trained teachers
Thanks to their lectures, you can see your work from another perspective, that of project management. I would recommend the course to get involved and acquire new skills for a qualitative leap in your career.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find your questions answered and everything you need to know about the course.

Need further information?
How is the course assessed?

There are three components on your course assessment: two written assignments (self-assessment at the beginning of the course and a project at the end) and one final exam (MCQs + Scenario style questions).

Is this course applicable to any industry?

Yes, the content of the programme is suitable for various fields. We have many students from different backgrounds, like engineering, pharmaceuticals, design, construction, IT and many others, who completed the course successfully.

What is included in the course fee?

The course fees include the examination and certification fees, access to all course materials on the Student Hub, live expert-led virtual classes, recordings and unlimited support from our Student Success team.

What payment options are available?
  • Full payment before the start of the course
  • 50/50 instalment payment option: the first instalment of 50% should be paid upfront, and the remainder halfway through the course (week 7).
How much time do I need to spend every week to complete the course?

Live virtual classes run one evening per week, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Plan to spend approximately 4 to 6 hours each week on the core material and reflecting on what you have learned. However, as you can appreciate, this is very dependent on each individual’s capability.

If I don’t have the necessary academic qualifications, can I still be admitted?

Candidates without a third level qualification, but with relevant professional work experience, will be considered. You need to send us your CV to be reviewed by an assessor.

Are the course qualifications internationally recognised?

Yes, the course outcomes are recognised internationally in over 70 countries.

Can I miss 1-2 classes?

A recording of each online lecture will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time, so you do not need to worry about missing a class.

Is the course suitable for candidates without former PM knowledge?

Yes, the Certified Project Management Diploma programme is a perfect fit for someone who wants to get the fundamental knowledge and essential techniques in project management. The course is suitable for actual or potential project managers, and for any professional who directly contributes to projects.

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