The Project Planning module covers the main skills needed to use project management software when managing projects. This includes preparing, monitoring, and overseeing different elements of a project such as time, costs, tasks, resources, priorities, and collaborators.

Regardless of sector, many roles have become more complex and involve greater accountability, more collaboration, and therefore closer management. Specialist software can help to support project management from conception to sign-off: giving oversight of all the inputs, outputs, and resources of a project.

Workers are increasingly expected to apply project planning skills to their daily tasks, regardless of what type of role they are in. These skills are no longer exclusive to senior managers or project managers.

Develop the skills needed to use project management software for the successful delivery of projects.

Module overview

CategorySkill set
Project management tools
  • Key concepts
Project creation
  • Working with projects
  • Starting a new project
  • Creating tasks
  • Scheduling and relationships
  • Constraints and deadlines
  • Notes, hyperlinks
Resources and costs
  • Resources
  • Costs
Project monitoring
  • Critical path
  • Monitoring progress and rescheduling
Prepare outputs
  • Setup
  • Print

Main learning outcomes

Successful candidates will be able to use software to help with project management, including monitoring constraints, resources, and time. After passing this module, candidates will feel confident launching, supervising, and closing-off projects. They will be able to:

  • understand the conceptual principles of project planning and how software can support them
  • recognise the constraints and deadlines of a project
  • identify project resources and costs, and understand their relationships and impacts on each other
  • know how to create, modify, maintain, and monitor all the elements of a project
  • understand how to output from project management software to effectively report on projects

Why certify with ICDL?

  • ICDL certification is internationally recognised by employers and institutions.
  • ICDL modules are developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practising professionals from all over the world.
  • The regularly updated syllabus content reflects day- to-day tasks and responsibilities typical of job roles.
  • ICDL modules focus on skills acquisition as well as an understanding of concepts.
  • ICDL syllabus content is vendor-independent so that skills and knowledge are transferable.
  • ICDL has rigorous Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) and regular quality audits are conducted internally and externally.


The detailed syllabus for the Project Planning module is publicly available, so that there is complete clarity about what is covered.

The syllabus document, which sets out the specific skills and knowledge that you will learn and against which you will be certified, can be downloaded here.

Sample tests

Do you want to better understand the Project Planning module and how we test skills and knowledge?

Try out the Project Planning sample tests here to get a feel for the coverage of the module, or practice before your certification test.

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To offer ICDL certification, you should contact the local ICDL operator in your territory.

You can find contact details for all ICDL operators on our ‘ICDL in your territory‘ page.

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Certifying your digital skills with ICDL is simple:

  1. Assess your existing skills with a Diagnostic Test
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  3. Certify your skills and earn an ICDL certificate

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