The SOFPM course is an accelerated training and certification course designed for established professionals and those who have previously undergone training in Project Management. All who attend the program must be able to meet the requirements to be certified as either a Certified Project Master (CPM) or Certified Project Director (CPD)

Applicants must apply to attend and will be admitted on an individual basis after our team determines they possess the prerequisites and experience to attend and be successful in the course.

SOFPM consists of live, online training in Project Management concepts, terminology, and frameworks and is intended for those professionals amongst us looking to hone their skills and translate their experiences into an internationally accredited certification in Project Management.

The course is executed online through Zoom over 10 hours in five 2-hour sessions. At the culmination of the course, you will be assessed, certified, and admitted to the Institute of Project Management at the level for which you are eligible.

There is no examination – our Assessment is your opportunity to demonstrate your skills in leading programs, projects, and teams.

Session 1: All about Project Management and Effective Stakeholder Engagement

Before you can “deliver the project right”, you need to ensure you are “delivering the right project.”  Allocating resources (human, financial, and technical) to the wrong project is a major cause of project failure.  We’ll cover…

  • Project frameworks
  • Projects vs Operations
  • The Project Lifecycle
  • Programs and Portfolios
  • Types of Functional Organizations
  • Triple Constraints (Scope, Time, Cost)
  • The Cost of Change 
  • Importance of Project Methodologies
  • Identifying Project Stakeholders
  • Prioritizing Project Stakeholders
  • Engaging Project Stakeholders
  • Utilizing the Power/Interest Grid

Resource takeaway: Stakeholder Register

Session 2: Choosing the Right Project and Managing Plans

Demystify Business Cases and learn how to couple the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) with internationally accepted best practices to ensure organizational resources are protected and utilized properly.  Participants will also learn how to best plan and manage projects effectively.

  • The Project Charter
  • Opportunity identification
  • The Project Concept Canvas
  • Alternatives analysis  (Creative and Critical Thinking)
  • Analyzing impacts
  • Creating the Business Case
  • Total Cost of Ownership
  • MultiCriteria Analysis
  • Recommending Projects
  • Managing Plans and Risk
  • Work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Project budget
  • Direct and Indirect Project Costs
  • Project scheduling
  • Gantt Charts and Network Diagrams
  • Critical Path

Resource takeaway: The Project Concept Canvas, Simple Business Case, Detailed Business Case,  Project Budget example, the Download link for Project Libre (a free and open-source full-featured Project Management software)

Session 3: Project Risk and Change Management

Managing a successful project depends on more than simply following the plan. It demands the ability to lead and inspire a diverse and sometimes conflicted stakeholder community.  We teach Agile history and best practices and give all participants the tools to manage project teams using Agile practices.  We also focus on ensuring projects are closed properly and Lessons Learned are applied to future projects and programs.

  • Change Management Techniques (Kotter’s 8 Steps)
  • Risk management Strategies
  • Risk Identification
  • Risk Prioritization (Quantitative and Qualitative)
  • Risk Treatment (Probability and Impact)
  • Contingency and Management Reserves
  • Risk Tracking and Using the Risk Register 

Resource Takeaway: Change Management E-book, Risk Register, Risk Profile Tool

Session 4: Project Reporting (EVM) and Agile PM

Learn to properly know and understand the status of your programs and projects and how to best allocate resources to the ones in greatest need.  You’ll also be walked through Agile project management and be able to fully understand sprints and Scrums and employ them in your organizations.

  • Earned Value Management (BAC, AC, PV, TCPI, and more)
  • Schedule Performance Index (SPI)
  • Schedule Variance (SV)
  • Cost Performance Index (CPI)
  • Cost Variance (CV)
  • Schedule Management Techniques
  • Resource Leveling
  • Fast Tracking
  • Crashing
  • Agile Project Management and Leadership
  • Sprints (Planning and Executing)
  • Kanban Boards
  • Scrum and Stand-ups
  • Status reports

Session 5: Project Leadership and Closure

Leading project teams is an art.  Learn how to lead cross-functional teams effectively and engage with them properly.  You will also learn to close projects successfully and understand what the PMO can actually do for you… 

  • Managing Project Teams
  • Team Development (Tuckman Model)
  • DISC Utilization
  • Working Genius Types and How to Employ
  • Delegation Scales
  • Performance Barriers
  • Client Acceptance
  • Unsuccessful Projects
  • Closing Projects
  • Capturing Lessons Learned
  • The Project Management Office

At the conclusion of Session 5, all candidates who’ve completed the training are immediately issued their Digital Certifications through the Institute of Project Management’s Online Project Education (OPEN) portal at the level to which they are entitled.  This allows instant, online validation of certification authenticity and is available 24/7 via the web.  Certifications are also sharable on social media (LinkedIn).  All certifications are granted as lifetime certifications with no requirements for continuing education or further professional development.

What are you waiting for?  Find an upcoming course and register today!




$750  (total one-time fee which includes all training, resources, and lifetime certification)

Online through Zoom in five 2-hour sessions

Certification Course


SOFPM 1121 (5 Sessions 13-17 Dec at 7-9pm EST)

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

SOFPM 0122 (5 Sessions 3-7 Jan at 7-9pm EST)

January 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

SOFPM 0222 (5 Sessions 7-11 Feb 7-9pm EST)

February 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST