Course Description

The Project Management Essentials (PME) course is a journey through project management from initiation to closing of a project. It focuses on developing practical skills that can be applied to increase the level of success on projects.

Real-life stories from a variety of industries are used to illustrate key concepts and best practices. Course participants are encouraged by the instructor to share their experiences. This ensures the discussions are realistic and relevant. PME has been adapted specifically to meet the needs of First Nations with the use of custom case studies and other educational techniques. The case study project is used throughout the course, making the key concepts relatable, and resulting in easier on-the-job application.

Learners will:

  • Work in project teams to practice management tools while they experience the realistic challenges that are encountered on projects.
  • Receive a course workbook containing copies of presentation slides, case studies, exercises, and suggested solutions.
  • Receive two badges toward the Project Management Certificate upon successful completion of the six half-day sessions. Learn more about ICEC's Professional Microcredentialing here
  • Be eligible to write the Certified Project Coordinator (CPC) exam from the Project Management Association of Canada (PMAC) because this course is accredited by PMAC.

In Partnership With

Project Management Essentials is delivered in partnership with Procept Associates Ltd, a Registered Education Provider accredited by the Project Management Association of Canada (PMAC) as meeting their standards for quality. After completing this course, participants are eligible to write the Certified Project Coordinator (CPC) exam from PMAC.



TRC Calls to Action

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This course provides education and training on corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples to gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.


Learning Outcomes

Learners will gain practical skills to:

  • Use terminology and processes of modern project management.
  • Prepare a complete and accurate project plan for your project.
  • Facilitate team discussions to learn from the Project Management experiences of others.
  • Practice Project Management skills using templates.
  • Value the benefits of a consistent Project Management methodology.

Skills & Competencies

  • Scope management
  • Conflict management
  • Leadership and motivation
  • Cost control
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Schedule updates, reporting, and control


  • Number of hours: 3.5 hours/day x 6 days = 21 hours (The Project Management Essentials course qualifies as two out of the seven MicroBadges.)

  • Assessment: Attendance and participation are mandatory for all six sessions and are monitored by the facilitator. Lack of attendance and/or participation may affect the learner's successful completion of the course. Successful completion of the course involves achieving 80% on the Final Quiz.

  • Previous education required: None; this course does not have a required prerequisite.

  • Delivery: Hybrid course with online modules and remote learning (6 half-day Zoom meetings).

  • Completion timeline: You will have access to the course for one week from the last scheduled course date.


Is this course for everyone?

  • Yes, this course is relevant to all people from all walks of life. The learners' life experiences will influence how they experience the course.

Some individuals and organizations may be GST-exempt.

  • First Nations University of Canada is situated on the Star Blanket First Nation and is exempt from Provincial Sales Tax (PST). If you or your organization are exempt from Government Sales Tax (GST), please contact icec@firstnationsuniversity.ca to ensure that your invoice is prepared accordingly.

I need financial support. What funding options does ICEC recommend?

  • Check out our Funding Opportunities here

I am interested in an in-person offering of this course. 

  • Please contact icec@firstnationsuniversity.ca to learn more about which courses can be offered in person and discuss the options. 

Who do I contact if I need help?

  • Check out ICEC's Learner Support page to see if your question is answered in the FAQs. If your question remains unresolved, feel free to complete the form with your question, or you may contact icec@firstnationsuniversity.ca for assistance with any questions you may have. We are here to help! Support requests are received during regular office hours. Please expect a response within 24-48 hours. 


"This was excellent, it helped me understand what I had already been doing on a smaller scale and where I could go with the new skills I have learned. Thanks, Peter for your clear instruction." Cindy Sunshine

"Loved this short course, learned some helpful tools that I can implement into my current project and future endeavors!" Tikkan Morrisseau

Accrediting Associations

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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