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Project Management

Project management involves all the tools, skills, and knowledge required to deliver a particular product or service. These can range from small-scale assignments such as the development of a software or designing a company website; to larger scale projects such as the construction of buildings or infrastructure.

In contrast to the everyday operations of a business, company projects are concluded upon reaching their goal. They often involve an entire team of experts, a set schedule, a set budget, and standards of quality that workers are expected to meet – all helmed by a project manager or project professional. These people oversee the entire process, using their expertise to engage and motivate team members to meet a project’s goals.

AIICT currently offers a Certified Project Management Professional course, equipping aspiring professionals with the fundamentals in IT-related project management. You’ll learn the basics of the process – from initiation to documentation – along with the skills to automate routine tasks and improve efficiency. Additionally, you’ll familiarise yourself with popular methodologies used in the field; which includes certification under key industry bodies, helping you stand out upon entering the job market.

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After a gap of almost 9yrs, I wanted to join the workforce again. I came across this Project Management course. After going through the course content, I soon realised that this is of my interest and since I had past IT experience, this course will help me elevate my current skill set. The Project Management course has all relevant topics, which are currently used by various organisations. The course material supplied, along with the practice tests helped me immensely to get certified. The mentors were absolutely great. They are very helpful, and easily approachable. Special mention to Tati here. Throughout this course you have been a guiding star for all of us. Your friendly demeanor, helpful nature and clear on time communication has made my learning journey a smooth one. Thanks for all the guidance and motivation.
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AIICT’s Certified Project Management Professional course offers boot-camp training in the fundamentals of the field – both the necessary technical and soft skills required to land entry-level employment or pursue further study.

On top of general areas such as resource, risk, and process management, our program also encompasses three globally-recognised IT certifications (provided by SCRUMStudy and APMG International):

The PRINCE2 Foundation certification, verifying the necessary skills required for the “most practiced method” under project management. This framework is often necessary for most project managers to land a high-paying job, with 88% of project professional reporting greater career progression upon certification.

The AgilePM Foundation certification, covering the fundamentals for adaptive, agile project management. Students will learn to tackle projects through a flexible, iterative approach, allowing for faster deliver and greater value.

The Scrum Fundamental Certified course, equipping you with key concepts under the framework and verifying your knowledge of the methodology. Similarly to the principles of AgilePM, Scrum approaches projects with flexible iteration, improving process speed as well as quality.

On top of this, you’ll learn the critical skills required to leverage automation for routine tasks, further improving project efficiency.

The course is also delivered completely online, allowing you train at a time, place, and pace that suits you best. Graduates also gain access to our Industry Partner Program, a membership that links you to prospective employers and offers career mentorship throughout your journey in the field.

AIICT’s project management program will delve into frameworks of PRINCE2, AgilePM, and SCRUM – methodologies widely used throughout the industry, particularly among IT-related projects. Verifying your skills in these areas can help bolster your expertise for the job market.

Additionally, you’ll learn general project management skills including:

  • Project planning

  • Process management

  • Budget management

  • Risk management

  • Documentation and reporting

  • Stakeholder and vendor management

  • Project management automation

Project management is the entire process of planning, developing, and delivering a product or service. Its results are often constrained to a specific budget and timescale, with which project managers attempt to optimise throughout the project lifespan. They also regularly liaise with stakeholders as well as team members, ensuring all expectations and standards are being met.

ICT project managers, in particular, focus on technology-related projects (i.e. development of new software or IT systems), ensuring these initiatives are rolled out according to business needs and compliance standards.

The project management cycle typically consists of five stages:

Initiating, in which key project elements (i.e. goals, tasks, and stakeholders) are identified.

Planning, during which the scope, time, human resources, risk, and costs are defined, and a roadmap for the project is developed.

Execution, in which managers begin directing the necessary tasks of the project, overseeing quality and communications.

Monitoring, in which managers attempt to oversee and control the given timescale, costs, scope, quality, etc. of a project.

Closing, during which all phases and project procurements are concluded. Documentation and reports may follow.

If you’re looking to enter the project management industry, give yourself a competitive edge by pursuing a formal qualification (or a few). According to Labour Market Insights, plenty of workers currently hold a Vocation Education and Training (VET) qualification, which typically focus on more practical, job-ready skills to help launch your career for entry-level job opportunities.

With the field offering a wide range of certifications in various project management methodologies, having a few of these under your belt can also help you stand out in the job market. They not only show employers your knowledge of general industry skills – but that of specific frameworks; letting companies who use these methodologies know that you speak a common language. AIICT’s Certified Project Management Professional program currently offers such certifications, provided by global IT leaders APMG International and SCRUMStudy.

With technology continuously changing the face of project management, it also helps to keep updated on the latest software and digital tools used in the field.

To further your professional development, aspiring project managers are also recommended to join an association. Industry bodies such as the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) offer plenty of opportunities to network, access industry resources, and bolster your industry credentials via membership.

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Why Study Project Management?

As technological trends continue to change and disrupt the business world, companies will need to stay agile and adaptive to digital tools, platforms, and practices. Such developments show no signs of slowing down, lending to increasingly high demand for project management professionals – experts who can help businesses successfully navigate, strategize, and transform for a digital-first future.

With projects forming a core part of any business, the talents required to plan, implement, and direct them have kept in high demand; one that’s only risen since the COVID-19 pandemic. As technologies continue evolving, the initiatives to adopt and optimise such tools are also bound grow, paving the way for greater (and increasingly complex) project management opportunities.

Fuelling the need for project managers, however, is the recent impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainties brought about by national lockdowns had stalled a significant number of industry projects – though with the economy now striding towards recovery, organisations are hauling out more project plans than ever before. Australia currently expects to see an additional 100,000 project management professionals by 2027, with global industry growth expected to rise by a whopping 33%.

However, demand is currently outstripping talent supply, with many organisations are now expecting their workers to take on project management roles without the formal qualifications. On the upside, this bodes abundant employment opportunity for those looking to enter the industry, with annual salaries now sitting at a generous average of $108,122 AUD per year among ICT-focused project managers. With certified training under your belt, you’re also more likely to gain the attention of potential employers.

The industry now additionally has government backing to keep it afloat, with billion-dollar investments made to support new infrastructure programmes – paving the way for hundreds of thousands of new jobs. There’s never been a more opportune time to become a project management professional, particularly in growing industries such as healthcare, social assistance, construction; and professional, scientific, and technical services.

Additionally, training in project management can equip you with a broad range of transferrable business skills. These can include a technical knowledge of ICT, finance, and general business management; along with soft skills in communication, leadership, organisation, and adaptability – making you a highly flexible employee. You’re also likely to find work in any industry of your choice, with most sectors in need of project management experts, regardless of their field.

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