Unit of competency details

BSBPMG402A - Apply time management techniques (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by BSBPMG410A - Apply project time-management techniquesNew unit code and title. Revised and updated Unit descriptor and application of unit section. One new performance criterion at element 1. Rewritten and clarified performance criteria. Expanded and updated required knowledge section. Expanded and updated range statement. Updated and clarified evidence guide. Removed assessment requirement for ‘multiple complex projects’. 17/Mar/2013

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Mar/2009


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080315 Project Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080315 Project Management  25/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to assist with project scheduling activities, the application and monitoring of the agreed schedule and evaluation of time management effectiveness for the project.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to a project team member working under the direction of a project manager with other project team members. The individual may be operating within an organisation or as a consultant. The skills should be applied in the context of multiple complex projects, with the individual operating as part of a specialist project management team.

In the context of this unit a complex project is defined as a project which involves:

  • the need for a comprehensive and multi faceted project plan
  • the need for a formal internal or external communications strategy
  • a dedicated and diverse project budget
  • multiple administrative components
  • multiple operational components
  • a wide range of stakeholders
  • a project operations team.

The functions performed by a worker managing a straightforward project or a section of a larger project where project management is not the main focus of the job role are covered by BSBPMG510A Manage projects.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Assist in the development of project schedules

1.1. Contribute, within delegated authority , to determining the duration and effort, sequence and dependencies of tasks to meet project objectives

1.2. Use project scheduling tools and techniques  to help establish and integrate planned time management aspects of the schedule, resource allocation and financial requirements

1.3. Contribute to the agreement process and communication of the schedule to the client and other stakeholders

2. Apply agreed schedules

2.1. Use techniques to measure, record and report progress of activities in relation to agreed schedules and plans

2.2. Record variance between actual and planned progress  and report to others  for remedial action

2.3. Contribute to forecasting the impact of changes on the schedule and to the analysis of options

2.4. Implement agreed changes to the schedule and update plans as directed to accommodate changing situations throughout the project

3. Participate in assessing time management outcomes

3.1. Provide assistance in the review of project outcomes  to determine the effectiveness of time management tools, techniques and approaches used

3.2. Report scheduling and time management issues and responses to project manager for application in future projects

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • literacy skills to work with project tools and techniques and to write reports on time management issues
  • organisational skills to sequence tasks and to monitor progress against agreed objectives
  • technology skills to use software (if appropriate).

Required knowledge 

  • project management methodology in relation to time management
  • implications of time management for project resourcing
  • project management techniques and tools for creating and monitoring schedules.

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • application of time management techniques in relation to multiple complex projects
  • knowledge of tools and techniques for monitoring project schedules.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to workplace documentation such as diaries, progress reports, spreadsheets, and other planning tools with timeframes linked to outcomes.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job project time management performance by the candidate
  • analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios addressing project time management issues and problems
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of strategies, tools and techniques for managing project time and their particular application/s
  • review of techniques used to measure, record and report progress of activities in relation to agreed schedules and plans
  • assessment of changes implemented to the schedule and the updating of plans to accommodate changing situations throughout the project.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • other units from the Certificate IV in Project Management.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Delegated authority  means:

  • in a multi-disciplinary environment subject to frequent change
  • under limited guidance and supervision
  • within agreed authorisation and limits
  • within established organisational framework, procedures and routines

Project scheduling tools and techniques  may include:

  • assisting in qualitative and/or quantitative time analysis, such as schedule simulation, work breakdown structure, decision analysis, contingency planning and alternative strategy development
  • using personal experience and/or experts
  • using specialist time analysis tools to provide output to assist in the decision making process

Progress  may refer to:

  • diaries, incident logs, occurrence reports and other similar documentation
  • lists of potential schedule events
  • project and/or organisation files and records

Others  may include:

  • relevant authority
  • project manager
  • project specialists or other personnel
  • team members

Review of project outcomes  may include:

  • achievement of agreed major milestones, for example phases and sub-contracts
  • change of key personnel
  • delivery of major deliverables
  • finalisation of project and other agreed milestones

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Management and Leadership - Project Management

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units