SMACNA Project Management Institute

Starts:  Feb 5, 2023 04:00:00 PM (CT)
Ends:  Feb 8, 2023 12:00:00 PM (CT)
Associated with  SMARCA of Minnesota, Inc.


Bloomington, MN | Feb 5, 2023 - Feb 8, 2023



Experienced SMACNA Contractors know that the best project managers take ownership of their projects. This concentrated program builds upon existing project management skills and strengthens proficiency.

Project Managers Institute is recommended for project managers with two to five years project management experience.


The registration fee includes program materials and planned activities each day. Accommodations are paid separately by attendees. To reserve your place in the program, submit the online registration form with payment before January 2, 2023. The room rate is $159, plus applicable taxes. 

Registration fee: 
$2,190 before January 2, 2023; $2,390 on or after January 2, 2023*
*Additional registrants from the same company will receive a $200 discount which will be applied upon verification of the second registrant's application. 

*Program limited to 3 attendees from each member company.


Room Rate: $159, plus local taxes and fees (currently 14.525%).

All the above rooms are run-of-house guestrooms. These rates are available 3 days prior/post-meeting, based upon hotel availability.

Reservations must be made by Friday, January 6, 2023. Accommodations will be made on your behalf by SMACNA on a space-available basis, upon payment of the meeting registration fee. A credit card is required to guarantee your hotel reservation and must be presented at check-in for payment of your room, tax, and incidental charges. Please note that the room block is sometimes filled before the room cut-off date, therefore rooms are subject to availability, and a possible rate change. SMACNA will contact you if the room block is full, or if there has been a rate change.

The hotel cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to the date of arrival. No-shows and late cancellations will be charged one night's room and tax. Early departures will be charged one night's room and tax.

Please contact Kristin De Guzman for suite rates and other hotel information.

**In the event that you experience symptoms of COVID-19 while attending a SMACNA event or within 5 days of attending a SMACNA event, please be tested for COVID-19. Please notify SMACNA staff, John Franco (telephone: 703-995-4023; email: or Kristin De Guzman (telephone: 703-803-2983; email:, of any positive test results you receive while attending the SMACNA event or within seven days of attending the SMACNA event. SMACNA will take appropriate steps, consistent with any applicable local, state, or federal guidance to promote a safe environment for attendees.**  


Preliminary Schedule: 



4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Introductions. Program Overview and Interactive Group Exercise

Kickoff Exercise – The Frame

Identify communication behaviors in a team-building exercise.

Reinforce the importance of Communication, Cooperation, and Collaboration




8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Management AND Leadership

Define characteristics of a “good” project manager.

Differentiate between leadership and management.

Understand the keys to leading well.

Relate the importance of motivating and energizing your team.


9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Project Start Up

Generate and gain positive project momentum.

Identify and share key project issues, strategies, methods and milestones.

Make use of checklists.

Initiate effective communication with the project team.

Create and maintain a cooperative team environment.


11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Project Planning

Develop a complete end-to-end project delivery plan

Organize and structure project plan information for communicating with project team

Effectively document the project plan

Identify, address, manage and understand project plan attributes


1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Project(s) Introduction

Introduce course “projects” and allow teams to develop an initial plan.


2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Customer-Focused Construction

Define and understand the value of the customer.

Use tools to develop an appropriate, client-centered response to issues.

Implement a customer-focused strategy for your project and firm.


4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Ethics and Integrity in Project Management

Leverage the project management role into a key client relationship anchor

Build relationships with existing clients leading to repeat work opportunities


5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Team Debriefing

Revisit lessons learned and key takeaways from day one




8:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Project Level Financials (Billings, Cash Flow and Closeout)

Continually monitor and act on the current cash situation

Billing accurately and promptly

Learn to drive everything on a project to closure


10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Time Management

Understand that it’s about self-management more than time management

Discover the keys to delegation and prioritization

Understand the importance of Life Balance and its contribution to our overall productivity


11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Project Time


12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Working Lunch


1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Change Order Management

Identify and evaluate all changes

Identify cost and schedule implications of changes

Use changes as an opportunity to sell increased value

Maintain an appropriate balance between capturing all changes and maintaining positive client relationships


2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Standards and Best Practices

Explain the benefits of identifying and using standard procedures derived from best practices

Communicate standard procedures to project teams

Establish a team culture in which best practices are embraced and leveraged

Identify situations in which it is appropriate to use non-standard procedures


4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Project Time


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Team Debriefing

Revisit lessons learned and key takeaways from day two.



8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Project Lessons Learned


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Stand and Deliver


10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Develop Your Personal Action Plan

Write specific action items that will be tracked and monitored over a specified period of time

Differentiate between personal action items and items that will be addressed organizationally as suggestions for your firm


11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Graduation & Wrap Up

Improve the use of your own personal style to lead others to make changes back on the job

Use the participant manual by adding to it and referring to it

Refer to the PMDP Handbook for articles that will guide you as you try out your toolbox

Understand and believe that each participant now has the tools and potential to not only lead projects, but be recognized as a leader in their firm



Marriott Minneapolis Airport
2020 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425


Ashley Lang