Course Overview

This 3 day, instructor-led course is intended for individuals who are interested in expanding their knowledge base and technical skills about Microsoft Project. The course begins with the basic concepts and leads students through all the functions they’ll need to plan and manage a small to medium-size project, including how to level resources and capture both cost and schedule progress. This course will also help students prepare for Microsoft Project 2013 Exam 74-343 Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013.

This course shows you how to drive the tool through each stage of the project management lifecycle and offers multiple best practices for using the software while defining, planning, executing, and closing a project. Although framed around PMI’s project life cycle, the course content is methodology-agnostic and focuses on hands-on learning methods. As you learn how to manage projects properly using Microsoft Project 2013, you will also master the foundational through intermediate knowledge needed for the challenging Microsoft 74-343 certification exam. As preparation for the 74-343 certification exam, each student receives the following:

  • A copy of the MS Project 2013 Training Manual and exercise files.
  • A set of videos that would further assist the student in mastering the application and preparing for the exam.
  • An in-class practice exam that simulates the actual certification exam
  • Certificate of attendance on completion of the course

Target Audience

Everyone who manages projects using Microsoft Project 2013 or previous editions of Microsoft Project (2010, 2007) should take this course. We target this course at the needs of full-time project managers, as well as those who function as project schedulers or project support technicians. If you need to take the Microsoft 74-343 certification exam, this course is especially for you!


Although not required, it is helpful for students to have hands-on project management experience or a general understanding of project management principles.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Leverage the various MS project interfaces (new Ribbon) to navigate the application
  • Create a new Project file
  • Create tasks in a Project
  • Create relationships between tasks
  • Create a pool of resources for a project
  • Assign resources to tasks
  • Create an initial schedule
  • Level over allocated resources
  • Enter and determine project costs
  • Set the project baseline
  • Monitor actual progress in a project
  • Format output and print progress report
  • Sharing project information with other programs – Excel, Word

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to MS project 2013
  • Lesson 2: Starting a new plan
  • Lesson 3: Building a task list
  • Lesson 4: Setting up resources
  • Lesson 5: Assigning resources to tasks
  • Lesson 6: Formatting and sharing your plan
  • Lesson 7: Tracking progress
  • Lesson 8: Advanced task scheduling
  • Lesson 9: Fine-tuning task details
  • Lesson 10: Fine-tuning resource and assignment details
  • Lesson 11: Fine-tuning the Project plan
  • Lesson 12: Tracking progress on tasks and assignments
  • Lesson 13: Viewing and reporting project status
  • Lesson 14: Getting your project back on track
  • Lesson 15: Applying advanced formatting and printing
  • Lesson 16: Sharing information with other programs
  • Lesson 17: Consolidating projects and Resources