An Interactive 5-Day Online Training Course

Project Budgeting & Cost Management

Establishing and Controlling Your Project's Planned Expenditures

Course Introduction

Managers and customers expect to get value for money. A significant number of projects have been cancelled or are seen as a failure because they ran too far over budget. This five-day Oxford Management Project Management online training Course on Project Budgeting & Cost Management will present the participants with straightforward approaches to developing a cost baseline and setting up a cost tracking system so that the budget is well managed during the project’s life cycle.

This Oxford Management Centre online training course will cover:

  • The PMI PMBoK global standard for managing projects
  • Estimating cost techniques, including the Work Breakdown Structure, Work Packages and risk management considerations
  • The S-curves for risk and cost estimates
  • Control accounts and change control
  • Earned Value Management, performance variances and management recovery options


This 5-day Project Management online training Course on Project Budgeting & Cost Management will provide participants with a proven set of methods, processes, tools and techniques to develop a systematic and dynamic project plan to ensure progressive monitoring control and reporting of project cost.

This online training course will enable participants to:

  • Understand the benefits of good project cost control for successful project outcomes
  • Use best practice to minimise costs and negative impacts
  • Describe a typical project cost management life cycle
  • Explain the action required at each phase of the project cost management life cycle and understand the significance of each phase
  • List the key attributes of cost necessary to understand and manage cost effectively
  • Explain the key steps required to improve project estimates, budget and cost baselining, performance measurement and analysis, cost monitoring and control during project execution and interpreting and reporting project performance throughout a technical project life cycle
  • Specify key quantitative measures for determining the project performance using Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Provide meaningful project progress reports using EVM together with forecasts of likely outcomes and management options to correct where necessary
  • Apply this cost management process to a simple case study

Training Methodology

This online training Course will utilize a variety of proven online learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, retention of the information presented. The training Course is conducted Online via an Advanced Virtual Learning Platform in the comfort of any location of your choice.

Organisational Impact

This Oxford online training course helps organisations to benefit from:

  • Increased organizational maturity due to the application of consistent cost governance procedures with regard to projects
  • Increased visibility into sources of cost
  • Improved employee skills around the cost implications of determining and scheduling project activities
  • Improved control over project outflows through professional budget management techniques
  • Improved customer relationships by using project costs to effectively control project implementation

Personal Impact

Participants will benefit from:

  • Applying generally accepted practices that apply to diverse projects in multiple industries
  • Gaining insights into the power of a project framework to approve and control expenditure
  • Project management experience can open up the doors to rapid promotion

Who Should Attend?

  • Programme Managers and other Senior Personnel responsible for the governance of projects
  • Finance Personnel that are interested in expanding their understanding of how project cost data is used to manage the entire life cycle of projects. These participants will gain insights into how cost data influences financial feasibility, project selection, detailed budgeting, and cash flow planning as well as change management and other mechanisms that leverage costs to control project execution.
  • Project Managers and Project Team Leaders who wish to build upon and consolidate their project management skills
  • Project Planning Engineers and Heads who need to develop their project management skills
  • Senior Project Control and Business Services Professionals who have the responsibility for planning, monitoring, and controlling, and reporting on project budget and cost performance
  • Project Management Professionals

Course Outline


An Overview of Project Management

In this module the participants will learn the PMI PMBoK® globally accepted standard approach to managing projects. This will provide the context for developing and managing the project budget. This module will cover:

  • Basic Project Management Definitions
  • The PMI PMBoK® Project Management Processes
  • Project Phases and Life Cycles
  • Typical Project Terminology
  • Setting-up for Success
  • The Project Cost Management Processes – estimate costs, determine budget and control costs


Developing the Project Schedule – Estimating Cost

The basis for good cost control is the development of an accurate Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) on which the work packages depend for accurate estimation. In this module, we will create the overall project schedule and learn how the project cost is tied to each individual project activity. This module will cover:

  • Understanding Project Management Inputs to Estimating Cost
  • Creating the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Work Packages as Building Blocks
  • Estimation Techniques
  • Optimising the Schedule
  • Estimating the Overall Project Cost


Developing the Project Budget – Determining Budget

Whether working on a simple or complex project all project managers need to develop an accurate budget based on the total resources required for their project. Here the participants will learn how to create the detailed budget and the cost baseline necessary for project control. This module will cover:

  • Understanding Project Management Inputs to Determining Budget
  • Estimating Personnel, Materials and Equipment Costing including Overheads Cost Aggregation
  • Considering the Risk Management Process, Risk Response Planning and Risk Reserves
  • Estimating Risk Response Costs, and Reserve or Contingency Cost
  • The S-Curve for Risk and for Cost


Utilising Control Accounts and Effectively Controlling Project Costs

In this module, the participants will learn about setting up Control Accounts, the Project Cost Performance Baseline and the necessary steps to monitoring and controlling the project budget. This module will cover:

  • Control Accounts and the Control Account Plan (CAP)
  • Understanding What Measures are Required
  • Change Control Processes and Re-baselining the Cost Performance Baseline
  • Understanding Project Management Inputs to Controlling Costs
  • Identifying and Managing Hours Worked
  • Tracking Costs


Project Performance Measurement, Interpreting and Reporting EVM Results

Whether or not the project manager is familiar with Earned Value Management, it is rapidly becoming the favoured means of tracking project performance. In this module, the participants will learn that for large, complex projects the most accurate way to track progress and performance is through Earned Value Management. Participants will learn about measuring and interpreting EVM results and how to report project status to senior management and customers. This module covers:

  • What is Earned Value Management (EVM)?
  • What are the main measures used for EVM?
  • Analysing Results – variances, performance indices and forecasting
  • Interpreting Results and Considering Options to Redress Unacceptable Variances
  • Forecasting and Developing Response Plans
  • Reporting EVM to Senior Management and Customers


Oxford Management Centre e-Certificate will be provided to delegates who successfully completed the training course.




All Training Courses delivered by Oxford Management by default are eligible for CPE Credit.

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18-22 Dec 2023
Fee: $3,950
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