A4: PSP Certification Exam Review

Thursday - Friday, June 8-9, 2017 (2 FULL DAYS)
1.6 CEUs


$1300 Member / $1450 Non-member

Description
This seminar provides a good review of planning and scheduling principles/techniques, and is
intended as a refresher for individuals preparing to sit for the PSP certification exam. As such, it is
not meant to replace years of scheduling experience in the field, but rather should be considered as a
component of the preparation recommended to successfully achieve the PSP certification. The
seminar can also be helpful to those individuals not necessarily looking to sit for the certification
exam, but rather as a good overview of planning and scheduling that can be built upon by additional
project-based experience.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basic definition and use of planning
  • Understand the basic definition and use of scheduling
  • Understand how the concepts of planning and scheduling should be integrated in support of effective project management
  • Understand the different scheduling techniques available and potential uses for each
  • Understand the critical path method (CPM) scheduling, its basis, and its benefits
  • Understand how to effectively communicate schedule status and potential issues
  • Understand advance scheduling techniques/considerations, to include resource scheduling, earned value management, and schedule compression/acceleration methods
Knowledge Areas
Planning, scheduling, CPM scheduling, schedule communication methods, advanced scheduling techniques/considerations

Agenda

Day 1:
8:00 – 8:30: Introductions and PSP Certification Exam Overview
8:30 – 9:00: Required Skills & Knowledge of Planner/Scheduler
9:00 – 9:15: Planning & Scheduling Overview
9:15 – 9:30: Introduction to Planning
9:30 – 9:45: Break
9:45 – 10:30: Work Breakdown Structures
10:30 – 11:15: Scheduling Specifications
11:15 – 12:00: Introduction to Scheduling 
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 1:30: Schedule Inputs
1:30 – 2:00: Schedule Types
2:00 – 2:30: Schedule Levels 
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:30: Schedule Activities
3:30 – 4:30 Schedule Networks

Day 2:
8:00 – 9:00: CPM Schedule Calculations
9:00 – 9:15: Use of Calendars 
9:15 – 9:30: Understanding Constraints
9:30 – 9:45: Break
9:45 – 10:30: Understanding the Critical Path and Float
10:30 – 11:00 Schedule Quality Analysis 
11:00 – 11:30: Schedule Updating & Maintenance 
11:30 – 12:00 Schedule Forecasting 
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 1:30: Change Management 
1:30 – 2:00: Schedule Reporting 
2:00 – 2:30: Advanced Scheduling:  Resource Scheduling
2:30 – 2:45: Break
2:45 – 3:15: Advanced Scheduling: Earned Value Considerations
3:15 – 3:45: Schedule Delays 
3:45 – 4:30: Schedule Compression/Acceleration

Mike NosbischMichael R. Nosbisch, CCP PSP FAACE
Michael has over 27 years of experience in project/program management and controls within both the government and private sectors. He has worked for several of the leading engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms in the industry, to include URS Corporation, Jacobs Engineering, Kiewit, and Parsons Corporation. From 2009 to 2015, Michael managed successful EVM consulting practices for both SM&A and Project Time & Cost, LLC. He currently is a Vice President at Hill International, and is the project manager for Hill’s $16 million contract providing support to LA Metro’s Program Management Office.

Michael has been an active member of AACE International since 1999, earning numerous professional certifications as well as serving President of the Association from 2011 to 2012. Michael is also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, having taught graduate level courses in heavy construction estimating and scheduling.



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