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About the PMP® (Project Management Professional)

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About the CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)

The CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) is a certification granted through the Project Management Institute (PMI). The CAPM is an entry-level certification in project management, as compared to the PMP® (Project Management Professional) certification.

About Funding for Training in Nova Scotia

We know of three types of funding that are available:

  • Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPS)
  • Consulting Advisory Services (CAS)
  • Entrepreneurial Training Fund (ETF).

Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPS)

Described at, this funding is meant for businesses in Nova Scotia. It is particularly useful for businesses with up to 50 staff, which may get $10,000 in funding per year.

If you have a business or are employed in a business, you can apply for funding for the program.

To qualify for WIPSI, an organization needs at least $25,000 in owner's drawings or salaries paid, to have been in business for at least a year, to provide financial information to the government, and to have a valid business case for the training.

If the business has 50 staff or fewer, it can qualify for full funding except for the HST.

The process for getting the funding is:

  1. You apply through the website listed above. Attached are documents that will help with this: a description of the program, the trainer's bio (Dan Fay), and a document that gives information for the application.
  2. Once you have submitted the application, the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) reviews it for completion of information. They get in touch with you if they have any questions. Next, LAE reviews to consider if they will give funding. If the criteria are met, there is no reason they wouldn't. The whole review process (from submission to approval) takes 30 to 45 days.
  3. When approved by LAE, you get a contract from them. You will be required to pay half of the training fee up front, submit proof of payment to LAE, and they reimburse you.
  4. At the end of the training, you again pay half of the training fee, submit proof of payment to LAE, and they reimburse you.

Consulting Advisory Services (CAS)

Described at, CAS is available in Nova Scotia, anywhere except Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford.

Eligible Activities - eligible CAS participants can access the CAS Initiative for any of the following activities:

  1. Diagnostic assessments: to conduct a thorough review of all aspects of an existing operation in order to provide an objective assessment of its current performance, key issues and future prospects.
  2. Business Management Development Practices: To undertake a comprehensive review of the management skills of an existing organization in order to provide an objective assessment of its current status and identify opportunities to enhance operations/management performance. This will ensure that the organization maximizes its growth potential and job creation over the long term. Consulting services for the review, development and implementation of Board Governance policies and procedures, legal consulting for contracts, HR, etc., or any other topics deemed appropriate, can also be covered in this category.
  3. Access to Capital: To source other options for capital beyond government sources of financing. A consultant with expertise in this field will assist the client with the development of a business plan and funding proposals.
  4. Market Readiness/Export Potential: To undertake an objective assessment of an existing organization to determine its export readiness and identify areas that require enhancement to successfully enter the export market. Assessments should take into consideration tools and advice available through applicable government departments, such as ACOA and Nova Scotia Business Inc., and should increase the organization’s chances for success.
  5. Specific Studies/Business Plans Mentoring: To assist an organization with the development and initial implementation of a study or business plan. It is intended that the Consultant provide guidance and direction while the actual plan is prepared by the organization.
  6. Business Coaching: To provide business coaching to business owners to develop the individual’s leadership abilities, supervisory skills and enhance the individual’s existing core leadership competencies (not limited by these topics, other areas may be added depending on the individual’s needs).
  7. Aftercare/Mentoring and Follow-Up: To provide mentoring or coaching assistance and advice to an organization that has proceeded with the implementation of advice/strategies developed in any of the above-described CAS products.

Entrepreneurial Training Fund (ETF)

ETF is available in Nova Scotia, anywhere except Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford.

The intent of the Entrepreneurial Training Fund is to provide necessary resources to enable entrepreneurs to strengthen their overall management, marketing and planning capabilities and develop long-term human resource skills with a primary focus on Business Management Skills within these areas. The Entrepreneurial Training Fund is designed with the basic principal of increasing the Business Management Skills of entrepreneurs. For that reason, Business Management Skills are deemed eligible under this program and due to the limited funding available, technical skill training is not considered eligible under this program.

The ETF will pay for 90% of the training costs up to $2000.

About Funding for Training in Newfoundland and Labrador

Daniel Fay, MEng, PMP®

Trainer Biography and Credentials, Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Exam Preparation Program

Daniel (Dan) Fay has assisted over 4,000 leaders from hundreds of organizations develop a stronger project management and leadership approach. He has successfully managed numerous international projects and conducted programs in project management methodologies, PMP® certification, and leadership principles.

Dan has a Masters of Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Bachelors of Science degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, and Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification. Managing Director of BrenDaniel Productions Corp. since 1995, Dan has taught at over 20 universities in China and at Thunderbird University in Phoenix, Arizona. Dan has served on the Board of Directors for four chapters of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is a contributor to PMI’s standard, the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

Dan Fay

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