Project Management Certificate Program


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The Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre is partnering with Procept Associates to deliver a comprehensive project management curriculum in 2021. Participants can enroll in the certificate program (10 days spread over 12 months) and receive a Professional Development Certificate from Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines or they can enroll in courses a la carte. This is an outstanding opportunity for project-focused organizations to build their talent base, for future Project Manager’s on the road to their PMP, or for existing PMs to maintain their certifications.





If you have any questions please contact:

Jeff Coull


To Register:

To register yourself and your team please click the link below.

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Here is a list of the courses that will be offered. Please note, courses will be delivered in half-day sessions and the dates are subject to change, but we are avoiding July, Aug, and Dec due to the usual vacation time. Participants will have the opportunity to select the courses most relevant to them.

These courses will be instructor-led virtual deliveries until the end of June.
We will re-evaluate and transition to in-person sessions in Thunder Bay, when possible.


  1. 3-day Project Management Essentials:
    This 3-day fundamental course is an accessible, hands-on journey through a project from initiation to closing, with a special emphasis on initiation and planning. Course participants work in project teams to practice PM tools while they experience the realistic challenges that are encountered on projects. 

    More Details: More Info:
    February 17, 18, 19 & 24, 25, 26 – 8:30am – 12:00pm

    Please note, this course is mandatory for the certificate program. Participants can provide evidence of ‘equivalency’ to Procept who will conduct a Prior Learning Assessment of the credentials provided. There is a $100 charge for the assessment.


  1. 1-day Communications & Stakeholder Management: 
    This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the complexity of managing stakeholders and project communications. We will cover the processes, tools and techniques of Project Communications Management and Project Stakeholder Management as presented in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge®

    More Details:
    April 5, 6 – 8:30am – 12:00pm

    Please note, this course is mandatory for the certificate program. Participants can provide evidence of ‘equivalency’ to Procept who will conduct a Prior Learning Assessment of the credentials provided. There is a $100 charge for the assessment.


  1. 2-day Business Analysis for the Project Manager
    This 2-day course is designed to give Project Managers and project practitioners a better understanding of Business Analysis. They will learn how to employ business analysis tools, techniques, and approaches for better project outcomes. Challenges associated with role definitions, gaps and touchpoints between the PM and BA roles – to reduce waste and improve efficiency and benefits for the organization are identified. 

    More Details:
    May 10, 11, 12, 13 – 8:30am – 12:00pm


  1. 1-day Scheduling Essentials:
    Are your deliverables consistently late? This course is for your Project Controls Officers or for those who need to learn how to create and use one of the most valuable project management tools: a project schedule. Defining project success often involves completing on time and on budget, and project budgets are often driven by resource costs and the scheduling of those resources. 

    More Details:
    June 7, 8 – 8:30am – 12:00pm


  1. 2 ½-day Certified Agile PM (PMI-ACP Exam Preparation)
    Whether in government or private industry, project managers face a huge challenge when confronted with continually-changing requirements. How can you plan when things keep changing? Traditional project management approaches suggest that we take a snapshot of the requirements as a baseline, and then use change control in an attempt to minimize the impact of any shifting requirements. The new Agile Project Management methods help deal with these situations.

    More Details:
    September 9, 10, 13, 14, 15– 8:30am – 12:00pm


  1. 1-day Managing Project Risk:
    This course explores quantitative and qualitative techniques to identify and analyze project risk factors (risk event, event probability, and event impact). A variety of risk response choices are discussed, and risk identification and risk response are practiced in workshop groups. Quantitative techniques are applied to problems, but don’t worry, advanced mathematics is not used!

    More Details:
    October 4, 5 – 8:30am – 12:00pm

    Please note, this course is mandatory for the certificate program. Participants can provide evidence of ‘equivalency’ to Procept who will conduct a Prior Learning Assessment of the credentials provided. There is a $100 charge for the assessment.

  2. 1-day Procurement and Contract Management

    Procurement management, and especially contract administration, has become an essential project management skill in today’s trend of outsourcing. We will guide you through procurement practices, the bid process, contract negotiations, managing contractors and vendors for optimum performance and provide a taste of contract law. This 2-day course will provide the fundamental tools required for project managers. It will also offer you an insight into the role of the procurement officer or buyer on a project team.


    More Details:
    November 8, 9 – 8:30am – 12:00pm


  1. 2-day Microsoft Project Essentials:

    This fundamental 2-day course provides you with the hands-on skills to plan and manage project activities using Microsoft Project. You will learn and practice Microsoft Project at your own computer. The scheduling techniques are learned through a series of progressive exercises that simulate a real project. At the beginning of each exercise, participants load a new project file that contains all the information correctly entered from the previous exercise. As a result, those with slower typing skills are not left behind. By completion, participants will have fully defined a project from beginning to end, and will have performed project updates and reporting.

    More Details:
    January 10, 2022 – 8:30am – 12:00pm
    January 11, 17, 18, 21, 2022-– 8:30am – 11:00am


  1. 1-day Project Closeout Best Practice:
    Project closeout always presents challenges: from getting final approvals, to performing administrative and contract closure, to capturing lessons learned, and more. At the rapid pace of business today, efficient project closure is a must and may even give you a competitive edge. This 1-day workshop introduces project managers to the best practices for getting final signoffs and closing out projects. Project managers will come away with a structured closeout framework and some templates that can be used to complete an orderly project closeout.

    More Details:
    February 14, 15, 2022 – 8:30am – 12:00pm


  1. 2-day Project Driven Change Management:
    This course introduces project managers to the fundamentals of change management practice, helping them to understand the risks introduced by change resistance and how to reduce or eliminate those risks. By incorporating the techniques revealed in this course into their toolkits, project managers will be better able to deal with stakeholders, reduce project delays, increase efficiencies, and reduce the risk of not meeting a project’s business case objectives.

    More Details:
    March 21, 22, 28,29, 2022– 8:30am – 12:00pm



Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines Certificate program: $5,400 + HST includes 10 full days of courses and 70 PDUs

Project Management Essentials a-la-carte pricing: $1,439 + HST

1-Day Courses a-la-carte pricing: $629 + HST

2-Day Courses a-la-carte pricing: $989 + HST

3-Day Courses a-la-carte pricing: $1,439 + HST


Additional Costs that may be incurred:

  1. The following courses* require the participant to purchases additional study materials of approx. $40 + HST
    1. Business Analysis for Project Managers
    2. Microsoft Project Essentials

      * study material requirements may change between now and the start date
  1. Prior Learning Assessment ($100 + HST per course) if participants choose to request a PLA
  2. Exam fees are not included should the participant choose to pursue additional certifications



Canada-Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant can offset training costs to a maximum of $10,000 – $15,000 per employee.


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