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How to Become a Project Planner

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Project Planners are professionals who demonstrate a considerable amount of knowledge in a specific sector or branch of business. They are generally very well organized, great leaders and effective managers. The career options for project planners are wide ranging and encompass a broad selection of occupations such as finance, information technology, construction, and politics. A crucial aspect of project planning is the ability to complete tasks by a specified time and according to budget. This need to execute projects promptly and efficiently in the business world has opened many doors for individuals seeking specialized training in the field.

Identify which aspect of project planning or area of business you want to study.

Enroll in a school which offers the Professional Management Institute (PMI) Certification or the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. (For example: University of British Columbia's online certificate program in Project Management.)

Take PMP exam preparation courses to enhance your chance of passing certification. (Many of these courses are available online.)

Get as much hands-on experience on the job as possible by seeking out opportunities which highlight your project planning skills. Volunteering for non-profits or getting involved with local business projects are some of the ways you can build your experience while developing a professional portfolio.


Jane Iwenofu started writing and editing professionally in 2004. Some of her work is featured on, and Iwenofu holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminology from the University of Windsor. She also has a certificate in business analysis.