Project Manager Academy


February 7-10, 2017
Raleigh, NC


March 21-24, 2017
Denver, CO

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April 18-21, 2017
Chicago, IL

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May 9-12, 2017
Southern California


May 22-25, 2017
Raleigh, NC


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About the Program

The basic techniques for managing projects — scheduling, budgeting and cost-tracking — are well-known and available from many sources. But to join the ranks of “Best in Class,” your project staff must learn to think and act like business owners with their own money and success at stake.

FMI’s Project Manager Academy is built around four core themes:

  • Profitable customer relationship development
  • Powerful, integrated project teams
  • Financial control of projects
  • Planning projects for profits and customer satisfaction

During this high-level, immersion experience, project managers and staff examine themselves, their organizations and their processes, learning how to transform themselves from talented builders into true construction entrepreneurs.

Who Is PMA For?

Anyone interested in developing exceptional project delivery capabilities:

  • Project Executives
  • Project Managers
  • Project Engineers
  • Vice Presidents
  • Estimators
  • Architects Engineers

Companies often find great benefit in having several team members experience Project Manager Academy at the same time because it provides accountability and helps the principles multiply throughout the organization.

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The greatest distinction between project managers and entrepreneurs is how much personal stake the individual has in a project’s success. While both are self-directed to coordinate talents and resources in order to provide profitable customer service, entrepreneurs consider a project success, a personal success and a project failure, a personal failure. In short, entrepreneurs have a compelling sense of ownership in their work.

Attitude of personal ownership toward a project sets a higher standard for performance.

Four days of tough, no-nonsense, total immersion into the business of construction will fast-forward all attendees’ knowledge, decision-making skills and leadership abilities so they leave the PMA thinking and acting like construction entrepreneurs for every project.

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Why FMI?

For over 60 years, FMI has served the engineering and construction infrastructure and the built environment as a trusted advisor. FMI’s Project Manager Academy instructors are committed to bringing their talents, energy and passion together to develop world-class project delivery experts in the construction industry. The faculty includes senior-level FMI staff who possess both project management knowledge and direct construction experience. In addition to coaching at the Project Manager Academy, the instructors are highly respected consultants, authors and thought leaders in the construction industry around the world.


Program Times

8:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. — 7:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.


Management and Leadership

  • Define a “good” project manager
  • Differentiate between leadership and management
  • Identify the keys to leading well
  • Distinguish between team motivation and performance

Project Planning and Startup

  • Identify what’s needed to create and complete an end-to-end project delivery plan
  • Organize for optimal communication
  • Document the project plan effectively
  • Generate positive project momentum
  • Identify key project issues, strategies, methods and milestones
  • Initiate team communication, cooperation and collaboration

Personal Feedback

  • Recognize the importance of feedback
  • Describe the ways organizational culture impacts feedback
  • Use ProScan and 360° feedback to adjust strategies

Customer-Focused Construction

  • Explain the value of the customer to the individual, project and company
  • Use tools and strategies to develop a customer-focused strategy

Time Management

  • Explain the role of self-management in time-management
  • Delegate and prioritize
  • Describe the importance of life balance for productivity
  • Analyze your time-management strengths and weaknesses

Billings, Cash Flow and Closeout

  • Continually monitor the project’s cash situation
  • Understand how project cash flows impact company performance
  • Bill your projects, receive payment and effectively drive project closeout

Project Productivity and Financial Management

  • Differentiate between productivity and profitability
  • Use financial statements as management tools
  • Implement WIP and earned value reports

Change-Order Management

  • Clarify change-order philosophy
  • Identify changes and their cost and schedule implications
  • Use changes as an opportunity to sell increased value

Standards and Best Practices in Project Management

  • Identify standard procedures derived from best practices
  • Use flowcharting to develop standard procedures
  • Communicate standard procedures to project teams
  • Establish a team culture

Ethics and Integrity in Project Management

  • Leverage the PM role into a key client relationship anchor
  • Build relationships with existing clients for repeat work opportunities

Your Personal Action Plan

  • Determine specific items to track and monitor
  • Differentiate between personal and organizational action items
  • Be a project leader, not a project witness

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PMA - Before Attending

There are four items to complete prior to attending:

  • Time Mastery Profile
  • ProScan Personal Development Profile (PDP)
  • Construction Industry Survey
  • 360 Degree Feedback Survey

You will receive four separate emails, each containing a link for the specific survey. In the interim, please make a list of people and their email addresses from whom you would like to receive feedback as to how you perform as a project manager so you will be ready when you receive the link and instructions for processing the 360 Survey. It is important that all pre-work is completed two weeks prior to the program to ensure all reports are available to you for your one-hour, one-on-one session with your feedback facilitator.

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Travel | Venue | Accommodations

In keeping with their best-in-class goals, students should be lodged in individual rooms at a hotel convenient to the training.


When making flight arrangements, please plan to arrive the day before the start date as PMA begins at 8:00 a.m. the first day. Departure flights should be booked no earlier than 5:30 p.m. on the final day. If a departure flight is not available after 5:30 p.m., to your return destination, you have the option to stay at the hotel an additional night at your expense.


Project Manager Academy | February 7-10, 2017

The Project Manager Academy will take place at the FMI Training Center | Address: 5171 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612
FMI has secured a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valley | Address: 3912 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612
For more information on logistics and booking your lodging visit our webpage


Project Manager Academy | March 21-24, 2017

The Project Manager Academy will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Denver-Aurora | Address: 13696 E. Iliff Place Aurora, CO 80014
For more information on logistics and booking your lodging visit our webpage


Project Manager Academy | April 18-21, 2017

The Project Manager Academy will take place at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel | Address: 1551 North Thoreau Drive Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
For more information on logistics and booking your lodging visit our webpage


Project Manager Academy | May 22-25, 2017

Venue and accommodations information for Project Manager Academy *coming soon*

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Fees, Cancellation and Policies


The tuition includes all program instruction, materials and certificate of completion for continuing education credit. Lodging is not included. Please see the registration website for logistical information, including course location, lodging, transportation and meals provided during the program.

The registration fee for Project Manager Academy is:

  • $6,500 for the first attendee
  • $6,000 for each additional attendee in the same session from the same company
For tuition and registration information, please contact:

Michelle Anysz | 919.785.9298


If you need to cancel your registration, please note that you will be subject to a $395 administrative cancellation fee per registrant. We need to receive your written cancellation at least five business days before the program in order to refund your remaining tuition. Otherwise, your tuition will be converted to a nonrefundable credit you may apply toward any FMI program for a full year. Please email us at to submit your cancellation request.

Please note: If FMI cancels the event, your registration fee will be refunded. However, FMI cannot be held accountable for nonrefundable airline tickets or other expenses related to your travel to the event.

For questions regarding FMI's cancellation policy, please call 800.877.1364.

FMI reserves the right to change, add or cancel programs according to the needs of the industry.


If you would like to make any name changes or substitute participants please email us at Substitutions can be made up to five business days prior to the start of the program.

Satisfaction Guarantee

After 60 years of helping the construction industry enhance performance, productivity, and profitability, we believe you will return home with the tools and information to make a difference in your work. If for any reason you are not satisfied, please inform us by calling 800.877.1364. We will refund your tuition or give you a credit to use at another FMI program.

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Continuing Education Credits

You can earn up to 28 hours of continuing education credits by completing the program. A certificate of completion will be awarded to you at the conclusion of the program. You may use this certificate for self-reporting purposes to many state and local continuing education entities.

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FMI corporation has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project training for the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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FMI Corporation is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417. Website:

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What the Attendees Are Saying...

  • “As a project manager we have been subjected to the information covered, but without the ‘why’ of the follow through learned at PMA. We do not fully know what we are trying to achieve. It is such a huge eye-opener”
    - Jesse James Duke, Director of Operations, Veterans Range Solutions
  • “This was an excellent, invaluable training program! Even for seasoned PM’s they have excellent training lessons for all levels”
    -Lindsay Howard, Project Manager, Commercial Roofers, Inc.
  • “The tools provided will have an invaluable impact on your life in your career and with your personal relationships, if you apply them”
    -Lamont Dunbar, Project Manager, Webber LLC
  • “The project manager academy has the ability to change lived and change companies by giving members a sense of ownership”
    -William Yost, Project Manager J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.
  • “I was highly skeptical, but came away with not one or two, but a number of lessons that will be great to implement”
    -Anna Fujimoto, Project Manager, Foushee and Associates

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