Fast Track CPD Certificate in Professional Skills

This convenient part-time (NQF Level 6, 5 ECTS) online programme has been designed to allow hi-potential, technical staff with apprentice and craftsperson skills to develop a range of non-technical skills which are vital for career advancement.

Accredited by TU Dublin

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Programme Overview

Participants will gain insights from industry experts and professional tutors in order that they can appreciate the importance of fully rounded development in order to cope with the challenges of 21st Century projects and processes in a demanding and fast-paced environment.

In particular, participants will gain practical know-how regarding the standards and approaches which are required to optimise their contribution in their workplace; to handle workplace stresses and conflicts; to foster strong and united teams; to demonstrate excellence in their approach to managing projects, including commercial awareness and excellent resource efficiency. Successful completion of the programme will assist participants in accelerating their professional development and their career prospects. This CPD Certificate programme will run solely via virtual classrooms with further information regarding platform delivery and online specifications made available later.


The course fee per participant is €1,300. If you are employed in the private sector, you may be able to avail of funding. Please contact the Programme Coordinator, Amanda Greville, for more information:

Email: Phone: +353 1 665 1375

Programme Structure

The Fast Track Series equates to one TU Dublin module and is delivered on a part-time basis comprising five mandatory module components, approximately one weekday per month, for five months. Each module component is supplemented by pre & post component assignments and learning contract agreements.

All module components are 9am-5pm* and will take place via online classroom setting with several breaks throughout the training.

Course Schedule

Managing Yourself -

  • Programme overview & learning outcomes
  • Stress management & resilience
  • Effective negotiator
  • Conducting negotiations

Planning and Prioritising -

  • How to prioritise
  • Having a result focus rather than being “busy”
  • Planning tools
  • Unlocking your productivity
  • Controlling “time stealers"

Communicating Effectively -

  • Mapping your communications
  • Dealing with different personality types
  • Understanding the power of non-verbal communication
  • Building rapport with others
  • Transactional analysis
  • Handling “difficult” conversations
  • Assertive communication in action

An Introduction to Project Management and Teamwork -

  • Relationships on site
  • Supervisory skills
  • Project lifecycle, phases and processes
  • Monitoring and controlling
  • Formal closing

Commercial Awareness -

  • Business acumen essentials
  • Anticipating risk factors
  • Timely and accurate reporting
  • Men, materials and money
  • Cost of poor quality/lean practice

Programme Features

The unique teaching and learning methodologies that are used during the CPD Certificate programme include:

Online Learning Management System - Engineers Ireland’s virtual learning environment allows self-paced learning with particular emphasis on materials which can prime participants to get the most from the classroom sessions and then provide exercises, materials and recommended readings after formal class time.

Expert Tutors - all tutors have been selected for their industry expertise, their acknowledged contribution to the profession of engineering and/or their unique knowledge at the forefront of a chosen field.

Team-Based Learning - a dozen or more engineers from different organisations of different sizes from different sectors will take part in each class.

Learning Contract Agreements - these are used to ensure the transfer of learning from each module component to the workplace in a manner that allows for a measurable and verifiable improvement in competence.


Scott Kitson, Assistant Construction Manager, Mercury Engineering

“I really enjoyed the Fast Track Series programme. I have taken a great deal from each of the courses from learning how to build a presentation to managing my time more efficiently on a daily basis. I have brought this knowledge into the workplace and at a personal level with great benefits.”

Páraic Devlin, E&I Supervisor Suir Engineering

“Each of the five modules within the Fast Track Series have had an impact into how I carry out my daily tasks. The course highlights how small changes can have a positive influence, particularly in the mornings when time is in short supply. The course contains helpful insights which greatly improve my contribution to a project’s success and enable me to pass on these skills to others within the company.”

Bronagh Matthews, HR Learning

"Since the launch of the programme in 2014, Mercury Engineering have supported over 100 of its trade supervisory staff through the Fast Track Series programme. The feedback from the participants has always been positive and the learnings from the course are clearly demonstrated upon their return to site. This programme has become a cornerstone in Mercury’s Learning & Development calendar and is vital to us in the upskilling and development of our staff."

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Programme Coordinator, Amanda Greville:

Email: Phone: +353 1 665 1375

Programme Brochure

A PDF brochure is available to download here.

Get in touch
If you have questions about our Fast Track Series, call us on 01 665 1305 or send us an email.