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Project coordinators pull together the various facets of a venture. They develop a project's schedule, allocate resources, follow a project's status and implement change orders. A good project coordinator can be the difference between the success or failure of the venture. Depending upon the industry, the title of project coordinator often increases a person's hourly wage or salary. Current company employees and job seekers alike can enhance their resumes by successfully completing project coordinator classes.
The project coordinator assists the project manager in ensuring that the overall project runs smoothly. People who have never coordinated a project or who have coordinated a limited number of projects may want to begin their studies with an introductory class. Introductory classes may only be a day or two long. Beginners may want to consider classes which improve their administrative skills, such as word processing and creating spreadsheets. Entry-level courses in proposal writing and business terminology will also be helpful to project coordinators.
Project coordinators work in a variety of industries; however, there are skills which are common to all project coordination jobs. Classes in oral presentation, organization and business writing will all be helpful to a project coordinator. Courses in project scheduling software and vendor management will also add to a coordinator's resumé. Investigate software commonly used on particular types of projects, such as construction, before registering for a class. Coursework in industry specific standards and regulations is also helpful.
Consider becoming certified by a project management organization in order to advance as a project coordinator. A majority of high profile projects employ certified management personnel, and credentialed administrators are in high demand. The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers courses leading to recognition as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). Registrants for CAPM classes must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent and have 1,500 hours of project experience or 23 hours of project management coursework.
Classes in administrative skills used by project coordinators are widely available online and at community colleges. Courses aimed at specific project coordination expertise can be found at a variety of academies. The Project Management Institute supplies links to numerous Registered Education Providers (REP). Project coordinators wishing to develop their skills further might consider pursuing a four-year degree. Many distance learning universities allow project coordinators to earn diplomas while continuing to gain real-world project experience.
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- Project Management Institute: "Certified Associate in Project Management"
- The Productivity Institute LLC: "7 Competencies of a Stellar Project Coordinator"
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Dodie Nelson has multiple years of experience as a writer, corporate manager and traveler. She has a degree in English and has been published in newspapers and magazines as well as online.