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Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership


Government and industry leaders that are responsible for delivering large scale projects and procurement programs are facing ever-increasing challenges associated with the complexity and dynamic nature of these initiatives.  The Telfer School of Management Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership (CPPL) is designed to assist participants to lead projects and programs successfully from project identification through to successful completion. Participants in the program will learn to evaluate key elements of the contextual environment for their projects, address the breadth and diversity of the stakeholders in their project, and develop their business acumen that is critical to the achievement of their project’s objectives.

Program Format

The Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership comprises seven (7) separate in-class modules, plus a capstone module. Each module is two (2) or three (3) days in length of in-class learning and will be supplemented with readings, and exercises.

Participants that complete a minimum of six (6) of eight (8) modules, which includes Modules 1, 2, and 8, will be eligible to receive the Telfer Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership.  Participants will be able to complete the Certificate over a multi-year time-frame, up to a maximum of three (3) years.  The modules may also be completed on a stand-alone basis, provided space is available in the selected module.

Participants that have completed prior learning programs through Telfer Executive Programs that are equivalent to the content of any of the modules will be able to apply for an exemption. Other similar prior learning will be assessed for exemption on a case by case basis.

Who Should Attend

The certificate program is designed for:

  • program and project managers
  • procurement managers
  • supply chain managers
  • military project directors
  • portfolio managers
  • key advisors in both government and industry organizations

Typical candidates sponsored for the program are from:

  • large IT and IS management organizations
  • procurement management functions
  • major crown projects
  • equipment and fleet management organizations
  • infrastructure development initiatives

This program is relevant for Canadian public sector employees and for the employees of industry suppliers and partners that work with public sector departments and agencies.  

How to Register

Modules 1 through 7 may be completed over a multi-year time frame if required, up to a maximum of three (3) years.  The modules may also be completed on a stand-alone basis, provided space is available. To register for a module on a stand-alone basis, please visit that module's separate webpage by clicking on the link in the module title, listed below.

Two separate 2016-2017 cohorts are being offered and a 10% reduction of program fees applies for participants who will be completing the Certificate in a 2016-2017 cohort by registering for a minimum of six (6) modules including Modules 1, 2 & 8. Participants must complete modules within the same cohort in order to maintain continuity for group work. 

Registration for the Certificate in Complex Project & Procurement Leadership is now closed. Registration to complete modules on a stand-alone basis is open. Please visit that module's separate webpage by clicking on the link in the module title, listed below.

Register Cohort
Module Cohort 3 Dates Cohort 4 Dates

Module 1: Government & Industry
Processes & Stakeholder Engagement

Oct. 3-4, 2016 Oct. 5-6, 2016
Module 2: Project Initiation Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2016 Nov. 7-9, 2016

Module 3: Systems Thinking &
Complex Project Management

Dec. 5-7, 2016 Dec. 12-14, 2016
Module 4: Relationship Contracting Management Jan. 16-17, 2017 Jan. 18-19, 2017
Module 5: Business Acumen for Project Leaders Feb. 13-15, 2017 Mar. 6-8, 2017

Module 6: Principles & Practices of Cost
Estimating for Project Leaders

Apr. 3-4, 2017

Apr. 5-6, 2017

Module 7: Advanced Negotiations & Problem Solving May 8-10, 2017 May 15-17, 2017
Module 8: Integration Capstone Jun. 5-6, 2017 Jun. 19-20, 2017

Registration Deadline

The registration deadline is September 9, 2016.

To register for a module on a stand-alone basis, please visit that module's separate webpage by clicking on the link in the module title, listed below. Since priority registration is provided to participants completing the certificate in 2016-2017, registration on a stand-alone basisnot open until registration for the 2016-2017 Cohorts is complete. 

Participants from the Department of National Defence: Please note that four (4) of the modules (Systems Thinking & Complex Project Management, Business Acumen, Relational Contracting Management, and Advanced Negotiations & Problem Solving) are designed to contribute to the Department of National Defence Project Manager Program Qualification. 

Overview of Program Modules

1. Government & Industry Processes & Stakeholder Engagement

This module provides an overview of the Canadian machinery of government, the approval processes for government spending, and the roles of key gatekeepers and decision makers as applied to complex projects and procurements.   It will focus on the roles played by Central Agencies in financial management, the means by which projects are funded, and the key steps in the approval processes using both the public service and political perspectives. Participants will be able to identify the key stakeholders for early engagement, both in Government and Industry, and to understand how industry capture management processes work.  

Cost: $1,600 + HST

2. Project Initiation

A successful project depends on proper analysis and planning in the early and key phase of project initiation.  This module will provide an overview of the process to develop the initial scope and high-level requirements identification for a project. Participants will learn strategic options analysis techniques, costing and schedule estimation, strategic procurement strategies, and the strategic risks inherent in various strategies.  The module will also identify important stakeholder engagement strategies.

Cost: $2,400 + HST

3. Systems Thinking & Complex Project Management

This program is designed to radically alter how you view complex project management and give you strategies and methodologies for thriving in the face of increasing uncertainty and change. The module positions contemporary complex project management at a strategic level where projects and project portfolios are examined within a broad environmental context. This requires continuous and effective engagement between the project and its key stakeholders. Participants will learn how the wider environment affects decisions about the management of complex projects, and holistic approaches to problem solving which must be integrated with the many other disciplines of effective complex project management.

Cost: $2,400 + HST

4. Relationship Contracting Management

Cost: $1,600 + HST

5. Business Acumen for Project Leaders

This module will provide project leaders with an improved understanding of the context in which companies operate when large procurement projects progress through the various stages of requirements, options analysis, solicitation and implementation. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the macro and micro environment in which companies operate, what drives profitability, and business practices and behaviours, including value propositions and industrial and technological benefits (ITB). Both government and Industry officials can improve their chances of a successful outcome by understanding each other’s methodologies.

Cost: $2,400 + HST

6. Principles & Practices of Cost Estimating for Project Leaders

In both government and industry cost-benefit analyses are regularly evaluated before implementing program and procurement projects that are large and small in scale. This module will help project leaders become knowledgeable consumers of cost estimates and cost-benefit analyses. Participants will gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the cost-benefit analysis approach, the role of risk and uncertainty, sensitivity analysis, and knowing the right questions to ask when receiving a cost benefit analysis. Participants will be able to answer the ever present questions of "what does it cost?" and "is it worth the cost?” and have the ability to understand and to probe cost benefit analyses that are submitted.

Cost: $1,600 + HST

7. Advanced Negotiations & Problem Solving

Negotiation and problem resolution skills are essential for leaders to deal effectively with multi-party decision making and conflict in all aspects of complex project management. Participants will learn the requisite knowledge, skills and reflective abilities to identify potential sources of conflict and design dispute resolution systems that will lead to successful collaborations. The module will cover negotiating for results, effectively managing emotions in negotiations, and strengthening influencing skills in group environments with multiple approval layers.

Cost: $2,400 + HST

8. Integration Capstone

The final module of the program will tie together the foundational elements of the preceding modules. A panel of government and industry executives will highlight contemporary issues.  Participants will demonstrate the application of the core concepts learned in preceding modules through case studies and/or simulated project/procurement exercises and/or by sharing learnings and presenting relevant aspects of real-life projects from their workplace. 

Cost: $1,600 + HST

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