Certified Telecommunications Project Management (CTPM®)

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Program Overview

Project management adds value by improving the execution of strategy through repeatable, reliable performance and standardisation.

It brings integration of resources within an organisation through the removal of silos and facilitates improved communication and collaboration. It also reveals opportunities for efficiency, savings and improved quality through the project life cycle.

The CTPM® program is designed to enable learners to ensure good project management that will, in turn, help the result of the project improve the receiving organisation’s performance.

Learner Profile

This unique distance learning program is targeted at individuals looking to improve the overall performance of their telecommunications and data centre projects. Suitable for those with experience of telecommunications planning, installation and maintenance, the program addresses how to successfully design, develop, execute and close a project.

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Program Structure

CTPM® is based on the global standard for project management, the PMI’s PMBOK® and adds technical input from The Global Digital Infrastructure Education Framework. This combination delivers a unique non-generic project management education program designed specifically for the real world of telecommunications design, planning and installation. It consists of nine learning modules covering the five processes of the PMBOK®.

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CTPM® is an asynchronous, distance learning program with Instructor support, delivered on CNet Training’s learning management system. Each module has a quiz and there are seven assignments for completion that are synchronised with the learning modules. They are assessed individually and go on to create a complete project plan:

  • Project quality management – what do your customers actually want?
  • Project risk management – what can possibly go wrong?
  • Project scope management – what are we delivering? And more importantly, what are we NOT delivering?
  • Project human resource management – the right people, with the right tools, fully trained and working together safely; easy
  • Project integration management – bringing it all together
  • Project time management – what comes first and what comes last?
  • Project cost management – how will you ensure that you come in on budget?


Experience within data centre operations or management or telecommunications planning, installation and maintenance.

Program Requirements

As a distance learner, you will also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

Program Objectives

Learners will discover how to develop a project initiating process and create, explain and execute a project planning process. They will also have the confidence to implement measures to monitor and control it and have the ability to carry out a project closing process.

You will also gain the following:

  • Official Certified Telecommunications Project Management (CTPM®) certification
  • Internationally and industry recognised BTEC Level 4 Professional Award Certified Telecommunications Project Management
  • The use of a post nominal title after your name e.g. Martin Smith CTPM
  • Use of the CTPM® logo
  • Eligibility for an ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Datacomms Manager (CTPM®) card (only available in the UK)
  • Continual Professional Development (CPDs)
  • 3 IEEE Continual Education Units (CEUs)


CTPM Benefits for Individuals

  • Provides portable knowledge, skills, techniques and tools in order to be more successful in managing projects and demonstrates to your employer that you have the desire and commitment to learn and improve
  • It enhances career development prospects by achieving a recognised project management qualification
  • Provides an independent measure of an individual’s project management knowledge and competence

CTPM Benefits for Business

  • It develops an understanding of project goals, objectives and benefits before committing significant resources to ensure that only projects which are expected to provide a Return On Investment (ROI) or financial margin are committed to
  • It ensures that projects proceed effectively through all essential phases, from concept through to completion
  • It provides a rigorous approach to defining a realistic timescale and budget for completion of the project

“The program material was very well written and easy to follow. The distance learning availability of this program makes it convenient to complete it in your own time and in the comfort of your own home.”
- Telecomms Engineer

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  • Initiating Process
    • Its purpose is to achieve authorisation for a project and define its objectives
    • The general scope, duration, resources, and desired final output are described
    • Outputs for this process include the project charter and a preliminary SOW
  • Planning Process
    • This process involves determining how the newly initiated project will actually be carried out, including refining the information developed during initiation and reviewing the resources needed (including human resources)
    • The general scope, duration, resources, and desired final output are described
    • A WBS including various deliverables and work packages is constructed and scheduled activities are defined and sequenced
  • Executing Process
    • The execution process group involves taking steps to act upon and complete the project work according to the procedures outlined during the planning stage. Any approved changes are implemented as part of this group
    • The project management team is acquired and developed and contact with vendors is initiated
    • Reports on project progress, quality, and challenges are a core component of the information distribution aspect of execution
  • Monitoring & Controlling Process
    • These processes occur concurrently with all the other process groups
    • Observation, problem identification and correction are the three basic purposes of monitoring and controlling
    • Quality control plays a significant role in this group of processes
  • Closing Process
    • This process finalises a project and closes it out
    • This activity often includes satisfying the terms of any outstanding contracts
    • The Project Manager must ensure that other processes (planning, execution, monitoring) are complete and the final deliverables are ready to be handed off to the end user or stakeholder group

Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP®) – ideal for managers who are seeking to get a greater understanding of the data centre design concepts and principles.

Certified Data Centre Management Professional (CDCMP®) – ideal for senior engineers/technicians moving into the data centre management structure.

Certified Data Centre Energy Professional (CDCEP®) – ideal for managers to gain a greater understanding of the energy efficiency and how to implement an energy efficiency plan.

Certified Data Centre Audit Professional (CDCAP®) – gain a greater appreciation of the audit process structure ensuring the quality and compliance of the data centre environments.

Certified Telecommunications Project Management (CTPM®) – gain the ability to ensure that data centre projects are correctly managed and delivered to meet the business needs.

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