B2: Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP) Certification Exam Prep

Saturday - Sunday, June 27-28, 2020 (1.5 DAYS)
1.2 CEUs

Mike NosbischInstructor:  Michael R. Nosbisch, CCP PSP FAACE

Michael has over 30 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, Parsons Corporation, and Hill International. From 2009 to 2015, Michael managed successful EVM consulting practices for both SM&A and Project Time & Cost, LLC. He currently is a Sr. Vice President at 8(a)-certified small business Management Solutions, LLC, responsible for their Western Region.

Michael has been an active member of AACE International since 1999, earning numerous professional certifications as well as serving as 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.

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

Day 1:

8:00 – 8:15        Introductions and PSP Certification Exam Overview         
8:15 – 8:45        Required Skills & Knowledge of Planner/Scheduler
8:45 – 9:00        Planning & Scheduling Overview
9:00 – 10:30      Planning                           
10:30 – 10:45    Break
10:45 – 12:00    Introduction to Scheduling
12:00 – 1:00      Lunch
1:00 – 2:30        Schedule Inputs, Types and Levels
2:30 – 2:45        Break
2:45 – 3:30        Schedule Activities and Networks
3:30 – 5:00        CPM Schedule Calculations

Day 2:

8:00 – 8:45        Schedule Quality Analysis
8:45 – 9:30        Schedule Updating, Maintenance, and Forecasting 
9:30 – 10:00      Change Management
10:00 – 10:15    Break
10:15 – 11:00    Schedule Delays and Recovery
11:00 – 12:00    Advanced Scheduling: Resource Scheduling and Earned Value Considerations

$1150 member / $1300 non-member

NOTE: Add $100 if you are not staying at the host hotel. Book your room before registering for the seminar to lock-in the rate listed above. Add $100 for on-site registration. Seminar is subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met 30 days prior. Fee includes a hot breakfast buffet each morning, lunch on the full day, and morning and afternoon refreshment breaks.  

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