Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am interested in taking the Environmental & Sustainability Project Management Planning Essentials Workshop and am looking for something specific to Environmental and Sustainability.  Does this workshop provide specific content around Environmental & Sustainability PM?

  2. What type of tools will we be left with after the course so we can hit the ground running?

  3. I just completed my PM Certification Course and in looking at the outline for this workshop, I think it might mirror those courses?

  4. What course material is provided?

  5. My manager has asked if you have any software that will be included in the training that would help us with Project Management. We are looking for a tool that will be used after the course to organize and track progression on any particular project

  6. With Project Management now widely recognized as a crucial component of many professions and professional programs, which PM Standard should be utilized?

  7. What Project Management Certification standard do you recommend for those of us considering accreditation?

1. The course includes

a. Environmental (e.g. Lake Remediation and Restoration) and Sustainability (e.g. Water/Wastewater and Solids Waste projects) case studies. The cases are used as the framework for the Day 1 Project Proposal/Charter Writing and Deliverable Breakdown Structure learning modules and for the Project Stakeholder Management Module on Day 2.

2. Participants will be equipped with project management tools and techniques that they can use the very next day. in this regard, below is a list of workshop participant takeaways, including tools that past participants have identified as outcomes from taking the course:

  • Difference between a project and program
  • Understanding the project lifecycle and the importance of planning before beginning initiation of a new project
  • Importance of front-end effort necessary for business case planning
  • Building a project proposal/charter
  • Adding more detail to project charter background Why Needed (ABCC) – Accountability, Business Process not Working, Competition, Change, Congruency
  • Step by Step Process = Success
  • New tools such as the Deliverable Breakdown Structure, Critical Path Method, Precedent Network Diagram
  • Understanding the amount of time/money/resources required for proper project planning management
  • Creating a timeline and critical path
  • The importance of sequencing activities to utilize efficiencies and resources
  • How to organize my projects
  • Framework for project management from start to finish
  • "Scope In and Scope Out"
  • Real-world applicability: identify deliverables, organizational structures, sign off stages to help ensure all factors are considered and incorporated when planning and managing a project
  • Learning the PM lingo and the applications behind it


3. You will learn practical tools and techniques not covered in a PM certification course.

This course content is aligned and congruent with the PMBoK and as such the content mirrors the PMBoK. However, unlike PM certification courses (which are focused on the PMBoK methodology/theory, this is a practical workshop where participants work in teams using  environmental/sustainability project case studies to develop a Project Proposal, Deliverable Breakdown Structure and carry out a Stakeholder Analysis .

Team peer review are an important aspect of this workshop. Additionally, human factors (e.g. interpersonal communications, stages of team building) impacting project management are woven throughout the course content and demonstrated through real examples (SAR, Source Water protection, Water Management, Waste Management Environmental Contaminated Site Remediation & Restoration) by the instructor

4. Workshop Resources

  • A comprehensive course reference manual with sample PM templates, forms and charts
  • Course handouts: Project Proposal/Charter, PMBoK V 5.0 Processes x Project Phases, Decision Gates x Project Phases, Sample Environmental Deliverables Breakdown Structure, 4 Stages of Team Development, samples of projects requiring an environmental assessment

    Post Workshop Resources

  • Graphic Recordings: provide a quick refresh on the content covered in the workshop
  • Project Management and Other Publications: links to books referenced in course (Project Management, Sustainability, Negotiation, Interpersonal Communications, Leadership, Virtual Communications)
  • PMP Certification information (Publications, Links, Tips and Suggestions)
  • Stakeholder Engagement & Management Links
  • PMP Certificate – 15 PDUs
  • Subscription to Community of Practice
  • 30 minutes of post-workshop coaching via e-mail or telephone
  • Future Workshop discounts


5. The course provides you with tools for organizing and tracking project progress  without using software. The topic of software is discussed in the course for participants to gain a better understanding of what software tools they may want to consider implementing

6.  The globally recognized Project Management Institute's (PMI) PMBoK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) is the "preeminent global standard for Project Management" providing you with the foundation and fundamental practices for excellence and success in achieving organizational results

7.  We recommend the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) or CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) Certification; these are rigorously developed accreditations applicable in virtually every industry!
See below for Certification pre-requisites
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CAPM Pre-requisites

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate's degree/global equivalent)
  • 1,500 hours of project experience
  • Completion of 23 hours of Project Management education

PMP Pre-requisites

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate's degree/global equivalent)
  • 7,500 hours leading/directing projects
  • Completion of 35 hours of Project Management education
  • Four-year degree
  • 4,500 hours leading/directing projects
  • Completion of 35 hours of Project Management education