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Introduction to CPM scheduling

During this interactive course, a member of our expert staff will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of the Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling technique. This course does not teach any particular software, but should be considered a prerequisite to scheduling software training.

During the training, our instructor takes the time to learn about your organization to provide relevant examples of ways to use the concepts in your daily work environment. Topics covered include:

  • CPM scheduling terminology
  • Using the PERT estimating technique
  • Relationships, lags, leads, and constraints
  • Calculating a forward-pass and backward-pass
  • Resource loading and leveling
  • Applying status
  • Basic scheduling best-practices

Target Audience

  • Aspiring project managers, project controls analysts, or schedulers.
  • Project professionals who want to learn more about the scheduling process.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Understand the terminology used in CPM scheduling
  • Build a schedule of sequenced tasks, with durations, using critical path methodology
  • Identify free float, total float, and the schedule critical path
  • Understand options for resource loading and optimization
  • Apply a disciplined scheduling update process
  • Use schedule recovery techniques


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Course Logistics

1 Day (8 Hours)
In person, teleconference, instructor lead
Student PCs are not required
Class Size
Up to 15 students


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