Project Manager Development Program

Project Manager Development Program Class of 2021

The Project Manager Development Program (PMDP) for early-career project managers or those looking to move into such a role, is a five-module program that covers the essentials of project management and provides a solid foundation for long-term career development. The curriculum for this course comes from the Associated General Contractors of America and a certificate of completion from the AGC will be given to all students completing all five modules. The program is offered annually by the ABA in order to teach a new generation of project managers the essential skills to ensure project success. PMDP participants are likely to have various titles depending on the kind of work they perform, the geographical location of their projects, and the size of their company. They may have titles such as Assistant Project Manager, Project Manager, Field Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Administrator, etc. They may have experience as estimators, field personnel, project assistants, or office managers, and they may work in the heavy and highway sector, the commercial building sector, or in residential construction. They will most likely be early in their careers, have some post-high-school education, and less than two years of project-related experience.

The five-course program includes the following and takes 60-hours to complete.

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Project Management – Jan. 24 & 25, 2024
  • Unit 2, Part 1: Initiating and Planning – Feb. 28 & 29, 2024
  • Unit 3, Part 2: Initiating and Planning – Mar. 27 & 28, 2024
  • Unit 4: Executing – Apr. 24 & 25, 2024
  • Unit 5: Monitoring and Controlling, and Project Closeout – May 22 & 23, 2024

PMDP is a nationally recognized training standard. Individuals who complete all five PMDP courses will receive an AGC Project Manager Development Program Certificate of Completion.

Contact Alexa Kochen at (602) 274-8222 or by e-mail at if you have questions.

PMDP Advisory Board

Andrea Ramos

Project Director
McCarthy Building Companies

John Lewis III

Senior Project Manager

Emerson Ward

Project Director
CORE Construction

Dan Menghini

Senior Project Director
Chasse Building Team

Kris Geltch

Vice President

Wes Despins

Senior Project Manager
Sundt Construction

Chris Bell

Director of Special Projects
DP Electric