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Certified Project Management Diploma

This part-time project management course is ideal for project managers looking to advance their careers with professional certification, or for those looking to enter the field. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of budgeting, scheduling, and everything you need to know to successfully manage projects. 

Learn everything about how to manage and execute projects successfully.
IPMA-D®, NFQ Level 8, CPM Dip.
42 Hours
€ 2,395
Live Online, Campus
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Upskill with World-Class Credentials

Ambitious projects bring ideas to life and address the biggest challenges of today. If you see yourself as an individual with an appetite for leading change, then project management might just be the right path for you.

The median project manager salary in Ireland is €89,175. Entry level positions start at €64,150 per year, while most experienced workers make up to €113,700 per year.[1] The demand for skilled project managers is higher than ever. However, having the right credentials is key to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

This unique diploma offers a university-backed curriculum and is taught by 10 industry experts. Each week, they will provide you with real-industry knowledge and practical skills crucial to being successful in a project-driven workplace.

In addition, this course awards you with an IPM Professional Diploma, an academic award validated by Technological University Dublin, and an IPMA Certification recognised worldwide. Together, these three credentials identify you as a practitioner with proven competency in project management processes and knowledge.

What will I learn?

This comprehensive course uses a blend of lectures, real project case studies, expert insights, group discussions and practical exercises to help you prepare for the next step in your exciting project management career. Each week, you will cover a different aspect of project management and learn new techniques to manage projects.

Browse more information about the course modules and learning objectives.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the 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.
  • Recommend the optimum combination of processes to be deployed for the management of projects in their business sector.
  • Discuss the ten elements of knowledge that support 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 every aspect of project management – integration, scope, schedule, cost, quality, resources, 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:



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


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.



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

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.


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 and business environment.

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This course is perfect for...

  • Career-minded professionals from a wide range of backgrounds who wish to apply project management skills and methodologies to their roles.
  • Business executives, managers, leaders, supervisors, team members, and any other professional who directly contribute to projects regardless of their job title.
  • Any professional seeking a promotion to a managerial role.
  • Project managers looking to advance their careers with professional certification.


If you would like to learn more about being a project manager, read our free guide: How to Build a Career in Project Management.

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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. 


Not sure if this course is for you? Schedule a call to speak with an educational adviser.

Why IPM?
Reputation & History
Project Management Experts
Global IPMA® Certification
Unparalleled Expertise
Student Hub & Community
Reputation & History
  • Established in 1989 as the first Irish professional body dedicated to the promotion of project management as a discipline.
  • Trained 40,000 Professionals and Certified 6,000 Project Managers.
  • National Body for IPMA® in Ireland.
  • First PMP Certification exam hosted in Ireland.
  • Globally recognised certification body.
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Project Management Experts

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

As a result, we attract the highest calibre of international lecturers – who offer invaluable knowledge to our students.

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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 of 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

Our dedicated Student Support team is here to help you stay relevant and connected to achieve your goals.

Joining the Institute’s community offers you an immersive and engaging learning experience where flexibility and interaction are key. Classroom and virtual learners will gain access to the Institute’s hub where they can find additional resources and connect with other participants to brainstorm, be inspired and share ideas.

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Alumni Reviews

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Paola Galisai

Station Manager & Editor at Radio Show Italia
July 15threv_img
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.

David Walsh

Mechanical Engineer at Colas Teoranta
April 7threv_img
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!

Adrienne Fleming

Lecturer in Science at Technological University Dublin
Aug 22ndrev_img
Thank you for a great learning experience on the Diploma in Project Management with the Institute of Project Management.

Jack Rainey

FP&A Analyst at Enstar
Oct 30threv_img
Highly recommended. I upskilled by doing the project management diploma and it helped me secure a new job.

Aidan Moloney

MDR Process Lead at DePuy Synthes Companies
March 24threv_img
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Need further information?
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 Support team.

Does the course have payment plans?

Yes, there are two payment options available:

  • Full payment before the start of the course;
  • 50/50 instalment plan: the first instalment of 50% should be paid upfront, and the remainder halfway through the course (week 7).
What are the delivery formats available for this course?
  • Online. Choose weekly online evening classes with industry-expert lecturers. Do not need to worry about missing a class – a recording of each online class will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time.
  • Classroom. Choose weekly evening classes on campus for in-person learning with industry-expert lecturers. Classes run at National College of Ireland (Dublin), Dundalk Institute of Technology, Cork Education Support Centre, University of Galway and University of Limerick. Please note the scheduling of classroom courses may have been affected by Covid-19.
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.

Is the course applicable to any industry?

Yes, the content of this professional diploma in project management programme is suitable for various industry sectors. We have students from different backgrounds – such as engineering, pharmaceuticals, design, construction, IT and many others – who completed the course successfully.

How is this course assessed?

The course is assessed through two written assignments (a self-assessment and a written project) and a 3-hour online exam at the end of the course (Multiple-Choice and Scenario style of questions).

How much time do I need to spend every week to complete the course?

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.

Are the course qualifications recognised internationally?

Yes, the course credentials are recognised in over 70 countries.

Will recordings be available if I miss a class?

A recording of each online class 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.

How will this course help with my career?

This course curriculum is designed by industry-experts to help you learn how to think like a Project Manager and develop the practical competence that is so valuable to hiring managers. Gain the mindset, concepts, skills, and confidence to build your project management career with globally recognised credentials.

What is the difference between your diploma courses?

The Certified Project Management Diploma is the best course for those who want to start their accredited career path as a project manager. It is also best suited for project managers who need to strengthen their practice with formal training on core project management tactical subjects.


The Strategic Project Program Management Diploma is designed for candidates with at least 3 years of professional experience in a project management role, who are confident managing a project from initiation to close out according to best practices and standards. This course will build on your foundations to develop your skills to manage multiple projects and implement strategic project management in your daily practice and in your organisation.


The Project Leadership and Management Diploma is best suited to emerging leaders and project management professionals looking to refine their management and leadership skills. The programme is designed to help you evolve from a project manager to a project leader. As such, the focus will be on developing the capabilities, attitudes, and behaviours needed to become a confident, driven, and focused project leader.