Introduction to Project Controls


(Project Management)

Outstanding Features

This 16-hour blended learning course will prepare you for an entry level role in project controls.

Centred around a simulated project, our highly experienced industry expert, Peter Benton, will guide and coach delegates in developing their ability to apply planning, forecasting, reporting and monitoring techniques.

Each project phase is covered in detail, emphasizing that good definition and planning of the controls is as critical as the control and monitoring of a project during execution.

Take your first step to launch your project controls career here!

Course Overview

Without good project controls, a project is out of control! This course will enable delegates to become effective at keeping their projects on track. Aimed at those who seek to learn the principles and practice of good project control, this course covers the fundamental tasks and skills required to become effective in a project controls role.

Target Audience

Individuals seeking to increase their knowledge and capability in the project controls function.

Entry level project controls staff, project managers, project engineers, PMO staff.

You Will Learn How to

  • Apply critical project scoping processes in project controls best practices
  • Develop effective and realistic cost estimates within the context of your own projects
  • Translate time-based estimates into a logical sequence to enable schedule generation
  • Integrate risk into project cost and schedule data
  • Identify the impacts of change upon project cost and schedule and implement the change effectively
  • Communicate and present complex data so that non-project controls personnel can act effectively
  • Influence fellow project team members to adhere to project controls processes for project success


Course Orientation

  • Meet and greet with delegates
  • Ground rules, expectations and desired outcomes
  • Project Overview

  • Projects and project management defined
  • How a project differs from normal business

  • Why project management is required
  • Why project controls are required
  • The Controls Process

  • Definition phase
  • Planning phase
  • Scheduling phase
  • Monitoring and control activities
  • Keeping records
  • Handover and closeout phase
  • Review and learning phase
  • Definition Phase

  • Project familiarisation
  • Project business case
  • Managing project scope
  • Managing project requirements
  • Managing stakeholders
  • Planning Phase

  • Difference between planning and scheduling
  • Purpose of and approaches to planning
  • Budgeting and cost estimating
  • Project breakdown structures
  • Dependencies
  • Health, safety and environmental considerations
  • Scheduling Phase

  • Different schedule types
  • Schedule design
  • Schedule construction
  • Communicating the schedule
  • Reviewing the schedule
  • Control & Monitoring Phase
  • Baselining and reporting

  • Controlling cost
  • Managing change
  • Managing risk
  • Record Keeping & Learning

  • Keeping records and document management
  • Handover & closeout phase
  • Learning lessons
  • Miscellaneous

  • Computer Planning Systems
  • Resourcing and other issues
  • Delegates will be provided with simulated exercises to promote learning throughout the course.

    Course Details

    Session 1

  • Facilitator and Participant Introductions, Course Rules and Practicalities
  • Introduction to Project Controls
  • Purpose of Controls
  • Controls Process
  • Practical case study introduction
  • Scope and requirements definition and planning; stakeholders
  • Simulated activity (scope planning)
  • “Surgery” – a dedicated time to exchange experiences

    Session 2

  • Estimating (cost and schedule)
  • Simulated activity (estimating)
  • Cost planning
  • Simulated activity (cost planning)
  • Dedicated “surgery” time
  • Assessment
  • Session 3

  • Schedule Planning
  • Practical case study activity (schedule planning)
  • Control and monitoring during execution
  • Practical case study activity (control and monitoring during execution)
  • Dedicated surgery time
  • Assessment
  • Session 4

  • Risk planning and control
  • Change control
  • Practical case study activity (risk planning and change control)
  • Dedicated surgery time
  • Assessment
  • Course Length

    16 hours. 4 hours each day for 4 consecutive days

    Course Director

    Peter Benton

    Graduating in Physics from the University of Bristol, Peter began his career in the oil and gas sector, initially in the mathematical modelling of innovative open-hole wireline tools and developing log interpretation software. This was followed by a period in the field as an operational wireline engineer in the US and Egypt.

    Subsequently, Peter held several operational positions around the world in the oil and gas, broadcast and water industries before moving into general departmental management. As part of this, Peter was introduced to the discipline of project management and gradu... Read more


    Worley Academy Certificate

    Course Schedule

    22 Feb 2021 Virtual

    Course Details

    Start Date: 22 Feb 2021

    End Date: 25 Feb 2021

    Start Time: 7:00am (London)

    End Time: 11:00am (London)

    Duration: 16 hours. 4 hours each day for 4 consecutive days

    Instructor: Peter Benton

    Location: Virtual

    Price: USD 120