Program Management Essentials

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Training Overview

Many organizations fail because they do not use “joined up” thinking. They manage projects extremely effectively, but this work does not seem to translate into useful benefits that contribute to the organization’s overall strategy.

Managing related projects and other activities in a coordinated way, as part of a larger program can provide efficiencies and benefits that would not accrue if this work was managed independently.

For a Program Manager, the focus is no longer on specific deliverables, but instead is concerned with providing benefits to the organization and aligning the program with the organization’s overall strategy.

Virtual Program Management Essentials Courses

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Learning Objectives

  • Define Program Management
  • Relate program delivery to business / strategic objectives
  • Identify the benefits your program will offer and plan how to deliver, transition and sustain them
  • Manage, plan, execute and control a successful program consisting of multiple, related projects
  • Effectively manage complex stakeholder relationships
  • Use industry best-practice Program Management tools and techniques Identify and implement effective Program Management governance
  • Report and control programs in a professional manner, employing the most appropriate reporting tools

Skill Level

Designed for newcomers to project management and senior technical staff looking to advance their careers with project management. This course demystifies project management and offers practical exercises, empowering students to confidently handle basic projects independently.


This is a 3-day online course, delivered through a virtual platform.

Inside a Program Management Essentials Course: What's Included?

Relevant Course Materials

Access to materials for the Program Management Essentials course.

Practice Questions

Access to our practice questions designed to enhance your understanding of Program Management Essentials.

Access to Educate 360 LMS

Access our learning management system for supplementary documentations recordings.

Course and Customer Support

Telephone and e-mail support up to and including the day of the exam.

Course Agenda

Participants will leave with an understanding of how to create program charters, work breakdown structures and other components of successful program management, as well as how to manage multiple projects within a single program. They will also explore the benefits of formalizing programs and learn how to develop structured frameworks for their organization’s program portfolio. The course agenda includes:

  • Define Program Management
  • Program Strategy Alignment
  • Program Stakeholder Engagement
  • Program Governance
  • Program Benefits Management
    • Identification
    • Analysis and planning
    • Delivery
    • Transition
    • Sustainment
  • Program Management Life Cycle
    • Program definition
    • Program delivery (including program reporting)
    • Program closure

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for this course, you need to be:

  • Proficient in both written and verbal English. In other words, if English is not your first language, you must have a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band, or the equivalent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.
  • Reasonable numerate – i.e. understand basic arithmetic. Thus we require learners to have at least a Junior Certificate, or equivalent.
  • Computer literate. To access our learning management systems and virtual classroom-based courses, you need to be comfortable with basic information and communications technology. You are also expected to provide their own computer equipment to access our learning systems.

Why Study with Velopi?

Since our foundation in 2007, Velopi has carved a niche in the project management training space that is based firmly on close relationships with both companies and individuals. As our clients’ needs have evolved, so have our project management training courses. Today, we offer a comprehensive range of project management courses that are designed to meet the needs of any organisation or individual.

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“Velopi helped us achieve our first objective – gaining a high-level overview and common understanding of project management across the Team. We found the learning particularly useful in examining the versatility of our product and methodologies to meet our customer needs.”

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“The biggest impact that the Velopi course had on me was learning how the science and framework of project management can help in managing people as well as through interpersonal and direct communication- the penny really dropped about this for me during the course.”

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Everything you need to know about the course. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, chat with our team.

Velopi’s courses are aimed at adult learners. We value the life experiences of our students and encourage everyone attending to contribute and to apply their existing experience to new situations.

At the start of each course, students will be provided with their instructor’s e-mail address and contact phone number. They are invited to make contact if they have any questions after the class.

Each one of the “Club PDU” courses are stand-alone offerings.
Following a continuing professional development course, many students are inspired to take their project management development a step further and we encourage our students to discuss their career plans with us. We can recommend further formal training leading to more advanced qualifications.

All students will receive a Certificate of Completion. This certificate sends out a strong signal that you are serious about the project management profession and seek to develop further in this role.

All of our instructors are Project Management Professionals (PMPs)®. Each has over a decade of industry experience and uses this to provide plenty of real-world examples to bring the courses to life.

Project management is a transferable skill. Thus these courses are relevant to all industries from Medical Devices, through Pharmaceutical, Financial Services, Construction & Engineering, the Public Sector, to Information & Communications Technologies.

This is reflected in the nature of our case study exercises. Students quickly realize that the problems they have faced in the workplace are very similar to those outlined in class.

Students also meet project managers from other industries and networking with these brings home the universal nature of most project management issues.

Yes we do! Please contact us to discuss your requirements. Many of our courses can also be delivered, face-to-face, at your own facility.

The course will be of benefit to practicing Program Managers, who might be managing multiple projects, but who have not been exposed to strategic thinking and proper governance.

It will also be of interest to board-level staff, who are frustrated with projects not aligning with the overall strategy. Managing through programs may be the missing step from your portfolio.

Finally, Project Managers who are considering the next step in their careers will learn how senior management thinks and, even if they never manage a program down the line, they will learn the concerns of their managers and will be able to express project progress in terms of strategy rather than just in terms of deliverables.

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