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Course – Front End Planning Principles & Practices (VAL-101), Toronto, ON

May 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course Summary

As a project leader you know first hand the importance of proper scope definition. Industry research shows that projects with intensive front end planning and well-defined scope perform markedly better in terms of cost, schedule, change orders and delivery against operational business objectives.

CII Phase Gate Process

This course offers participants the opportunity to learn how to apply the principles of front end planning using the Construction Industry Institute’s front end planning phase-gate process. Each phase in the front end planning process is explained along with the key objectives, inputs, specific tasks, and deliverables.

Built around an interactive case study, this course offers participants a practical opportunity to apply the principles of front end planning. Participants will work collaboratively in small groups to conduct analysis at each phase of front end planning for the project. The course concludes with each group presenting their recommendation (and rationale) on whether the project should be authorized to proceed to detailed design.

Full Course Outline

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the definition, objectives and principles of front end planning
  • Recognize the three phases and gates of the front end planning process recommended by the Construction Industry Institute (CII)
  • Identify the key activities that occur during each phase
  • Understand the inputs into each phase gate decision point
  • Apply front end planning tools and techniques including the Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) and the Alignment Thermometer

Who Should Attend

This course targets project stakeholders who are actively involved in front end planning or preparing to become involved in front end planning.  Past attendees include Program Managers, Project Managers, Design Managers, Designers, Construction Managers, Technical Managers, Project Estimators and Schedulers Business Unit leaders, Site Supervisors, Project Finance personnel, Operations leaders, Contract Administrators, Maintenance Managers, Risk specialists, Procurement professionals, Materials Supervisors, Quality specialists, Legal, Project Controls analysts , Engineers and Planners, Information Commercial Managers, Cost Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Health & Safety professionals and others.

Course Instructor

Sandra MacGillivray, MBA, PMP

Sandra is the Managing Director for Valency Inc., a provider of project readiness solutions that reduce risk for organizations that manage a large portfolio of capital projects.  She is a Certified PDRI Facilitator, Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Construction Industry Institute (CII), and a Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 15 years of project management experience.  Sandra is a past research team member with the Construction Industry Institute on front end planning, risk management and portfolio management. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo and a Master in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.


A certificate of completion will be issued to those who attend and complete the course. The course is conducted by Valency, a Registered Education Provider for the Construction Industry Institute (CII).  Those who complete the course will earn 8 Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits.



May 16, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Homewood Suites Toronto Airport Corporate Centre
5515 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario M9C 5K5 Canada
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