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Getting Acquainted with Planning, Scheduling and Programming for Construction Projects


This is a two-day course to introduce and improve skills in construction project planning and programming. Attend this course and learn about:

  •  How to Plan
  •  Developing the Work Breakdown Structure and Critical Path
  •  Creating a Schedule (Programme)
  •  Prevention and Mitigation of Delays

Why Should an Individual Attend?

  • This course focuses on how to plan, how to create a work breakdown structure and how to create a programme (Project Schedule).
  • This programme is a major part of the project as it is used for tendering, controlling costs, determining delays and setting a completion date.


  • Comprehending Planning
  • Understanding the Work Breakdown Structure and the Critical Path
  • Creating a Schedule (Programme)
  • Prevention and Mitigation of Delays

Program Outline


  • What is planning, scheduling and programming?
  • Why is planning and programming important?
  • When do I use it?
  • Who should use it?
  • Definitions and Terminology


  • Role-players and Project Management
  • Contracts: Types, Forms, Documents and Strategies
  • Standards, Specifications, Legislation and Regulations


  • Scope of Work
  • Project Definition
  • Establishment and P&G’s


  • Drawings and Investigations
  • Outline Plans and Strategies
  • Work Breakdown Structure, Task List
  • Activities and Planning Logic
  • Obstructions, Unknowns, Risk Minimisation


  • Types of Programming (PERT, Gantt, etc.)
  • Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Float, Lag, Lead, TRA, Finish to Finish etc.
  • Baseline Programme
  • Detailed Programming including Resource Levelling


  • Keeping to the Milestones and Programme Revision
  • Disruption and Acceleration Claims
  • The S-Curve
  • Change Management and Fast Tracking
  • Cost Control
  • Controlling and Ownership of the Float


  • Practical Completion and Extension of Time
  • Penalties
  • Close out Report

Who Should Attend?

  •   Project planners, project managers, site agents, engineer's representatives
  •   PMU members, quantity surveyors, SCM members, contractors, consulting engineers, clients
  •   Candidate engineers, technologists and technicians
  •   Senior engineers in the civil construction industry in need of a refresher
Type: Online
CPD Points: 2
Coordinator: Blessings Banda
R 5 440.00 excl. VAT
R 6 256.00 incl. VAT
CESA member fee: R5 198.00 incl. VAT
  • Virtual Classroom Training, Online
  • Tue 23 July 2024  08:30 to 16:30
  • Wed 24 July 2024  08:30 to 16:30
  • Validation Number:CESA-2176-04/2025
  • Virtual Classroom Training, Online
  • Wed 9 October 2024  08:30 to 16:30
  • Thu 10 October 2024  08:30 to 16:30
  • Validation Number:CESA-2176-04/2025