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Masters Certificate in Project Management *IN-PERSON*

$9,450 +HST

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September 1, 2022 - December 10, 2022

The Masters Certificate in Project Management consists of 18 days of training (9 modules), delivered September - December, 2022.

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Over 13,000 leaders have chosen the Masters Certificate in Project Management 

Now celebrating 25 years of delivey!

Learn how to better manage your projects from initiation to close and become a more qualified, capable and well-trained project manager.

The Masters Certificate in Project Management is offered in partnership with York University’s Schulich Executive Education Centre, and designed to provide a fast-track, in-depth approach to project management training.  The program consists of 18 days of training delivered over 4 months and provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to consistently deliver projects on time, on budget and within scope.

Today, organizations of all types and sizes understand that everything is a project – from implementing a new business system, to getting the boss to Europe and back over 10 days, to organizing a meeting. That means everyone in every functional area – from executive assistants to vice presidents – is a potential project manager. Top organizations foster success by cultivating strong project resources and supplying their people with the tools and formal training they need to get the job done right the first time. To deliver a project on time, on spec, and on budget, project managers need to know all facets of the field and apply their knowledge nimbly and accurately. That means being able to communicate with the team, manage stakeholders, procure and plan, ensure quality, minimize risk, and so much more.

The Masters Certificate in Project Management is delivered by expert instructors with real-world experience and equips participants with practical skills that can be applied immediately in the workplace.  With a proven curriculum based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), participants will understand the tools and techniques of project management to better manage their projects and advance their project management career!

Program Content

Project Planning and Control: A complete foundation in successful planning and implementation

  • Program introduction and review of objectives
  • Overview of the knowledge areas of project management as defined by the Project Management Institute and others
  • Introduction to the project simulation/case study to be used throughout the program*
  • Delivery of tools and technology to be used throughout the program
  • Discussion and exercise around team leadership and effectiveness

Project Quality Management: Learn how to build quality measures into every project.

  • How to form a project team, scope projects and manage within a Matrix Environment
  • Developing detailed and high-level PM plans
  • Creating activity-based network diagrams and working with the critical path
  • Introduction to Earned Value Management
  • Meeting stakeholder requirements with various control strategies

Assessing and Managing Project Risk: Approaches to evaluating project uncertainties and risks

  • Project risk management framework
  • Risk management in project planning and execution
  • Quantitative and team facilitation techniques to identify risks and responses
  • Utilizing decision trees and expected monetary value
  • Applying techniques such as Delphi method and Monte Carlo simulation

Effective Project Cost Management: Manage your projects through the lens of cost minimization.

  • Cost estimating: Micro versus macro
  • Resource planning, budgeting and cost control
  • Earned value concepts
  • Fixed, variable and unit costs
  • Status reporting

Leadership, Communication and Stakeholder Management: Improving your project effectiveness in HR, Communications and Stakeholder Management

  • Communicating with Project Stakeholders meaningfully and effectively while supporting the success of the project
  • Choosing, developing, managing and organizing your project team
  • Identifying all stakeholders and managing their engagement
  • Building communication plans and using templates
  • Exploring strategies for challenging communication environments such as organizational change, diversity, and virtual teams

Contracting, Procurement and Negotiation Skills; Successfully manage key vendors and partners.

  • Procurement and solicitation planning
  • Solicitation and negotiation principles
  • Source selection
  • Contract close-out and contract law

Introduction to Agile and Scrum: Understand key elements of Agile and Scrum and how to apply them to any project.

  • Agile and Scrum Introduction
  • Sprint Preparation
  • Sprint Execution
  • Sprint Closure

Project Integration & Simulation: Participants apply their learning to propose, plan, execute and deliver a full-scale realistic project in teams.

  • Review all areas covered to-date
  • Understand how all parts integrate together
  • Execute the program-wide simulation project

Participants will receive a short assignment after each class. Each of these assignments will be used to tie the whole program together and serve as the background work for project simulation in the final module.

2022 Program Schedule

Each module will be delivered in-person at our training facility in St. John's on the dates noted below from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, NST.

Module 1Program IntroductionSeptember 1
Module 2Project Planning & ControlSeptember 8-10
Module 3Project Quality ManagementSeptember 23-24
Module 4Assessing & Managing Project RiskOctober 6-7
Module 5Leadership, Communication & Stakeholder Engagement    October 21-22
Module 6Effective Project Cost ManagementNovember 4-5
Module 7Contracting, Procurement & Negotiation SkillsNovember 18-19
Module 8Introduction to Agile & ScrumDecember 2-3
Module 9     Project Integration & SimulationDecember 9-10

This program minimizes the time spent away from the office - 18 days are spread over 4 months with one weekend day per module.  It is team-taught by real-world project management professionals with extensive experience and is designed to lead to senior-level career advancement opportunities!

Program Benefits

  • Better manage projects from initiation to close
  • The ability to look at projects in a whole new light and manage them systematically and strategically
  • Become a stronger, more effective communicator and leader.
  • Benefit from the expertise and proficiencies of the program’s real-world instructors.
  • Share experiences and knowledge with other project management professionals.
  • Hands-on practice applying the material through a simulated project woven throughout the program.
  • A kit of powerful new tools, documents and templates which can be used as is or modified to meet your needs.
  • Covers all Project Management Body of Knowledge 'Principles of Behavious' and 'Performance Domains.' 
  • Gain a solid foundation to to write the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification exam.  Over half of our graduates write the PMP® Exam and over 98% pass on the first try. Visit the PMI website to learn more.
  • Optional online PMP prep modules.

Recommended Background

  • At least 1 year of project management experience, or
  • Completion of a 2-3 day introductory project management course within the last 2 years.
  • Please note that this program is not recommended for individuals who already have their PMP® designation.

Graduate Testimonials

"The MCPM program is incredibly well developed, and provides students with the opportunity to learn in a hands on environment with some of the best professionals in the industry. The coursework is exciting, engaging and grounded in real world scenarios. I would recommend the program for anyone looking to step their skills up 10 levels!"

- Marcus Clarke, Project Manager, Marine Atlantic - 2020 Graduate

“The Masters Certificate in Project Management offered through Gardiner Centre was exceptional. An in-depth course that was delivered in concise modules that were easy to absorb. Each module contained tangible tools and techniques that were applied immediately. I cannot say enough about Gardiner Centre staff and instructors - professional, insightful, organized, fun and most helpful.  I highly recommend this program.” 

-Rick Hunt Lead Engineer, Subsea 7 - 2017 Graduate


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This course qualifies as credits toward the International Association of Business Communicators' (IABC) professional certifications.  

When applying to sit for either the exam for Communications Management Professional (CMP)® or Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP)® or to apply for recertification, Gardiner Centre courses can be an integral part of your application package. 

To learn more about this global standard certification, visit: gcccouncil.org. To inquire about sitting for a certification exam, contact the local IABC NL chapter at iabcnl@gmail.com, or visit: iabcnl.com


Modules and Homework:

  • 9 modules over 18 days. 
  • Each module provides high quality, interactive and collaborative training for 2 or 3 days. 
  • Participants will be placed on teams for the duration of the program and work together on a project simulation.
  • All participants are required to complete an assignment after each module on their own time.
  • Each assignment will be used to tie the program together and serve as the background work for the project simulation that takes place in Module 9.

Attendance Requirements:

  • Participants must attend all program modules and achieve a passing grade on the final exam in order to receive their certificate.

Cancellations and Transfers:

  • A full refund will be issued for written cancellations received a minimum of 21 days before the program start date. Written cancellations received after this date will incur an administration charge of $800 +HST.
  • Full program fee will be payable for withdrawal after program start date.
  • If you are unable to attend a module, you may transfer to the next session.


Alan Williams

Alan Williams retired from the Federal Government after 25 years where he developed 20 years of experience in project management. He specialized in the procurement of advanced electronics and communications equipment. As Procurement Officer he managed a number of projects valued in excess of $100 million and he worked on projects in every phase from initiation to close out. Upon retirement he established AJW and continues to provide consulting services in project management and procurement to a number of public and private companies.

Alan is also a facilitator for the ‘Horizons Leadership Program’ in Salt Lake City, Utah which provides instruction in “Value Based Leadership’ within an outward bound experience to Canadian and American university students. He is a PMP, a member of PMI NL, and is active in preparing candidates for the PMP exam. Alan was a Board Director with a number of charitable organizations including the Canadian Paraplegic Association, St John Ambulance, and Halifax Metro Transit ‘Access A Bus.’ He was recently elected as Grand Trustee to a nonprofit organization. Alan enjoys golf, skiing, and sailing as casual recreation.

Ariel Deluy

Ariel Deluy is a senior consultant with over 20 years of experience in project management, wireless Network deployment, plant retooling and shutdown projects, complex engineering systems, and large capital projects.

As a senior project management consultant, he has completed numerous multi-million dollar projects in Canada, as well as in the United States, for clients such as Bell Mobility, General Motors, Allan Bradley, Hydro One, Webb Airport Services, Air Canada, CATSA, Northwest Airlines, G&T Conveyors, Williams HR Law, and United Nations.

As a senior portfolio and program manager, Ariel provides strategic advice to large organizations to implement programs and manage their portfolio of projects geared at introducing new products to market, help them increase the efficiency of their PMO, and assist them in building the necessary environment to effectively deliver results to meet their corporate objectives. These include clients as such as Caterpillar, Bell Mobility, Bell Canada, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Metrolinx and Toronto Transit Expansion.

In the role of managing director with Makaya Group, Ariel is responsible for addressing the needs of customers across North America by implementing enterprise project management systems. He provides project strategies, software, training and other professional services to the construction, industrial, automotive, telecommunications, transportation and power industries.

Ariel has been the recipient of the Most Valuable Trainer Award in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2016 for the Masters Certificate in Project Management offered by Schulich Executive Education Centre and its partnering universities.

Bill Morrissey

Bill Morrissey has spent over 30 years in the field of education as an educator, project manager, and director of an executive development centre. He is an active trainer in the area of Project Management and a consultant in the field of human resources. In 1998, while working at Memorial University Newfoundland and Labrador, he secured the first partnership with York University to deliver the Masters Certificate in Project Management outside the greater Toronto area. Bill then helped a group of project managers in Newfoundland start the Project Management Institute, NL Chapter, Chartered in 2001. Since 2015 he has been on the board of PMINL serving as Secretary, Vice President and is the current Chapter President. Bill has his Bachelor of Education, Masters in Education in Instructional Design and completed the Masters Certificate in Project Management. Bill received his PMP designation in 2013.

Bruce Garrod

After a 20 year career at Bell Canada, Bruce established Solutions Management Inc.  The projects he has delivered range from multiple deployments of international telecommunications networks to corporate rebranding of a Canadian bank and mining company.

Primarily now focused on training, Bruce has delivered courses to over 8000 participants from coast to coast in Canada, Washington DC, New York City as well as in England, the Philippines and Trinidad. His style is one where he brings the theory to life by incorporating his years of private and public sector experience in project and program management.  He takes pride in adjusting his approach to the needs of each individual.

In 2018 Bruce was elected a municipal councillor and has been named Chair of Finance.

Outside of the office, Bruce enjoys offering his project management skills in a way to give back to the community. Whether it be through managing a hockey team or leading the long process of establishing a charity to build a community based long term care facility, he enjoys finding way to extend his project management passion.

David Barrett

David Barrett is the National Program Director for the Centres of Excellence in Project Management and Business Analysis with the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University and the founder of the Masters Certificate in Project Management. 

Over the past 25 years, he was the founder and Group Conference Director at Diversified Business Communications where he ran project management and business analysis events (ProjectWorld Canada, ProjectSummit and BusinessAnalystWorld). 

He was also the founder and Executive Editor of ProjectTimes.com and BATimes.com, a speaker bureau called Project Speakers Network and a TED-style event series called ProjectTalks.

He is the author, co-author or ‘compiler’ of 6 books: ‘The Power of The Plan’, ‘The Keys to Our Success’, ‘Leadership Perspectives’, ‘7 Elements of Strategy Execution’, ‘Swimming in the Deep-End’ and ‘The BA Book of Mentors’.    

David is currently a professional speaker, regular blogger and podcast host specializing in project leadership and strategy execution.


Don Moore

Don Moore is a Project Manager and Economic Development Officer in Moncton, New Brunswick. Don teaches courses in Project Management, Finance, Organizational Behaviour, and Mathematics at Crandall University and Yorkville University, and he teaches in the Management Development Program at the University of New Brunswick. Don has bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Education from the University of New Brunswick and Mount Allision University, and an MBA from the Université de Moncton. Don has been a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) since 2008. Don runs a campground in the summer and teaches downhill skiing throughout the winter.

Karen Noftall

Karen Noftall is the President and Senior Consultant for Quality Matters Inc., a business management firm that offers consulting, auditing and training services in business, quality, environmental, and safety management programs to service and manufacturing companies in both the private and public sectors. A graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, she brings more than 24 years’ experience in the business and QHSE fields, from the technical side of manufacturing through to the development, implementation and registration of integrated QHSE management systems for complex industries such as offshore oil & gas design and fabrication, and aerospace composites & metals. While her experience spans a wide range of industries, the depth of experiences within various industries has allowed her to design, implement and focus on process and program improvements for clients. Successes have been achieved in assisting clients to become more competitive in local, national and international markets.

Experience has been obtained in offshore oil & gas subsea structures, fabrication, marine support products; ship repair; composites manufacturing, AMO organizations; occupational health medicine; recruitment agencies; heavy equipment, motor and generator repair; transportation services; chemical distribution; retail products; food & beverage manufacturing, product development, analytical equipment and laboratory management; call center management; educational institutions; communications; primary processing and secondary value-added processing including seafood, poultry, brewing, water & citrus products, plastics, pulp & paper and newsprint.

Expertise has been obtained in project management, process improvement, process efficiency measurement and analysis, calibration control systems, contract implementation, customer satisfaction, change management, organizational structure management, supply chain management, quality planning, internal audit program development, management review structures, and benchmarking, quality improvement, food safety systems, nonconformance management (materials review board development), MRB software development, document and record management systems, corrective action management systems and CAB board development, and registration assistance.

Ron Johnson

Ron has over 25 years of progressive career experience in Project Management & Healthcare Delivery and is currently the Vice President- Information Services/Rural Health and the Chief Information Officer for Eastern Health in St.John's , Newfoundland. He has executive accountability for Health Information Management, Information Technology, Access/Security/Privacy, Clinical Engineering, Telecommunications, Decision Support, Strategic Planning, Rural Health, Legal Services, Supply Chain Management, Medical Device Reprocessing, Infrastructure Support, Protection Services, Bi-lingual Services,  and Capital Planning and  Budgeting for the entirety of Eastern Health. Ron has led large scale projects including consolidation of  multiple Healthcare Information Systems, construction of Health Facilities and Organizational Restructuring.  Ron has adopted the Agile Project Management methodology and has great success in delivering projects on time and budget with higher degrees of client & customer satisfaction.   Ron holds a Diploma of Technology from College of the North Atlantic, a Bachelor of Technology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Masters of Employment Relations from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He also holds diplomas in Modern Management and Health Services Management from the Canadian Healthcare Association.  Ron is certified in Change Management and holds the professional designations of a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Health Executive(CHE) and Business Relationship Management Professional(BRMP). Ron also is a sessional instructor in the Bachelor of Technology and Masters of Technology Management programs at Memorial University in Newfoundland & Labrador.

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