Can Mastering Oracle Primavera P6 Enhance Your Career?
Project Controls is a top discipline to work in.
According to a recent CNN report, Project Controls Specialist ranks as one of the top 25 jobs in the US.
Project Controls Specialist was ranked the #23 top job in the US (2017). But it was actually ranked #18 top job just 3 years earlier.
That’s right. Project Controls Specialist beat out Dentist (#44), Video Game Designer (#33) and Civil Engineer (#97)!
Project Controls Specialists are paid well, work on challenging projects and experience a high level of satisfaction in their jobs.
Around the world, project controls experts are in-demand. A quick search on LinkedIn jobs yielded over 22,000 jobs around the globe.
And what is the #1 software tool that Project Controls Specialists need to master?
It’s Oracle Primavera P6 Professional Project Management.
But trust me, using Primavera P6 to build and manage project schedules isn’t always as easy as Oracle would like you to think.
Primavera P6 can sometimes baffle even experienced project professionals. That’s why we believe in training that is repeatable.
Our training takes the complexity and confusion out of Primavera P6 with professional videos that are clear and concise. And you can watch them as many times as it takes.
Not only that, we use real-world examples and hands-on assignments so you can practice working with Primavera P6 like it’s real thing. We’ll even review your work and give you feedback!
Whether you’re intimidated by Primavera P6 or you want to take what you already know to the next level, we will share everything about using Primavera P6 to manage schedules that we have learned from consulting on projects around the world.
I believe that anyone can create good schedules and manage them to help drive a successful project. It just takes patience, dedication, and the right amount of focused learning.
So can mastering Primavera P6 enhance your career? Yes – there’s no doubt about it.
That’s why I made these courses.
What You Get
Here’s what you have access to:
86+ Video Lessons
Professionally recorded videos that teach you to build schedules in P6 step-by-step.
Download project files and follow along with the videos.
Homework We Review
Practice your new skills by completing homework assignments, then upload your work to us for review.
Lock in your learning by completing quizzes for each module.
Track your progress, earn awards and badges as you complete your training.
24/7 Access On All Devices
Learn at the office, at home or at site. Whenever you have time.
How does Primavera P6 online training compare to classroom training?
Never taken an online course before? Not sure if learning Primavera P6 online is right for you?
See how our on-demand P6 training stacks up against a typical Primavera P6 classroom training course.
- Hands-on Exercises
- Reusuable Exercise Files
- Exercises Marked & Reviewed
- 365 Days of Access
- Re-Watch it anytime
- 3 Days
- Learn it once
What You Will Learn
Primavera P6 Course Outline
Our course curriculum will take you through the life-cycle of a project using Primavera P6. The course is divided into essential 7 modules, each module building on the last. The entirety of the course content will take you through building a realistic schedule or project in Primavera P6 Professional, from a blank slate to progress updating.
Let’s take you through the Primavera P6 course curriculum in detail.
Introduction to Primavera P618 lessons | 1 hr 53 mins
- How to Download & Install Primavera P6 16.1
- Understanding Primavera P6 Architecture
- What’s New in Primavera P6 v17
- Getting Familiar with the Primavera P6 Interface
- Opening A Project & Understanding EPS
- Creating a New Project
- An Overview of Work Breakdown Structure
- Adding WBS
- Importing PLF Layout Files
- Adding Activities
- The 4 Types of Activity Relationships
- Adding Relationships Links
- Introduction to Activity Layouts
- Setting Up A Basic Activity Layout
- Importing XER Files
- Exporting Projects to An XER File
Scheduling in Primavera P612 lessons | 1 hr 51 mins
- What is CPM Scheduling
- CPM Scheduling Example
- Scheduling In Primavera P6
- Working with the P6 Scheduler
- Total Float and Project Deadlines
- Must Finish By Deadlines
- Understanding Calendars
- Creating Calendars
- Assigning Calendars and using Fill-Down
- Understanding Constraints
- Applying Activity Constraints
- Organizing Activities and Renumbering Activity IDs
Resource Management in Primavera P613 lessons | 1 hr 35 mins
- Introduction to Resource Management in Primavera P6
- Resource Concepts
- Essential Resource Configuration Fields in Primavera P6
- Adding Labor Resources
- Adding Non-Labor Resources
- Adding Material Resources
- Understanding Resource Codes
- Adding and Administering Resource Codes
- Resource-Loading A Schedule
- Assigning Resources at the WBS Level using WBS Summary
- High-Level Resource Assignments
- Finding Resource Over-allocations
- Resolving Resource Over-allocations
Cost Management in Primavera P6 Professional10 lessons | 1 hr 04 mins
- Cost Management Concepts
- Resource Costs
- Setting a Default Resource Rate for the Project
- Increasing Resource Rates in Primavera P6
- Overriding Resource Rates
- Expense Costs in Primavera P6
- Adding Expenses in Primavera P6
- Cost Loading a P6 Project Step by Step
- WBS Summary & Level of Effort Costing
Essential Activity Coding in Primavera P68 lessons | 1 hr 19 mins
- Introduction to Activity Codes in Primavera P6
- Activity Code Settings
- Creating & Assigning Activity Codes – Part 1
- Creating & Assigning Activity Codes – Part 2
- Grouping & Filtering Activity Codes
- Activity Code Types
- Copying, Importing & Exporting Projects with Activity Codes
- Assigning Activity Codes via Global Change
Baselines in Primavera P68 lessons | 1 hr 00 mins
- Primavera P6 Baseline Concepts
- Creating & Displaying a Baseline in Primavera P6
- Project Baselines & User Baselines
- Baseline Fields & Data in Primavera P6
- Updating a Baseline in Primavera P6
- Copying, Importing & Exporting P6 Projects with Baselines
- Evaluating Your Project Against a Baseline
- Final Thoughts on P6 Baselines
Progress Updating in Primavera P619 lessons | 1 hr 38 mins
- Essential Concepts to Progressing a Schedule
- The Primavera P6 Data Date
- Actual Fields in Primavera P6
- Build A Great Progressing Layout
- The Pitfalls of Percent Complete Types
- Percent Complete Fields and Settings
- A Walkthrough of Each Percent Complete Type
- Which % Complete Type To Use On Your Project
- Setting a % Complete Type for the Whole Project
- The Helpful Progress Spotlight Tool
- Progressing A Milestone
- Simple Activity Progressing
- Checklist: Simple Activity Progressing
- Progressing Resource & Cost-loaded Activities
- Checklist: Resource & Cost-loaded Activities
- Progressing Level of Effort and WBS Summaries
- Removing Progress and Fixing Mistakes
- Moving the Data Date
- Final Thoughts on Progressing
Shamsaddin landed a job as a Site Scheduler“I answered 5 of the 30 interview questions describing scheduling concepts I had learned from Plan Academy’s Primavera P6 training lessons. I passed the interview and am now working as a Site Scheduler at a major international Oil & Gas company.”
BONUS COURSE: Advanced P6 Reporting in Excel ($449.00 value)
Learn to quickly and easily generate compelling graphs and charts in Excel from P6 data. Most struggle with P6 data in Excel, but with the special workflows you’ll learn in this course, you’ll be a pro and make it look easy. Become a master at graphing Primavera P6 data in Excel.
Complimentary Access to the Plan Academy Community
Live Q&AMonthly live Q&A sessions where we answer all your burning project controls questions on everything from concepts to software to best practices.
Training WorkshopsRegular training sessions with Michael or a guest expert to ensure you’re always up to date with the latest strategies & techniques.
Private CommunityGet advice, tips & feedback from an active community of fellow project controls professionals and experts who will keep you on track.
Exclusive ResourcesAccess to a selection of exclusive member-only downloads, checklists, ebooks and more – plus receive special perks & discounts.
Joining the Plan Academy Community is like having your own personal board made up of some of the best project controls advisors in the world.
Meet Michael Lepage
Hi, I’m Michael, Chief Learning Officer here at Plan Academy. I’ve been working with Primavera P6 software since 2007. Through classroom courses, online training and our blog, I’ve helped 1000s of engineering & construction professionals like you decipher and master Primavera P6. Teaching is a passion of mine and so is technology. When I put them together, Plan Academy was born. I hope you like what you see!
Luis Gained An Edge for Winning Construction Bids“Plan Academy’s Primavera P6 training helped me solidify my position at work. The videos showed me how to accurately communicate our projects status. I have definitely saved time in my scheduling, along with giving me an edge for submitting and winning bid work.”
Don’t have a copy of Primavera P6 Professional software?
In order to learn Primavera P6, you’ll want to use the software. If you don’t already have a copy, a trial copy Primavera P6 Professional is available and we’ll point you to it. In fact, training video #1 will show you step-by-step exactly how to download and install the latest version of Primavera P6 Professional. You’ll be up and running with trial copy in no time – one that you can throughout your training.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to complete the training?
You can complete the training as fast or as slow as you like. It’s completely up to you. However, you will have access to the course for the full term of your package.
How fast can I get my certifcate?
If you’ve completed the requirements of the course, we will issue your certificate right away. However, if you have opted to pay for our training via one of our payment plans, please note that due to our 30-day moneyback guarantee, we are unable to provide you with a course certificate until after 30 days from your signup date. You will still be requirement to complete all payments.
What version of Primavera P6 Professional will I learn?
Our course trains you on the latest version of Oracle Primavera P6. We monitor Oracle’s releases of Primavera P6 diligently, and update our training periodically to ensure you’re learning the latest version.
If you have an earlier version of Primavera P6, 95% of our training vidoes are still applicable as the core of the software has barely changed over the past 8 years. Our training videos are applicable to the following versions of Primavera P6:
- Primavera P6 Professional version 8.x
- Primavera P6 Professional version 15.x
- Primavera P6 Professional version 16.x
- Primavera P6 Professional version 17.x
- Primavera P6 Professional version 18.x
I don’t own the Primavera P6 software. Can I learn from your course?
Yes. If you don’t already have a copy, a trial copy Primavera P6 Professional is available and we’ll point you to it. In fact, training video #1 will show you step-by-step exactly how to download and install the latest version of Oracle Primavera P6 Professional. You’ll be up and running with trial copy in no time – one that you can throughout your training.
NOTE: Oracle Primavera P6 only runs on Windows and does not run on Mac.
Are the online video lessons downloadable so can I view them offline?
Unfortunately, the video lessons must viewed while logged into the Plan Academy website. However, you can view them through any device. Our website is mobile-friendly.
Do I have to watch the course lessons in order?
You can watch our courses and videos in any order you like – feel free to jump around and start wherever you like. Plan Academy’s video training is meant to be flexible and available to you when you need it most.
Is this training right for me?
This training is aimed at project controls, 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 Primavera P6. It’s also perfect for anyone who has previously used P3, SureTrak, Microsoft Project or Primavera Contractor or anyone looking for a refresher on Oracle Primavera P6 Professional.
What is Online training, On-demand or Self-paced Video Training?
On-Demand training provides you with access to our library of online videos which you can watch anytime and anywhere you have internet access – from the office, from home or even the train.
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 and there’s no rush to complete it quickly.
How do I watch the videos?
Upon purchase of a course you’ll get access to our training platform where you can watch video lesson online, download files and complete the homework. You can even login to our website on a tablet or mobile device to watch anytime.
Will I get a certificate?
To earn a certificate on Oracle Primavera P6 you’re going have to do some work. Each course has a workshop homework assignment that you complete on your copy of Primavera P6. Once you’re done, you upload your completed assignment to us through the site. Our expert markers personally review and provide feedback on every assignment so you know if you’re on-track. When you successfully complete all 7 assignments, you will earn your training certificate.
Can I get one-on-one help and support?
YES! As a bonus, you get a free Plan Academy Community membership.
With your Community membership, not only can you ask questions and get advice, support and feedback from within our community; but we also hold monthly Q&A sessions, where you can pre-submit your questions for us or our guests, or even ask them live.
On top of that, we also have member feedback options, where we’ll provide feedback on your project schedule or plan or anything else you’d like our input on.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Oh no! We don’t want that! We offer a 30-day money back guarantee. If you are unhappy with the course for any reason, let us know and we will refund your payment within 30 days. We would appreciate notification within the first 30 days of the course.
Why should I take this course today instead of waiting?
It’s time for you to take action. Simple as that. If you really want to learn Primavera P6 and be successful then you need somewhere to get answers for all of your questions.
You need support, community, and most of all… accountability! Plan Academy is that place. If you really want to make a difference, the time is now.
We Think Plan Academy Has The Best Primavera P6 Online Training Anywhere.
But Don’t Take Our Word For It. Hear What Our Clients Say:
We had a client that required us to submit our schedule in P6 and I knew NOTHING about P6. With the help of Plan Academy’s videos I was able to submit a schedule that was accepted.
Polly Chellew, TIG/m
I was thrown into the frying pan on my project. Plan Academy was invaluable to me getting up to speed quickly on Primavera P6 Professional.
Sam Rahman, Blackthorn Management
Plan Academy taught me how to use Primavera from scratch and I can now quiz other professionals regarding the programme submissions our company is involved in.
Phillip Taberner, KPMG
Plan Academy’s Primavera P6 Training gave me a deep understanding of scheduling from someone who only 6 months ago obtained a copy of Primavera P6.
Colum O’Donovan, Aurecon Australia Pty.
Plan Academy’s course Advanced P6 Reporting in Excel is just amazing! I have been using my own way of collecting data and producing reports & dashboards, which I suppose is also ok, but the methods you teach in the course are much faster. They have saved me a lot of time (believe me!). Thanks!
Humberto Soto, Y&V Consulting and Construction Canada Ltd.
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