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For over 20 years Merit has helped leaders around the world reach their management, communications, and training goals. We provide live instruction on your site, Virtual Instructor Led Synchronous (VILT), and web-based training for 24/7 access. We also offer a blended delivery method to best suit your needs. Below are some of the many topics that we regularly deliver:

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Project Management Foundations (2 days)

Course Code: PM101
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Novice project managers and anyone interested in PM


This workshop is designed to give the participant the skills and tools to consistently be an effective project manager. The participant will receive guidance through the entire project life cycle, learning to gain "buy-in" from sponsors, create a tactical plan, and manage project scope changes and challenges. The participant will learn how to communicate the appropriate information to the various stakeholders throughout the project life cycle.
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Project Management Fundamentals (3 days)

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Course Code: PM102
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Novice project managers and anyone interested in PM


This workshop covers the full complement of sub-plans, methods and procedures that span the typical project life-cycle from initiation to project close. It is designed to give the participant the skills and tools to consistently be an effective project manager. Participants will examine the role of the project manager and their involvement in managing the life-cycle of a project through defining task, time management, scheduling, and resource allocation. Each of the ten PMI Knowledge Areas will be covered in the modules that will be presented to the workshop participants.


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Project Management with Simulation Executive Overview (1 day)

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Course Code: PM103
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: This course is ideal for those involved in and managing projects: Novice or advanced project managers, Project team leaders, Project team members, and Senior Managers


In Merit's Project Management with Simulation Executive workshop, the experience of managing projects is brought to life. The project requirements, the resource constraints, timing and budgeting challenges, and the everyday interruptions and sudden changes that emerge, are all included. Using SimulTrain®, a computer-based simulator, it's invigorating, exciting and a bit stressful - but you will be able to apply your learning and team-building skills immediately. Participants always leave the day saying they just didn't realize how great this experience could be. Find out for yourself! There are no words that convey the benefits of this one-day event!


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Project Management Foundations with Simulation (2 days)

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Course Code: PM104
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Novice project managers and anyone interested in PM


This workshop covers several PM sub-plans, methods and procedures that span the typical project life-cycle from initiation to project close. It is designed to give the participant the skills and tools to consistently be an effective project manager. Participants will examine the role of the project manager and their involvement in managing the life-cycle of a project through defining tasks, time management, scheduling, and resource allocation. The simulation tool is used to reinforce learning.


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Project Management Overview with Simulation (3 days)

4.26

Course Code: PM105
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Novice project managers and anyone interested in PM


This workshop covers the full complement of sub-plans, methods and procedures that span the typical project life-cycle from initiation to project close. It is designed to give the participant the skills and tools to consistently be an effective project manager. Participants will examine the role of the project manager and their involvement in managing the life-cycle of a project through defining task, time management, scheduling, and resource allocation. Each of the ten PMI Knowledge Areas will be covered in the modules that will be presented to the workshop participants. The simulation tool is used to reinforce learning.


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PM Fundamentals (12 hours)

Course Code: PM151
Delivery Method: On Demand Education
Targeted Audience: This course is intended for newcomers in project management, junior project managers, members of project teams, and experienced managers who are looking for the theoretical and methodological background.


The e-learning course "PM Fundamentals" is a basic introduction to project management which gives insights in the methods and concepts of project management.


With the help of 36 lessons grouped into 9 thematic modules, the learner is introduced step by step to the essentials of project managements, its reasoning as well as its instruments and methods.


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PM Advanced (18 hours)

Course Code: PM152
Delivery Method: On Demand Education
Targeted Audience: This course is intended for project managers who would like to complete their knowledge, and project managers who would like to perfect their skills in preparation for a certification.


The e-learning course "PM Advanced" is targeted on senior project managers who already have fundamental knowledge in project management. The course deals with more complex project management methods and instruments.


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PM Team Leader (12 hours)

Course Code: PM153
Delivery Method: On Demand Education
Targeted Audience: This course is intended for people who have to manage a project or a team, project managers who have to run complex projects with a variety of stakeholders involved, subject matter specialists who are looking for an introduction to the soft skills needed in project management, and project managers who want to prepare for certification.


The e-learning course "PM Team Leader" introduces to the soft skills that a project managers needs to lead a project team successfully. It gives a good understanding of self-management and team leadership.


With the help of video examples, the participants need to evaluate particular situations and to take the decisions. The reactions to the taken decisions immediately show if the counterparts are pleased or not.


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Program & Portfolio Management - PMI® Standard 2nd Edition (12 hours)

Course Code: PM154
Delivery Method: On Demand Education
Targeted Audience: This course is intended for senior project managers who would like to complete their knowledge, and program & portfolio managers who would like to prepare for a certification.


The e-learning course Program & Portfolio Management is an interactive course destined to senior project managers who would like to complete their knowledge and to program & portfolio managers who would like to prepare for a certification.


The course introduces to programs and project portfolios and defines the role of project management office.


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Project Management Scheduling (12 hours)

Course Code: PM155
Delivery Method: On Demand Education
Targeted Audience: This course is intened for project managers who want to specialize in project scheduling and project managers who are preparing a PMI® Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® certification.


The interactive e-learning course Project Management Scheduling covers the knowledge areas and the project scheduling processes as described in the Practice Standard for Scheduling - published by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.


The course introduces to the particularities of project scheduling and prepares candidates for the certification.


It is the ideal preparation for future scheduling experts.


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Project Management IPMA Competencies - ICB3 (24 hours)

Course Code: PM156
Delivery Method: On Demand Education
Targeted Audience: This course is intended for project managers who aspire for one of the four levels of the IPMA certification.


The e-Learning Course "Project Management IPMA Competences - ICB 3" is aligned to the IPMA Competences Baseline 3 which is the reference to the competence framework of the IPMA certification.


The e-Learning course covers all of the three competence areas of the ICB and is designed to give a solid introduction to project management tools, techniques, and skills. An easy way to learn - self-paced and motivated!


During the time of preparation, you are accompanied by an experienced tutor who answers questions and supports you in the learning process.


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Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Fifth Edition - Certification Preparation (24 hours)

Course Code: PM157
Delivery Method: On Demand Education
Targeted Audience: This course is intended for project managers who want to learn project management according to the Project Management Institute's (PMI)® standards, the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and project managers who prepare a Project Management Professional (PMP)® or a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification


The e-learning course Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is aligned to the (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.


The course is designed for people who want to become PMI® certified project managers - either Project Management Professional (PMP)® or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®.


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Comprehensive Project Management Workshop (5 days)

4.13

Course Code: PM201
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Novice project managers, anyone interested in PM, and those aspiring to become PMPs


This comprehensive workshop covers the full complement of sub-plans, methods and procedures that span the typical project life-cycle from initiation to project close. It is designed to give the participant the complete set of skills and tools to consistently be an effective project manager. Participants will examine the role of the project manager and their involvement in managing the life-cycle of a project through defining task, time management, cost estimation, scheduling, and resource allocation. Each of the ten PMI Knowledge Areas will be covered in the modules that will be presented to the workshop participants. This course meets the qualifications of the PMI to take the PMP examination.


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Stakeholder Management and Communications Planning (1 day)

4.565

Course Code: PM202
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Project managers


A great deal of research on Why Projects Fail shows that the primary reason is poor communications. Stakeholder management and communication planning are often skipped in the project management process because other plans and tasks supersede these two important topics. This course seeks to address the need for proper stakeholder management and why a good communication plan is imperative for project success.


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Schedule and Cost Control (2 days)

4.62

Course Code: PM203
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Project managers, general managers, team leaders and individuals responsible for risk management


A Project manager is usually the one individual primarily responsible for ensuring a project is delivered on time, within budget and to the desired level of quality. Balancing these three constraints are integral to a successfully managed project. This course examines project scope, requirements management, time management, cost control, and the important relationship between the concepts. The class leads the participant through the processes required to successfully define the project requirements and break them down into the tasks and activities that are required to produce a project schedule that meets the sponsor's timeline and budget.


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Project Change Management (1 day)

Course Code: PM204
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Project managers


Effective change management is a key component and vital to the success of projects and project management. Project Managers must be highly regimented in their approach to dealing with project changes and their related dynamics. As a part of the change management process, it is important to track, understand the impact and quantify each change with regard to the approved project plan baseline. A critical component of the change process is communicating the impact of the proposed changes to appropriate organizational personnel.


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Agile Project Management (2 days)

4.73

Course Code: PM301
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Project managers


This course teaches Agile principles and practices used in project management to best handle change. Flexibility, adaptation and direct communications are encouraged. Recurring opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout its life cycle are provided using rolling wave planning, interactive and incremental delivery methods. During this 2-day course participants develop and employ an Agile design with Sprint Planning and Scrums. Each day participants are provided the opportunity to practice project execution and control of an Agile project in a dynamic real-time environment.


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Identifying and Managing Project Risks (1 day)

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Course Code: PM302
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Project managers, general managers, team leaders and individuals responsible for risk management


This one-day course is designed to provide participants with an overview of risk management methodologies and best practices. It covers the key concepts, components, and tools that are required to develop effective measures for monitoring and controlling project risks. Participants will be presented with techniques for identifying, assessing, monitoring, controlling, reporting and analyzing project risks and their impact on project costs and schedules. Hands-on examples and templates are used to reinforce risk management concepts, tools, and methods used to effectively manage project risks.


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PMP Exam Prep (5 days)

Course Code: PM401
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Experienced and novice project managers aspiring to become PMPs


This course is intended for individuals who wish to obtain their PMP or CAPM credential. The Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam Preparation course is designed to prepare students to pass the PMP exam administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). The focus is on exam topics and the PMI® Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), upon which many of the exam questions are based.


PMP, PMI, and PMBOK are registered trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.


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Project Cost Estimating (2 days)

4.65

Course Code: PM402
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Those responsible for estimating costs on projects.


The course introduces methods and techniques used in estimating project costs through defining tasks via a work breakdown structure (WBS). A wide variety of cost estimating techniques are practiced during the workshop and emphasis is placed on selecting the most accurate estimating methods for a particular task.


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Identifying and Managing Project Risks (2 days)

4.832

Course Code: PM403
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Project managers, general managers, team leaders and individuals responsible for risk management


Risk Management is designed to provide participants with a practical, in-depth understanding and use of risk management methodologies and best practices. The content covers key concepts, components, and tools that are required to develop effective measures for monitoring and controlling project risks. Participants prepare risk response plans with associated "triggers" to execute the plan(s). Participants will be presented with techniques for identifying, assessing, monitoring, controlling, reporting and analyzing project risks, and their impact on project quality, costs and schedules.


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Project Cost Estimating (3 days)

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Course Code: PM404
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Those responsible for estimating costs on projects.


Estimating costs is as much an art form as an accounting process. To do it successfully one must have a good understanding of the work required and the skills of those performing the work. The course introduces methods and techniques used in estimating project costs through defining tasks via a work breakdown structure (WBS). A wide variety of cost estimating techniques are practiced during the workshop and emphasis is placed on selecting the most accurate estimating methods for a particular task.


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Project Leadership (2 days)

4.69

Course Code: PM405
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: This course is designed for personnel in the private or public workforce that wish to improve their project leadership knowledge and skills.


In Project Leadership, participants learn and experience three critical aspects of successful project leadership. First, the course dives deeply into situation based leadership. Participants apply techniques to meet the demands of the situation as well as the needs of the project team members. Managing team conflict is always challenging therefore properly addressing the subject is the second component of the class. Selecting and applying the proper leadership and conflict management styles to individuals and teams greatly improves the odds of success. The third topic is risk management - a key to project success. The participants apply risk management techniques and manage a project throughout the course.


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X-AM IMPA - ICB3 - Level C and D Certification Preparation Course (10 hours)

Course Code: PM453
Delivery Method: On Demand Education
Targeted Audience: This simulator is designed for candidates for the IPMA Level D certification exam and candidates for the IPMA Level C certification exam.


The exam simulator X-AM IPMA allows certification candidates to prepare for the IPMA Level D and Level C examination in an easy and efficient way. Candidates become accustomed to the kinds of questions asked during the examination while practicing with the X-AM.


X-AM includes over 350 of questions - with feedbacks on each question. A tracking system demonstrates the progress in course of the learning phase.


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X-AM Foundation - PRINCE2 2009 - Foundation Certifcation Preparation Course (10 hours)

Course Code: PM454
Delivery Method: On Demand Education
Targeted Audience: This exam simulator is designed for candidates for the PRINCE2 2009 Foundation certification exam.


The exam simulator X-AM PRINCE2 allows certification candidates to prepare for the PRINCE2 Foundation examination in an easy and efficient way. Candidates become accustomed to the kinds of questions asked during the examination while practicing with the X-AM.


X-AM includes over several hundreds of questions - with feedbacks on each question. A tracking system demonstrates the progress in course of the learning phase.


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X-AM Scheduling - PMI-SP® Certification Preparation Course (10 hours)

Course Code: PM455
Delivery Method: On Demand Education
Targeted Audience: This exam simulator is designed for candidates for the Project Management Institute PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® certification exam.


The exam simulator X-AM PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® allows certification candidates to prepare for the Project Management Institute (PMI)® examination in an easy and efficient way. Candidates become accustomed to the kinds of questions asked during the examination while practicing with the X-AM.


X-AM includes hundreds of questions - with feedbacks on each question. A tracking system demonstrates the progress in course of the learning phase.


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Earned Value Management (2 days)

Course Code: PM501
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Project managers


This workshop covers the technique of Earned Value (EV) as an effective tool in managing projects. It covers the history of the EV concept along with the rationale for using the tool. EV is currently the most robust project management tool available for evaluating project status and forecasting completion costs and schedule. Earned Value relies on a well-developed work breakdown structure to create cost and schedule baselines. From this base-level definition, it is possible to compare project plans versus actual status in a more meaningful way than traditional planned versus actual presentations. The EVM metrics are very helpful in analyzing and forecasting variations in cost and schedules for the future of the project.


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Risk Management for the Pharmaceutical Industry (1 day)

Course Code: PM601
Delivery Method: On-site Workshop
Targeted Audience: Project managers, clinical trial managers and individuals responsible for risk management


The pharmaceutical industry and the drug development process pose challenges that vary significantly from standard project management practices, especially in the area of risk management. Risk Management is an integral part of project planning; it is not a separate process. It includes the processes concerned with conducting risk management planning identification, analysis, responses plus monitoring and control on a project. The objectives of project risk management are to maximize positive outcomes by increasing the probability and impact of positive events, and minimize the negative outcomes by decreasing the probability and impact of events adverse to a project.


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