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.
Assistant Project Managers
Recent college graduates
Employees transitioning from field to office, or from estimating to project management
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.
Students must attend all 12 lectures. Lectures will not be recorded.
Students must complete all quizzes and submit all homework assignments 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.
2022 Course Dates and Future Schedule
All 2022 courses will begin the week of May 23rd and conclude the week of August 22nd. Individuals registered for a 2022 course (e.g. PIPM 15-20) should consult their confirmation email for specific times and dates.
The 2023 schedule is still being finalized, but courses will tentatively take place starting the week of May 8th, 2023 and ending the week of August 7th, 2023.
Registration is done via this page and is first-come, first-served.
Registration for 2023 Pre-IPM courses will open in February of 2023. The exact date and time will be announced via the MCAA Weekly Update and via dedicated email blasts.
Registration is done online on a first-come, first-served basis and each course is capped at 75 participants. There is no per-company limit on how many participants can register.
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.
The 2022 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.