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 and realize the importance of scoping techniques in project control best practices
  • Develop effective and realistic cost estimates within the context of your own projects
  • Translate time-based estimates into a logical sequence resulting in the generation of a project schedule
  • 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, for example in understanding progress and dealing with risk
  • 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


    • Computer Planning Systems
    • Resourcing and other issues

Simulated Exercises

    • Worked examples, where delegates participate in groups or teams to control some fictitious but realistic projects. These simulated exercises will be used 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 for our expert and participants to exchange experiences and address project problems and issues
  • Assessment

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

Course duration is four hours per day.

Course Director

Peter Benton


Worley Academy Certificate

Course Schedule

28 Sep 2020 Virtual

Course Details

Date: 28 Sep 2020

Start Time: 7:00am (London)

End Time: 11:00am (London)

Duration: Course duration is four hours per day.

Instructor: Peter Benton

Location: Virtual

Price: USD $700 (ex-Vat)

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