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.
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 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:
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.