• Craig  Cannings

    Craig Cannings

    Chief Learning Officer, Freelance University

    In 2008, my wife Kelly and I co-founded Freelance University with the purpose of becoming the #1 go-to training center for Freelancers and VAs from around the globe! As of this year, we have successfully trained over 14,000 Virtual Assistants and Freelancers in more than 70 countries. Kelly and I have had the great privilege of building our Online University while raising our 5 daughters who are the greatest blessings of our lives. I look forward to meeting you and seeing you either in this program or at our University very soon. I leave you with my favorite quote from marketing guru, Seth Godin: "The only worse thing than starting something and failing... is not starting something."
“The ability to convert strategy into action is the emerging skill of our time.” (Tim Wasserman, Stanford University) That skill, of course, is Project Management. Businesses today are in desperate need of talented individuals that can effectively manage all sorts of different projects and tasks, including writing, social media, web design, product launch, and business management projects. In this Certification, you will discover a 5-step system for successfully managing projects in a digital world. You will learn how to use a number of cool tools to successfully manage a client’s project virtually! This certification is a “must-take” for any VA, freelancer or online business manager who wants to improve the way they manage and administer all their projects.

Course Reviews

  • The title is great - it describes exactly what the module...

    Aaron Cretzman

    Wow! Another great course...it is so well done that I am surprised that Craig is not teaching at a University level. This material is so well done. Great job!!

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    Wow! Another great course...it is so well done that I am surprised that Craig is not teaching at a University level. This material is so well done. Great job!!

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  • What else would it be called? It is EXACTLY is as presented.

    Dawn Lawrence

    Excellently Presented by Craig and Well Balanced and with visual and usable Templates. Thank you!

    Excellently Presented by Craig and Well Balanced and with visual and usable Templates. Thank you!

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  • Very Comprehensive Program!

    Paula Holsberry

    This program covered everything! It began by helping me see if the project management niche was a good fit for me. It then took me through different methods ...

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    This program covered everything! It began by helping me see if the project management niche was a good fit for me. It then took me through different methods to use to oversee a project. Craig even showed five different software options for use with the different methods taught. He not only outlined the "how" of project management, but the "why" as well. The final lesson gave examples of how I can offer project management as a service in my business. I would encourage everyone to take this course, even if you are not planning to offer this service. It will help you manage and prioritize every aspect of your current workflows.

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  • Excellent

    Leslie Goldenberg

    I learned so much from this course! I recently saw the word Kanban and knew what it meant - yeah!!! Love that I have a better understanding of these terms I...

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    I learned so much from this course! I recently saw the word Kanban and knew what it meant - yeah!!! Love that I have a better understanding of these terms I've heard kicked around the last couple of years. I've found the knowledge incredibly helpful with a couple of potential clients and new clients across a variety of industries - from marketing to coaching. It seems they all want to work with a project management tool such as Asana, even when they don't have big scale projects that require a lot of team members. They also seem to be using it to track their own tasks in a work space or to track smaller projects that may only have 1 team member on it. So thankful I took this course!

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Course curriculum

  • 1
    Introduction to PM Specialist Program
    • Welcome to PM Specialist Program
  • 2
    Module 1: Project Management Foundations
    • Download Module 1 Handout Here
    • Module 1 Introduction
    • Lesson 1: What is Project Management?
    • Lesson 2: Ten Project Management Challenges
    • Lesson 3: Types of Project Management Clients
    • Lesson 4: Project Management in a Virtual World
    • Project Management Glossary of Key Terms
    • Keys to Virtual Project Management
  • 3
    Module 2: The Role of the Virtual Project Manager
    • Download Module Two Handout
    • Lesson 1: Project Management Skills Assessment
    • Lesson 2: The Skills of a Rock Star Project Manager
    • PM Skills Assessment Template
  • 4
    Module 3: Project Management Methods
    • Download Module Three Handout
    • Introduction to Project Management Methods
    • Lesson 1: Waterfall Method
    • Lesson 2: Agile Method
    • Lesson 3: Scrum Method
    • Lesson 4: Lean Method
    • Lesson 5: Kanban Method
  • 5
    Module 4: Phase One - Assess The Project
    • Download Module Four Handout
    • Project Management Lifecycle
    • Lesson1: Project Kick-Off Meeting
    • Lesson 2: Project Needs Assessment
    • Project Kick-Off Agenda Template
    • Project Needs Assessment Template
  • 6
    Module 5: Phase Two - Plan the Project
    • Download Module Five Handout
    • Intro to Project Planning
    • Lesson 1: Project Planning Map
    • Lesson 2: Project Action Planning
    • Lesson 3: Project Management Software & Apps
    • Sample Project Planning MindMap
    • Sample Project Planning Spreadsheet
  • 7
    Module 6: Phase Three - Implement the Project
    • Download Module 6 Handout
    • Lesson 1: PM Implementation Pitfalls
    • Lesson 2: Four Keys to Successful PM Implementation
    • Lesson 3: PM Monitoring Checklist
    • [PDF] Project Management Monitoring Checklist
  • 8
    Module 7: Phase Four - Evaluate the Project
    • Download Module 7 Handout
    • Lesson 1: Evaluate Your Project Management Success
    • Lesson 2: How to Manage Team Performance Issues
    • Lesson 3: Evaluating YOU as a Project Manager
    • Project Evaluation Form
    • Self Evaluation Form
  • 9
    Module 8: Phase Five - Close the Project
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    • Closing the Project
    • Closing the Project Checklist
  • 10
    Module 9: Project Management Software and Apps
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    • Top Ten PM Software Features
    • Trello Tutorial
    • Smartsheet Tutorial
    • Wunderlist Tutorial
    • Asana Tutorial
    • Wrike Tutorial
    • Project Management Software Guide
  • 11
    Module 10: Project Management Course Summary
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    • Project Management Course Recap
    • Building a Profitable Project Management Service
  • 12
    Final Course Survey
    • Complete Course Survey Here.