The 4 Career Paths of Project Controls according to The Guild of Project Controls (GPC)

There are 4 Career Paths of Project Controls; Detailed explanation of each Career Path and its role in Project controls are explained below:

  1. Project Controls Career Path

Project controls is the process of planning, monitoring and controlling project performance to ensure that the project meets its objectives. It includes activities such as setting targets, tracking progress, identifying variances, and taking corrective action. Project controls is an essential part of project management, and it is critical to the success of any project.

2. Cost Management Career Path

Cost management is the process of planning, estimating, budgeting, and controlling project costs. It is important to track project costs closely to ensure that the project stays on budget. Cost management is also important for making informed decisions about project scope and resources.

3. Planning and Scheduling Career Path

Planning and scheduling is the process of developing a plan for the project and then tracking progress against that plan. It is important to have a clear plan in place so that the project can be completed on time and within budget. Planning and scheduling also helps to identify potential risks and problems early on, so that they can be addressed before they cause delays or cost overruns.

4. Forensic Analysis Career Path

Forensic analysis is the process of investigating and analyzing project data to identify problems and root causes. It can be used to identify areas where the project is not performing as expected, and to develop recommendations for improvement. Forensic analysis can also be used to support claims and disputes.

Question: How is Project Controls relates to Construction Project Management/Construction Management?

Answer: “Construction projects typically carry large penalties or damages for projects that are completed late. The risks inherent in construction projects, coupled with these time-related damages, have generated the need for several of the Knowledge Areas to be implemented with enhanced visibility as specialty services. This subset of construction management, referred to as project controls, includes technically advanced disciplines of planning and scheduling, cost management, risk management, document controls, and forensic analysis. Strong project controls services have proven to be a strong component in the success of a project.”Construction Extension to the PMBOK Guide 2016 Ed, Pg. 16

You can see the reason why the “Engine Room” for Construction Project Management/Construction Management is Project Controls.


The Guild of Project Controls (GPC) GPC is: -Independent, transparent and supported by major employers -Not for profit; sensible fees to be used for the good of the membership -Founded on pan-industry, professional standards, maintained via an ongoing process of development -Independent and in a position to collaborate with employers and professional or educational establishments -RUN BY leading Planners & Project Controls PROFESSIONALS -RUN FOR Planners & Project Controls PROFESSIONALS GPC is: -A Centre of Excellence for Contract Administration, Planning & Scheduling, Cost -Estimating, Forensic Analysis & Project Controls -Supported by the Global Community and it’s Employers The Guild is designed to support companies and individuals with: -Career Path/Professional development -Training -Certifications to Prove Competency -Mentoring -Project Controls Systems.

The Fellow – The Guild of Project Controls (FGPC) is the Holy Grail of Project Control Competencies for practitioners who have met certain requirements in Project Control Discipline. If you cannot meet the requirements, you are advised to take the lower level in the GPC Career Path Matrix suitable for you but would still be subjected to the same rigorous training at BIZVILLEPM in all the project control knowledge areas as project controls is a specialist discipline which is a subset of construction project management.


  • An Experience Profile to show ~ 15 years of work relevant the the Credential (i.e. about 35,000 hours) with a minimum of ~7 years (14,000 hours) in a managerial, leadership or academic position
  • Project Controls (as opposed to Planning or Cost or Claims) applicants will need to demonstrate an appropriate spread of work experience across all Tracks.
  • A relevant PhD will reduce this by 10,000 hoursMasters by 6,000 hours4 year Degree by 2,000 hours, or 2 year Degree by 1,000 hours.


The submittal and acceptance of the following deliverables: 

  • 1 x Experience Profile
  • 6 x Library Articles
  • x 360 Degree References – 3 x Peer, 3 x Supervisor and 3 x Client  
  • To participate in a Video Teleconference or face to face interview by 3 trained Guild Assessors which is designed to validate & assess your ability as a MENTORLEADER and ROLE MODEL
  • The review and (independent acceptance) of the above by the Guild Certification Board


  • 01-Project Controls
  • 02-People
  • 03-Scope
  • 04-Risk
  • 05-Contracts
  • 06-Resources
  • 07-Planning
  • 08-Cost
  • 09-Progress
  • 10-Change
  • 11-Databases
  • 12-Claims


Disclaimer: No Project Control Career Path can be learned in 5 Days, our aim is to introduce each Knowledge Area Specific to each Project Control Career Path based on the level of verified experience and/or Library of Articles in Line with The Guild of Project Controls (GPC) Standards.

For some people who have no required project controls experience, the only option is to contact us for our apprenticeship program (in partnership with reputable organizations who are currently doing projects) in order to learn and get certified too in lower tracks of the Career Matrix.

NB: FGPC is a Trade Mark of The Guild of Project Controls (GPC) (

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