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Developing and Applying Effective Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)

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About This Course

Whether you are a novice project manager or an experienced practitioner, developing effective Work Breakdown Structures during the initial planning phase is crucial for your project. A poorly constructed WBS can result in many adverse project and program outcomes. In this engaging course, our SME Eric Norman presents the complex topic of developing and applying Work Breakdown Structures in a way that is easy to understand and communicate. The course also includes handy downloadables and a quiz to assess your progress throughout the course. As an added bonus, this course is aligned with the globally accepted Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structure.

This course is included in Eric Norman’s Series, Preparing Project and Program Leaders for Organizations of the Future. It is also available in the PDU Passport, our all-access pass to every InSite PDU course.


  • Introduction
  • Definitions & Fundamentals
  • WBS vs. Project Schedule
  • WBS Rules
  • Building Sample WBSs
  • Guiding Principles
  • Applying the WBS
  • Scope Relationships
  • Foundation Elements
  • Scope Relationship Diagram
  • Summary and Course Wrap-Up

Target Audience: Best for PMP and PgMP certification holders.

Outcome:  2 Professional Development Units (PDUs) that can be applied towards the following certifications: PMP, PgMP, and PMI-SP

Author: Eric Norman

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this course registered with PMI? Will I earn Professional Development Units (PDUs)?

    Yes and yes!  Your PDUs are important, and we’ve registered this course with PMI.  Velociteach is a Registered Education Provider (REP#1768).  This course is listed with PMI, provides Category A PDUs and is aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM. Once you have finished the course, our system will generate a Certificate of Completion for your records.

  • How long will I have access to this course?

    You will have access to this course for 6 months from the time you activate the key in your account. If you are purchasing the entire Eric Norman Series, each course can be activated one at a time to ensure you have plenty of time to complete a course before moving on.

  • When will I be able to access this course?

    Upon purchase, this course will automatically be added to your account. However, your 6-month access period will not begin until you activate the key. If you are purchasing the entire Eric Norman Series, each course can be activated one at a time to ensure you have plenty of time to complete a course before moving on.

  • How long will it take me to complete the course?

    You will earn 2 PDUs for completing this course. Therefore, it should take you about 2 hours to complete the course, but you can revisit sections or watch lessons as many times as you wish during your access period. One of the best features is you can pause a course and pick up right where you left off when you log back into your account. InSite is self-paced, which makes it simple for you to learn when it is convenient for you.

  • Can I access this course from a mobile device?

    Yes, you can take this course from your computer, tablet or mobile device.  If you can access the internet, you can access this course.

  • What is the Talent Triangle, and how does it impact my PDUs?

    PMI requires that you earn a minimum number of 8 PDUs in Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic and Business Management categories.

  • How do I report my PDUs?

    You will receive a Certificate of Completion when you complete each course. PMI has step-by-step instructions on how to report your PDUs.

  • Contact Hours: 2
  • PDUs: 2

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Developing and Applying Effective Work Breakdown Structures

PMI Talent Triangle™

  • Leadership PDUs: 0
  • Technical PDUs: 2
  • Strategic PDUs: 0

"I thought the transcript was very helpful. As I was listening and taking notes, it's hard to keep up. I could make my own notes or comments and then pull things from the transcript such as lists, etc. as needed. "

-J. Mound

"This topic can really add value to any project manager or leader in an organization. Also, the baseline quiz was useful in helping to understand which areas I needed to place more focus and attention on."

-S. Newberry

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