In a recent survey of 1800 project management professionals from over a dozen industries in the US, the findings showed that there is an increasing talent drain at the senior project manager level in commercial and government organizations. The survey also revealed that the cost of hiring is higher than the cost of developing talent from within. Furthermore, training return-on-investment ranges from 268 percent to 501 percent, depending on the level of the project professional. It is therefore wise to invest in the training and development of project managers, and ESI International is a great partner to make this happen.
Introducing ESI International
ESI International is a professional training and coaching company founded by Edwin Phelps in 1981, which was called Educational Services Institute back then. It has its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. In 1997, it was acquired by the Institute for International Research (IIR). In 2013, ESI was purchased by Providence Equity Partners and is now part of Providence Corporate Development Holding Company, with sister companies Huthwaite, Omega Performance, AchieveGlobal, Forum Corporation and Miller Heiman. ESI now operates in over 40 countries and has trained close to a million professionals and thousands of clients. It offers Associate’s and Master’s level certificate programs in partnership with The George Washington University. The training and professional services offered are focused on traditional and agile project management, federal project management, program management, business skills and analysis, and contact and vendor management.
Project Management Courses
ESI International offers project management training courses that can be categorized as Core, Elective, Exam Prep, and IT. Core PM courses include Introduction to Project Management, Managing Projects, Project Leadership, Management and Communications, Project Management Applications, Risk Management, Scheduling and Cost Control, and Quality for Project Managers. For example, Introduction to Project Management is a course for individuals who need to be able to apply basic PM skills, concepts and techniques to manage small projects within their company. They will learn about roles and responsibilities, the different phases of a project lifecycle, how to develop a plan and create other project documents. Modalities of training include public classroom, on-site classroom, virtual instructor-led training, and self-paced online e-training.
Examples of IT PM training courses include Managing IT Projects, IT Risk Management, Managing IT Projects and Information Assurance Basics, and IT and Information Assurance Risk Management. In the course Managing IT Projects, it addresses all areas such as hardware, software, systems integration, communication and human resources. The topics cover overview and the different phases such as concept, requirements, planning and so on. Elective course examples are Requirements Management, Project Planning Analysis and Control, Writing Statements of Work, Unlocking the Power of Earned Value Management, Rapid Assessment and Recovery, Negotiation Skills, and Aligning PM with Organizational Strategy. Exam Prep courses include the PMP Exam Preparation and the more intensive PMP Exam Power Prep.
Project Management Certifications
ESI International also offers two PM certificate programs in partnership with The George Washington University. The Associate’s Certificate in Project Management requires participants to complete three courses within two years. The program specifies that they must take the Managing Projects course, one course from the Core PM courses, and the third course from either the Elective, the IT PM, from Agile courses, from Business Skills courses or from Business Analysis courses. The Master’s Certificate in Project Management requires participants to complete seven courses within four years. The breakdown consists three courses from Core PM courses, and four courses from either Elective, IT, Agile, PM prep courses, Business Skills or Analysis courses, or Contract Management courses.
ESI International also offers other courses such as Program Management Training courses, which develop PM, business and leadership skills essential for high level, strategic business goals. They also offer Agile courses, Contract Management, Business Analysis, Business Skills, and Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) courses. Certificate programs are also offered for these other courses.
Helping People Everywhere Improve the Way They Manage Projects
ESI International also offers solutions for specific industries such as for the energy industry, for financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. Furthermore, they also provide assessment and measurement services for evaluating capabilities and performance levels. They also provide learning reinforcement such as coaching and workshops, organizational effectiveness services, process and tools, as well as validation tools such as project audits. Individual professionals and organizations continue to choose ESI for their quality instructors, deep curriculum, program support and their global reach. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Youtube .