Project Management (Project DPro Foundation) 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 6 week online course will equip you to confidently take the Project DPro Foundation (Level 1) qualification.

Project DPro was developed by PM4NGOs. Bond is a PM4NGOs training partner and our course facilitators are authorised PM4MGOs trainers and invigilators.

Course structure

30 hours' self-paced study over 6 weeks, plus three live interactive online sessions and an online exam. 

Total time commitment over the period of the course is approximately 45 hours: 

  • 9 hours of live online sessions
  • 30 hours self-paced learning activities (5 hours a week) 
  • 2 hours to take a practice exam and at least 2 hours' revision
  • 3-hour exam (optional) 

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: the logical framework approach and managing the project cycle, or equivalent.

What you will learn

This course will cover the complete content of the Project DPro guide. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Explain how the context and content of projects in the development sector makes then unique
  2. Recall the phases of project management in the development sector context
  3. Outline some of the tasks, outputs, tools and additional considerations of each phase
  4. Outline the roles and responsibilities of the project manager and other project stakeholders throughout a project.
  5. Define project management principles and explain how to apply them across all phases.
  6. Explain the importance of adapting the Project DPro to the context of the project
  7. Recall the terminology and definitions used in the Project DRo guide
  8. Outline the best approach to the Project DPro exam and the question types within it.

Programme

This course will be delivered entirely online, through individual self-study activities and online discussions (on the Bond learning platform) and facilitated live online sessions (using Zoom). We work hard to make sure you get the same level of interaction and facilitator support in our live online sessions 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. 

All May - June 2021 live session times are in accordance to British Summer Time (BST), and all October - December 2021, and January - March 2022 live session times are in accordance to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).. Check the live session start and end time in your timezone here (please ensure you choose the right date when checking timezones).

 

May - June 2021 live session dates

The full programme includes: 

Week 1 (10 - 14 May 2021): 5 hours’ self-study activities and online discussions, and a 90 minute live online session 

Live session 1: Monday 10th May 2021, 10.00 - 11.30 BST

Weeks 2 to 3 (17 - 28 May 2021): 5 hours’ per week self-study activities and online discussions 

Week 4 (31 May - 4 June 2021): 5 hours’ self-study activities and online discussions plus 90 minute live online session 

Live session 2: Wednesday 2nd June 2021, 10.00 - 11.30 BST

Weeks 5 to 6 (7 - 18 June 2021): 5 hours’ per week self-study activities and online discussions 

Week 7 (21 - 25 June 2021): Two 3-hour live online exam preparation sessions and a 3-hour online exam

Live session 3: Monday 21 June 2021, 09.30 to 13.00 BST

Live session 4: Wednesday 23rd June 2021, 09.30 to 13.00 BST

Exam session: Friday 25th June 2021, 09.30 to 13.00 BST 

Please note the cost of the exam is additional and is not included in the course price 

 

October - December 2021 live session dates

The full programme includes: 

Week 1 (25 - 29 October 2021): 5 hours’ self-study activities and online discussions, and a 90 minute live online session 

Live session 1: Monday 25th October 2021, 14.00 - 15.30 GMT

Weeks 2 to 3 (1 - 12 November 2021): 5 hours’ per week self-study activities and online discussions 

Week 4 (15 - 19 November 2021): 5 hours’ self-study activities and online discussions plus 90 minute live online session 

Live session 2: Wednesday 17th November 2021, 14.30 - 16.00 GMT

Weeks 5 to 6 (22 November - 3 December 2021): 5 hours’ per week self-study activities and online discussions 

Week 7 (6 - 10 December 2021): Two 3-hour live online exam preparation sessions and a 3-hour online exam

Live session 3: Monday 6th December 2021, 13.30 - 17.00 GMT

Live session 4: Wednesday 8th December 2021, 13.30 - 17.00 GMT

Exam session: Friday 10th December 2021, 13.30 - 17.00 GMT 

Please note the cost of the exam is additional and is not included in the course price 

 

January - March 2022 live session dates

The full programme includes: 

Week 1 (24 - 28 January 2022): 5 hours’ self-study activities and online discussions, and a 90 minute live online session 

Live session 1: Tuesday 25th January 2022, 10.00 - 11.30 GMT

Weeks 2 to 3 (31 January - 11 February 2022): 5 hours’ per week self-study activities and online discussions 

Week 4 (14 - 18 February 2022): 5 hours’ self-study activities and online discussions plus 90 minute live online session 

Live session 2: Tuesday 15th February 2022, 10.00 - 11.30 GMT

Weeks 5 to 6 (21 February - 4 March 2022): 5 hours’ per week self-study activities and online discussions 

Week 7 (7 - 11 March 2022): Two 3-hour live online exam preparation sessions and a 3-hour online exam

Live session 3: Monday 7th March 2022, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT

Live session 4: Wednesday 9th March 2022, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT

Exam session: Friday 11th March 2022, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT 

Please note the cost of the exam is additional and is not included in the course price 

 

Programme content 

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

Each week you will complete around 5 hours’ self-study activities and take part in online discussions. You can work at your own pace, but you must complete all sections and activities in each module before attending the exam preparation sessions in week 6.  

Topics:  

  • Projects in the development sector 
  • The Project DPro Project Phase Model and key definitions 
  • Project identification and definition  
  • Project set-up 
  • Project planning 
  • Project implementation 
  • Project closure 
  • Project monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning 
  • Project DPro principles: well-goverend; participatory; comprenhensive; integrated; adaptive 
  • Adapting the Project DPro  

Live online sessions 

The live online 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 Foundation (Level 1) exam.  

Topics: 

  • 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 

Exam:  

You will take the Project DPro Foundation (Level 1) exam online, invigilated by our PM4NGOs approved invigilator. You must provide proof of identity before taking the exam. 

Booking deadline

Bookings will close at 15:00 BST/GMT on the last working day day before the course to enable us to email participants the joining instructions ahead of the first live session.

Course prices

Band 1

Non-members
£560.00

Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend
£430.00

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend
£215.00

* 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.

10%

off if you book early*

5%

off multiple bookings*

Event dates

Monday, February 8, 2021 to Friday, March 26, 2021

Registration closed

Monday, May 10, 2021 to Friday, June 25, 2021

19 places available

Monday, October 25, 2021 to Friday, December 10, 2021

18 places available

Monday, January 24, 2022 to Friday, March 11, 2022

18 places available

Trainers

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.