Workshop Overview:

The three-day Advanced Project Management workshop includes an online interactive project simulation to test not only knowledge, but also performance. Learn by making actual project decisions.

This workshop picks up where other traditional project management courses leave off. Participants learn to monitor a project using SimulTrain®, software that provides a simulation for planning and executing phases of a project. During project execution, participants are placed in common situations that generate stress and require timely decisions.  This workshop is focused on advanced project competencies, tools and techniques.

Learn more about the Project Management Certificate Program.

We are livestreaming these workshops via Zoom. A link for the session will be provided prior to the start of class. If you have questions, please contact Mary Patterson at

Available Dates:


  • Early Bird – $1,466 (Expires exactly one month prior to program date)
  • Standard – $1,725
  • UA Employee – $1,466 (Call 205-348-3000)
  • Three or more- call 205-348-3000
  • For additional pricing and discounts, visit the registration page.

Who Should Attend?

Project management principles apply to all lines of business whether the work is formally declared a project or is just goal oriented. The workshop is ideal for leaders who want to perform at a high level, consistently producing superior results.

For maximum benefit in the Project Management Certificate Program, we strongly recommend that participants attend the Developing Project Management Skills workshop or an equivalent course prior to attending the Advanced Project Management Skills with Simulation and Building and Sustaining Project Management Best Practices workshops.

You Will Learn To:

  • Enhance potential for a successful outcome before the project begins by identifying the statement of work, developing requirements, creating the work breakdown structures, defining the skills necessary for the team composition, scheduling a realistic timeline, budgeting and forecasting long before execution of the project begins.
  • Develop and monitor a risk management plan through risk identification, mitigation by risk development and measuring the effectiveness of the responses.
  • Evaluate progress on identified projects through status reporting, comparing planned versus actual occurrences, measuring and communicating overall performance to key stakeholders.
  • Develop the skills necessary for project and resource management: leading and engaging stakeholders, motivating team members, making decisions, and allocating resources.
  • Demonstrate ability to control the big picture: performance measurement using Earned Value Management, Schmidt charting, schedule control, and rolling wave development.
  • Understand the project management maturity model, project management methodologies, critical chain schedule development, continuous improvement, Six Sigma concepts, managing multiple projects, and inherited projects.
  • Learn how to monitor risk management processes and attitudes towards risk with risk analysis techniques and tools and planned responses.
  • Analyze the strategic concept of tailoring best practices to fit organizational culture.
  • Focus on project value-adding concepts related to repeatability and consistency, metrics and measurability, correlation and best practices in process improvement.

Unique Workshop Offerings:

  • The vast experience and expertise of the program instructors
  • Online interactive project simulation SimulTrain® software

Workshop Lead:


Steve Griffin, PMP

Steve Griffin, a freelance consultant, has been active in worldwide project management and business analysis in the national and international communities for over 30 years. His decades of knowledge in project management, procurement, critical chain project management relations, regulatory oversight and engineering, among many other topics, highlight his successful career in project management over a wide range of industries.

Program Manager:

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Mary Patterson, CPA, SHRM-CP
Phone Number: 205-348-7049


Mary Patterson works in the Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education at The University of Alabama as Program Manager, where she assists the OTIDE team in designing and implementing professional development and training programs, industrial training programs, and executive education programs.  She is a certified public accountant, as well as a certified professional in the Society for Human Resource Management. She works closely with HR departments to design custom training to enhance work objectives, increase productivity and build a positive culture.