Preparatory Institute for Project Management

2022 Courses Full

Registration Will Open for 2023 Courses February 16th, 2023 at 12:00pm EST.
See Below for Details.

What Is It?

  • A new 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.

2023 Course Dates and Future Schedule

  • All courses will begin the week of May 8th and conclude the week of August 7th, 2023.
  • Pre-IPM Class 21 will take place 10:30am-12pm EST (7:30am-9:00am PST).
  • Pre-IPM Class 22 will take place 2:30pm-4pm EST (11:30am-1pm PST).
  • Registration will be open for both classes simultaneously on this page, and is first-come, first-served. If you have a preference for a particular timeframe, we strongly recommend you set a calendar reminder for noon EST on the registration open date.
  • Class 21 and Class 22 are Monday classes that take place on the following dates:
May 8thJune 26th
May 15thJuly 10th
May 22ndJuly 17th
June 5thJuly 24th
June 12thJuly 31st
June 19thAugust 7th


  • There are no classes May 29th or July 3rd, 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.
  • Depending upon demand, additional courses may be added. Any additional courses 2023 will also begin the week of May 8th and conclude by August 12th.
  • Registration for 2023 courses will open February 16th, 2023, at 12pm EST.
  • On that date, the registration link will appear on this page.
  • To register yourself, or someone else, both the registrant and the individual completing the registration must have an MCAA account. Any employee of an MCAA member company can create an account.
    • Account creation can take several days. Accounts should be created well in advance of the registration open date.
  • The 2023 course cost is $985 per student, payable online during registration. Refunds will not be issued after the first day of class, nor for partial completion of the program.