Com Tech educates on project management

Responding to market demand and a desperate skills shortage, Com Tech has announced it will be offering project management programs as part of its Education Services (CTES) operations.

CTES began offering the project management courses earlier this month in association with PMPartners. The courses are mapped to Gartner Project Management certification with graduates emerging at the end of their studies with the associated credentials.

Gartner project management certification from CTES comes in three levels; Essential Competencies (core project management knowledge and skills), Essential Tools (building upon existing basic skills and knowledge) and a Bridging Course (to build upon more extensive existing skills).

According to a statement, "70 per cent of IT projects fail to meet their original objectives" with only 16.2 per cent considered a success.

"Our research has identified a need for professionally trained and certified project managers in the IT industry," Steve Ross, CTES's general manager said in the statement. "Too many IT projects are implemented without an actual project manager."

"This is unlike other industries, such as the construction industry, where project management is a mature function."

Ross said the only alternative project management certification options in Australia are not IT specific.

"Both require a long-term investment and are aimed at career project managers as opposed to functional project managers," Ross said.

"Projects by nature are temporary and as such people tend to not only fulfil the project management role but also carry out other roles within the organisation. These people tend to float in and out of projects and are not constantly involved in projects.

"These courses aim to give proper accreditation, be very practical andintegrate technical and people skills. They will give participants the core knowledge and skills to deliver the key criteria for project success - functionality, time, cost and customer satisfaction."

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