Preparatory Institute for Project Management

Registration Is Open for 2024 Courses.

See Below for Details.

What Is It?

  • An online program, intended to be a precursor to the MCAA’s Institute for Project Management, overseen by the same committee that manages the IPM and AIPM.
  • A 12-week curriculum, taught as a series of 90-minute classes, covering topics fundamental to project management at an introductory level.

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals on the project management track, who have relatively little (0-3 years) experience.
  • This includes:
    • Assistant Project Managers
    • Project Engineers
    • Recent college graduates
    • Employees transitioning from field to office, or from estimating to project management

Course Structure

  • Pre-IPM is designed and taught by 6 experienced contractors and professional instructors who have first-hand understanding of the challenges facing project managers, and the skills required to meet those challenges.
  • Each session is a combination of lecture and Q&A, ensuring that students are involved in a dynamic learning experience.
  • Participants will complete weekly quizzes and homework assignments, demonstrating what they have learned.
  • Upon completion of all course requirements (lectures, quizzes, and homework), students will receive MCAA Pre-IPM certification.

Curriculum Overview by Topic

  • Understanding The Project Manager’s Role
  • Planning: The Key to Successful Projects
  • The Project Manager’s Impact on Productivity
  • Knowing Your Costs, Catching Problems Early, and Getting Paid
  • Documentation: Why Great Projects Need Great Records
  • Project Scheduling: The Importance of Having a Clear Game Plan
  • Relationships Are Everything: Understanding Yourself and Managing Others
  • Being A Professional: Problem-Solving and Issue Resolution
  • Change Orders 101: Identification, Importance, and Management
  • Time Management & Personal Efficiency
  • Leadership at All Levels: Your Ability to Influence Others
  • Project Completion: Starting Strong and Finishing Stronger

How Will This Benefit My Workforce?

  • The Pre-IPM curriculum is designed to build participants’ understanding of key components of mechanical project management.
  • Pre-IPM will improve participants’ efficiency, management skills, and ability to adapt to change. Practical application is a core focus, and participants will walk away from each session with new ideas and skills to apply to their jobs.

Participation Requirements

  • Students must attend all 12 lectures. Lectures will not be recorded.
  • Students must complete all quizzes and submit all homework assignments by their respective deadlines to be eligible for Pre-IPM certification.
  • Students must be able to participate on a computer (not a tablet or phone), with audio and video capability and a reliable high-speed internet connection that allows video streaming. Each student must be signed in on their own computer, and must be prepared to come onscreen and ask/respond to questions.

2024 Course Dates and Future Schedule

  • Pre-IPM is run once a year, with multiple courses being offered during the same timeframe.
  • All courses will begin the week of May 20th and conclude the week of August 19th, 2024.
  • ‘Morning’ classes (even-numbered) take place 10:30am-12pm EDT (7:30am-9:00am PDT).
  • ‘Afternoon’ classes (odd-numbered) take place 2:30pm-4pm EDT (11:30am-1pm PDT).
  • Registration is first-come, first-served.
  • Classes take place on the following dates (Tuesday courses / Wednesday courses):

Tuesday Classes

Wednesday Classes



  • There are no classes the weeks of May 26th or June 30th, due to holidays.
    • Participants must attend all sessions to be eligible for certification.
  • Registration is done via this page and is first-come, first-served.
  • There is no limit on the number of participants a company may enroll.
  • Registration requires an MCAA user account. To create a new account please click here. If you already have an MCAA user account, you can use the class registration link below to start your registration.
  • If you have any questions or issues with registration (including payment), email with the subject line “PIPM Registration Issue”.
  • Pre-IPM Class 26 (Tuesdays 5/21-8/20, 10:30am-12pm EDT): COURSE FULL

  • Pre-IPM Class 27 (Tuesdays 5/21-8/20, 2:30pm-4pm EDT)

  • Pre-IPM Class 28 (Wednesdays 5/22-8/21, 10:30am-12pm EDT)

  • Pre-IPM Class 29 (Wednesdays 5/22-8/21, 2:30pm-4pm EDT) 


  • The 2024 tuition rate for MCAA members is $1,025 per student.
  • Non-members who are union mechanical contractors may register for $2,500 per student, or can reach out to Jan Grillo, Director of Membership Engagement ( to discuss membership options.
  • Tuition is payable online during registration. Refunds will not be issued after the first day of class, nor for partial completion of the program.