Project Management Training in Surprisingly Enjoyable Shocker!

Project Management Training in Surprisingly Enjoyable Shocker!
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Once upon a time I was a project manager, and even when I stopped working in roles with that title as such, I had to manage or co-manage projects in e-learning and e-marketing right throughout my career. To be honest, I always felt it was a bit of a chore, the absence of a creative aspect being a major reason why I would not have listed project management as one of my favourite activities. Nevertheless, I recently decided to take a course on the basis that although I had the skills, I didn’t have a credential to back up my claims, and besides, I was probably unaware of key aspects of efficient and effective project management practice.

I looked around and decided upon a course offered in Galway by the Cork-based company Velopi (the name comes from a conjunction of ‘develop’ and ‘I’ in case you were wondering as I was …). One of the main reasons I chose Velopi over other training providers was that the CEO, Seamus Collins, writes a regular blog on the Velopi website about all aspects of project management, and it was clear from reading Seamus’ many articles that Velopi was a company that had a huge amount to offer those whom it prepared for taking any exams leading to a project management certification, it wasn’t just a case of turn up for the course and retain as much info as you could and that was that. Seamus’ posts are a significant learning resource, and he puts up two or three of them every week, always extremely well written, and often entertaining to boot! Not what you’d expect from an expert project management consultant!

While Seamus wasn’t the trainer on the four day PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) exam preparation course that I took, John Farrell proved to be an excellent trainer, consistently engaging and challenging the small class while covering all important aspects of each examined module in the knowledge and endurance test that is the four hour PMP exam I’ll be sitting. John made the learning process fun, not something I was expecting with the subject matter. More than that, he made the subject matter easy to understand, and made me realise just how straightforward it can be to manage projects effectively, as long as you apply the golden rules set down in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

Velopi make a commitment to all of their course participants to support them every step of the way during the time between course completion and actually sitting the exam. This is helped in a huge way by their online Exam Simulator, a testing environment utilising over 2000 PMI-sourced exam questions. I feel extremely confident that I will pass the exam first time based upon my performance in my ‘mocks’!

If project management is an aspect of, or indeed your entire job focus but you lack a certification, I would highly recommend Velopi as a one-stop shop for providing you with the training, tools and support you need to get it. Check out Velopi’s website for project management training courses and consultancy services:

What’s your feelings on project management as a discipline, or about classroom-based training courses? Please share your thoughts by commenting below.


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