On-demand Video Course

Construction Planning & Scheduling Theory

The easiest way to learn Critical Path Method scheduling for the Construction industry.
Learn how to build a CPM project schedule step-by-step.

  6 hours of on-demand video
  6 challenging quizzes
  Certificate of completion
  56 lessons
  100% online
  Language: English (with subtitles)
  Instructor: Dr. Saleh Mubarak

4.7(54 ratings)

$USD 497.00 for 1 Year of Online Access

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Planning a Construction Project is 20% Using Software
& 80% Proper Planning & Scheduling

Creating a good construction project schedule is difficult effort.

But it can be a wasted effort if we don’t start with principles first; the principles of proper CPM scheduling. That’s why I created a course that focuses on the foundations of good scheduling.

This course will take the complexity and confusion out of planning & scheduling projects with professional videos that are clear and concise. And you can watch them as many times as it takes.

I will guide you step-by-step through the process of building a good CPM schedule.

Not only that, I share real-world examples and situations from over 26 years of experience in the field of Project Controls.

Whether you’re confused by all of the jargon of the project controls world, or you just need to fill in your knowledge gaps, I will share everything you need to know about scheduling Construction projects, from definitions to expert techniques and processes.

I believe that anyone can create good CPM schedules and manage them to help drive a successful construction project. It just takes patience, dedication, and the right amount of focused learning, starting with principles first.

Join me and let’s explore Construction Planning & Scheduling together.

What You Will Learn

  • Real-world skills to build real-world construction project schedules.
  • Find out what skills make an ideal planner & scheduler.
  • Get different perspectives on scheduling from both the Contractors and the Owners point of view.
  • Understand the critical path method algorithm with multiple examples ranging from basic to complex.
  • Get insights on common pitfalls to avoid while building your construction schedule.
  • Learn important concepts for analyzing your CPM schedule, including Negative Float, Free Float, Driving Relationships, Imposed Finish Dates and more.
  • Go deep on how poor relationship linking can impact your ability to manage your schedule.

I completed the Construction Planning and Scheduling as well as Primavera P6 Professional V 18 Core Curriculum courses with Plan Academy and had a great experience. The courses are all available online and allow you to complete on your own... Read more

Megan Bell

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Course Duration and Outline

Construction Project Management - 1m 30s

Planning & Scheduling - 1h 03m

Introduction to Construction Project Management

5m 29s

What is and What is Not a Project

3m 16s

What is Planning vs Scheduling

7m 32s

Minimizing Risks with Good Planning

4m 37s

18m 04s

4m 17s

Scheduling: Experience vs Education

4m 12s

Myths and Misconceptions of Project Scheduling

5m 46s

Quiz: Planning & Scheduling

10m 00s

Bar Charts - 17m 51s

Basic Scheduling with Bar Charts

3m 03s

Advantages & Disadvantages of Bar Charts

7m 08s

How to Best Use Bar Charts

7m 40s

Building a CPM Schedule - 1h 09m

A Brief Introduction to the Critical Path Method

5m 57s

The Steps for Creating a CPM Schedule

2m 37s

3m 43s

Factors for Breaking Down Work

6m 15s

Using WBS to Break Work Down

3m 34s

An Example for Proper Sizing fo Activities

4m 30s

What is an Event?

1m 40s

Step 2 - Estimating Durations

3m 11s

Step 3 - Adding Logic Relationships

6m 08s

Step 4 & 5 - Run CPM Scheduling and Analyzing Results

5m 44s

Optional Step - Resources + Cost Loading

5m 58s

Step 6 - Implementing the Schedule

3m 56s

Step 7 - Monitoring & Controlling the Project

1m 42s

Step 8 - Closeout

2m 12s

Project Schedule vs Construction Schedule

2m 20s

Quiz: Building a CPM Schedule

10m 00s

Networks & Logic - 32m 18s

Lags & Lead Time

2m 08s

Tips for Drawing Logic Networks

6m 52s

4m 34s

Drawing Logic Networks

6m 15s

Proper Use of Lag & Lead Time

2m 29s

Quiz: Networks & Logic

10m 00s

CPM Scheduling - 1h 17m

Date Constraints and Their Impacts

9m 04s

CPM Example 2

4m 24s

How to do CPM Scheduling: A Walkthrough Example

12m 41s

Who Owns The Float?

4m 43s

What is Free Float?

4m 52s

Defining The Critical Path

5m 15s

What Drives Driving Relationships

2m 30s

The End of Day Convention

3m 11s

Applying an Imposed Finish Date to Your Project

7m 01s

3m 24s

The Impact of Calendars on CPM Scheduling

6m 33s

Non-Work Days and Calendars

3m 37s

Quiz: CPM Scheduling

10m 00s

Logic Relationship & Precedence Networks - 49m 47s

Logic Linking Example with Finish-to-Finish Relationships

6m 49s

Combining S-S and F-F Relationships: An Example

8m 28s

Dynamic Minimum Lag: A New Relationship Type

5m 06s

3m 58s

Logic Relationship and Precedence Networks

10m 36s

Logic Linking Example with Start-to-Start Relationships

4m 50s

Quiz: Logic Relationships & Precedence Networks

10m 00s

Progress Updating - 44m 14s

Updating Schedules with Progress

3m 56s

3m 49s

Schedule Updating: The Interval

3m 17s

Schedule Updating: Interpreting the Results

3m 45s

Myths and Misconceptions of Updating Schedules

2m 31s

What is Project Controls?

3m 46s

What is a Baseline?

1m 39s

Assessing Percent Complete of Activities and Projects

5m 06s

Course Wrap Up

6m 25s

Quiz: Progress Updating

10m 00s

Who Is This Course For?

Let’s find out if this course is for you. It’s a perfect fit if….

Student #1: You are a complete beginner to project controls with no idea on how the Critical Path Method or project schedules work.

Student #2: You already know a project management software package like Primavera P6 or Microsoft Project and have built a project schedule or two, but you struggle to understand the scheduling jargon and underlying concepts.

Student #3: You are a planner & scheduler but need a refresher on project controls, CPM scheduling and Construction project management.

Basically, if you are a master of project controls, if you build complex Construction project schedules and manage them to perfection, then DON’T take the course. Everyone else: you should take the course, today.

We Know Plan Academy Has The Best Primavera P6 Online Training Anywhere.
But Don’t Take Our Word For It. Hear What Our Clients Say:

Never have I come across a course that covers the unique process of Construction Planning & Scheduling with so much depth. Saleh makes the concepts easy to understand… and the videos are lovely to look at.

I love this course and recommend it to all planners & schedulers!

Nick Halksworth

Creator of XER Toolkit

Great Course! The subjects are broken down into clear and easy-to-understand points, real-life examples are given, and the material is brought to life. I learned a lot from this course and would recommend it to anyone involved in the Project Controls field. Even experienced professionals can learn new things from this course.

Avraham Frank

Planner & Scheduler at STV

Your Instructor


Saleh Mubarak is an internationally renowned Project Controls speaker, consultant, author and educator. An authority on project planning, scheduling and project controls, Saleh is the author of Construction Project Scheduling & Control 3rd ed., a text widely used in University and College courses. He was a member of the team that wrote the first Project Scheduling certification exam for PMI in 2007.

Saleh’s 26 year career in project management spans across industries in both the private and public sectors as well as over 12 years teaching in Universities, including most recently at Qatar University where he was head of the Civil Engineering department.

Dr Saleh Mubarak

frequently asked questions

Who Is The Target Audience For This Course?

This training is aimed at engineering and construction professionals working in industries such as Construction, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, & Energy.

The training will be helpful for anyone from complete beginners to intermediate level students looking to fill their gaps with Construction Planning & Scheduling. It’s also perfect for anyone who has previously used project management software, but never learned the underlying foundations & concepts.

What Is On-Demand Or Self-Paced Video Training?

On-Demand training provides you with online access to the course videos which you can watch anytime and anywhere you have internet access. The courses are self-paced meaning that you can watch as much or as little as you like in a sitting – the pace is up to you to decide.

How Do I Watch The Videos?

Upon purchase of the course you’ll get access to the online videos where you can watch them online (even on iOS or Android devices).

Can I Download The Videos To Watch Offline?

No, we do not currently offer the ability to download the videos. The videos can be viewed online through your user account only.

Are There Tests To Check My Knowledge?

Yes. This course offers 6 quizzes to help you verify you are grasping the concepts. The quizzes can be completed after each module (as shows in the course outlines above).

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