Project Management (Project DPro) Level 1 Certification

This programme enables you to achieve an internationally recognised project management qualification tailored to the international development and humanitarian sectors.

Course dates

This programme enables you to achieve an internationally recognised project management qualification tailored to the international development and humanitarian sectors.

Building on the knowledge and skills gained on the job or through previous study, such as Bond’s Project design: the logical framework approach and Managing the project cycle, this self-study learning workbook and a one-day exam preparation workshop will equip you to confidently take the Project DPro Level 1 qualification.

Course structure

25 hours' self-study plus two half-days of live interactive online sessions and an online exam.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at those involved in managing projects in the development and humanitarian sectors, and is particularly suitable for those who have completed Bond’s courses on project design and managing the project cycle, or equivalent.

What you will learn

This course will cover the complete content of the Project DPro syllabus:

  • Understand the context and content of projects in the development sector
  • Know the principles, phases and disciplines of project management in the development sector context
  • Understand the relationship between principles, phases and disciplines within the development sector context
  • Understand the importance of adapting the Project DPro to the context of the project
  • Get tailored coaching on specific topic areas identified by you
  • Exam techniques, tips and practice exam questions


This course will be delivered entirely online, through individual self-study (on the Bond learning platform) and facilitated live sessions (using Zoom). We work hard to make sure you get the same level of interaction and facilitator support as you would in our training room. You’ll work in breakout rooms, use case studies and take part in exam-preparation activities – all online.

The full programme includes:

  • 25 hours self-study, through guided reading and activities on the Bond learning platform
  • Two half-day live online exam preparation sessions
  • Online exam (the cost of the exam is additional and is not included in the course price)

Self-study module (25 hours: complete by 7 July 2020)

This self-study module guides you through each of the Project DPro syllabus areas. Using case studies, practical examples and self-assessed activities, the module builds and refines your project management knowledge and skills, focussing on the key competencies required to pass the Project DPro exam. 

The self-study module will take around 25 hours to complete. You can work at your own pace, but you must complete all sections and activities in the module before attending the exam preparation sessions. The self-study module will be available for you to start working on 8 weeks before the exam (i.e. from 15 May 2020).

Self-study module content

  • Projects in the development sector
  • The Project DPro Project Phase Model
  • Project identification and design
  • Project set-up
  • Project planning
  • Project implementation
  • Project monitoring, evaluation and control
  • End of project transition
  • Project management disciplines overview
  • Scope management
  • Time management
  • Financial management
  • Risk management
  • Project Justification management
  • Stakeholder management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Adapting the Project DPro

Project DPro exam preparation live online sessions (8 and 9 July 2020)

The exam preparation sessions will revise any syllabus areas you are having particular difficulty with, and introduce you to exam techniques and practice exam questions that ensure you are fully prepared to successfully take and pass the Project DPro exam. 

Online sessions content

  • Revision of the Project DPro syllabus, with coaching sessions on specific topics identified by you
  • Exam techniques and tips
  • Guided practice exam questions
  • Individual support

Project DPro exam (10 July 2020)

Following the exam preparation sessions, you will take the online Project DPro exam.  If you choose not to take the exam on the day scheduled, you can take it at a later date. Note: the cost of the exam is not included in the course price and is to be paid separately.

Course prices

Band 1


Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend

* 10% off if you book 8 weeks in advance; 5% off 3 or more bookings.

Contact us for special discounts if you're a student or unemployed.


off if you book early*


off multiple bookings*

Event dates

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 to Friday, July 10, 2020

11 places available

Friday, September 18, 2020

Registration closed

Friday, March 5, 2021

Registration closed


Jane Davies

Jane has designed and delivered training for many different audiences including teachers, humanitarian workers and volunteers. She started working in development in 1998 as a VSO volunteer and has also been a Senior Education Officer with ActionAid.