• Craig  Cannings

    Craig Cannings

    Chief Learning Officer, Freelance University

    In 2008, my wife Kelly and I co-founded VAClassroom (and now 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 10,000 Virtual Assistants and Freelancers in more than 60 countries over the past eleven years. We recently went through an exciting re-brand and released Freelance University or as we like to call it, FreeU! Kelly and I have had the great privilege of building our Online University while raising and homeschooling 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 man...

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
    • Lesso