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Microsoft Project 2016

This online course will lead you through Microsoft Project 2016 features and functions one step at a time. You will learn how to plan out your work and keep projects on track using this powerful software. In addition, you will gain confidence and competency through hands-on practice exercises. This course combines knowledge of project management scheduling disciplines with the use of the Microsoft Project 2016 software.

This training combines online presentations, reading assignments, and hands-on practice. Throughout the course, you'll participate in quizzes and short case studies to confirm your understanding of the topics. Each module builds on the previous one in a logical progression from entry level to very advanced level skills.

In addition, this course will provide the prerequisite training hours for the Project Management Institute's Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® credential or PDUs to maintain your PMI qualified certifications.

6 Months / 60 Course Hrs
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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES857

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the Microsoft Project 2016 features
  • Plan out your work and keep projects on track
  • Use Project 2016 software to improve your project managing abilities
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 60 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Become a more efficient and organized worker
  • Bring your mastery of Microsoft Project to any potential workplace
  • Set yourself apart from competitors by going above and beyond to receive extra instruction


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Course Introduction

Receive an overview of Project, set up and download project files, and understand what to expect from the course. Gather project documentation, understand the Scope Statement, understand your deliverables, and master the work breakdown structure.

Methodology and MS Project 2016

Cover terms and concepts, dive into a schedule analysis, and understand float. Learn about ribbon menu navigation, the backstage view, and templates.

Settings and Fundamentals

Dive into MS Project terminology, navigate resource and tsk tables, utilize forms, and explore the many uses of default settings. Learn how to set up calendars and use templates.

Resources and Assignments

Understand schedules, advanced task functionalities, and learn about the many resources available to Project users. Mange resource assignments, including graphs, usage, and users.

Projects and Review

Customize project reviews, verify schedule logic, validate estimates and resource assignments, and learn how to status and track your project.

Formatting and Customization

Complete the course by learning about formatting and customization. Change details, create macros, and use organizational tools. Import and export project data, manage multiple projects, create a master project file, and create a common resource pool.

  1. Microsoft Project Training
    1. Course Introduction
      1. What is Project?
      2. Set up and download practice files
      3. What to expect
    2. Establishing a Good Project Management Foundation
      1. Gathering project documentation
      2. The Scope Statement
      3. Understanding your deliverables
      4. The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    3. Schedule Terminology and Methodology
      1. Terms and Concepts
      2. Schedule Analysis
      3. Understanding Float
    4. Navigating to MS Project 2016
      1. Ribbon Menu Navigation
      2. The Backstage View
      3. Templates
    5. MS Project Terminology
      1. Understanding Task and Resource Views
      2. Navigating Resource and Task Tables
      3. Utilizing Forms
    6. Understanding Default Settings
      1. The Purpose of Default Settings
      2. Finding Default Settings
      3. Default Settings for display and general calendars
      4. Default Settings for scheduling and calculations
    7. Setting Up Calendars
      1. Available Base Calendar Templates
      2. Creating a Project Calendar
      3. Setting up Resource and Task Calendars
      4. Calendar Tips
    8. Task Terminology & Creating Task List
      1. Microsoft Project Tasks Defined
      2. More Tasks Defined
      3. Creating a Task List
      4. Organizing your Tasks
    9. Schedule Development
      1. Types of Estimates
      2. Modeling Tasks & Relationships
      3. Schedule Development
    10. Advanced Task Functionalities
      1. Task Types and Calculations
      2. Advanced Task Functionalities
      3. Managing Deadlines
      4. Task Information Dialog Box
    11. Introduction to Resources
      1. Resource Terminology
      2. Resource Types
      3. Setting up a Resource Sheet
      4. Best Practices
    12. Assigning Resources to Tasks
      1. Utilizing Assign Resources method
      2. Understanding Work Resource Calculations
      3. Changing Resource Assignments
      4. Assigning Material and Cost Resources
      5. Resource Planning Guidelines
    13. Managing Resource Assignments
      1. Resource Graph View
      2. Resource Usage View
      3. Utilizing Team Planner
    14. Customizing Project Views
      1. Modifying the Gantt Chart view
      2. Applying Sorts
      3. Understanding Built-in Filters and AutoFilter
      4. Utilizing Groups
    15. Project Plan Review
      1. Is it a Good Plan?
      2. Verifying Schedule Logic
      3. Ensuring All Work Is Included
      4. Validating Estimates and Resource Assignments
    16. Statusing Your Project
      1. Setting Baseline
      2. Understanding the Statusing Process
      3. Understanding Statusing Formulas
      4. Introduction to Tracking Methods
    17. Tracking Project Performance
      1. Project Statistics
      2. Applying Slipping Task Filter
      3. Utilizing Variance Table
      4. Generating Reports
      5. Earned Value Management (EVM) and Microsoft Project
      6. Getting Back on Track
    18. Format and Customize
      1. Changing Details
      2. Creating Macros
      3. Utilizing Drag and Drop functionality
      4. Utilizing the Organizer
    19. Create Master Project Files
      1. Import / Exporting Project Data
      2. Managing Multiple Projects
      3. Creating a Master Project File
      4. Creating a Common (Shared) Resource Pool
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Instructors & Support

Nikki Choyce

Nikki Choyce, PMP has been involved in the project management field for almost 20 years and has worked as a consultant and trainer for much of that time. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and very active in the project management community. She has worked in a variety of industries, including Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Marketing, Aerospace, Construction, and Telecommunications. She has worked with Microsoft Project for over 10 years.




There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Project 2016 (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

I have Microsoft Project 2013 (2010, etc.). Can I use that instead of 2016?

No. This is a hands-on course that calls out specific keystroke commands. In every version of Microsoft Project, new features and functions are added or removed and keystrokes will likely change. Additional compatibility issues may exist with using the provided practice files.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes, this course will meet the educational prerequisites for the PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP ®) certification. In addition, this course will meet re-certification requirements (PDUs) for most project management certifications offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI).

I have Microsoft Project 2016 Standard. Can I use that?

Yes. Although this program will also cover some features / functions that are only available in the Professional edition, you will be provided with references to those functions. The main difference is that you won't be able to do the hands-on exercises associated with those functions.

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